One of world's craziest and toughest beach races is being held again at the end of this weekend. The Le Touquet Enduropale , started by the same folks who brought you the Dakar rally, sees 1,000 motorcycles race on the beach of Le Touquet for 3 hours. It's a race that if you have the chance you should not miss. Entrance is free, and expect a lot of motorcycles there. Usually there are between 200,000 and 500,000 spectators, obviously depending on the weather (it is still mid winter here).
As usual, when there's a major motorcycle race in France, the Association of Angry Bikers (FFMC ), the government and the autoroute companies place several rest areas for the motorcycle riders attending a race.
This year's Enduropale, world's craziest and biggest beach race, is no exception. But since it's still winter, there are less rest places.
The motorcycle rest places, known as "Relais Motards Calmos", are places where you'll find like-minded bikers, hot drinks, sandwiches, and possibly mechanical repair stations. Check the link posted below in the "Related Articles" for more information about the Relais Calmos Motards.
NOTE: The number before the "/" in the title is the Department number (province number). Click on the blue globe for a zoomable map. Some of the locations are approximate!
NOTE2: In the general map, clicking on a red marker will give you the same information about the Relais Calmos. The black motorcycle icon is the venue of the race.
NOTE3: Remember that this year there is no camping in Le Touquet, nor at the horse race track. ou can only camp at official camping sites.
WARNING: There will be a lot of Police speed radars installed along the major roads there. Sunday, the mobile Police force will be out in massive numbers, so watch your speed!
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|#01 62/Pas de Calais - Relais Calmos Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise |
Getting There: At the intersection of the RD 939 ("Deviation" SUD) and the RD916 (Frevent road)
GPS Coordinates: N50 22 5 E2 19 48 (50.368241, 2.329788)
Open: Saturday 08:00-19:00 and Sunday 08:00-19:00
Services: Drinks (Hot), Mechanical Intervention, Visor Cleaning
|#02 62/Pas de Calais - Relais Calmos L aire des Deux Caps |
Getting There: From Calais south bound on the A16 (aire des Deux Caps)
GPS Coordinates: N50 51 44 E1 44 07 (50.862222,1.735278)
Open: Saturday 07:00-19:00 and Sunday 07:00-13:00
Services: Drinks (Hot), Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Visor Cleaning
|#03 80/Somme - Relais Calmos Aire de la Baie de Somme |
Getting There: On the A16 on the rest area Baie de Somme (5 Km from Abbeville)
GPS Coordinates: N50 10 1 E1 45 25 (50.166944,1.756944)
Open: Saturday 10:00 to 21:00 and Sunday 08:00 to 19:00
Services: Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Mechanical Intervention
NOTE: If you're planning to attend this year crazy event, usually on the Sunday, in the morning, the autoroutes going to Le Touquet, and in the afternoon, leaving Le Touquet, are free.
Going there: The A16 is free at exit points Berck (exit # 25), Le Touquet (#26) and Neufchatel-Hardelot (#27).
Leaving: As long as you enter the A16 on one of the 3 above entry points, the A16 is free.
The entry/exit point of the toll booth #23 on the A16 is also free, allowing you to go to the above Abbeville motorcycle rest area.
Normally, you get you entry ticket to the autoroute, and when exiting at one of the three exit points, you are waved through (if you're on a motorcycle). If the toll booth is not manned (an automatic one), you the interphone and say "Enduropale". They will remotely open the barrier and let you through.