Motorcycle Rest Areas For The Le Touquet 2009 Race
File under France Racing Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
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 Le Touquet 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.
The Relais Calmos for this year's events are:
Departement 62 (Pas De Calais)
Getting There: From Calais close to the E15 autoroute. Intersection of the RN39 and RD916.
GPS Coordinates: N50 22 5 E2 19 48 (50.368241/ 2.329788)
Open: Saturday 21 Feb 09:00 - 18:00 and Sunday 22 Feb 07:00-13:00
Services: Mechanical assistance, drinks, first aid, hot drinks, visor cleaning, messages
|L'aire des Deux Caps |
Getting There: From Calais south bound on the A16
GPS Coordinates: N50 51 44 E1 44 07 (50.862222/ 1.735278)
Open: Saturday 21 Feb 09:00 until Sunday 22 Feb 14:00
Services: Mechanical assistance, gasoline, drinks, first aid, hot drinks, sleeping possibilities
Departement 80 (Somme)
Getting There: From the South (A28 and E16) at the airport of l'Abbeville (exit 23 on the A16)
GPS Coordinates: N50 08 23 E1 49 29 (50.138185/ 1.82373)
Open: Saturday 21 Feb 09:00 until Sunday 22 Feb 19:00
Services: Mechanical assistance, drinks, hot drinks, sleeping arrangements
|Sailly Flibeaucourt |
Getting There: On the A16 on the rest area Baie de Somme
GPS Coordinates: N50 10 1 E1 45 25 (50.166944/ 1.756944)
Open: Sunday 22 Feb 15:00 - 19:00
Services: Mechanical assistance, drinks, hot drinks, gasoline
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. I have not been able to get confirmation about this, but normally, you get you entry ticket to the autoroute, and when exiting at Le Touquet, you are waved through (if you're on a motorcycle). If this is the case this year, it is only valid on the autoroutes that lead directly to Le Touquet.