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Video: Get In The Mood For The Le Touquet Enduropale, World’s Wackiest Motorcycle Race

16
January
2014
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
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  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Enduropale Video

Enduropale 2014 Poster
Many of you will have heard of world's wackiest motorcycle race, the Le Touquet Enduropale Open link in a new window. For those of you who haven't, it's a 3 hour, non-stop, motorcycle beach enduro. It's held on the wide beaches of Le Touquet Click for map up to Stella Beach (North of France, close to the Calais Tunnel) and it's always held during the 1st or 2nd weekend of February.

This wacky race, which sees 1100 motorcycles leave from the start AT THE SAME TIME, was created by the man (Thierry Sabine Open Thierry Sabine in a new window) who also created that other legendary motorcycle race/rally, the Dakar. The 1100 motorcycles, ridden by a mixture of seasoned professional racers up to bikers who have never been on sand on their motorcycle, spend 3 hours in the cold, often snow, racing around a 15 kilometer long circuit that was dug out in the beach.

The event is free for spectators, so usually there's a crowd between 200 and 500,000 cheering alongside the circuit. It's a race to be seen, and if you have the time, I strongly suggest you go there to have a look. This year, the race is held on the weekend of 8/9 February 2014. BTW, there is also a quad race.

The atmosphere during the weekend is quite electrifying, although as usual in these big motorcycle events there are quite a few fans that get very drunk and start misbehaving. But as the French say "c'est la vie".

Enduropale Video

To give you an idea what the race is like, you can see one of the many articles I have written when I attended the event several years ago. (Le Touquet Enduropale 2007 - click here for the first one Open link in a new window).

... or you can have a look at this video that gives you an idea what it's all about. It shows you the event from start (when the bulldozers come in to make the circuit) to end.



For more info about the Le Touquet Enduropale, click here Open link in a new window.





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