BIKE TO THE BOL D'OR IN 2012
The Bol dor track is near the town of Nevers, Magny-Course. From Calais to the venue it is about 460 miles about an 8 hour ride with stops. Our ride is a combination of motorway and A roads.
We leave Dover at about 7 am so all meet up at the docks at 6am. Proper intros will be made on the ferry. We ride with two guides, one at the front and one at the rear.
Once at the venue your tented accommodation will be set up and waiting.
The venue itself is my favourite, the campsite and track are all in the same place and you really get to experience all that European Biker clubs have to offer. It is a very noisy place, the French love to bring engines to blast all night, and failing that, their bike engines themselves. There are toilets and taps but no showers that we know of, so be prepared for dirty weekend. We will provide water and wash bowls. (Please note the toilets can get pretty rank by Saturday night!)
As well as the race, you will find a fun fair and a lot of stalls selling everything a biker could want, they are usually pretty well priced and if you find the owners, a bit of bartering can be done!
The race normally starts 2pm Saturday afternoon, and finishes 2pm Sunday afternoon, however we have always found it best to leave the site at midday, this avoids a lot of traffic and you have a big ride ahead.
Accommodation - Tented - inclusive of Airbed, Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Lamp and Chair.
Meals - Breakfast and Evening Meals. With Tea and Coffee all day.
Guides to and from events
*We do offer a Hospitality Package, for those who like to travel on their own.
Bol d'Or April 13th – 15th 2012 £260
Bol d'Or, Magny-Cours, France
The Bol d'Or is a motorcycle endurance race, held annually in France. Originally, it was an automobile as well as motorcycle race. Automobiles were limited to 1100cc engine capacity until the 1950s when the limit was raised to 1500cc, and later to 2000cc. The original organiser was Eugene Mauve.
The race lasts for 24 hours and each motorcycle has a team of 3 riders taking turns. The teams originally comprised just 2 riders, with each rider having to do an exhausting 12 hours apiece; but in about 1977 and in the interests of safety, the rules changed to 3 riders per team. Until 1970 the race was held at various circuits, mainly Montlhéry and Saint-Germain-en-Laye. From 1971-1977 the Bol D'Or was held at Le Mans. The Le Mans
Bugatti Circuit is often reckoned to have been the finest venue of the Bol D'Or. For the next 22 years the event took place at Paul Ricard, after which it moved to it's current venue, Magny-Cours.
The race is part of the Endurance FIM World Championship. The 2012 edition will be the 76th edition of the race. The race is an opportunity for a giant motorcycle rally, a carnival, a motorcycle show and other motorcycle related events.