Information And Frequently Asked Questions
NAVIGATION: To allow everybody to ride at their own pace each participant is provided with a road book which must be returned at the end of every day. You also have the option of following one of the organisers.
BIKES: Open to all trail and enduro bikes, road legal enduro tyres, lights, a decent silencer and number plate are compulsory. A trip meter calibrated in kilometres to help you navigate is also essential. For those who don't have them, road book readers will be provided.
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Bike in good condition, road legal enduro tyres, spare levers and cables, inner tubes (or even better, tyres fitted with bib mousses), a metal 10 or 20 litre jerrycan, a minimum of tools, pen, scissors and scotch tape, a medium sized zip lock plastic bag, a small rucksack or bum bag, helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, body armour, riding jacket and trousers and a set of waterproofs.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 16
BACK-UP: 1 organiser riding up front, 1 organiser sweeping behind and a third driving a van with baggage, spares, petrol, tools etc.
PRICE INCLUDES: Full back-up, accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, loan of road book and road book readers.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Lunch, fuel, personal expenses and drinks other than those provided with meals.
PAPERS: Participants must have valid passport, motorcycle ownership documents, motorcycle insurance certificate and appropriate driving licence on them at all times. An EHIC card allowing free healthcare in France is also compulsory (available from post offices).
GETTING THERE FROM THE UK
There are numerous possibilities, including ferries from the channel ports or the eurotunnel. As a rough guide the website www.viamichelin.com gives the following times from Calais. Normandie: 3 hours 10 mins, Tour du Morvan: 5 hours 2 mins, Trefle du Morvan and Massif du Morvan: 5 hours 51 mins, Lozere and Lozerien Bis: 8 hours 18 mins, Pyrenees: 10 hours 17 mins. Alternatively, for the Pyrenees, the Lozere and the Lozerien Bis you can save yourself time (and very possibly) money by taking a low cost flight and getting John Hall (tel: 07771867496) to drive your bike and riding gear down. For advice on the best solution please don't hesitate to e-mail or call Chris Evans.
GETTING THERE FROM HOLLAND
Obviously Dutch riders don't have the barrier of the Channel. From Amsterdam www.viamichelin give the following times: Normandie: 6 hours 25 mins, Tour du Morvan: 7 hours 20 mins, Trefle du Morvan and Massif du Morvan: 8 hours 9 mins, Lozere and Lozerien Bis: 10 hours 35 mins, Pyrenees: 12 hours 37 mins.
WHAT SORT OF RIDERS COME ON A SPORT ADVENTURE TRIP?
In terms of nationality the majority come from Britain but we also have participants from Holland and very occasionally France.
In terms of riding ability the range is quite wide. The trips aren't suitable for total beginners but because we use the road book system, allowing people to ride at their own pace, anyone from those with not much experience to enduro champions can come along and enjoy the riding. Of course some trips are easier than others. Please don't hesitate to call us if you are in any doubt about your capabilities or the degree of difficulty of a particular trip.
What all the riders who come with us have in common however is a clear understanding of the notion of trail riding. They know that they are on holiday, not entered in an illegal race, and are careful to respect the local population.
I RIDE A 2-STROKE - WHAT ABOUT REFUELING?
Each day we meet up with the support truck at least two times and you can refuel then.
WHAT SORT OF BIKE IS SUITABLE?
The majority of riders come on 4-stroke enduro bikes, though 2-strokes appear to be making something of a comeback. Basically we aren't prejudice and will accept any enduro/trail bike providing it is properly silenced, insured and road registered and fitted with lights
I'VE NEVER USED A ROAD BOOK - HOW DIFFICULT IS IT?
For the first 30 kms or so you're on a steep learning curve. However if you take your time and don't blindly follow someone else you'll be amazed how quickly you pick it up. Then what you feared might be a chore rapidly becomes part of the fun.
I DON'T SPEAK A WORD OF FRENCH - IS THAT A PROBLEM?
In a word - no. We all speak English and are with you at the hotels, lunch stops, petrol stations etc. Plus more and more French people are learning English. Having said that, making even the smallest effort with your schoolboy French will be richly rewarded. Even a "merci" and "au revoir" will be greatly appreciated by the locals.
NONE OF MY MATES CAN COME - DO MANY PEOPLE COME ON THEIR OWN?
Yes, regularly. We all eat together at lunch and dinner and the atmosphere is very informal so nobody ever feels left out. Plus everybody shares the same passion - though if anybody feels inclined to talk about something other than motorcycles they are more than welcome!
FURTHER INFORMATION: Past experience has taught us that a phone call before you go ahead and book a trip is an excellent idea. It avoids misunderstandings and makes sure you book something that suits you and your riding ability. So please don't hesitate to call us on either our French mobile 00 33 6 62 48 71 90. Alternatively you can click here to e-mail Chris Evans
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