Enduro Le Touquet
Enduro du Touquet Pas-de-Calais.
The Enduro du Touquet Pas-de-Calais or beach race started out in 1975 aided by the Le Touquet mayor, Léonce Deprez. Its popularity increases every year with some 1000 motorbikes, Quad bikes and 250,000 spectators filling the towns hotels and self catering villa accommodation. If you are planning on going for the weekend of motocross then book your accommodation early. The race normally takes place around the second weekend in February every year.
The Le Touquet Enduro is very much a family and biker event, combining the serious competitor challenge of the race with a mad social weekend for all concerned. The roar of motorbike engines can be heard everywhere in the chic seaside resort often into the early hours. Even if you are not really a motorbike fan, the site of some 1000 + motorbikes and quads screaming along the sand dunes is an exhilarating experience.
The Le Touquet Sand Enduro, as it is also known, main race traditionally takes place on Sunday. More recent years has seen the increasing popularity of the quad bike race on the Saturday with some 150 riders taking part.
The start line of the enduro motorcycle race is on the main beach close to the Aqualud water park and fun fair. The route strecthes some 16Kms continueing along the beach past Stella Plage and Merlimont. The Sunday morning sees a continued swell in the numbers of people and traffic entering the town. L’Opale villa in Alle de Jonquille is an excellent self catering villa to rent for the weekend or longer holiday. It provides a tranquil escape from the biker bash of the town yet provides easy access to a good viewing spot.
From L’Opale villa its an easy 15 minute walk down to the beach at Stella Plage. The beach at Stella Plage tends to be less crowded and you can get a good view of the mad biker action. For more details and how to book holiday cottages then please visit our website.
Recent environmental concerns with the preservation of Le Touquet’s sand dunes have seen some changes in the route over the past few years, but careful management and consultation with environmental groups should see the continuation of this exilirating motorbike race for years to come. The race takes place around mid February each year often falling on or near Valentines day.
Even if you can’t make the amazing Enduro. Le Touquet – Paris Plage is a beautiful 1920’s style holiday resort with glorious beaches and magical pine forests and has something to offer tourists all year round.
© Richard Moore 2010