DUO NORMAND - We're invited to a 2up time trial in Normandy!
DUO NORMAND - L'Effort Total. Some exciting news
...through Ilkley's twinning relationships with Coutances and some recent contacts we have made, Ilkley CC have been invited to participate in the famous Duo Normand 2-up time-trial in Normandy on Sunday September 30th.
(link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duo_Normand
This event attracts some of the top professional riders - winners include Wiggins, Van Summeren, Voigt, Boardman, but there are various other classement to compete in. This year there is a new classement (Jumelages, or twinned-towns) of towns in the Normandy region, which includes Coutances.
We do not know how many places are available to us yet, but we are calling for any keen time-triallists that are interested to put themselves forward. Depending on numbers and available places we may have to make a selection made on performances/appearances for the cub this season, which can include over the next few weeks. The classements include Vets, Mixed pairs etc
But this is a BIG event, and we want to send a strong support group alongside the racers. For example there is a proper start-house and ramp from the centre of the host town, and riders have to have escorting cars (with their names on plates on the front!). So as well as the riders, we may need some reserves, drivers for the supporting cars, maybe a mechanic and of course lots of enthusiastic fans to cheer on (and sample the local vin!) Ideally we also need someone who speaks a bit of French who could mastermind the whole thing (Directeur Sportif)?
The plan would (roughly) be to travel overland/ferry on the Friday, on the Saturday would be a reccie of the course for the riders, while the rest could go for a ride around Normandy (our sister club in Countances will be our guides). There will likely be lots of "civic" meet-and-greets around Coutances and perhaps some sort of dinner on the Saturday night. Sunday is the race, and then a return on the Monday.
We may be able to get some of the Coutances club-members to host us in their homes, although we can't guarantee this, and the club can't pay for any travel or subsistence charges. But it could be a weekend never to forget.
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if you are interested in being part of it!