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Life’s a beach when it comes to L’Enduropale du Touquet Pas-de-Calais. The Enduro race attracts bikes and quads from every corner of the earth. We crunch the numbers to find out what makes the sandy speed slalom such an attractive proposition…

 

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The sleepy seaside town of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage on the northern tip of France is home to no more than 6,000 inhabitants. Once a year, however, that figure is blown out of the water as over 250,000 petrolheads descend on the town to watch L’Enduropale. Aside from being a motorsport hotspot, the town of Le Touquet also enjoys an historic reputation as a high-class beach resort. A hundred years ago, H G Wells used to come to Le Touquet to catch a few rays. A century later, the town plays host to a war of the world’s top Enduro bikers…

 

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For the first time, a completely electric bike will compete in the L’Enduropale. The environmentally-friendly, zero-emission machine has been developed by Californian bike manufactures MX Zero. After making the trip from Santa Cruz to Le Touquet, the MX Zero team are confident their vehicle will be able to keep pace with the best of the rest. The 100 per cent electric bike weighs in at a feathery 68.5kg and has acceleration to match a standard 450cc machine. Pitstops are no-fuss affairs, with a quick-release interchangeable battery system that leaves the toolbox untouched. 

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The usually sleepy sands of Le Touquet have been being kicked up once a year since 1975. Over 35 years ago, Thierry Sabine had the bright idea to bring Enduro biking to the area and the event has been growing in strength and stature ever since. Four years after establishing the beach battle at Le Touquet, the race’s creator went even further and organised the first ever Paris-Dakar desert classic. Widely regarded as the Godfather of Enduro, Sabine died in a helicopter crash during the 1986 Dakar Rally.

 

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Three is most definitely the magic number when it comes to the L’Enduropale du Touquet. The main race itself lasts three hours as the 1,000 motorbikes and 800 quads go around and around the 15km circuit. Among the top riders in attendance this year will be Helder Rodrigues (pictured, above). The Portuguese biker recently finished third at the 2011 Dakar Rally and will hope to maintain his impressive start to the year with a win in France.

 

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Without doubt the biggest name making the trip to Le Touquet is three-time Dakar Rally champion Cyril Despres (pictured, below). The KTM biker was born just the other side of Paris from Le Touquet and he can expect massive support from the home crowd. Besides the race, Cyril will be taking care of plenty of other business as he returns to France from his new home in Andorra. Cyril will be putting young bikers through their paces at the Loon Beach circuit as part of the Red Bull Under My Wing programme in the days before L’Enduropale. Cyril will also give a lecture to 70 sports marketing students at the nearby Lille University during a busy trip home.

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