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StevieBee

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6,996 posts

191 months

Tuesday 10th April
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Heading to our second LeMans this year.

Quick question on bikes, not being a seasoned LeMans visitor or transporter of bikes...

Heading down via Dover/Calais Ferry. My car's an E Class Coupé 350d. Two bikes.

Bikes on the back?
Bikes on the top?
Hire them when we're there?

Nosynchro

160 posts

83 months

Tuesday 10th April
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Ideally buy a couple of second hand folders and store them in the vehicle. I’ve tethered one with a steel chain and not had a problem but they do go walkabout

Output Flange

16,151 posts

147 months

Tuesday 10th April
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I've taken mine on the roof, and locked it to the car (through the wheel spokes) when I've not been around it.

If you're on the tunnel, remember to tell them if you plan to take bikes.

chasingracecars

1,367 posts

33 months

Tuesday 10th April
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Bikes on the top often incurs additional fees on ferry’s, Brittany Ferries charge for a bike rack on the back too!!

Roof mounted bikes cause more drag but don’t prevent access to the boot. Don’t get the insides dirty like folders.

Rear mounted carriers don’t need roof bars, might need a tow bar. Can be fiddly to mount

I always go roof mounted however on the Range Rover it’s a long way up!

struttob

343 posts

85 months

Tuesday 10th April
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Leave them at home please, they are nothing but a nuisance for other people who are walking around.

Bob
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chasingracecars

1,367 posts

33 months

Tuesday 10th April
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I agree with you partially. I will take a bike to go to arnage and mulsanne corners, to the shops on Saturday. And to see friends. They are not welcome in the main spec areas and 99% lock them up before then anyway.

StevieBee

Original Poster:

6,996 posts

191 months

Wednesday 11th April
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chasingracecars said:
I agree with you partially. I will take a bike to go to arnage and mulsanne corners, to the shops on Saturday. And to see friends. They are not welcome in the main spec areas and 99% lock them up before then anyway.
My thinking and intent as well.

Thanks for the tips chaps!

DJFish

5,466 posts

199 months

Friday 13th April
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They're a great way of doing the morning Baguette/Croissant run, and also a great way to get around and explore during the event as the roads are usually gridlocked.
I don't ride mine through the campsite as I worry abut the 90psi tyres pinging up stones, but I'm considerate like that...
As Bob alluded to previously, there's no reason to bring one inside the circuit as there are just too many people but in my humble opinion once you get out of the circuit they're well worth it.

However they are one more thing to worry about and lock up every time you leave the campsite but millions of stripy jumper wearing Frenchmen with onions around their necks can't be wrong...

JT3K

205 posts

66 months

Wednesday 18th April
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DJFish said:
They're a great way of doing the morning Baguette/Croissant run, and also a great way to get around and explore during the event as the roads are usually gridlocked.
I don't ride mine through the campsite as I worry abut the 90psi tyres pinging up stones, but I'm considerate like that...
As Bob alluded to previously, there's no reason to bring one inside the circuit as there are just too many people but in my humble opinion once you get out of the circuit they're well worth it.

However they are one more thing to worry about and lock up every time you leave the campsite but millions of stripy jumper wearing Frenchmen with onions around their necks can't be wrong...
What this man said.

They do tend to disappear however, but if you're in one of the campsites that's largely grass or has big wide tracks, they can make getting to the toilet block considerably easier if you're a long way away.

Rs2oo

2,131 posts

134 months

Saturday 21st April
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DEFINITELY take them one way or another. We take them every year to go shopping in Mulsanne Village, lunch at Arnage Village, cycling round the circuit on Friday and getting to Arnage Corner at midnight beating all the cars. Contrary to one comment, we never get in pedestrians way because we keep to the roads and are considerate. Enjoy !

JT3K

205 posts

66 months

Monday 23rd April
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Rs2oo said:
getting to Arnage Corner at midnight beating all the cars
All the cars? Bloody hell, I hope you're fielding an Olympic team for Tokyo.

surveyor

13,191 posts

120 months

Tuesday 24th April
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Rs2oo said:
DEFINITELY take them one way or another. We take them every year to go shopping in Mulsanne Village, lunch at Arnage Village, cycling round the circuit on Friday and getting to Arnage Corner at midnight beating all the cars. Contrary to one comment, we never get in pedestrians way because we keep to the roads and are considerate. Enjoy !
And that's why you beat the fking cars as we are all stuck behind the bloody bikes.

JT3K

205 posts

66 months

Wednesday 25th April
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surveyor said:
And that's why you beat the fking cars as we are all stuck behind the bloody bikes.
Just nail a fat rolling burnout. Guarantee they'll get out of the way fairly quickly getmecoat

99dndd

1,104 posts

25 months

Wednesday 25th April
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JT3K said:
Rs2oo said:
getting to Arnage Corner at midnight beating all the cars
All the cars? Bloody hell, I hope you're fielding an Olympic team for Tokyo.
The LMP1s as well?

fatboy18

15,548 posts

147 months

Thursday 26th April
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Watch out for the ditches at the side of the road, Don't ask me how I know!

TransverseTight

746 posts

81 months

Friday 11th May
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JT3K said:
Just nail a fat rolling burnout. Guarantee they'll get out of the way fairly quickly getmecoat
Your rolling burnout will be about 1 yard long as the cars are litererally stuck in a traffic jam from Porsche curves into Arnage Village and down to Mulsanne corner. Nothing to do with bikes, it's literally 200,000 cars a day trying to get around roads designed for 5,000 a day.

Another top way to get around the track is by the free coaches that leave outside the main gate. Good for an after dark tour of the bottom end of the track. But check the times as some don't run all night IIRC.

RE: Bikes we used to stay on Karting nord (best site ever) but had 2 nice bikes pinched the one time we forgot to lock them (as were were getting pissed up hosting a party for about 500 people on the drag strip that used to be there).

The most epic one was where DJ sicklecell was spotting people in costumes of pop artists and quickly getting the back catalogue on, and them taking centre stage in the middle of the road doing a mime. Freddy Mercury is on You Tube somewhere smile Probably 2010 or 2011.

//j17

3,059 posts

159 months

Saturday 12th May
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TransverseTight said:
Your rolling burnout will be about 1 yard long as the cars are litererally stuck in a traffic jam from Porsche curves into Arnage Village and down to Mulsanne corner. Nothing to do with bikes, it's literally 200,000 cars a day trying to get around roads designed for 5,000 a day.
...and then completely screwed-up by the ACOs inability to stream traffic sensible routes to the different campsites.

How about sending Maison Blanche campers on a little loop through Parking Bleu, so you have some space to stack them, rather then 1 at the gate, 1 behind and the next blocking the road?

How about sending Bleu Nord/Sud campers around towards Arnage and down the back road between the two sites so they aren't either part of the main road problem or stuck in it?

TransverseTight said:
Another top way to get around the track is by the free coaches that leave outside the main gate. Good for an after dark tour of the bottom end of the track. But check the times as some don't run all night IIRC.
Yep, officially didn't run all night last year. Officially did before that - but in reality didn't.

The other option for a night outing is to just grab a taxi from the rank opposite the main entrance. You can then either grab their number to call for a pick-up or time your return/move on from Arnage to Mulsanne for when the bus starts running again. Did this a good few years ago so can't remember actual price but wasn't TOO bad if you were filling a cab.

chasingracecars

1,367 posts

33 months

Saturday 12th May
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Buses if I recall finished at 1am from Arnage and about 15 mins later from Mulsanne last year. The issue was they stopped by BSJ and the petit train had stopped an hour before! Resulted in a long walk still.

Im taking a bike to France this year but not sure how much use it will get at the circuit.