All booked for 2019

All booked for 2019

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Trackdayguy

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207 posts

7 months

Monday 20th August
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Have our booking confirmed by Travel Destinations for our 2019 Le Mans trip. Its quite a jaunt from Alberta, Canada.

Been 8 times now and each time have caught the ferry from either Poole or Portsmouth, this time we decided to catch the train London - Paris, Paris - Le Mans, and the other guys from the UK who make up our group will pick us up at the station in Le Mans. The car hire is a real problem on a Canadian license when taking it out of the UK, last year the 5 of us from Canada rented a 7 seater Citroen from Gatwick, cost an arm & a leg, so figured we give the train a try.


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//j17

3,058 posts

159 months

Monday 20th August
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If you're on the train just jump on the tram from the stop right outside and ride that towards the circuit.

Depending where you're staying/how much you're carrying you might be able to go all the way to the circuit and walk/ride the little train to your campsite. Worst case you could jump off at Center Sud, somewhere it will be much easier/quicker for your friends to pick you up from than the station. And you can have coffee and a nice patisserie while you wait.

Alternativly book your train tickets through to Arnage. A quick change of trains in Le Mans and again a much easier/quicker pick-up for your friends (though not sure if the bar's still there?).

wsn03

468 posts

37 months

Monday 20th August
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Eurostar and the train to Le Mans are excellent, used them both but on separate occasions. I took the tram to the stop that sits alongside the entrance at Tetre Rouge

My ex-wife is from Alberta btw, im still scarred from that experience! biggrin

99dndd

1,087 posts

25 months

Monday 20th August
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Did the Paris-Le Mans train this year. It's great if it's not on strike. wink 3/5ths of the TGVs were running on the days I was travelling and my train thankfully wasn't cancelled. 55 minutes from station to station and the tram stop is right outside. The GPS speedo on my phone ticked over to 187mph once but the train sat at a steady 186mph.

Good to know it's not too early to plan for 2019!


Ranger 6

5,947 posts

185 months

Monday 20th August
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If you haven't already booked the train, don't go to Paris, change at Lille. There's a direct train from Lille to Le Mans which I took for the Classic this year. It's much better than the slog my friends had from Paris.
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Printertosh

474 posts

104 months

Monday 20th August
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Ranger 6 said:
If you haven't already booked the train, don't go to Paris, change at Lille. There's a direct train from Lille to Le Mans which I took for the Classic this year. It's much better than the slog my friends had from Paris.
Yep, change at Lille much easier smile

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

207 posts

7 months

Monday 20th August
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Thanks for all the great advise, the train change at Lille sounds a great idea.

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

207 posts

7 months

Monday 20th August
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wsn03 said:
My ex-wife is from Alberta btw, im still scarred from that experience! biggrin
Yea there’s some pretty mouthy women out here in the Wild West, but pretty helpful if you need your wood chopped or puncture fixed on your pick up

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

207 posts

7 months

Monday 20th August
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The last time we went in 2017 we made the mistake of booking a grandstand seat by the Dunlop bridge. The seats are very uncomfortable, but the worse part was the dreadful French commentator, shouting and trying to wind the crowd up. Won’t make that mistake again. The private viewing area in the TD campsite is great, but favourite spot is Arnarge.

//j17

3,058 posts

159 months

Tuesday 21st August
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Trackdayguy said:
The last time we went in 2017 we made the mistake of booking a grandstand seat by the Dunlop bridge. The seats are very uncomfortable, but the worse part was the dreadful French commentator, shouting and trying to wind the crowd up. Won’t make that mistake again. The private viewing area in the TD campsite is great, but favourite spot is Arnarge.
1. The seats themselves are exactly the same in every Le Mans grandstand I've used. Just take a bit of foam with you to avoid numb-bum/the but cheek shuffel.
2. The French commentator is broadcast on the PA system all up and down the start/finnish zone and if you're hearing him it's your own fault for not having headphones and a radio tunes to Radio Le Mans. Also the French language commentator is much better than the oh-my-god-where-did-they-find-such-an-English-cliche English language one they give the mic. to for 3min every hour or so.

wsn03

468 posts

37 months

Tuesday 21st August
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Trackdayguy said:
Yea there’s some pretty mouthy women out here in the Wild West, but pretty helpful if you need your wood chopped or puncture fixed on your pick up
I clearly met the wrong one. All she was good at was spending money I didn't have whilst pointing out how sh**t I was !

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

207 posts

7 months

Friday 24th August
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wsn03 said:
I clearly met the wrong one. All she was good at was spending money I didn't have whilst pointing out how sh**t I was !
OUCH

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

207 posts

7 months

Friday 24th August
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Anyone know of a nice little bakery in or around Arnage village. Got get me some of those nice french sticks, I'm talking bread here guys.....

Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

207 posts

7 months

Saturday 25th August
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The last time we went in 2017 we made the mistake of booking a grandstand seat by the Dunlop bridge. The seats are very uncomfortable, but the worse part was the dreadful French commentator, shouting and trying to wind the crowd up. Won’t make that mistake again. The private viewing area in the TD campsite is great, but favourite spot is Arnarge.

FredericRobinson

1,542 posts

168 months

Saturday 25th August
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Trackdayguy said:
The last time we went in 2017 we made the mistake of booking a grandstand seat by the Dunlop bridge. The seats are very uncomfortable, but the worse part was the dreadful French commentator, shouting and trying to wind the crowd up. Won’t make that mistake again. The private viewing area in the TD campsite is great, but favourite spot is Arnarge.
What's French for déjà vu?

Great Dane

2,224 posts

102 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Trackdayguy said:
Anyone know of a nice little bakery in or around Arnage village. Got get me some of those nice french sticks, I'm talking bread here guys.....
The Super U at Arnage must have an in-house bakery because the one at Le Pin has and is smaller... nice sticks....

49neil

49 posts

155 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Trackdayguy said:
Anyone know of a nice little bakery in or around Arnage village. Got get me some of those nice french sticks, I'm talking bread here guys.....
Feuillette Arnage
182 Boulevard Pierre Lefaucheux, 72230 Arnage,

lovely breakfast, cakes, pastries etc,


Trackdayguy

Original Poster:

207 posts

7 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Thanks we’ll check it out