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do you have a link that humans can read.. erm i mean english speaking beings!!!

http://www.grands-randonneurs-motorises.co...rs&id_cat=4

Search around the site you will find parts in English.

It's not a cheap event, and with the GBP being so weak it makes it even worse. Best to take the food option when booking in as it's very good.

These are normally very well run and diff locks and tyres such as Mud terrains are OK, Simex are a over kill but some do use them, a winch is/will be needed.

A noisy exhaust will/could cause problems mainly green lanes but fairly extreme one's, I take the option to start early 7.30 I think, as you find less queue's at the difficult parts.

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Yep, definately agree, you do want to have the lunch options they are well worth it. it is expensive but an expense you will always remember for the right reasons hopefully. would agree that mud tyres are probably best for this event. If it's dry will be fun, if its wet will definately get the sheriffs badge winking! . try a youtube search.

Steve

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Hi to all, I echo Peter's remark, this is a "must do" event, and it can run to loadsa money what with the weak pound, but, economies can be made by using cheaper accomodation, NOT having the meals and generally self catering, the whole package really is good, from the 'froading bit through the great evenings in "Les Vans" ( the host village) the attitude of the locals, all great, go and have a good time, for me, its the best event of the year! Last year our group rented a house and we catered for ourselves, we have stayed in hotels, but for me, we enjoyed the self catering option more. Worth noting is the weather can be very nice, warm and sunny, don't forget your cozzie, Best regards to all, Bill Westley

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Is it all centred around the one place then?

Yep, but usually there are three groups of start points not in the village itself, about 30 to 40 mins travel, so each day is a different start point and each day three start times, 7.30, 8.30. then 9.30 for the late starters, I suggest that you start early then you are to be sure to finish the roadbook, then back for a shower then into the pool for a dip, job done!!!

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Yep, but usually there are three groups of start points not in the village itself, about 30 to 40 mins travel, so each day is a different start point and each day three start times, 7.30, 8.30. then 9.30 for the late starters, I suggest that you start early then you are to be sure to finish the roadbook, then back for a shower then into the pool for a dip, job done!!!

Oi !!! Billy I didn't see you in the pool last year :D

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Oi !!! Billy I didn't see you in the pool last year :D

This is true, you would'nt have seen Hugh or me in the pool, as we had our own, remember? the one underneath our balcony with the lovely young Italian things with the foul mouths. Also Hugh finds it difficult drinking and eating in the pool, the crumbs off the crackers get soggy, me ? I just concentrate on getting it all ready for the next day, (yeah right!)

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This is true, you would'nt have seen Hugh or me in the pool, as we had our own, remember? the one underneath our balcony with the lovely young Italian things with the foul mouths. Also Hugh finds it difficult drinking and eating in the pool, the crumbs off the crackers get soggy, me ? I just concentrate on getting it all ready for the next day, (yeah right!)

Don't forget your cozzie for Wales in 3 weeks :lol: I believe the soft Welsh water is much kinder to your crackers too !!

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Don't forget your cozzie for Wales in 3 weeks :lol: I believe the soft Welsh water is much kinder to your crackers too !!

I will be there, Hugh will not, he is 'froading in Oz as we speak, lucky devil, I WONT be takin the cozzie as I've heard that it rains in Wales just a lot, I was gonna practice my binge drinkin before it goes out of fashion or gets out of my price range, the good thing is the good value of the event, well done the organizers (#33# Club)

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Don't forget your cozzie for Wales in 3 weeks :lol: I believe the soft Welsh water is much kinder to your crackers too !!

I will be there, Hugh will not, he is 'froading in Oz as we speak, lucky devil, I WONT be takin the cozzie as I've heard that it rains in Wales just a lot, I was gonna practice my binge drinkin before it goes out of fashion or gets out of my price range, the good thing is the good value of the event, well done the organizers (#33# Club)

Who's biaching for you then??

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will you post up a report when you've been?

Absolutely!, our website is being reworked at the moment so hopefully by the time we've done the event it'll be ready for me to write up a lengthy report and hopefully post up some nice pics on there. will also keep you posted here too.

cheers, steve :)

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I fancy this for perhaps next year - so anything I can learn about it (besides one of the chalets having a pool :rolleyes: ) would be greatly appreciated!

Hi, its all been said really, get your booking in, now! its a popular event and getting more so with the northern froaders (German/Dutch/ Belgians) go onto the "Les-Vans" Tourist website sort out your " Herbegment" I think that means accomodation, get your truck ready, thats it. The paper work from the GRM sometimes comes through in English but you'll get by with "menu French" The GRM have a fond regard for the Brits as we are usually not "high maintenance" and of course the Brits always work in a team, which sad to say not all others do. I notice that in your pics you have a nicely sorted disco, will you use this? no probs if you do but you might want to do something about the rear bumper if you havent already. If you go in a group or go on your own dont worry you'll have ball at what I think is one of the most demanding technical drives of your life, this is not a "Bash and Crash" you'll be needing all your concentration and driving skills, a winch could be handy but on the climbs ( they call it a Montee Raid) which are very difficult they normally have a winch truck in position for those who can't manage it. The longest climb recorded on our Brantz was 1.5 kms!!!! not straight up, but that is a long way. A Brantz or similar is really essential or you'll find yourself playing "follow my leader " with someone who you dont really know if THEY know where they are! Also if you stay outside the village go in to "Les Vans one evening and enjoy the ambience of this lovely town.Thats it, go and have fun, as previously stated this is my favourite event, hope its yours too. Best Regards Bill Westley

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Who's biaching for you then??

Biaching? young Nick is co-driver, that is.... in charge of refreshments etc etc. he was great at the "Croisiere Blanche" but I dont know how he'll cope with welsh Wales, but then, Morrisons is only down the road

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