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Old 01-08-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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Talking Les Marmottes 2007

Hi guys,

This week end I've been with a friend in the Alps, French moutains at the Italian border, for a winter motorist meeting called "Les Marmottes", "The Groundhog" in english.

We started from our town, Toulouse and ride 700km to get to Saint Veran, the town where the meeting took place. It's the hightest town of Europe, 2040m high!

We drove by night on the highway to go fast, just making some break for fuel and eat



At 1 o'clock in the morning we stop into a small hotel called "Formule 1". There is hundred of "Formule 1" hotels in France as it's really cheap.



Unpacking our luggage to bring them in our room



Then we slept up to 8am and took a coffee in our room before we left



On the morning the road was a bit icy...



After a 100km ride we got to Saint-Veran to the meeting. That's a really small town, about 100 or 150 people live there I guess...





But it's really a nice place and the weather was really good!



At this meeting half of the bikes are old side-car with their old drivers As you see with the plate some of them come from England...



Nice view for...



I was the first to fall on the snow... but I'm quite use to fall when doing off-road



A little sign was telling "House of the lovers" at the entry of a snowed path...



The path looked to be unsecure...



Be we try to ride on... having some problem with road tires on snow and ice... My friend tried some patented technic without any success





Guys with 2 wheel drive side-car were more confortable on snow...







Some other found the ultimate stuff to ride on snow





When you get to this meeting you get a sticker and feel quite proud



Before the night we get to the entry of the town to install our tents









My friend tried to impress me saying "I don't feel cold!"



This was going to be my house for the night



After a good lunch with typical food in a restaurant, a lot of beer and some unknow alcohol from our tent neighbors the wake up was quite hard at 8am...



But the view was so cool with the moon





New bikes arrived during the night...



And ADV pic...



At 9am we decided to get back home but before that we wanted to went in Italy to have lunch, the road to Italy accross the Alps was great to ride



We tried to race against a helicopter!



We made a break by doing some off-road close to a river







Then we left Italy to get to the Mediterranean sea to ride on the beach of Monte Carlo where there is a famous Formula 1 GP









1500km in the week end, snow, ice, sea, friends, beer, bikes... that's a fuc**** good week end!

Hope you will enjoy this report,
aurel
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:27 AM   #2
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WOW!

Looks cold :shiver

What a huge yacht
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:46 AM   #3
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You guys are burly. I like this guy's idea.

Some people think I'm nuts for building snow chains for my play bike. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:52 AM   #4
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Wow!! That is something incredible!! Any more pics of the GS with the outboard ski's?
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:26 PM   #5
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Good stuff mate,think I,ll stick to the tropics though!!!
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:05 PM   #6
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Aurel,

What a great weekend. How many people were there as it didn't look that many? Stunning scenery there and great fun I'd imagine.

Thanks alot for taking and posting the pictures.

You're obviously a good rider and I would say a good photographer too.

If you're going to the Stella Alpina I hope I get the chance to share a beer with youBut then the Stella is in the summer and may be too warm for you

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Old 01-08-2007, 01:49 PM   #7
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WOW!

Looks cold :shiver

What a huge yacht
Check out the name on the yacht!
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Old 01-08-2007, 03:13 PM   #8
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You are a Groundhog! Great Report!
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:12 AM   #9
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Wow!! That is something incredible!! Any more pics of the GS with the outboard ski's?
No more pics :( But this guy has a blog I know, I just have to find it... Will take a look at that for u!
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:18 AM   #10
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Aurel,

What a great weekend. How many people were there as it didn't look that many? Stunning scenery there and great fun I'd imagine.
About 200 or 300 riders I guess but most of them where staying in hostels/hotels, we were only a few in tents (and on the pics you see only the first base camp, there was another a bit highter) and I missed my camera when we went to see all the bikes in the village...

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Thanks alot for taking and posting the pictures.

You're obviously a good rider and I would say a good photographer too.
Thanks you very much I really appreciate

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If you're going to the Stella Alpina I hope I get the chance to share a beer with youBut then the Stella is in the summer and may be too warm for you

Cheers

Mark
I will be at the Stella Alpina, it's already planned with my friend We'll arrange a meeting over there to have one beer... sorry one dozen beers
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:30 AM   #11
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Another great report Aurel
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:23 AM   #12
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Nice report ...............
A GS with skis ........the ultimate ski machine

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Old 01-09-2007, 07:09 AM   #13
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Looks damned fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffreezing!!

Another great ride report Aurel.....keep us orange crushers posted of when you post the ride reports.

Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:37 AM   #14
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salut super voyage

de tres belle photos !!! on en veut plus
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:46 AM   #15
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More pics comin'

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de tres belle photos !!! on en veut plus
In 10 days we're going to the desert of Bardenas in Spain to have a 3 days off-road ride, I will post many more pictures
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