May 2019
May 30, 2019
June 02, 2019
Big windsurfing event
GRUISSAN. AUDE. The Plage des Chalets hosts the Defi Wind, the biggest windsurfing event in the world. One thousand amateurs and professionals start at the same time in the same race and compete in a direct duel. Famous windsurfers from all over the world come to participate in this event. Registration fee : from €120. Information:
www.defiwind.com
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June 2019
June 02, 2019 Prix du Jockey Club
CHANTILLY, NEAR PARIS. Held at the Chantilly racecourse, the Prix du Jockey Club stands out as one of the leading events of the flat racing season. The finest 3-year-old colts team up with the very best international jockeys. This “French Derby” permits thoroughbred “milers” to test themselves over 2100 m, against specialists in the Classic mile and a half distance (2400 m). This race is contested by colts from the most prestigious French and international stables. The event also features an exhibition of classic cars and a giant picnic. Hippodrome de Chantilly. Avenue des Aigles, 60500 Chantilly. The race meeting commences at 1.50 pm with eight races on the card. Gates open at 11.30 am. Entrance : from €10 / €8. Free for under 18s. Information : 0344673737
www.prixdujockeyclub.com
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June 07, 2019
July 07, 2019
Women’s soccer world cup
FRANCE. Twenty-four national teams compete in the 2019 Women’s soccer world cup. First in a group stage with teams split into groups of four playing a round-robin tournament. Then the top two teams of each of the six groups and the four best third-placed teams will advance to the knockout phase. Games will be played in Lyon, that will host the final, Paris, Nice, Montpellier, Rennes, Le Havre, Valenciennes, Reims and Grenoble. Information :
www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/
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June 14, 2019
June 16, 2019
The Freedom Race
CAEN AND D-DAY BEACHES. The Courants de la Liberté are organized every year to remember and honor the memory of those who lost their lives on the Normandy beaches on June 6th,1944. This event consists of several races for all staminas and abilities. It starts on Friday with a children's race that takes place around the streets of Caen. The following day sees a specialist roller-skating race, “The Freedom Rollers”, and the women-only 5 km long “Rochambelle Race” named after the female ambulance unit of the French Second Armored Division. Sunday is the most important day, with a 10 km long race from the Caen Memorial to the city’s exhibition park, the Pegasus half marathon from Pegasus Bridge to the Caen Memorial, a relay marathon and the Marathon de la Liberté also called D-Day Landings marathon. Considered as one of the top ten marathons in France, it begins in Courseulles-sur-Mer, follows the landing beaches, passes by Pegasus Bridge and finishes at the Caen Memorial. Registrations : from €12 to €50. Information and registrations :
www.lescourantsdelaliberte.com
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June 15, 2019
June 16, 2019
24 Hours of Le Mans
LE MANS. A mythical event in the racing world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans tests the drivers' skill, the cars' performance and the endurance of both. Once again the race attracts the world’s best drivers and the most prestigious car constructors such as Lola-Aston Martin, Audi, Toyota, Honda, Pescarolo, Nissan, Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche and Ferrari. Prior to the race, spectators can also watch the practice sessions held on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th. Circuit de la Sarthe. Le Mans Race starts Saturday June 15th at 3 pm. Admission : from €84. Information and bookings :
www.lemans.org
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June 16, 2019 French Oaks
CHANTILLY, NEAR PARIS. Also known as the French Oaks, the Prix de Diane is one of the world most famous flat horse races. Open to three year old thoroughbred fillies, it is run over a distance of 2 100 meters. But it’s also a fashion event. Ladies wear an array of high fashion and eye-catching hats. Elegantly dressed spectators tuck in their picnic lunches and sip champagne while listening pre-race music provided by bands and singers. Hippodrome de Chantilly. Avenue des Aigles, 60500 Chantilly. The race meeting featuring the French Oaks commences Sunday at 2 pm with eight races on the card. Gates open at 11am. Entrance : €14 / €10. Free for under-18s. Information : 0344673737
www.prix-de-diane.com
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September 2019
September 06, 2019
September 08, 2019
Médoc Marathon
MEDOC. NEAR BORDEAUX. There is no other Marathon like the Marathon du Médoc, a race that is notorious for its rare blend of wine tasting and marathon running. The region's world-famous chateaux - including Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse, Chateau Gruaud-Larose, Chateau Beychevelle or Chateau Cordeillan-Bages - open their grounds and cellars to offer runners some of the world's most respected wines at 22 drinks stations along the route. There are also 21 food stands serving local delicacies from foie gras and oysters to ham, steak, cheese and ice cream. Fancy-dressed runners are numerous and prizes are awarded for the best costumes. “Super Heroes” is the theme of the 2019 edition. The race is limited to 8,500 participants but it attracts more than 100 000 spectators and the party starts well before it begins though. The night before, Château Larose Trintaudon hosts a Pasta Party, while in the town of Pauillac a party continues well into the night on the quays of Gironde and in the Marathon village where numerous bands give concerts and where there are many restaurants. In the evening after the marathon, a huge free ball open to all and a fireworks display also take place in Pauillac. On the Sunday morning, a 9 km long relaxing walk named Recovery Walk takes place through the vineyards around Château Larose Trintaudon where is also held a gastronomic lunch. Marathon at 9.30 am. Registration : €86, €128 with the Pasta Party Information :
www.marathondumedoc.com
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