June 2017
June 04, 2017 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 09, 2017
June 11, 2017
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, and the Freedom 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 17, 2017
June 18, 2017
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 14th and Thursday 15th. Circuit de la Sarthe. Le Mans Race starts Saturday June 17th at 3 pm. Admission : from €82. Information and bookings :
www.lemans.org
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June 17, 2017
June 18, 2017
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 : €8 / €4. Free for under-18s. Information : 0344673737
www.prix-de-diane.com
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June 24, 2017
June 25, 2017
Anjou velo vintage
SAUMUR, LOIRE VALLEY. All vintage and old bicycles enthusiasts will enjoy “Anjou velo vintage” the highlight of which is a bike ride taking place on the Sunday and only open to people with bicycle dating from the early 20th century to 1987 and wearing dress no more recent than the 70s. Participants can choose between six routes ranging from 30 km to 120 km long departing from Saumur. The longest one called “Authentic 1868” follows a route comprising road and off road sections. The other ones follow the Loire Valley or explore the region South of Saumur. This event also includes concerts, dance courses, a vintage village featuring period furniture, flea markets of old bikes, frippery, music on an accordion background, a vintage evening with guinguette and swing music. Village open from 10am to 7pm. Dance courses from €15 to €40 Bike ride registration fees: €28. Information and registrations :
www.anjou-velo-vintage.com
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June 29, 2017
July 02, 2017
Natural Games
MILLAU. AVEYRON. The town of Millau hosts the Natural Games, an event dedicated to seven outdoor activities : paragliding, climbing, kayak, canoe, slackline, stand-up paddle and mountain bike. Based on a freestyle spirit, it proposes two different contests for every sport. One dedicated to the followers amateur and confirmed on adapted natural zones. The second reserved for the best world competitors. Dj’s, concerts, video performances and demonstrations are also planned for the evening and four secure spots allow the general public to test all the disciplines. Information and registrations :
www.naturalgames.fr
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July 2017
July 01, 2017 Diamond League
PARIS. Seventh stage of the 2017 Diamond League, the Meeting de Paris will bring together top athletes such as French Renaud Lavillenie, Christophe Lemaitre and Jimmy Vicaut. The meeting will feature 8 track events (men 200 m, 110 m hurdles, 800 m and 3000 m, women 100 m, 400 m, 1500 m and 3000 m steeple) and 5 field events (men triple jump, high jump, javelin throw and pole vault, women shot put). Stade Charlety. 75013 Paris. Opening of the doors at 5.30pm. Meeting starts at 6pm. Admission : €25 to €75. Information and bookings :
www.diamondleague-paris.com
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July 08, 2017
July 09, 2017
Mountain bike weekend
TROIS VALLEES, ALPS. The Trois Vallées Addict Tour is a bike event open to everyone that takes place over one weekend in the resorts of Méribel, Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Brides les Bains. On the first day there are three timed descents in the Allues valley. Then the second day there is a 84 kms “Rando Tour” going through all the resorts. But there are also shorter and less demanding itineraries as it is possible to start in any of the resorts, to do circular routes around each of them and to use ski lifts to by pass the toughest sections. Registration fees : from €23 to €40 per competition. Information and registrations : 0479262488
addicttour.les3vallees.com/
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September 2017
September 09, 2017 Medoc 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. “Music in 33 rpm record” is the theme of the 2017 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 Livran 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 Livran 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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