ATV RACE EVENT: LE TOUQUET BEACH RACE
Speeding along the shore of the English Channel Story and photos by Anthony Brebant
France’s Le Touquet beach race is the country’s most famous and one of the oldest ATV events. Hundreds of racers and tens of thousands of fans descend on the seaside village for the action three hours from Paris. The race is part of the French sand series. An eight-mile track is laid out with three-mile straightaways, huge bowl turns, walls of sand, tunnels and more to test the riders. This year young rider and 2020 winner Randy Naveaux battled the veterans, six-time winners Romain Couprie and Jeremy Warnia.
The race is long enough to force riders to take one pit stop at the halfway point for more fuel and a fresh set of goggles. In the end, the three favorites kept their machines going, and all finished on the podium. It was a battle of attrition, as many of their stronger competitors had mechanical issues.
Davino Bruneel took the French championship after an eighth-place finish at Le Touquet, with Keveen Rochereau a close second. Emilie Bourgeois was the women’s Le Touquet winner.