EDI - France
EDI's first race of the year was held in France. We ended up on a one lane road in Annecy, France. The course was about 3/4's of a mile, with three hairpins. Speeds in the high 50's entering the hairpin, but you almost had to stop to make it through the hairpin.
Early in the Week
Kurtis and I left The Highland Wheels on Monday and spend two days in Paris.
Thursday, May 31st
We flew from Paris to Nice Thursday morning. We planned on spending a day and a half in Nice before the race. Both Kurtis and I had a ton of luggage, and since this was a domestic flight we got hit with a fairly hefty excess baggage fee! We met up with Bob Scwartz at the airport. Manu was there to pick us up. He squeezed the three of us and our equipment in his jeep.
Fortunately Chris Chaput and his dad are in the hotel. They are rooming with Bob. I'm hungry, haven't eaten all day. The restaurant is closed (its around 3 PM and won't open till 6) We are told the only thing open is the McDonalds 5 km away!
Friday, June 1st
We decided to spend the day in Nice.It turns out that we can't race in Carros! But don't worry we they have a backup road, in Annecy, about 8 hours away! We would spend Saturday driving there and race on Sunday.
But first we were going to dinner.
Saturday, June 2nd
We were supposed to be leaving from the "Ford" hotel at 11:00 AM.
Sunday, June 3rd
We had a fairly leisurely morning, since we couldn't race until noon. We had breakfast in the hotel, and then packed up and checked out. We went up to the hill, where we saw it for the first time. The road was barely one lane wide.
Somehow the Brits found out that the race was rescheduled, and the flew into Geneva. But their flight left at like 7pm. So the plan was to get the luge out of the way first. We got three practice runs, one qualifying runs, and then ran a dual.
As soon as racing was over, a few of the lugers took off for the airport. Then the standup guys raced. Manu takes the first hairpin cleanly.
Time for the awards, which were some nice look bowls.
The festivities wrapped up around 9 PM. It took us about an hour to pack up and leave. We hit the road at 10 PM for the ride back. We stopped at a gas station for gas and dinner and motored our back to Nice. Chaput and I were in Chaput's rental, and we made a wrong turn once. Thankfully we caught up with the caravan before they left the freeway. We got to Manu's house about 5 AM, where the rest of our luggage was stored.
This trip came very close to being a bust. Fortunately most of us from America had come over for the Highland Wheels Extreme but it would have been horrible for those that came just for this race. But EDI came through and found another course, although it was on the other side of the country. While the race course was fun, I personally don't think its a world class race course. The course is a great practice area, but is too short and narrow for a race, especially a race where athletes from around the world are come too. There were no physical injuries.