A pirate outing to Northern France in 2013, August Bank Holiday

this looks good for something different

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17/08/2012 at 17:41


This event takes place at the new national rowing lake (very much like Holme Pierrepoint or Dorney) that has just opened up in Gravelines - between Calais and Dunkirk.   it's about 20mins drive from Calais ferry terminals.

there's a range of race options from sprint to IM distance - we're looking at the 1/2. 

the bike and run courses are pan flat bar 2 lumpy bits on the bike.

bar the IM distance, all races are afternoon which allows the option of a day trip or overnights and as it's on a Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August, then it's party weekend.  it doesn't really clash with any major UK events which is a bonus,   and it's also bloody cheap compared to UK events!!

anyone interested in joining me and P for this??? 


17/08/2012 at 17:43
Hmmmmm!!! Tempting!!!!
17/08/2012 at 17:43

Gravelines...... nice wine


17/08/2012 at 17:46

nice wine??  never seen a vineyard around there Wilks...   but loads of cheap booze outlets in Calais 

Gravelines is an odd little place - lovely ancient fortified town center but loads of chemical factories around the area and a huuuuuge nucler power plant nearby.   ferk knows why the built the rowing centre there but it's a bonus for us triathletes that they did!

Edited: 17/08/2012 at 17:48
17/08/2012 at 18:00

Does look good, only 400 entries though for the full IM.  Tempted....


17/08/2012 at 18:00

I'm thinking of Chateau Gravelines, which is a Bordeaux!

Still, it's probably cheaper in French supermarkets


17/08/2012 at 18:39
Will I need. Medical certificate ? Teehee.

Looks like a goer
M...eldy    pirate
17/08/2012 at 19:01

FB knows I had a connection with Graveline

Put me down as a possible for something 

Dustboy    pirate
17/08/2012 at 19:13

Maybe. For the Sprint probably, unless they do an Oly.

VTd    pirate
17/08/2012 at 19:13
I'll throw my hat into the ring for the half.
Rafiki    pirate
17/08/2012 at 19:59

I'll join you for the half.... but only if Dave signs my medical insurance form

17/08/2012 at 20:17
I'm not really even a pirate yet but I could be a supporter. I'm about 90 minutes from gravelines
17/08/2012 at 20:31
I'll sign anything. Especially this ie on a Friday night
17/08/2012 at 21:42

Like the look of this,  and nothing else planned for that weekend  Count me in.

17/08/2012 at 22:06

half sounds fun...(I am sure I decided against fast half maras)

oh well

Run rehab session tomorrow so Ill comitt or pull out totally then....

Dustboy    pirate
17/08/2012 at 22:35

I am actually around that way that week this year, might sling the single speed in teh boot & go and suss out the venue, camp sites etc IF I can get a pass from the war office.

TheEngineer    pirate
18/08/2012 at 16:04

I'd be tempted but it's getting there that would throw me... aybody driving from London?


EDIT: Or wanna go halves on borrowing a van? 

Edited: 18/08/2012 at 16:12
18/08/2012 at 22:23

This could be good!  Have to wait and see where I'm living next year, Surrey or Devon!!  

Give us a report when you can Dusty!

Engineer, if I'm Surrey based (hopefully unlikely) I've got a large people carrier / van!  But you could always train it down to Dover, across on the ferry and cycle there!!  

18/08/2012 at 22:24

I'd also need Dave to sign my medical form.  There's no way my doctor would!!  

Trogs    pirate
18/08/2012 at 23:16

Sound like it could be a good day out

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