Author Topic: Le douze-Cents 2024  (Read 1894 times)

Le douze-Cents 2024
« on: 28 March, 2024, 06:38:08 am »
Hello
the 1200 km "le Douze- cents" is back in France.
This is one of the most beautiful Brevet Randonneur that will take you through the Massif-Central (medium mountains).
The start is near Tours (Airport) on Monday 29 July at 8pm.
https://ledouzecents.blogspot.com/

registration
https://ledouzecents.blogspot.com/p/inscription-registration.html


jpm

Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #1 on: 28 March, 2024, 11:28:41 am »


I'm in!

This will be the third time riding this, an excellent event (the last time being 2016)! A highy recommended event to some beautiful areas of France!

The event neatly sits betwen two weekends, so making it possible to ride to the start and back. Newhaven-Dieppe ferry overnight at 23:30 Friday 26/07, arrving 04:30 Saturday 27/07. Sat and Sun to ride approx 375km to Tours. Monday to chill and start the ride at 20:00, to finish Friday lunch time. Ride back on Sat and Sun to Dieppe for an 18:00 departure, arriving Newhaven 21:00.

It's also possible by train via Paris (Eurostar & TGV).

Link to the stages:
1 Veigné -Royère-de-Vassivière
2 Royère-de-Vassivière - Le Falgoux
3 Le Falgoux - La Canourgue
4 la Canourgue - Loubaresse
5 Loubaresse - Le Puy-en-Velay
6 Le Puy-en-Velay  Col du Béal
7 Col du Beal -La Chatre
8 la Chatre - Veigné

mattc

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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #2 on: 30 March, 2024, 10:40:56 am »


I'm in!

This will be the third time riding this, an excellent event (the last time being 2016)! A highy recommended event to some beautiful areas of France!

The event neatly sits betwen two weekends, so making it possible to ride to the start and back. Newhaven-Dieppe ferry overnight at 23:30 Friday 26/07, arrving 04:30 Saturday 27/07. Sat and Sun to ride approx 375km to Tours. Monday to chill and start the ride at 20:00, to finish Friday lunch time. Ride back on Sat and Sun to Dieppe for an 18:00 departure, arriving Newhaven 21:00.

It's also possible by train via Paris (Eurostar & TGV).

Me too(in case you need a tow  ;) )

Got round PBP ok, how hard can this be??

Probably take Portsmouth night ferry, and some slow trains plus some riding. I suspect Tours justifies a day as a pedestrian tourist  :)
Has never ridden RAAM
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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #3 on: 30 March, 2024, 12:47:52 pm »
I'm in, with Nick Allen (SWRC)

Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #4 on: 30 March, 2024, 12:56:56 pm »
Got round PBP ok, how hard can this be??
Didn't get round PBP ok, how hard can it be??? Err...for me?...very :-)

But it looks like a cracking ride.
Proper audax self-reliance too by the looks of it.....no published times etc....love it.
https://ledouzecents.blogspot.com/p/autonomie-self-reliance.html
So, so tempted....but I have to be sensible [which means not logging onto the site after a beer later today].
Garry Broad

mattc

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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #5 on: 08 July, 2024, 12:58:35 pm »
Finally booked ferries. So I guess this is really on!?!

Feels a bit unreal, what with the lack of buildup that PBP had. Anyway, allons'y!
Has never ridden RAAM
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No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles

manyrivers

Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #6 on: 10 July, 2024, 10:05:12 am »
How hard can it be? Fiendishly. It's orders of magnitude tougher than PBP. Aside the climbing and controls difference, throw in the heat of the day and you have a bona fide  challenge. One that'd get the better of many a seasoned audaxer. It is hard.

Salvatore

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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #7 on: 10 July, 2024, 02:53:43 pm »
Random memories from when I rode it (or the first half of it). Not much use to anyone, but here you are:
- very very hot (high 30s at least) which was probably my undoing
- some very vivid hallucinations
- some very lumpy bits and questionable road surfaces
- small field, which gave it an intimate feel (more like Herentals than PBP or the modern LEL)
- just before reaching a secret control (on Puy Mary Pas de Peyrol - see today's TdF route) being greeted with cries of "Allez John" from a couple sitting  on a wall at who had nothing to do with the ride. They had driven up there and asked the controller what was going on. Andreas from Mannheim had just arrived and told them that I would be next.
- meeting a local rider on the descent who guided me through Aurillac. Very helpful.
- 2 of us going into a cafe for a coffee and a stamp - the owner seemed reluctant but later came over to us with a fridge-magnet thermometer souvenir each. I've still got mine somewhere.
- bumping into Mr and Mrs Valkyrie a couple of days before the ride - they just happened to be at the same place in the same town at the same time  as me
- after abandoning, riding back to Aurillac and spending  a night in a hotel, I got the train back to Tours. By coincidence another passenger was a rider who had packed. Passengers were complaining to the exasperated ticket inspector that the AC wasn't working, to which he replied that it was, but couldn't cope with such high temperatures
-meeting the  Chabriands at the finish
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

Salvatore

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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #8 on: 10 July, 2024, 03:26:20 pm »
Here's the thread from  2012 https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=52045.0

Apparently nearly half the field had packed by the end of the first day (source:me)
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

vorsprung

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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #9 on: 10 July, 2024, 05:20:16 pm »
Got round PBP ok, how hard can this be??

The 2020 route was 15000 metres ascent going all the way up to 1600m peak
On PBP there is a school dinner every 50km
But you've booked the ferry now so it's too late to get cold feet :)

alfapete

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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #10 on: 10 July, 2024, 05:29:17 pm »
All these helpful comments. I have faith in you, Matt, look forward to hearing the story.
alfapete - that's the Pete that drives the Alfa

Genosse Brymbo

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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #11 on: 11 July, 2024, 10:43:41 am »
Finally booked ferries. So I guess this is really on!?!

Feels a bit unreal, what with the lack of buildup that PBP had. Anyway, allons'y!
Enjoy yourself Matt, and best of luck with the ride.  It's also good to see your French is better than your German  :P
The present is a foreign country: they do things differently here.

mattc

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Re: Le douze-Cents 2024
« Reply #12 on: 18 July, 2024, 06:53:53 am »
All these helpful comments. I have faith in you, Matt, look forward to hearing the story.
Bless you Pete!

And thanks everyone else for the support.
Has never ridden RAAM
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No.11  Because of the great host of those who dislike the least appearance of "swank " when they travel the roads and lanes. - From Kuklos' 39 Articles