Events in France: The Beaujolais Run 2010 – Reims to Macon

Reims awoke to the lively start of the navigational shoot out, synonymous with this ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ event. Jean-Pierre of Taittinger readied the starting flag as teams anxiously awaited receipt of their cryptic checkpoint clues. The scene outside Pierre-Emmanuel’s offices in Reims was transformed into a mix of childhood dreams with teams attired to the theme; ‘What I Want To Be When I Grow Up’. Unleashed from Reims, teams ceased the challenge and went about solving five cryptic checkpoints in their attempt to cover the course in the shortest possible distance. Each task included an obligatory future aspiration impersonation; guaranteed to bring smiles (and raised eyebrows!) to highly populated villages throughout France. But the air of comedy couldn’t disguise their dedication to finding the shortest route — which didn’t always mean taking the most obvious route. The rolling D-roads of rural France were once again sensational. After three checkpoints including the splendour of Chablis, teams were stunned to find their marshall team waiting for them at checkpoint three. Faces were incredulous as it dawned upon the teams that they were being instructed to multiply lap Dijon’s famous Formula One circuit as part of their navigational trial! Turbos whined, superchargers howled and rubber squeeled as some of Europe’s finest metal was let loose on the finest operational track in France. For many competitors it was their first time at Dijon, following in the footsteps

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