Paris - Alsace
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actually Neuilly sur Marne to Ribeauville
For many years the town of Colmar has welcomed this classic race on its final stage. In 2015 a new organisation and a new race was born: the MMO - Marche Mythique Organisation has sought to replicate the magic of the Paris Colmar of old. So, now the race heads towards the pleasant town of Ribeauville instead.
Everything you need to know if you want to take part in the Paris Alsace (well almost everything!)
As ever, athletes will be invited to participate dependent on their performances over the qualifying races during the racing season. The qualifying races start in August of the preceding year
- Wadelincourt 24H (BEL) alternating with Vallorbe 24H (SUI) (August) [note: very often the Vallorbe race is cancelled so the first race will be Roubaix)
- Roubaix 28 hours (September)
- St. Thibault 24H (October)
- Bourges 24H (Feb/March)
- Chateau Thierry 24H (March)
- Dijon 24H (April)
Paris Alsace stages
The race is broken down to stages where the race is "neutrsalised" at each stage finish. Within the stages there are control points (PCS) whihc the athlete must reach before it closes to avoid being dq'd.
The 2018 stages:
- Stage 1 Neuilly sur Marne. 2018 saw a new stage 1 which consisted of 8 laps of 1050 meters around the Mairie. Previously, Stage 1 has started in Neuilly and finished in St Thibault.
- Stage 2 Chateau Thierry. Once again 2018 saw a new departure for the race:a 34.8km loop heading back towards Paris, going south of the river Marne to Charly sur Marne (19.9km) and then north of the river back to Chateau Thierry - 14.9km. The women stopped here (transfer to Vitry le Francois for the start stage 3) but the men continued to the stage finish in Epinal.
- Stage 3 (Men): Chateau Thierry - Epinal. This stage includes a compulsory 2 hour stop in Bar le Duc. A stop en route (often for a medical check) has been a feature of the race for many years.
- Stage 3 (Women): Vitry le Francois - Epinal This follows the same route as the mens race from Vitry. 2018 saw another change of the actual route - missing out a lot of hills!
- Stage 4 Plainfang - Ribeauville This stage hasn't change much since the race finished in Ribeauville.
The organisers do tweak the route every year for safety reasons - 20 camper vans on small roads can be difficult!
See below for the stages in more detail.
In 2018 there was a separate race for "newcomers" the Noceenne. This followed the same route as the men until Vitry le Francois where it stopped and then continued from Stage 4 at Plainfang to the finish. Total distance 226.8km.
In the last 4 years, the organisers have used GPS trackers - which are kept in the support vehicle, and it was easy for friends at home to follow the progress of the athletes. Sadly, there was no GPS in operation in 2018 and everyone had to rely on "live" updates form the MMO website and social media.
Results for the qualifying races (where Centurions have taken part)
- Race Rules
- Support vehicles and teams
- Getting there and where to stay
- Registration & medical
and much more....
km from start
Neuilly sur Marne
Neuilly sur Marne
men & women
8 laps of 1050 meters
men & women
2 hour compulsory stop in Bar le Duc
Vitry le Francois
Maps (not a complete set)