The Périgord abounds with sensual landscapes, undulating and wooded. Michel Albié,
a onetime rugbyman who is now into motorsport, has followed the curves of his estate
in Saint-Chamassy, south of Le Bugue, and fashioned out a motocross circuit which
is as fearsome as it is gentle. Each jump, or table, is the chance to fly just that
bit further ; it’s all up to the rider and how fit and fired up he’s feeling. And
then there’s the machine of course !
Each man figures out his own course. Such was the case at the meeting on 25 June
with riders from all over France : national or regional competitors, former stars
or future champions. Beside races on state-of-the-art machines (125, 250 or 500cc)
ridden by local competitors – the so-called “promotion” events – Belvès Motorcycle
Club also organized, for the third time, the French Old-Style Motocross Championship,
specially for bikes made before 1983, and bikers over the age of 33.
An excellent vintage : former champions, keen as ever, incorrigible collectors and
all of them out for a good time with their mates. When it was all said and done,
a list of winners and another step towards national championship level, and local
heroes of the day – not unlike an army of Lilliputians attacking the dizzy curves
of the Le Courrèges circuit, created by Michel Albié.