Le Tour – Gendarmes and Police
With the advent of the Tour next weekend i was wondering if we will see the traditional French Police/Gendarme motorcycle outriders, then got to wondering what is the difference?Posted 3 years ago
I understand the Gendarmerie is actually a military unit quite seperate from the Police but how does that work in practice?
Plus, if we do get the outriders will they be allowed to carry their firearms? Can’t imagine they will be.jonbaMember
In the road races that I’ve done and marshalled at (National, UCI race last weekend) escort has been by a mixture of police and the NEG
I assume the tour will be done in the same way with mainly British riders so no guns, just flags and a good sense of humour.Posted 3 years agoeddie11Subscriber
It’s not the race I’m wondering about it’s the notorious illegal hooning driving that the support cars and journalist have to do to get round and between stages that seems to be understood and accepted for 3 weeks in France but I’ll be surprised if it works like that in Yorkshire.Posted 3 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Iirc it’s a condition of having the Tour that they bring their own escort riders. In 2007 I was stood by a traffic island and the French motorcyclist was amazing to see in action.
That said, the NEG who escorted the Tour of Britain through the village a couple of years back were also great. The car driver who tried to sneak out of a side road just ahead of the race probably still wishes he hadn’t tried it. Two NEG riders stopped him, closely followed by four police motorcyclists with blues and twos going 😆Posted 3 years ago
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