The 17th Critérium de Bonchamp is Friday, July 1

The 17th edition of Bonchamp Cycling Criterium will take place on Friday, July 1. Organized by the association LEISURE ENTERTAINMENT BONCHAMP with the technical support of LAVAL CYCLING 53, this event brings together the best Elite riders, 1st, 2nd, 3rd category, as well as Juniors and Pass’Cyclisme. Every year, between 80 and 110 runners take the start to compete on the 5 kilometer circuit to be covered 18 times. The start of the race will be given at 7:15 p.m. and the arrival is scheduled two hours later, at 9:15 p.m. A festive evening under a marquee with a meal will end the day. Find below some information related to the Bonchamp Cycling Criteriumwhich can rely on Daniel Mangeas for the animation and the essential mobilization of 95 volunteers for the organization.

Video – Daniel Mangeas will host the Critérium de Bonchamp

The particularity of this criterion

The reputation of this criterium is its atmosphere, with, at every turn, numerous bonuses for all the groups. This evening is an explosive mix of Sprint, Primes and the smell of barbecue in Rue de la Faux. Animation by the voice of Roundthe announcer Daniel MANGEASand the bonus of 400 euros on the 10th lap only accentuate the fight in the peloton and the average for the event often approaches 45 km/h.

Prestigious winners

The first winner was Mickael DIGUET in 2005, who always comes to compete in this criterium with great pleasure. In 2009, we saw the victory of Quentin Gougeon, the child of Bonchamp, in front of his public and all his supporters. In 2016, Julien PETILLEAU had deprived the 2 riders of LAVAL CYCLING 53, Corentin DAVY and Kevin KERVRAN, narrowly beating his 2 breakaway companions in the sprint. In 2017, it is Fabien SMITHthe experienced rider from Cotes d’Armor, who beat Erwann BRENTERCH. Fabien SMITH was crowned best amateur runner this same year 2017.

In 2018, victory finally went to a runner from LAVAL CYCLING 53 with Tommy POUGET, after 13 years of scarcity. In 2019 it is Maxime PASTUREL who won under the colors pink and chocolate. In 2020, the criterium did not take place due to the covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, it is again a Laval resident who won with the great victory of Jocelyn BAGUELIN. In 2022, one week after the France championship which will have taken place in CHOLET, the competition will be terrible and many will want to win because registering their name on the Bonchamp Criterium has become a great reference. Many participants have moved into the professional ranks, some of whom are still there.

A publicity caravan

In total, 120 companies or businesses come to sponsor and allow the success of this criterion. Before the race, from 6:15 p.m., an advertising caravan, with around ten vehicles, will circulate in Bonchamp and will take Rue de la Faux, Rue du Maine, Rue Charles de Gaulle and Rue des Prés twice. For 7 years, this caravan has been the pride of the partners of the critérium and the happiness of the children who enjoy the sweets, chocolates and various objects…

Important information

Bibs at 6:00 p.m. at Bar PMU “le 2700m”, rue de la Faux. Start of the race at 7:15 p.m. Arrival expected around 9:15 p.m. During the race, a stop will authorize traffic only in the direction of the race. Traffic will be prohibited Rue de la Faux. Parking will be strictly prohibited on the circuit on Friday July 1st from 6:15 p.m. Thank you to all the residents for their understanding if we want to maintain entertainment in our commune. Flaggers in place at 6:30 p.m. Free program with the list of riders available at the podium. About sixty marshals are needed to ensure the safety of the race and 2 qualified first aiders are ready to intervene in the event of a fall. In total, the organization mobilizes 95 volunteers.


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