Title:Course de Côte de La Membrolle sur Choisille
Place:La Membrolle sur Choisille
Tracklength:2000 metres (until 2017: 1500 metres)
Elevation change:35 metres (3%)
Altitude finishline:80 metres
GPS coordinates:47° 26′ 2.04″ – 0° 38′ 10.6794″
Fastest Time:0:52,87
Average Speed:136,18 km/h
Short FactsBlue pinpoint on map shows the 2017 finishline.

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Course de Côte de La Membrolle sur Choisille – List of Winners
02/05/2010Michel BaudMartini MK800:45,24Results
01/05/2011Julien BostDallara F3970:45,05Results
29/04/2012Julien BostDallara F3970:45,06Results
05/05/2013Serge ThomasNorma M20F0:42,17Results
04/05/2014Julien BostDallara F3000:42,99Results
03/05/2015Christopher LecarpentierNorma M20 FC0:50,71Results
01/05/2016Serge ThomasNorma M20 FC0:42,52Results
30/04/2017Bernard JaumierSilver Car S20:50,111Results
06/05/2018Anthony Le BellerNorma M20 FC0:52,87Results

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La Membrolle sur Choisille is a small town just north of Tours. Tours developed into a major city already in the Gallic times. Originally, the city was build between the Loire river in the north and the Cher river in the south. In Medieval times the city was more or less split. In the east there was the area around the Cathedral and the Royal Chateau de Tours. The other part in the west situated around the Abbey of Saint Martin, which is where most economic activity took place. Both parts were fortified, creating a double city. As the city grew the empty space between the two centers was gradually filled with buildings. Many of these late medieval and renaissance buildings still exist and are these days beloved by tourists.
The abbey of Saint Martin is named after one of the most important saints in the Roman Catholic religion. In the fourth century Saint Martin was a Roman soldier, who one day gave half his cloak to a naked beggar. That night he received a vision of Jesus wearing his cloak. Already famous in his lifetime, St. Martin settled near Tours. He founded the Abbey which later carried his own name. St. Martin became one of the most popular saints in the medieval times. In no small part helped by succesive French Kings adopting him as their ‘patron’ Saint. The Abbey and the city profited much from the many pilgrims who visited his shrine and they both gained great wealth. The place where his cloak was worshipped was called the capella (Latin for cloak). The word Chapel is now used to describe every place of worship. During the religious wars in the 16th century the abbey of Saint MArtin was sacked by hugenots and it never fully recovered. It was eventually completely destroyed during the French Revolution. At the end of the 19th Century a St. Martin revival started. On the place near to where the old abbey church once stood, a massive new church in the neo-byzantine style was build to hold his tomb.

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