Trophée Andros, the famous car race on snow, comes to Alpe d'Huez Dec. 17 and 18. This will be the 22nd year for this race, which takes place every year in several ski resorts throughout France.
The event begins Friday afternoon, with technical verifications, briefings, time trials, and the firest round of qualifications for both electric and petrol-fueled cars.
Saturday, spectators can watch the second group of qualifications as well as the finals, for both types of cars.
Last year, organisers introduced electric cars to the race. "The Trophée Andros is a wonderful opportunity for electric cars. The competition has always been a technological laboratory that allows for real progress," said Frédéric Gervoson, CEO of the Andros company and one of the creators of the event.
One of the things that has convinced spectators to come out into freezing weather for more than 20 years is the festive atmosphere that the Trophée Andros creates. The race track is rather compact, allowing spectators to see almost the entire lap from any given point.
Although the atmosphere is relaxed - fans can even speak with the pilots after the race - the competition is intense. According to François Chatriot, pilot, "The only way to win the Trophée Andros is to attack like a beast. If you calculate and try to limit your risks...you're sure to lose...You can't halfway do it."
Admission to the event costs €11.70 for Friday, €13.70 for Saturday or €22 for both days.
Tickets can be booked through www.ticketnet.fr or bought in Alpe d'Huez the day of the event.