I have been gathering the necessary maps that I will use to plot the route of the 2016 Historique Monte Carlo Rally. At this time, I don’t have a ride in this event but I wanted to go through the preparation needed for this event. The rally organizers provide limited route information to competitors in order to encourage and enhance the importance of navigation. As a rally navigator that was a challenge that I could not resist.
Useful maps for plotting the route of the Historique Monte Carlo Rally are the 1:150,000 scale maps (1 inch = 2.37 miles) sold by Michelin. Below is an image of France that shows the available local Michelin maps. The particular map that the images in this post came from are from Michelin Map 341 that shows the area around Monte Carlo.
Michelin Map Availability For France
The detail on these maps is very good. The map image below shows an area just east of St. Andre Les Alpes which will be a point of concentration.
Sample From A 1:150,000 Michelin Map
At this time, I am not planning on plotting the entire rally route of the Historique Monte Carlo Rally from all of the starting cities, but I will be focusing on the portions of the rally in France. This should be an interesting exercise and a good way for a person living in the USA to get familiar with the rally route. In addition to preparing the rally route on a map, there are professional road book providers who prepare and sell detailed rally instructions in road book format. These road books are very useful.
For more information on this rally check out the event website at www.acm.mc/en