Language barrier – Although many of the racers, promoters and locals speak English, you will find that outside of the racing, you will be at a slight communication disadvantage. A pocket translator or simply taking some time to familiarize yourself with some of the basic communication words will help you immensely. We DO have a team translator to fall back on that will be with us most of the time.
Race Bikes – are typically provided. While some are new, many are used but in good shape. We are able to add or change anything we need to get it comfortable for the rider. It is the rider and support team responsibility to bring any and all comfort items as well as any modification components and spare parts. Typically, we always get a day of testing prior to the start of the event. Example suspension, jetting, brake pads, things that can be taken with you on your travels, so you don’t have to buy it there. It will be much more there. We test at a practice track 15 miles from the event in Etain, France on Thursday July 14th.
If you bring your personal suspension, make sure there are NO stickers or decals that indicate there is any pressure or gas in the suspension or the airlines will not allow you to take the suspension on the aircraft. Tell them they are empty. A metal or plastic gun case works well for most suspension components.
Lodging – The promoter will provide lodging. Saint Jean Verdun, France
Passports – are a major issue and can take weeks to obtain. You will need a passport to enter another country. Once you are at your final destination you can travel in your car from country to country without a passport. You only need it at the airports.
Airline tickets & car rental – get more expensive as you get closer to your departure date. As soon as you are notified of your selection to be on the Team, waste no time in booking your flights. The airlines say that around 90 days is the best time to buy. There are many different routes to take to get to Verdun, France via many airlines. We find it’s easiest to fly to LUX (Luxembourg) or CDG (Paris). Rent your car online when you buy your flights. From LUX the track is about 1 & 1/2 hours 80 miles southwest. Paris is about 2 & 1/2 hours or 160 miles due west of the track. Example Hotwire.com is about $1500.00 including a mid-size car rental from Tampa TPA to LUX as of 1/20/15. I’ve heard from some families using travel agents to handle everything and got a pretty good deal. Book as soon as you are confirmed to be on the team as Rental car supply is sometimes low. Transportation to and from the event is your responsibility. Fuel is about $3 to $5 a gallon. Paris CDG to track driving route or LUX Findel airport to track driving route
Food – There are several LARGE grocery stores in the town of Verdun near the track. You might want to bring a supply of snacks but remember what you bring you have to carry thru customs/airports etc.
Racing Fees – All of Team USA’s entry and spectator fees are covered by the promoter. You will pay a 70 euro FIM/FFM membership fee
Time differential – Be aware that there can be a substantial time difference between where you live and where you are going. EST at Noon here is 6 pm there. You will be 6 hours ahead.
Hospitals there are God forbid 3 hospitals literally minutes away from the track.
Money – Be aware of the money value exchange rate from US to EURO varies. This varies you can do it thru your bank, most major Airports have exchange counters. Best way, make sure your credit card will work in France. When arriving go to the closet or most convenient ATM to get Euro’s in the airport or along the way to Verdun. This will give you the cheapest conversion rate you will pay. It is important you have cash (Euro’s) or a Credit card that has a chip on it for European use. Please contact your banking center ahead of time if you are not sure. There are ATM’s few and far between at SOME points along the away, but again you must have the right credit card for it to work.
Cell phones – I HIGHLY RECOMMEND for Verizon users turn on international calling feature (go to your online account or call them) and use your domestic plan over there or you can buy a local cell providers SIM card in France and purchase a Holiday plan from a company called ORANGE. Buy online before you go “Orange Holiday plan” 2 hours of international use, 1000 texts & 1GB of mobile data for $58. Or you can buy a sim card and plan at the AÉROVILLE mall just outside the CDG airport (free parking) here is the link to the store inside the mall or there are 2 Orange stores in Verdun. You WILL need mobile data to drive around if you plan on using your phone to navigate. iPhones use a nano SIM card. Simply pop yours out and put theirs in. Here’s a Video to change your SIM card or they will do it for you and get your phone set up while you wait.
Most USA cell phones will work in most other countries, but you will HAVE to set that up with your carrier. Example Verizon has $4.99 access per line plus .50 cent per text sent, .5 for text received. Data is $25 per 100mb which can go pretty fast if you plan on using your GPS & Social Media. In the past bills have been over $200. You may also contact your cell phone provider to see if your phone is unlocked for international use (iPhone 5 and higher are internationally ready in most phones)
Team Shirts – will be provided for the rider and mechanic 6 in total. extra’s can be ordered for $10 each. Every year a great company steps up and provides the team with t-shirts or team shirts.
Graphics – Every year a awesome company provides the team with matching TEAM USA MX graphics.
Video, Photos & Social media – Gregg Brotman from RADMX.com will be shooting an overall event video for Team USA (approx. 30-40 minutes) of on and off the track action that goes on over there. You will also get an individual personal video showing highlights of your individual races. Interviews, photos, LIVE social media posts to keep friends & family posted as your races are completed is also included. A Team USA video will be produced and posted online here in the USA & in Europe on major websites. Team USA MX posters with your picture on it will also be provided for the many, many autographs you will sign. You can expect coverage from Vurbmoto, MXPTV, http://www.mxcom.eu ,http://www.motocrossmag.be to name a few.
Total Cost – Typically in the past years for a Parent and their rider spend about $5000 for the entire trip (flight & car rental priced at approx. $1500 each). Since the lodging, race bikes, entry & race fees are all taken care of. You will be responsible for your own flights, car rental & gas for your rental, any extra entertainment.
Please don’t get the Mx Master Kids confused with the FIM Jr. World Championships the AMA hand selects that team and you are responsible for all costs.
The promoter for the MX Masterkids “Michel Costitch /MX FAN”