|The famous Monte Carlo Grand Casino was the inspiration for Ian Fleming when writing the James Bond novel Casino Royale. Another Bond film, GoldenEye, was also filmed here.|
Now I am directly behind Casino Square which is a beautiful setting on any day or night. I continued through the square with the Casino itself now on my left hand side as the route carries on south towards the harbour as I pick up the race track travelling east along Avenue des Spelugues.
1.9km to this point - Now the fun starts!
From here, you will nwo be staring straight at the entrance of the infamous tunnel which travels underneath the Hotel. During the race, the F1 cars will travel through here at around 260km (160mph) in almost darkness. I had the darkness part okay, but I was travelling fractionally slower than the drivers.
You are now well and truly on the race track and it is simply a case of following along it as it sweeps left (south west) mirroring the shape of the harbour as you travel through through the part of the track known as the swimming pool.
|The harbour in Monte Carlo is home to some of the world's most glamorous and indulgent yachts|
Through the first corner and now charging up the hill solely on adrenaline at this point, like a kid playing on a playstation, I could not resist the temptation to complete one more lap and a full circuit of the 3.36km track, so I followed D'Ostende Avenue east, left and then right past the Casino to Avenue des Spelugues which is where I had picked up the track earlier in the run.
|Monte Carlo Country Club, home of the Rolex Monte Carlo Tennis Masters event|
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|My future mode of transport. (The scooter, not the yacht with helicopter!)|