Motogiro d'Italia 2008 - Rome to Vieste and back. This year we started in Rome, one glance at the schedule could tell you the new team organizing the event this year was taking the compitition seriously - raising it to another level if you will. Nine hour days of mountain riding would have done just that but for the first time in eight years, we had days of bad weather. The result was the toughest Motogiro d'Italia yet. Thanks to Christian Clarke and Lorainne Bockmier for their fine photos.
Photos by Vicki Smith, Christian Clarke, Lorainne Bockmier. Story by Vicki Smith
Think this looks like fun? Here's the link for Motogiro America:
and Motogiro d'Italia:
Next year? Bologna to the Italian Riviera!!! See you there.
Roma! Historic, hectic, crowded, crazy, amazing incredible Rome. From Rome to Vieste at the sea and back. This is our task over the next 5 days....
We start at the Cavalieri Hilton, one of the top 100 hotels in the world. One glance at this oil covered Motobi thrown up against the fountain at the entrance, just past the line of high dollar cars, bustling valets and expensively dressed patrons and it's clear this is going to be interesting
That's the lorry (British for truck) that has brought many of the English speaking riders bikes. It's practically impossible to send them in directly to Italy so they truck them in from England. They unloaded all afternoon
That's Eric Clark. He and his twin brother Christian live in Florida and shipped their bikes from there.
Last few in the lorry, 5 days later they load them all again!
The cast of characters is many of the same "usual suspects" that do this every year. The crazy Spanierds are first on the scene. This year Gabriel is on the Motogiro America poster so it's been added to the decopodged trailer. In it is a full wood bar, a motorized outdoor rotisserie, 35 gallons of beer and gifts for the crowd (stuffed bulls that play a bullfight sound and yell OLE!). Oh yes, also 2 little bikes.
That's Luis on the left. The story is he was Salvador Dali's muse as a child and spent much time in his company. Gabriel is a Marquisse or something titled like that. Larger than life, both of them but honestly, all I really know for sure is they are an awful lot of fun and this event would suffer without them
Always a highly kept secret what bikes they are bringing, this year the MV 750's and Bultaco's stayed home in favor of really obscure choices. Gabriel rode this 65cc Derbi
And Luis rode this Reiju with really crazy suspension. It drew a crowd all the first day, everybody wanted to see how it worked.