Dear Laura and Massimo
I wanted to let you know what a fabulous time I had on the Motogiro last week. It really is a remarkable event and I think you and everyone else involved in running it really excelled at making it very special. The route was stunning, with amazing and challenging roads through wonderful landscapes. The weather only added to the challenge and rewarded those who tackled the route bravely! Particular highlights were the roads through the mountains, the hospitality of the towns and villages, the cameraderie of fellow competitors and of course the Carabinieri escorts… It was eye-opening to travel through the earthquake zone and see the devastation and the rebuilding.
I am extraordinarily grateful that the team of three talented mechanics managed to repair my little Mondial late at night in Roccarasso, after the breakdown on Campo Imperatore – it was a real emotional high when we fired up the bike at 0130 in the morning after several hours work and worry. I wish I could have thanked them more, but hopefully they know how grateful I was. Please remind them! I know all my friends loved the event too and we would love to return at some point; it’s just a question of finding enough spare time…
Many thanks to all the people involved in running the event – you have a hugely committed group of staff who go out of their way to make the Motogiro what it is.
As far as future routes go, my thought is that a route like this year was excellent, with minimum time on large busy roads and maximum time on twisty rural roads in the mountains. If I compare to when I did it in 2014, then the first day then had a lot of busy, straight roads – not so good compared to this year. Wherever you run it, the history makes us feel special and I would love to join you again some time, work and finances allowing!
I attach some pictures which are special memories.
Very best wishes
FB Mondial 175 Turismo Veloce