Classic Road Rally: Motogiro America

Got an interesting old bike? Come ride with Team CW.

Classic Road Rally: Motogiro America

Team Cycle World is gearing up to take part in the inaugural Motogiro America road rally, and we've got an open slot on the squad up for grabs via the CW website. Got an old bike? Got some free time this July 13-20? Read on.

Inspiration for the rally comes from the Italian road races run town-to-town back in the day. From the Motogiro website: "Originally started in 1914 as the Giro Motociclistico d'Italia, the historic race was loved for its daring open-road excitement and competitive spirit. The competition gained momentum over the years and reached a heyday in the mid-1950s when it became the showcase of Italian motorbike manufacturers. Italy was shaking off wartime trauma at the time and had a newfound zest for all things fast—especially high-performance motorcycles. Many of the bikes were created specifically for the Motogiro, helping to build Italy's legendary reputation for speed, style and performance. Despite its success, the race was ended in 1957 when the Italian government prohibited all (public) road races."

In 2001, some 44 years later, Motogiro D'Italia was reborn when more than 300 riders took to the Italian countryside for a timed-tour rally. That success has lead to a U.S. version, the Motogiro America, which flags off this July 13 from downtown Monterey, California. Each day, rally-goers will cover 100-plus miles (see itinerary) for the five days the event winds its way around the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, returning to Cannery Row for the finish just in time to take in the MotoGP festivities at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Rallyists will be offered a discount $150 package that includes three day passes, preferred motorcycle parking and access to a hospitality tent.

Three Cycle World staffers will be on the rally, and we have room for a reader to join us. We're looking for an interesting bike that qualifies for the Vintage, Super Sport or 1970s Twins class (see class rules). Send photos and a 350-word essay on why you deserve the spot. Writing skills count because you'll be helping with our coverage of the rally. E-mailers send to cwletters@hfmus.com; snail-mailers post to Cycle World Magazine, Motogiro Entries, 1499 Monrovia Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92663. All entries will be posted on www.cycleworld.com. Deadline for entering is June 19.

Just to be clear: You are responsible for getting bike and body to Monterey and back, but we'll take care of the $2400 entry fee, which includes lodging and meals for the five days of the event (though if you wish to stay for the MotoGP, you'll have to make those arrangements). You'll need to cover gas and incidentals, but otherwise you're a guest of Cycle World and the Motogiro America organizers. Important: Please do not enter unless you are absolutely sure you will be able to attend if chosen.