Introduction to rally racing? // ADV Rider

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Europe has a strong and vibrant rally racing culture, and it’s no surprise that the European rally scene is growing every year. Despite the pandemic, Hellas Rally Raid was a success; The Greece Really nd Iberian Rally is scheduled for September and November, with registrations filling up quickly. Somewhere in the middle, however, there are hybrid rally and practice events and a budding rally racing set to become the next big thing. If you’re not yet sure if you want to try a full race, any of these three events can be the perfect introduction to the world of rallying:

Gibraltar Race

Currently underway, Gibraltar Race is a kind of ADV rally. Open to all cyclists on all bikes, the Gibraltar Race traditionally takes place across Europe, starting in Romania and ending in Gibraltar; This year, due to COVID restrictions, the rally is limited to Italy. 7,000 kilometers in total, seventeen days of racing and fourteen stages, the rally is, on the one hand, a major challenge. On the other hand, it is much more accessible to adventurers; the navigation is GPS-based, not a roadbook, and you can race anything from an all-terrain motorcycle to a mid-size dual sport or a 1200cc adventure bike.

Image: Rally Cool / Gibraltar Race

Notably, the Gibraltar Race 2019 was won by Renato Zocchi about… a scooter. A Honda X-ADV 750cc scooter, to be precise, and Zocchi is a Dakar veteran, but still: if you’re looking to experience what rally racing is like without having to invest in a roadbook navigation kit or get a KTM450, the Gibraltar race might be the answer.

Bosnian rally

Rally Bosnia is a rally format training event that takes place at the end of July. Organized by Geman Stefan Rossner, Rally Bosnia has grown so fast that it is obvious that there is a need to organize events like this: a real rally race without the pressure of timing. Having participated in Rally Bosnia myself, I can attest that the scenery is spectacular, the stages are extremely well planned, the ride as varied as it gets – from the single rocky track to the fast open sections – and the bivoauc camaraderie is unparalleled. . Registration for Rally Bosnia 2021 is now closed, but if you are looking for a rally training event to learn how to navigate a roadbook, improve your riding skills and get an idea of ​​what to expect in a race rally, Bosnia is a fantastic event to try.

European hybrid rally events: introduction to rallying?  // ADV Rider

Bosnian rally

Dinaric rally

This year, Dinaric Rally is celebrating its second edition, but in just one year the event has grown from a chaotic three-day race to a five-day roadbook navigation rally. Last year, Dinaric was all about a crazy enduro race in the Dinaric Alps; this year, the ORGA foresees serious abuse over very long distances, putting the runners to the test. From the sound, Dinaric may turn out to be more brutal than the Albania Rallye, but if you are in pain, long stages and timeless glory, Dinaric Rally is a great choice.

1000 Dunas

Aside from European training events and rally races, North Africa is famous for its great desert rallies such as Merzouga, Africa Eco Race, etc. However, these races are as brutal as they are expensive, and may not be within the reach of the average adventurer; 1000 Dunas, on the other hand, is. Taking place in the fall between Granada and Merzouga, 1000 Dunas is set to become this intermediate level introductory rally open to amateurs, adventurers and other thrill seekers who wish to participate in a rally in the desert without having to sell their organs to pay. this.

European hybrid rally events: introduction to rallying?  // ADV Rider

1000 Dunas is organized by Miguel Puertas, former pilot of the Spanish Air Force and nine times winner of the Dakar Rally; According to him, 1000 Dunas is above all a brutal and high intensity challenge in the Saharan dunes, without the pressure of timing. 1000 Dunas is, in many ways, also a hybrid event where riders are judged on navigation accuracy rather than speed – an ideal scenario for someone who wants to try a desert rally and navigate the dunes. without feeling the pressure to go faster. 1000 Dunas has several different classes – Adventure Raid, Classic, Trail, Hard Trail, Pro, and Elite, and some categories are based on GPS rather than roadbook. In other words, it’s the perfect introduction to desert racing with affordable entry fees, untimed stages, and plenty of room to learn and improve.

Would you rally if you ADV? Do you have any sights on any of the introductory, hybrid or rally training events this year? If not, what is stopping you? Share in the comments below!


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