The 2019 Umbria Rally, part of the “le vie dei Bisonti” calendar, gave us an eighth edition in the name of wonderful landscapes, adventure and a perfect organizational machine.
We arrived in Perugia on April 25th, in the beautiful Carducci Gardens, which hosted the bikes of the participants under the curious eyes of citizens and tourists, while the organizing secretariat proceeded as a locomotive in the “Galeazzo Alessi” Chamber of Commerce, the splendid ex-church of the Renaissance. We retrieve our number 76, technical information, GPS routes and register with Whip, the application that will be used for the live tracking of competitors. Among other things, it’s nice to note that there are people who have never set their feet off-road but are happy to get dirty together with their maxi-enduro bikes.
The Moto Club Umbria team, which boasts over 300 members, including UISP and FIM members, has really thought of everything. In over 25 they rolled up their sleeves to let us cover about 800km of tracks, with a great job of reconnaissance and exploration between 35 municipalities and at least 50 other sites of historical, artistic, naturalistic, landscape or archaeological interest.
Friday 26, let’s go! After the institutional welcome, carried by Maria Teresa Severini (Councilor for Culture and Tourism) in the splendid Sala dei Notari (today the municipal hall, formerly the Parliament of the Free Municipality of Perugia in the 14th century), the first stop took the away from the heart of Perugia: Piazza IV Novembre, between the Palazzo dei Priori and the Fontana Maggiore.
We are complete: 175 participants (including several foreigners) in addition to the staff that will accompany us along the stage. There is every kind of bike over 150kg (more or less) from old ladies 70/80/90 to the most recent BMW, Africa Twin. The ring of almost 270km was oriented to South East, touching Lazio. We obviously started climbing early, on white and dusty roads. As you climbed the ground it began to be slightly more hostile, but nothing that the Bisons (bicylindrical bikes) could not overcome. Going south, towards Montecchio we have skirted the Lake Corbara and then we head to Fratta Todina, unfortunately in the rain, where the pro-loco of the place has well fed us. The mud was not lenient, but the first day was still beautiful and intense and fortunately the sun also returned to bring us back to Perugia.
Saturday 27, day two. The second leg of 310km is directed to the South-West, in the direction of Assisi, passing through the beautiful Eremo delle Carceri and the Apennine ridge with a breathtaking view, finally under a beautiful sun. Descending along the Apennines, between meadows and dirt roads, we followed the ridge of the Sibillini Mountains up to the border with the Marche, continuously exceeding 1000 meters above sea level.We touched on Colfiorito and its famous “palude”, not muddy as the word leaves to imagine, but in reality a stupendous oasis of wild and beautiful nature. After the splendid Cerreto di Spoleto and Borgo Cerreto, the restaurant was waiting for us in Scheggino (in the heart of the Valnerina), was curated by Urbani Tartufi, who offered the participants the exquisite products of the company and a visit to the Truffle Museum. Returning to Perugia, the Moto Club has “exaggerated”, organizing a refreshment open to all (including citizenship) at the Frontone Gardens and accompanied by the notes of “La banda degli onesti“. Good guys!
Sunday 28, the final stage started from Piazza Matteotti in Perugia to travel a northbound loop for 185 km, which after touching Lake Trasimeno, with a splendid view from above, and Tuscany, took us to Montone, along beautiful ups and downs between earth, stones and equally fascinating landscapes: in the Rocca di Braccio we enjoyed the last refreshment and we greeted all enthusiastic with the promise to meet again the following year for another three days that surely will not fail to make us all amuse: amateurs, journalists, Bisons, single-cylinder, old ladies and new off-road bullets. We’ll be there!
For this rally we used: Alpinestars (boots), SW-Motech (bags), Kite-Parts (handlebar), O’Neal (clothing), Zandonà (protections), Enduristan (bags), M3V (prints), Acerbis (helmet), Anlas (tires).
The Moto Club Umbria, founded in 1999, with its twenty-year activity and experience, in addition to the Umbria Rally also takes care of the Anàbasi, another event not to be missed, and is a partner of the events of a project born of a Moto partnership Club, sulle vie di Lupi e Bisonti, in collaboration with Struttura di Attività Nazionale Motorismo di UISP.
Patronage: Regione Umbria, Provincia di Perugia, Provincia di Terni, Comune di Perugia, Comune di Fratta Todina (PG), Comune di Montone (PG), Comune di Scheggino (PG), Camera di Commercio di Perugia
Partners: WHIP Live, Sibilla.Race, Pro-Loco di Fratta Todina, Amphibious Dry Equipment, BC Battery Controller, Chin8 Neri, Nexx Helmets, Urbani Tartufi.