Tuesday, March 20, 2007

More route information!

The organizers have posted some more information about this years route! I really enjoy this as I get out my map of Sicily and mark the towns and cities. This gives me a feel for the route and also just helps me to get "psyched up".

Apparently we will be stopping at some famous Sicilian race tracks this year. In the past, we stopped at a track and were sent out for a couple laps, so I expect the same this year. It's always fun passing some hot new Ducati with my vintage 175cc Mondial!

The route also clearly goes right up Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. I've always wanted to see a volcano in person...

Here's what the organizers said about the route:
This year the event will dedicate itself not only to the traditional passionate competition, but also to the discovery of a territory of extraordinary beauty, that is South East Sicily.
Departure will be from the golden beaches of Sciacca and then on to exploring the best the island has to offer. It will be a “theme” journey the ocean, the art and the nature: the most renowned seaside locations, the splendor of the Sicilian Baroque, the powerful nature of the Etna, the racing tracks.

On the 20th May the riders will cover a route that runs through the inside of the island and will reach, amongst other locations,
Cattolica Eraclea,
Chiusa Sclafani,
Sambuca di Sicilia,
then returning to
The first day of the Motogiro will also have a chapter at the Valle dei Templi Circuit.

The second Leg (21st May) previews a passage through
Piazza Armerina,

On the 22nd May, departure will be from
Brucoli towards the
Siracusa Circuit then following on to reach
Ragusa Ibla, la
Necropoli di Pantalica and finally returning to

The forth leg (23rd May) is characterised by a splendid tour of the Etna exploring Catania,
Zafferana Etnea,
arriving once again at Brucoli.

On the 24th May, the fifth and last Leg will travel through
Palma di Montechiaro,
Porto Empedocle,
with a ‘gran finale’ at Sciacca.

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