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Sunday 9th July 2017. Homeward bound.

Sunday 9th July 2017. Homeward bound.

John has been joined in Italy by his girlfriend, Laura, and together with his brother, Clive, are staying in Italy for a short holiday. Another driver, Phil, flew in to Bari to take over for the return of John’s Renault van back to the UK. Whilst we had the...
Saturday 8th July 2017. The race for the finish line!

Saturday 8th July 2017. The race for the finish line!

08.07.17 – Race Day 6 – Bari to Taranto ~ 125km/78miles. The last day: Bari to Taranto and back to Bari again. Jan-Willem had teamed up with Gabriele, on a Moto Morini Corsaro, who lead him through the busy Bari traffic.The first stop at Castellana Grotte,...
Friday 7th July 2017. Onwards and Upwards…

Friday 7th July 2017. Onwards and Upwards…

 07.07.17 – Race Day 5 – San Giovanni Rotondo to Bari ~ 276km/172m. Early rise as usual! We took the van out of the garage first thing (you only need 2mm at each side?) and parked it away from the start line, with the plan to leave just after Jan-Willem....
Thursday 6th July 2017. Support team to the rescue, again!

Thursday 6th July 2017. Support team to the rescue, again!

06.07.17 – Race Day 4 – Fiuggi to San Giovanni Rotondo ~ 345km/215miles. A later start today for the support team, leaving after all the motorbikes. We were told during dinner the previous evening that the start would be delayed by half an hour due to a...
Tuesday 5th July 2017. Busy times & beautiful views.

Tuesday 5th July 2017. Busy times & beautiful views.

05.07.17 – Race Day 3 – Principina Terra to Fiuggi ~ 340km/210miles. This stretch turned out to be one of the hardest ones. We set out from the beautiful Fattoria La Principina hotel in Principina Terra towards Canino. At Canino, the first stop, John...
Tuesday 4th July 2017. Support team to the rescue!

Tuesday 4th July 2017. Support team to the rescue!

04.07.17 – Race Day 2 – Pisa to Principina Terra ~ 235km/145miles. An early rise at 6:15 to get ready in time for today’s start. The hotel and parking buzzed with early activity. Jan-Willem was again the first to leave at 8:20, throwing himself into the...
Monday 3rd July 2017. They’re off!

Monday 3rd July 2017. They’re off!

03.07.17 – Race day 1 – Milan to Pisa. ~400km/250miles. After snatching only 2 hours sleep before travelling from Pavia to Milan’s Idroscalo, we arrived yesterday (Sunday) as planned, around 5pm. John and Clive had already left in the morning to stay in...
Sunday 2nd July 2017. Preparations for the start.

Sunday 2nd July 2017. Preparations for the start.

02.07.2017 – Race start day – Pavia to Milan A delicious dinner on the terrace of our local pizzeria yesterday evening, again accompanied by vino rosso. Les and Jack both called to say that they have arrived at their hotel in Milan, and we will be meeting...
Saturday 1st July 2017. Time in Pavia.

Saturday 1st July 2017. Time in Pavia.

01.07.2017 – Race start day minus 1 – Pavia, Italy. We had a relaxed quiet day in Pavia, exploring the sites. Both vans are parked inside a cavernous garage, so we practically have our own workshop. After checking oil and various other bits, our time was...
Friday 30th June 2017. Arrival in Italy.

Friday 30th June 2017. Arrival in Italy.

30.06.2017 – Race start day minus 2 – Buehl, Germany to Pavia, Italy. Distance travelled approx. 350 miles. We had a lovely late start today (I blame the beergarden)… We left the hotel at around 10 to pick up the road to Basel. After yesterday’s VW’s,...