The Stella Alpina Rally

By Lizzie Lane -

Touring & travel

 06 February 2012 11:16

As people are starting to think about what they'll be doing in the summer, I just thought I'd let you all know about the Stella Alpina Rally in Italy!

The 'Stella Alpina Motociclistica Internazionale', known as the Stella Alpina Rally to most of us, is a motorcycling event held in Bardonecchia, Italy. The main event is a ride up an off-road track to the Colle del Sommeiller, and this takes place on the Sunday morning.

As everyone sets off in their own time, you find other motorcyclists coming past you in the other direction as you go up and down the track. The idea of riding on an unsurfaced track can seem pretty daunting to some riders.

However, the Stella Alpina’s original purpose was to give the average road rider an opportunity to take their road bikes off-road and experience a different kind of riding. have even seen Goldwings and sidecar outfits heading up there.

The track can be negotiated on most motorcycles, and it’s something that everyone should try at least once! Another great part of the weekend is the social scene, and the chance to meet loads of like-minded people.

So as I mentioned above, the meeting takes place in the small town of Bardonecchia, which is near the Italian/French border at the end of the Frejus tunnel.

The tunnel is the faster, more direct route to Bardonechhia, although you have to pay to use it and if you have some time on your hands then it’s definitely worth going up and over the top of the mountains instead of through them - you’ll find some beautiful scenery!

It’s easy to get over to Bardonecchia in one or two days riding from the UK. However, if you’re interested in touring a bit of Europe then it’s always nice to leave a week or so in advance and mooch around the surrounding countries for a bit.

For those of you considering going to the Stella Alpina, the date for your diaries is the second Sunday in July – every year! Having attended this rally for the past two years, I can honestly say it’s a fantastic holiday if you enjoy riding abroad and taking a challenge.

If you're interested, take a look at this website for more information and lots of photographs.