The 2005 running of the Italian historic bike race, the Motogiro D'Italia, will take place from May 24-28 in central Italy, on the roads of Emilia Romagna, Umbria, Tuscany and Marche.
The competition is open to three classes of bikes. The Vintage Racing Class features motorbikes of up to 175cc manufactured prior to 1957, with entry limited to 120 participants and judged on a bike-by-bike basis.
The Taglioni Memorial Class is dedicated to the legendary Ducati engineer, and is open to road legal and insured motorbikes and sidecars of 250cc or higher, produced between 1968 and 1978.
The third class is the Touring Class for newer bikes, and is run on a non-competitive basis. Although it follows the same itinerary as the two competition classes, it is at a more relaxed pace and is open o any road-legal bike.
The 2005 edition starts with departure from Rimini, and covers five legs of around 250 kilometres each, before ending in the medieval walls of Pesaro-Urbino. At the end of each day, riders are greeted by the travelling Motogiro Village with prizs awarded at a gala dinner on the final day.
This event will be the fifth annual Motogiro, and it is followed by large crowds throughout Italy. Some of the original Motogiro competitiors are still racing, and it's a great chance to see 70-year old bikes being ridden the way they were meant by similar vintage riders.
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