In October, we first heard word of five-time Dakar champ, Cyril Despres holding a rally for vintage motorcycles near his home in Andorra (read about it here). Now, Despres has set a date for the event: Jun 4-7, 2015. During the delay between October and now, Despres had to sort his other endeavors, including his schedule for the 2015 Dakar Rally, where he will switch from two wheels to four and drive a Peugeot.
At the Andorra Rally, however, the first day will be reserved for scrutineering, a prologue and a parade through town. The following three days, participants will tackle three 93-mile loops run over tarmac mountain roads; though with a nod to his rally-raid career they will be navigated using a Tripy electronic road book. The competition element comes from a series of timed specials to be ridden at a pre-determined average speed over closed roads. Those more interested in a festive atmosphere and the chance to spend four days with like minded enthusiasts from around the world will also be made very welcome.
The cost of participating in the event is 1250 € (approx. $1500 US) including four nights hotel accommodation in a 3-star hotel at the rally HQ, breakfast, lunch in the mountains on the rally route, diner, mechanical assistance and sweeper truck, medical assistance along the route, Tripy rental and all the logistics associated with running the specials, evening entertainment and the gala price giving (meaning, it’s on you to get to Andorra). A number of Cyril’s friends from the world of motorcycle racing have already announced their intention to take part in the event and several sponsors will be contributing to what already look like being a copious goodies bag.
For more information, including entry form downloads, go to the event’s website at www.andorra500.com.