PERSONAL BLOG - ALISON BRADLEY #3
22 September 2009 | Events | Italian Legendary Tour
Theme of the day? Yes, you guessed it. Weather. Again. Rain, heavier rain and then snow. Still how often do you see Max Biaggi in a full wet weather suit, sliding the rear end of a pristine Aprilia RSV4 sports bike in the snow complete with a pillion?
The weather conditions curtailed the planned day’s riding but at least my mount for the day (a Moto Morini 1200 Corsaro) and its top notch rubber (Pirelli Diablo) were faultless in the shocking conditions.
The premature end to the day bought about an excuse to overdose on the excellent Italian coffee and food. As I wandered around the pretty mountain town of Canazei, the towering snowy peaks and rain mist framing my vision, I shook my head as I mentally recapped the day. Biaggi on a race bike with lights basically, in the snow. Me on a Moto Morini 1200 Corsaro trying to understand the characteristics of an unfamiliar 140bhp v-twin engine in the rain. Biaggi chatting to me in the hotel reception. Me, sampling another cappuccino in the hotel bar. Biaggi signing a hand drawn picture I had taken and trying to blag me a job with the Dainese crew as their new artistic supremo. Biaggi, just a normal bloke out on a bike with some mates. In the snow, in the Dolomites. And I’m there riding a bike with some mates (albeit new ones) in the snow, in the Dolomites. Surreal? Definitely. Legendary? Absolutely.
And the rain kept falling. Then this grey haired chap appeared in the hotel reception with a smile on his face. Ago. We exchange a few words in Italian. Just a few as my Italian linguistic ability is still in its infancy. Then we tackle a 6 course Italian evening meal and I rise to the challenge of a “mezzo litro” of the local “vino rosso de la casa” without any problems. The rain finally stopped.
Three days in and still the stuff of legends…
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