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Kev

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The 'Stella Alpina Motociclistica Internazionale', more commonly known as the Stella Alpina Rally (or just "The Stella"), has taken place in the Italian Alps every year since 1966.

With the exception of the very first Stella Alpina, the meeting has taken place in the Italian ski-resort town of Bardonecchia which is located close to the Italian border with France at the end of the Frejus tunnel that links the two countries.

Whilst the term "Rally" can conjure up thoughts of a competitive event, this description does apply to the Stella Alpina.  Largely organised throughout it's 41 years history by Turin BMW rider, Mario Artusio, the Stella is simply a meeting of motorcyclists (and pillion passengers!) who share a common interest.  Whilst the highlight of the event for many is the Sunday ride up the largely unsurfaced track to the (3000m elevation) Colle del Sommeiller, the socialising over the whole weekend is also a major attraction of the event.
 
The best thing about the this event for me is that it is not commercial, and the international spirit of the event. It is about riding your bike, and conquering that mountain! Some make it, many give up on the way. Some are forced to "retire" as the rocks open up holes in sumps, and breaks bits and pieces off the bikes.
 
This is the 2007 Stella.
 

Kev

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Getting errors trying to post pics: "The upload folder is full. Please try a smaller file and/or contact an administrator."
 

D7

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bloody 'ell
where's the piccies???
last years pics were incredible...
 

Kev

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So, like all "epic" trips, we need to have an early start. The meeting point was the lake shore in Annecy.

« Last Edit: July 10, 2007, 12:02:17 am by Kev »
 

Kev

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Carl arrives... all kitted out and read to roll:
 
 

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We head towards the mountains...
 

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Along roads that are still cold in the shadow of valleys...
 

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We almost get destraced when we see a sign that shows us where to find Pussy...
 

Kev

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But we keep our wits about us, and head up the Col de la Madeleine instead. We are fortunate to have a break in the weather and are greeted by clear blue sky:
« Last Edit: July 10, 2007, 12:20:45 am by Kev »
 

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I take a moment to enjoy the view...
« Last Edit: July 10, 2007, 12:25:06 am by Kev »
 

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And admire my bike! :)
 

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Carl is keen to carry on up the pass...
 

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To the top of the Col...
 

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Where we enjoy our first coffee of the day.

 

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Soon Carl is ready to go again...
 

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But the coffee wants out!!
 

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A stream running along a cliff face...
 

Kev

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Has special meaning for some-one else too:
 

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A few corners later, the road turns to a dirt track:
 

Kev

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Which will take us down the valley: