A feeling of freedom. It's November 19, 2001, my birthday and a day that should change everything. I set off early in the morning to get a piece of paper. It is official! I'm allowed to drive my 50cc hell machine on public roads. Great! When I think back on it today, I realize again how little it takes to be free. I don't hesitate, buy an old Puch Maxi and go on a road trip that would have made my 16 year old self nod respectfully.
WHAT IS THE MOPEDRODEO?
The Moped Rodeo is a low budget rally with 2 restrictions: 2 wheels and 50cc. There has already been a Balkan Edition since 2018, and in 2020 our carburetors inhaled mountain air rather than sea air. We liked that, the new moped Rodeo Austria was already a fixed part of the rally repertoire. In 2022 we will change continents and dare to embark on the most sweaty adventure in the history of the BackRoad Club. The Moped Rodeo Madagascar is born. Around 200 riders will embark on an exciting adventure together this year in 2023 at the start of the Moped Rodeo Balkan near Lake Wörthersee.
The goal: get through it together!
The idea is that the pilots cover more than 1000 km in 8 days and meet again and again at organized checkpoints. A real adventure without a service vehicle or a sweeper car If a moped breaks down, you help each other to reach the common goal. The speed doesn't matter with 50ccm anyway!
The route at a glance
On the way to the Adriatic Sea in Croatia we conquer breathtaking mountain passes and cruise along narrow roads past lakes and incredibly beautiful landscapes. This is where many mopets draw sea air into the carburetor for the first time. The route takes us from nostalgic Velden via Slovenia and Croatia to Bosnia and back to Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. Starting from this intermediate destination, the return journey starts via Slovenia to Carinthia. Incidentally, the Moped Rodeo takes place a week before the European Bike Week. This means that the motorbikes are the vanguard for the high-capacity Harleys & Co ́s. The mopeds are a real highlight here, because the mopeds drive hundreds of kilometers with a lot of sweat, partly unacceptable roads, wanderlust and a lot of love for the American colleagues, who are also there with a lot of heart, but not with so much ambition to make the impossible come true close. An unexpected contrast, which is accompanied by many congratulations from the astonished audience.
- 200 starters
- 1 goal - get through together
- 2 wheels
- It's a rally, not a race!
- 8 days
- 4 countries
- 1000 Balkan kilometers
- Date 03 - 10 September 2023