Good company, good scenery and at the end excellent food and wine… welcome to the Burgundy Two Day Trophy.
A selection of events to brighten your winter from Brit bikes in Japan and France to traditional events in the UK. We went there, where were you?
The region of Beaune and Nuits-saint Georges is famous all over the world (well almost) for the exceptional quality of its wines. The vines are planted on the slopes exposed to the sun and you can reach them by stony trails, whereas at the top of the hills you go through sheltered shady paths in the woody undergrowth.
The Burgundy Classic team, who are all mad about classic motorbikes, had the idea of letting other classic motorbike enthusiasts get a taste for their region. The aim of the weekend is to allow not only French enthusiasts but also Italian and British to get together.
Unfortunately, our transalpine friends were not able to come for the 2016 edition... but they’ll make up for it in the 2017 one.
The course, which covers a variety of terrain and is reminiscent of the Sixties events, means everyone can have fun and enjoy themselves whatever their machine or technical level.
From the 500 Cheney-triumph to the sprung-hub TR5 Trophy as well as the 125Moto Morini Regolarita, all managed to cover the 160km without a hitch. However, the criteria for machine selection was strict: no machines after 1973 (year of launch of the machine, not that of its documents). The weekend wasn’t at all a competition but more a pleasant ride with friends. It was possible for the whole family to make the most of the weekend as all the tourists spots, the places you could taste wine and food and the picnic spots were easily reachable by road and were mentioned in the road book given out to all the participants... the youngest of which was just under two years old. A van pulling a trailer was ready to deal with any breakdowns, and even carried some spare motorbikes. Picnics and quality dinners allowed everyone to discover and appreciate the Burgundy cuisine and the local cheeses delighted the most gourmet. The wine tastings (six in all), were greatly appreciated by the participants.
What a place for a pic c eh? Riders in the 2016 6 Burgundy Two Day Trophy.
It wasn’t just a gentle trail ride y’know, there was fun stuff too!
Quite a selection of machinery.