The FIM International Touristic Meeting Challenge is in full swing!
From the 7 to 9 July, the 72nd edition of the motorcycle touring gathering Madonnina dei Centauri Internazionale will take place in Alessandria, Italy. It is a long standing tradition among all Italian and European riders who are devoted to the Virgin Mary to meet every second Sunday of July. In Castellazzo Bormida, close to Alessandria, there is a Sanctuary named Santuario della Beata Vergine della Creta. In 1947 Pope Pius XII conferred the title "Patron of the Centaurs" on the "Madonnina" as it is called by all the locals, and since then the Madonnina dei Centauri has been the patron saint of motorcyclists.
More than 9,000 participants are expected to turn out for what, over the years, has become an unmissable rendez-vous for motorcycle fans, riders and tourists. Both the cities of Alessandria and Castellazzo Bormida are fully involved on the organisation of this historic event, which brings visibility to the territory. Such an event is a clear example of a blend of tradition, motorcycle passion and tourist entrepreneurship.
Fulvio BIANCO, Madonnina dei Centauri Motorcycle Club President:
“It is a pleasure to host this new project here in Alessandria, which offers invaluable possibilities to develop motorcycle touring. 2017 is our 72nd anniversary, so we are pleased to offer our experience as organisers. We expect friends from all over the world, be they devoted to Virgin Mary or not! I want to thank all members of the Club for their great commitment and support.”
Rocco LOPARDO, FMI Touring Commission President:
“We accepted the challenge offered by FIM to be among pioneers for this new approach to tourism for motorcyclists, and we support the FIM’s global vision on beyond sport activities to be extended worldwide. Expectations are high and I am confident in the organisers’ capabilities. Participants and locals will enjoy a perfect moto-touring weekend!”
2017 calendar HERE