The weekend from June 22nd to 23rd, 2018 seems to be all about the fuff (50s ) to stand: The 4th Stuttgart moped race takes place in the Krummbachtal and the 18th Ötztal moped marathon in the Alps. There will be around 1,000 participants in southern Germany on the staked meadow course. The Ötztal Moped Marathon alone has 1,500 registered drivers!
There are four alpine passes, 5,500 meters in altitude, 238 kilometers and 4 climate zones to be mastered with a 50 cm³ vehicle. True to the motto: 'Those who drive slowly have more fun', the event is not designed for speed at all. Just like in Stuttgart, the participants, spectators and organizers of the ÖMM 2018 are interested in a fun event for everyone involved. mopedmarathon.at
Our colleague Torsten Seibt runs with his Jawa again with. You can read his report from last year here, see below.
Review of the Ötztaler Moped Marathon 2017:
Changed the sprocket on my racing car? Check! Did you change the oil? Check! The neighbor in the garage comes by with a cold beer and grilled sausage? Check! Preparation is everything! But what about my flat rear tire? Then it stays a little flat. Bratwurst comes first. And there is still one day left before the departure for the Ötztal Moped Marathon. Together with a couple of behaviorally original buddies, for whom the process of growing up didn't really work out, I already took part in the ÖMM last year. Now, for the second time, the cackling excitement from back then has given way to an almost routine Zen calm. Our team of three women, four men and a young co-pilot will be in deep relaxation on the eve of the ÖMM in Sölden, Austria.
Peace, loud, colorful, crazy
Behind us different travel long distances before! Imperial weather forecast for us, rock-hard 50 cubic devices among us: Honda Monkey, Zoomer, Dax and derivatives, a patinated Simson Schwalbe and my red Jawa Pionyr fidget in the direction of registration. All around us? All mad! And that's exactly why we're here: A Star Wars Stormtrooper group with Darth Vader at the helm smokes past Simsons, in front of us a two-meter Patrick starfish rises pink into the blue sky, and the Swiss from last year are back in a tartan skirt on site - along with an impressive plush fabric. Sounds like Mardi Gras, it is a little too. But it is one thing above all: different. Peaceful, loud, colorful, crazy - and somehow unreal.
Premiere in 2013
Like so many great ideas, the Ötztal Moped Marathon was born out of a whimsical bet. Manuel Ribis, hotelier from Obergurgl, wanted to prove to the organizers of the Ötztal Cycle Marathon that one could do their 238-kilometer route over four passes and 5,500 meters in altitude50 cubic device can ride. It was about a case of beer. Manuel has gained, also in experience. The small group of Tyrolean lads who, quite unsuspectingly, saddled the dwarf two-stroke engine at the premiere in 2013, has now become an international mammoth event. The Ötztal Moped Club, which was quickly founded with six members, grew to over 1,600 members this year, solely through word of mouth and social media activities. Because the ÖMM is wisely not a competition. But a club outing, for which moped freaks registered for a limited period of one year as members this June 1513 - and by the way made organizer Manuel Ribis president of a fairly large moped club.