Motomarathon season starts

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A 2009 Motomarathon rest stop.
Photo: John Foster

The first of the 2010 series of Motomarathon events will be held in Southern California next month.

Motomarathon is a new form of sport-touring competition, featuring a short number of days filled with long rides, generally over mountain passes. It was invented by American sport-touring enthusiast John Metzger, and the first events were held last year.

The first event runs Mar. 26-29 and starts in Temecula, Calif.

“We’re excited to ‘go national’ with this new sport of Motomarathon, and take advantage of the incredible roads and climate of Southern California,” said founding Route Master John Metzger.

The Motomarathon Association runs an annual series of four-day rides over the best roads and through the best scenery in the country. Routes remain secret until the night before each day’s ride, then verified at day’s end through self-recorded checkpoints using digital or cell phone cameras. “The format has struck a nerve with today’s sport-touring riders, and with Motomarathon sponsors Ducati North America (bikes), Aerostich (clothing) and Wolfman (luggage),” said Metzger.

Michael Lock, boss of Ducati North America, says the new Ducati Multistrada 1200, which will be shown this spring, “is a perfect fit for these events.”

“We’re proud to support the Motomarathon, and we’re very excited to work with the promoters to elevate the highest form of sport-touring," Lock said.

The round of events continues with the New England Motomarathon in May, the Centopassi Motomarathon in June, and the Colorado event in September.

See www.motomarathon.com, or contact John Metzger at 303-641-1062 (john@metzger.com) for more info.

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