The Giro in Vespa is a time/distance regularity trial for vintage and modern scooters and will take place on Saturday May 4th during Classico Moto Italia. Rather than reinvent the wheel we will be using the very successful rules of the Giro d'California. The rules can be found here: www.girodcalifornia.com/files/GDC_4_Rules.pdf Some of the rules have very subtle implications so study them very closely.
Navigation will be provided in roll chart format with "possible" checkpoints listed. The Giro d'California web site has a very good write up on calculating and using a possibles chart (www.girodcalifornia.com/timekeeping.html). It basically tells you where and when every checkpoint could be. We will save you the trouble of generating the chart but it's worth understanding how to use it.
There will be two classes:
The route will consist of a loop of about 50 miles finishing at the Campbell Legion Hall. The route will be published on the Monday before the event.
|1||Forrest J||Vintage||1964 Lambretta Li150 Special|
|2||Tony S||Modern||2009 Kymko People 250|
|3||Ken W||Moto||1957 MotoBi Catria 175cc|
|4||Pete H||Moto||1960 175 NSU Maxi|
|5||Lauren H||Modern||2006 Vespa LX150|
|6||Joy C||Modern||2010 Vespa LX150|
|7||Eric H||Modern||2012 Vespa S150ie|
|8||Jeff R||Modern||2009 Vespa GTS|
|9||Aaron W||Modern||2009 Honda Ruckus|
|10||Brian D||Moto||1967 Wards Riverside 125|
|11||Christopher H||Modern||2007 Vespa GTS 250 ie|
|12||Chris P||Modern||2009 Piaggio BV500|
|13||Jennifer K||Modern||2007 Genuine Buddy 125 Series Italia|
* Not eligible for points
The route sheet that contains time and speed information is now available. With this you can start working on the possibles chart. Even though we will provide the chart it's good practice to work through it yourself. Gives lots of insight to what the route will be like, and where the checks are likely to be.2013-route-sheet.txt
The following will be prepared and available to the participants on the morning of the Giro in Vespa. You are more then welcome to print them out for yourself. It can be useful to make notes on the chart where some of the more subtle rules can come into play. I encourage you to make the chart your own.2013-Giro-in-Vespa-Booklet.pdf - This is a booklet with an overview of the full route as well as turn by turn instructions. If you don't plan to use a rollchart this could be taped to the headset and you'd make it through the route.
Q. You mention directions are in roll chart format. I assume we should purchase (or make) a rollchart holder -- like the ones shown on the Giro d'California web page, correct?
A. Yes, you will want to buy a rollchart holder like the ones shown if you want to be competitive. You will also get a paper map with turn by turn instructions but it will not have the speeds on it.
Q. Per the Giro d'California IV rules, section 1.3.2 A -- no GPS allowed? Really? Gonna be tough with the notoriously flakey GTS speedo needles...
A. We are not going to enforce the "no GPS" rule. A bicycle speedometer tends to be more accurate for these types of events but as many of us have GPS and they can easily display time, distance and speed, they are quite useful.
Q. Will there be "Agility tests" as described in the Giro d'California IV rules, section 2.0 ???
A. This year we have added one "agility test" at the finish.
Q. I have a 1985 Yamaha Riva 125cc -- does that qualify for the Vintage category now?
A. yup, it's "vintage". Every test, other than age, of what is modern or vintage tends to fail in some way or gets really complicated. So bring out your vintage Riva and ride it with pride. It's hard to keep plastic looking good as the years stack up.
Q. At the checkpoints we are to pull over and get our time. Does the clock "stop" during that period, or are we expected to "catch up" and still make it to the next checkpoint according to the time on the rollchart, or do we reset our clock, offsetting it by the time we spend stopped at the checkpoint?
A. The clock does not stop at the checkpoints but they should be very quick. The checkpoint worker will write down your time and a sheet and on a tab of paper to give to you. That is it! Also the rules state that checkpoints must be at least 3 miles apart so you have a free zone for three miles after hitting a check. Finally, All the speeds are under the speed limit allowing you a chance to get back on schedule.
Here is an example of the sheet used at the checkpoint and the tabs that will be handed to you with your time on it. The tab also has the distance and master clock time for that check.