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The 20-year history of Moto Club Umbria is based on the solidity of a working group that has always included new figures without ever really changing its core, nor the founding principles behind it.

We found ourselves twenty years ago around the same idea: to organise events that could be opportunities to get to know the area and to pour into the event structure all the organisational skills we had acquired in the field and strengthened by the specific professional skills of each of us.

interview with Filippo Ceccucci

President of the Moto Club Umbria

Lately it's not easy to find Filippo Ceccucci, the president of the Moto Club Umbria, standing still. Ever since he picked up his new KTM 690 Enduro from the Perugia dealership Racestore he has immediately put it to work, to the point that by the end of October he had practically already designed the routes for the 2020 Umbria Rally. As the quarantine and related restrictions came to an end, it was immediately up and running again, this interview being taken just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Close cooperation and frequent contact have given rise to great friendships that have helped to strengthen the group's synergies to the point of making it an agile, coordinated and effective organisational machine.

Founded in 1999 by the same management team that always works directly on the events, today it counts on a formidable staff capable of covering all the roles of the event, from motorbike reconnaissance, to assistance on the route, passing through a logistics team, the Media-Team and expert wine and food experts know how to take care of hospitality.

In almost twenty years of activity in total harmony with the territory, the Moto Club Umbria has built solid synergic relationships of esteem and collaboration with bodies, institutions and administrations, which always respond enthusiastically to Moto Club Umbria's proposals.

For over twenty years, all activities of the Umbria Moto Club have enjoyed the patronage of the Umbria Region and the municipalities concerned.

our history

In November 1999, Moto Club Umbria was founded with the intention of organizing Rally dell'Umbria. Its founders had already participated in many competitions, both as riders and as organizers assisting other Moto Clubs and the F.M.I. itself.

the first edition of the Rally dell'Umbria takes place, starting from Mantignana, it is still a simple and immature race, but already a success.

The winner was Matteo Graziani (KTM 300), second Luca Tassi (KTM 520) and third Franco Dal Bello (Husqvarna 125).

As a sporting activity, the Moto Club Umbria won its first two Italian Championships, thanks to Luca Tassi, winner of the Assoluta Gruppo B (series bikes) and the B3 class. Good placings also by the other entrants, Alessandro Montagni, Fabio Perugini and Stefano Gianassi.

The second Rally dell'Umbria starts in Pietralunga (PG) and then moves to Corciano (Colle della Trinità) to host the last day of the Motorally Championship. It is the only edition to be held in October, instead of the traditional end of April/beginning of May.

The rally becomes much more mature, and wins admiration for the beauty of the routes, the accuracy of the road book, the technical validity and the absolute focus on safety in the special stages.

Victory for Luca Tassi (Vor 400) ahead of Matteo Graziani (KTM 300) and Enzo Manenti (Vor 503). Agonistically, the Moto Club Umbria won two more Italian Championships, thanks again to Luca Tassi (400) and Stefano Gianassi (125 motorbike).

2002 - The third Rally dell'Umbria is unanimously considered 'the perfect rally', richly deserving to be the race that opens the new European Raid TT Championship, which also consists of the Sardinia Rally and the Carpat Express Rally Raid in Romania.

Starting point again the Colle della Trinità in Corciano.

The final victory went to Matteo Graziani (KTM 300), ahead of Luca Tassi (Suzuki 400) and Enzo Manenti (Yamaha 250).

The riders of the Moto Club Umbria won two European Championships (and many other placings), thanks to Luca Tassi and Gabriele Mechi.

July saw the opening of 'Frìttole', the wine shop in Via Alessi in Perugia, which immediately became the home of the Moto Club Umbria.

The fourth Umbria Rally starts in the historic centre of Perugia and is based at the Hotel Quattro Torri, also in Corciano.

Technically the rally is now firmly considered the most valid, the cancellation of a special stage with very complex navigation causes discontent among many top riders, opening up the chances of victory to a promising and very good young man: Marco Falappi (KTM 250), second Adriano Groppo (Yamaha 400) and third Roberto Mandelli (KTM 525).

The fifth Rally dell'Umbria sees the beginning of the collaboration of the Moto Club Umbria with the Italian Army, which chooses the Umbrian race to promote its activities; it is a twinning that testifies once again to the great organisational quality.

The municipalities are fighting over the possibility of having service parks, Marsciano, Paciano and Citerna create rest areas that are a spectacle within a spectacle.

Victory for Federico Mancinelli (KTM 525) who preceded Matteo Graziani (KTM 525) and Paolo Ceci (Honda 250).

The sixth edition of Rally dell'Umbria is the end of the competitive history.

The race is splendid, with service parks in formidable locations, such as Piazza San Benedetto in Norcia or the Roman Theatre in Gubbio.

The Fabrizio Meoni Memorial, dedicated to a great friend who recently passed away, allows the cost of an entry fee to be donated to the 'Solidarity in Good Hands' foundation he founded.

A formidable Federico Mancinelli (KTM 525) won the VI Rally dell'Umbria, ahead of Matteo Graziani (KTM 525) and Alex Zanotti (Honda 450).

People are starting to think about something different from the usual Rally formula...

By now, the seventh Rally dell'Umbria is already well underway with as many as four days of competition, two special stages exceeding 60 kilometres and the others over 30, but disagreements with IMF rally management become irremediable.

The Moto Club is forced to make a painful but unavoidable decision: the cancellation of the 7th Umbria Rally.

2007 - From the experience of the Rally dell'Umbria comes Anàbasi, the first, the 1000, is a completely new concept of rallying: no more agonism but only a challenge against oneself, to the physical and mental fatigue of finding one's way along three stages of 400, 440 and 200 kilometres in a progression of difficulty, knowing where one starts, but not where one arrives.

In its own way, while not a competition, it is an extreme challenge.

The concept is very popular and there are many who want to observe its evolution (including top-level sponsors).

Unfortunately someone doesn't like it, envy, malice, whatever, the fact is that with a totally disproportionate deployment of forces, the police decide to stop everything, without hearing reasons or checking permits, convinced of the bad faith of the Moto Club.

It took more than five years and two degrees of judgement (the second confirming the first) to prove before the law that everything was in order and the action was not only disproportionate, but also unjust.

For the Moto Club Umbria, however, it is a huge blow.

The Moto Club Umbria discovered a new world to experience motorcycling: the fascination of races with 'vintage' motorbikes. After having helped, witnessed and participated in races of other Moto Clubs, it decided to organise a two-day trial for the FMI Group 5 Vintage Regularity Trophy in Passignano sul Trasimeno.

The race is still remembered as one of the best ever organised, in terms of routes, special stages and environment.

Once again in Passignano, again Group 5 Vintage Regularity, this time for a one-day race. Once again the race proved to be a great success and very much appreciated, and not only by the participants, but also by the townspeople, rewarding the usual policy of the Umbria Moto Club of always wanting to work together with the communities, and trying as far as possible not to annoy them

 A new adventure awaits the Moto Club Umbria, which is organising the Anàbasi 300 - Rally dell'Umbria on 1-2 June, yet another new concept of event: a motorbike rally with road-book aimed at the public of non-competitive enthusiasts, seeking above all to enhance friendship and passion, the feelings that should always unite true motorcyclists.

After the great success of the Anàbasi 300, this new concept of motorcycling continues with the Anàbasi Boòn dedicated to larger and heavier motorbikes (hence the name, meaning 'of the cows'), scheduled for 28 and 29 September.

The second edition of Anàbasi Boòn is scheduled for 7 and 8 June. Yet another novelty was expected in October, with the Mucche dell'Appennino (Cows of the Apennines), included in the F.M.I. High Altitude tourist calendar and once again dedicated to 'non-competitive' enduro motorbikes (minimum weight 150 kg), and which included a long route almost entirely at night to discover Umbria's most fascinating roads, but evidently failed to attract enough participants, so it was sadly cancelled.

The Moto Club Umbria's roll of honour gets its sixth Italian Championship title thanks to Nicola Morgantini.

 The Anànasi 300 - Rally dell'Umbria is back, a new attempt to revive rally navigation according to the criteria of the Moto Club Umbria.

Appointment for the opening of the season: 28 February and 1 March in Piegaro.

The third edition of the Anàbasi Boòn will take place on 12/13 June, starting once again from Pietralunga, with the inclusion of the night race (called 'Mucche dell'Appennino') and the final 'hard' section (called 'Toro dell'Appennino').

The programme that was successful in the previous year is repeated: again Anàbasi 300 - Rally dell'Umbria at the end of February in Piegaro and Anàbasi Boòn in June in Massa Martana, including Mucche dell'Appennino and Toro dell'Appennino.

The formula of the Anàbasi 300 - Rally dell'Umbria is now a proven success: the number of entrants is even reached before the end of the year! For many fans, the Anàbasi 300 at the end of February in Piegaro is now an unmissable appointment to get their season off to the best possible start. On the other hand, the Anàbasi Boòn is taking a break, but it is a pause for thought, because following an important meeting with Federmoto President Giovanni Copioli (who won his class at the Umbria Rally) the idea was born to recreate the Umbria Rally, dedicated this time to the FMI 'Turismo Adventouring' calendar. The news is one of those that make people talk, and not a little!

A year of changes: the more than confirmed Anàbasi 300, an event that presents itself as a great classic of the discipline, loses the name "Rally dell'Umbria": the number is reached within a few days of the opening of entries, confirming the extraordinary welcome that Anàbasi 300 has in the hearts of fans. A mild and sunny Saturday is followed by a snowy Sunday, which many face for the first time, and the 2018 edition, too, becomes famous!

Back, the Rally dell'Umbria: 170 participants converge and fill the historic centre of Perugia with their motorbikes, the most varied: if even a few 125s appear, most of the motorbikes present are two-cylinder. The first re-edition of the Rally dell'Umbria is an overwhelming success: the 1000 km of Umbrian landscapes make the participants happy, and the local administrations fall in love with this new, big city event.

The Moto Club Umbria confirms its two now famous events, in the same places and at the same times: Anàbasi 300 from 22 to 24 February in Piegaro, Rally dell'Umbria from 25 to 28 April 2019 in Perugia.

This is not all, because with its usual meticulous passion and experience, the Moto Club Umbria, together with other sports clubs, gives life to an entire calendar under the banner of UISP Motorismo: on the concept of Anàbasi 300, 'le Vie dei Lupi' are born, while Rally dell'Umbria remains the reference event for 'le Vie dei Bisonti'.

The ways of Lupi & Bisonti are a confirmed, efficient and proactive partnership: for the Moto Club Umbria, too, 2020 begins with participation in MBE Moto Bike Expo in Verona, with a stand entirely dedicated to adventuring welcomed by the general public with extraordinary enthusiasm.

2020 looks to be a year of further growth, registrations have already been sold out since December and the eighth edition of Anàbasi 300 takes place between 28 February and 1 March with the usual extraordinary success.

A few day the unthinkable happens: the lock-down is triggered: the planned date for the 9th Rally dell'Umbria (15-18 April 2020) falters and the Moto Club Umbria, well aware of the seriousness of the national situation, immediately postpones the date.

The experience, organisational ability and pragmatism of the Moto Club Umbria worked to refine the event (which by February was already defined in every detail) and after much evaluation, they decided to postpone Rally dell'Umbria to 27-30 August: after all, even the 2001 edition was not held in April!

That Umbria is splendid even in summer is also well known by the 150 participants competing for the number of entries: international travel restrictions curb the number of foreign participants, while Italians flock from every region to enjoy an event that confirms itself as one of the most important and popular in Europe.

2021 is a difficult year: the pandemic and its effects reach their peak and the Moto Club Umbria does not change its attitude to the seriousness of the situation: Anàbasi 300 is postponed to 2022 and Rally dell'Umbria takes place again in the summer, when it is possible to plan and develop a large event safely: the experience of the previous year teaches that a 'collective' event can be experienced individually with great satisfaction, again it is record attendance with a significant increase in foreign participants, who reach 15% of the starters.

The year 2022 opens with a glimmer towards a return to a normality that is as distant as it is long-awaited, and Anàbasi 300 finally returns to open the 2022 rally season: entries sell out again within a day, and many of those excluded regret not having been timely.
The #12 edition is designed with the usual care and experience but perhaps benefits from an irrepressible enthusiasm due also to the stop imposed the previous year: new areas are opened up, a few 'spicier' stretches are added, the road-book at 100 metres is as precise and immediate as ever: the longest stage, on Saturday, is a masterpiece that ends at nightfall with the 100 participants as tired as ever.

Rally dell'Umbria sees its #11 edition finally return in April: the summer run of the previous two editions has produced some reflection and was an important experience for the return to the spring date. The tourist aspect of Rally dell'Umbria continues to shine, this year passing through Piazza Grande in Gubbio during the first stage, marked by capricious weather that makes the route lively and anything but boring!

Rally of the Umbria confirms itself as a major European event that sells out entries in just one month, thanks also to the 40% of foreign entries.

una rassegna stampa selezionata... dal 2002!