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Serres Rally 2014

Post by serresrally » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:18 am

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Ladies and Gents,

We would like to create this thread so can we inform people about the Serres Rally 2014 and any updates we might have for the race.

The race is officially in the FIM calendar as an International Cross Country Rally (IMN:890/09) and the racing week for 2014 is from the 30th of August to the 6th of September.

Once more, the Rally will be part of the Mediterranean Trophy. Five events of different styles making it a very challenging and spectacular event to follow. We will keep everybody updated!

Last year the rally was a pure success, with the elite riders wanting a good base to train for the upcoming rallies and especially the Dakar. This year, along with some very nice surprises, the elite riders will be with us, making Serres Rally Raid the most welcoming race in Greece. The Hotel, situated near the centre of the city of Serres, offers Massage and Spa and there are tours at lake Kekrini, should you decide to come to Greece with your family. Always a good excuse for holidays, so while you are racing they can either relax or go for a tour! Having setup a solid background through the last years, we are excited to bring some new features in the Rally arena. More on that soon!

Support Packages for the race:
Once again, there are lots of support packages, should you want to be assisted in any way.
Desert Rose Racing, who by the way has been involved in rally racing for over a decade, offers not only support packages for the race, but can advise you on documentation and visas!
For more details, please contact: Welcome - Desert Rose RacingDesert Rose Racing

Another agent for Scandinavian countries, is Dusty Wobbls Rally Raid Team Finland. They can offer both support, assistance and transportation to and from the event. Please contact Dusty Wobbls > SPLASH for more details.

A new agent in Germany is PeMoPa.
PeMoPa will be offering assistance packages, please contact Alles fur Motorradrallye und Reise | PeMoPa - Peter`s Moto Parts | Willkommen for more details.

Last, but not least, Bianchi Prata Team will also be in Serres during the rally. A team with vast experience, low cost and a great service will be there to assist you. They can rent you a bike for the event, arrange transportation and even have gasoline in the bivouac! What else should you ask for?! Please email dakar@bianchiprata.com for more details.

More than 50 participants have already registered for the best Serres Rally ever, the 2014 edition! Seven days full of action, special for motorbikes, on Enduro path routes with alternative routes for Quads and heavy bikes! There will be a semi-rest day, one night bivouac on the mountains, and many surprises! More that 1650kms, 80% of them on twelve Special Stages, with a few asphalt roads. three Municipalities, ten mountains, three lakes and two rivers… Get ready for the best racing experience in your life! Fun factor, Safety, hospitality…??
Race Info:
• 7 days (1 day prologue and 6 Rally days, 1 night at mountain bivouac).
• 1650kms total (1250kms across 12 Special Tests).
• This year some days there will be 2 different routes, one Enduro Rally with trails from the 2008 ISDE, and the second Rally Raid route common with Quads and Cars (seperate roadbooks).
• Varied terrain will include mountain-top passes and trails, river crossings, difficult abandoned roads dating from the Second World War, muddy sections, fast open terrain, green valleys, technical terrain, stony sections and even sandy river beds.
• Timekeeping by Infomega (ISDE and World Enduro Championship partner).
• My-Track Live Tracking and results available with 3 minute delay on public URL
• Extremely accurate roadbooks, written and checked by international Rally Raid and Enduro motorcycle competitors. We know what a racer wants to see when competing!
• FIM, FIM Europe and AMM sanctioned event (International Cross Country / Rally Raid).
• Safety precautions include numerous ambulances, and recovery vehicles, certified paramedics and doctors, plus a helicopter on standby mode in the paddocks.
• A fantastic paddock/bivouac area, located inside the grounds of the 5 star Elpida Resort, with special rates for competitors and support crews. The bivouac will stay in the same location throughout the race, minimizing
support expenses.
• Discounts for last years’ participants and winners.

We will keep updating this thread with photos from the itinerary, news and offers or other support packages.

Should you need the slightest, please let us know either by posting in this thread or reach us through our official page: SerresRally
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/serresrallyraid

Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Serres Rally Raid Team.

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Re: Serres Rally 2014

Post by 1coolbanana » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:58 am

Great stuff, look forward to it :thumb:
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Re: Serres Rally 2014

Post by serresrally » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:26 am

http://vimeo.com/101023141

Here is the teaser video for the race.... kinda makes you want to go there now..


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Re: Serres Rally 2014

Post by 1coolbanana » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:48 am

I fixed the video for you :thumb:
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Re: Serres Rally 2014

Post by HatMan » Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:18 pm

WOW .. would be nice to do that at a slow pace, to take in all the sights. :think:
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Re: Serres Rally 2014

Post by serresrally » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:23 am

The weather conditions in Serres for the last three months has been very rainy, so everything is green and its vegetation is luxuriant!

The roads in previous years where flat, now almost everything has been destroyed by water and there are a lot of washouts and big ruts!

The plants, which did not exist at one time, now are one meter high, obscuring the roads, stones and gutters, making the average speed smaller and the ride more adventurous!

There is no dust in sight, not even a sample! As predicted, the weather will be the same until race day!

In addition to the stones we all “love”, there are awesome routes with sandy soils, such as the “Potatofields”, the “Perseki”, the “Pernieste”, the “Metaxas’ Fort Road”, the “Water Road”, the “Golden soils” at Krousia, and the flats of Vertiskos, without a stone in sight, which makes you ride flat out, giving you the feeling of a supermoto race with incredible grip!

The first day (31/8 Sunday) includes a ride – with the first taste of the stages which will follow the next days for calibration and identification. The afternoon will be followed by an 18km Prologue and the Formal Ceremony start in the Central Square of Serres.

The 2nd day (1/9 Monday), includes 3 stages:
The 1st stage is the «Sidirokastro» 70km, easy to navigate with fast riding, a variety of surfaces, getting into the climate of the race.

The 2nd stage is «Belles», the first major stage of the event, length 200km, quick and easy in the beginning, becoming tighter towards the end with navigation skills needed. This stage includes all kinds of surfaces, with emphasis on stone and soft sandy soil.

The 3rd stage is «Metochi», 50km with the same philosophy as the 1st stage, leading to the hotel where the finish will be. The Liaisons are between, 9 + 17km.

The 3rd day (2/9 Tuesday) takes us to the nearby town of Drama with a mere 70km ride, you will embark on a wonderful journey with the "Nestos River" stage, a total length of 80km. Stony at first, continued with soft soil and sandy surfaces…

The next stage 2nd is the «Rodopi» in Kara Dere and it is an Adventure cycle that will keep a smile on your face for years to come! 80km of absolute riding pleasure!

The 3rd Special stage is the 100km «Achladia-Vrontou», which takes us from the Nestos River to the Ski Centre of Lailias, to an enduro special stage in the dense forest of Perseki, nicknamed “Enduro Paradise”!

Night fall see us camping in the mountains, there will be food and drinks and also live Greek & foreign music from local bands! Caution: The temperature on the mountain will be significantly lower than in the city (10 to 12 degrees lower) so please make sure you have warm clothes and a sleeping bag!
The bivouac is free and authorized repairs can be done. Also, anyone who wants can sleep in the closed retreat with a cost of 10 € per person. The area will be open for visitors and support groups. It is 28 km from Serres, about 35-45 min driving road.

The next day, the 4th (3/9 Wednesday), we return to the Elpida Resort Hotel in Serres, after a small special 60km stage, and the rest of the day, it is a “rest day”, with pool time and lunch, under loud music, ice cream and pool party! Obligatory wet t-shirt competition with the riders! (lol just kidding),

The 5th day (4/9 Thursday) after a liaison 27km stage, we move on to the specific stage of 300km Marathon Stage! A fantastic round - trip over 3 mountains: We start on the Bosdakas Mountain, and crossed over from south to north, a special passage which was made by cows, believe it or not, on to the off road ridges at 1900m above sea level with shrubs, bushes and stones, in a landscape that resembles the Moon! Wild horses, cows, eagles, and tame wolves paint a landscape only found in puzzles, an experience that you will remember forever!

Demanding hard gravel roads follow, but with easy navigation leading to soft gravel roads and the potato fields at “Lailias” mountain, full throttle fun flat sandy roads, which ascend and descend fast but safe. Next is the “Agistro” mountain with beautiful views and easy navi way, to start our downhill return to Serres, finishing with an enduro stage through river streams.

The 6th Day (5/9 Friday) starts with a liaison of 23km to the town of “Nigrita”, followed by the fastest special stage of the race, «Vertiskos», 115km without trace of stones, reminiscent of WRC! We arrive at lake “Kerkini” at “Lithotopos”, where after a short break to refill our batteries, we continue to the next stage of 110km: «Krousia», a mountain with golden sands and thousands of turtles, which spread over the beautiful lake of Kerkini! Greenery and mud at first, trying to avoid ...the turtles… please!, little rocky ground and followed by mud and sand concluding with the sun falling over the lake at the of village of Lithotopos where support teams will be waiting. Relaxation, and a free liaison 40km return to Serres .

H 7th day (6/9 Saturday) is ONLY for motorcycles, and it is a pure Enduro stage! Length is 100km, a demanding but beautiful epilogue for such an event! An Enduro MotoRally stage! There will be no excessive difficult passageways and it will be an easy pass for everyone, but the navigation will play an important role for the trials and off road paths, which dominate this stage! After 3-4 hours riding pleasure with start and finish at the hotel, we will rest up and the start the ceremony, followed by an all-night party at the next door bar «ΣΠΙΤΑΚΙ» (so close that we go and return on foot!)

This is a quick presentation of the stages of the event. All videos of the stages are being posted on Youtube and our facebook page, and soon we will be posting details of the Race Plan, Refuel Plan, Time schedule etc.

Thank you and we are waiting for you at Serres, for a fantastic week, an International 7even Days Rally!

Total: 18 +70 +200 +50 +80 +80 +100 +60 +300 +115 +110 +100 = 1320km Special, VERY Special Stages! So NO EXCUSES!

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Re: Serres Rally 2014

Post by serresrally » Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:28 am

Serres Rally 2014 is now written in the history books, leaving the riders and crew with the best memories of a fantastic Rally, which the winner was decided on the very last day of the rally.

The riders enjoyed seven days of head-to-head battles with beautiful scenery, stunning mountaintops, hidden paths, rain, mud, beautiful lakes and trails, which they could not imagine.

The overall winner for 2014 was the Italian #4 Andrea Cosensino who had the perfect race. Andrea had many of battles with all the top riders in the race but no one could match his perfect riding style. #4 - Cosentino finshed the race in a total time of 26:33:59.

2nd place went to another Italian #51 Ciotti Filippo who tried all of the 7 days to beat his rival finishing on the tail of #4 Andrea Cosentino and missing out on first place by only 4:09 minutes.

Third was the youngster from the Netherlands and first time at Serres Rally, #34 Robert Van Pelt. No one doubted his talent and showed he was very fast in every stage of the Serres Rally finishing in 3rd position and hoping next year for the top spot.

The Portuguese rider #5 Pedro Bianchi-Prata had a lot of technical problems during the 7 days but fought them off to finish 4th overall.

5th in the over standings was #7 Sandro Calesini who fought head to head with all the top riders and as #5 Pedro Bianchi-Prata was every close to getting on the podium, he just missed out on 3rd in his catergory.

Category Winners were as follows: C Class #51 Ciotti Filippo, A Class and Veteran Class #14 Massimo Prazzoli, Women Class #17 Patsy Quick, C3 Big On-Off Class #82 Alessio Corradini, B Class #4 Andrea Cosentino and Buggies #100 Josef Machacek.

All riders had a great time at the Serres Rally 2014 and the weather conditions made the event perfect for the rally. There were smiles all around after every special stage and for sure, many riders will be back next year ready for another 7 days of rally madness.

Planning for the Serres Rally 2015 has already begun. New dates are finalized, so the 5th edition of Serres Rally has been scheduled for August 23-29, giving everyone the possibility to combine the race with family for the perfect holiday in Serres and the Elpida Resort!.

Serres Rally 2015 will be staged over 7 days of hard and enduring mountain trails, covering 1700km off road kilometers, 1350 of them in 12 Special Stages, crossing 13 stunning mountains, back drops, slops, rivers, hard scrap roads, fast flat tracks, verdurous grasslands, mud, sand and stone trails, with the deep forest screening the route and old military ruins, 5 prefectures and 4 big amazing cities, which compile the perfect Rally Raid scenery.

Serres Rally is not only for Enduro lovers, there is also a category for off-road vehicles. The categories are as follows:
MOTOBIKES: A: Motorcycles under 250 cc four stroke and under 125 cc two stroke.B: Motorcycles from 250 cc to 450 cc four stroke and over 125 cc two stroke. C: Motorcycles over 450 cc four stroke. D: Quads.

CLASSES: W: Women C2: > 600 cc C3: Big Enduro | Twin Cylinder V: Veterans (over 50 | born before1965) D2: ATV D3: Buggy.
CARS: Z1: Open Class 4x4 homologated or production cars, FIA or FMNR security standards.

There is also a Rally Lite category (for Motorcycles over 450 cc four stroke, Quads, ATV’s, Buggies and UTV, Z2: Normal Class 4x4 homologated or production cars. Z3: Entry Level Class for production cars, and for beginner crews.) which will cover 2/3 of each stage of the day avoiding the most difficult part of each stage and will not require racing license. Also I would like to mention there is a Rally Adventure Tour for motorbikes over 450cc four stroke, Quads, ATV’s, Buggies, UTV’s and Cars.

At webpage http://www.serresrally.com you will find all essential information for the race, maps, video, photos from race, routes and tourist information about Serres prefecture. The race center and bivouac will be based at the Elpida Hotel Resort.

If there is any other information you might need you can vist our site at http://www.serresrally.com or email me

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Re: Serres Rally 2014

Post by serresrally » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:19 pm

Hatman you asked for nice and slow well here it is

Hello... It's official!!!

Serres Rally is taking another step forward for next year! We are proud to announce that SERRES RALLY ADVENTURE TOUR will be organized for 2015.

An Adventure Tour Raid “inside” the race, but also side by side with the race.

Fantastic routes that will take the riders through beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and the coast of Northern Greece.

We would like to give the opportunity to all Rally enthusiasts to live the passion of the race from another perspective.

This will be a very good opportunity for different kinds of riders:
Those who are not ready to participate in a race yet, participants’ friends, and all riders who would like to explore the beauties of Greece riding their own bikes. Any kind of bike! Light Enduro bikes, big bi-cylinder On-Off or even Quads!

The area is very well known by us and we have vast experience of organizing big events.

We can prepare -and promise- the fun factor of the participants in this tour. Our target is to make the riders enjoy the ride and see the race from the inside track.

Our goal, after 2015 Raid Tour, is to organize for the year after, another one on May 2016 in Peloponnese giving more options to the riders. Stay tuned for more info!

More details can be found at our webpage http://serresrally.com/index.php/en/ral ... nture-tour

The final details will be announced 2-3 months before the event.

If there is any additional information you might need please feel free to contact me at the following address:tour@serresrally.com

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Re: Serres Rally 2014

Post by serresrally » Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:25 am

Here is the Serres Rally 2015 Teaser video..... hope you guys like it

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