The first Rotten Race took place in Athens, Greece, organized by the city’s very own “The Real Intellectuals”, the creative collective behind handmade motorcycle supplies in the center of Athens.
Answering the need for a flat track event in a country where side sliding is nearly unknown, and following the flair of similar events organized in UK and elsewhere, the first Rotten Race invited riders of all sorts and machines to compete on a DIY track. The location: a traditional horse riding club on the outskirts of the city, which turned into a small scale oval track, ideal for rubber burning and mud-inflicted pain.
Three distinct classes were available to all Rotten Racers: the custom class, full of scramblers, trackers, cafι racers and vintage machines, the factory off-road class and the “Tiny Rottens”, a class dedicated to miniature two-wheeled machines and Italian Vespas.
The yellow/black flag dropped a hundred times, and knockout races made a day filled with mud, dirt, rocks and hay fly by. Once the dirt settled down, another class had a chance to race: that of single-horsepower. First comes the Quake, then the Aftershock, but after all is gone, the earth will be rotten and perfect for racing. Dirt freaks finally have a place to race, with or without knobby tires. Stay Rotten.