Not the Mille 2020
The Australian Classic Scooter Mille is an annual event for riders of classic geared scooters. Sorry, no modern autos (see here). A genuine test of both rider and scooter, it is held in a different state each year and comprises 2 days riding and navigation over 500-kms a day - all without GPS assistance.
The course is given to riders in advance. It’s an exercise in preparing for, mapping out, and riding 1000 kilometres over two days on a classic scooter. The Mille is a reliability trial not a race. A challenging event always held in the great spirit of camaraderie - so “no whining allowed!”. It’s been popular for VCOM’s classic riders.
This year the Mille was to be held in Tasmania in the days before the National Classic Scooter Rally. With the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions both events have been postponed till 2021. Members (and Mille tragics) Michael King and Craig Trimble approached the club to help organise a Mille-like event in Victoria this November.
Not the Mille 2020 will leave Melbourne early on the morning of Saturday 21 November and cover 1000 kilometres of Victoria's best country roads over the next two days. The route is currently being planned but overnight stops on Saturday and Sunday will be in country towns, with a presentation brunch-lunch on Monday 23rd. Followed by a leisurely group ride back to the big smoke in the afternoon.
The same rules as the Mille will apply. Riders will be given the route well in advance to produce their maps, then ride in small groups self-navigating and posting pictures of landmarks along the way. If you want to challenge yourself to prepare and ride a classic scooter on an unusual scenic and rewarding reliability tour, Not the Mille 2020 might just be the ticket.
This event will of course be subject to Victorian COVID-19 restrictions that may be in place at the time. This should be clearer by September. In the meantime make a comment, ask a question or express your interest via the RSVP on the event page <here>, where a ticket registration portal will open in September.
More information to follow over the coming months.
Michael, Craig and David.
Rolf & Michael WA Mille 2016 - near Nannup