Film editing Rodrigo Valsamis
the ROTTEN RACE was held by therealintellectuals & vagonicafe
special thanks to: Red Bull, Von Zipper, Scull Candy, the band Stress for the song Athina, and to all the people who made this day ROTTEN.
The 1st Rotten Race Aftermath
For something rotten to be successful, all it takes is a bunch of dirt-riding maniacs and a crowd thirsty for action. The first Rotten Race took place on 4.10.15 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, Sydney and Perth, 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, café racers and vintage machines, the factory off-road class and the “Tiny Rottens”, a unique 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. The Rotten Race was inspired by the downtown part of Athens where the TRI store is located, a place that reeks of piss, sweat, paint and brawl. It provides all the inspiration fuel needed to keep the TRI going.
Dirt freaks finally have a place to race, with or without knobby tires.