The monsoon scooter rally could be shifted away from Mumbai as the organisers are finding it tough to hold onto their 24-year-long annual competition. Though their upcoming rally will take place on July 7 in New Mumbai,the organisers are thinking of taking the sport to Nashik,Alibagh or any small city of Maharashtra. The biggest concern,organisers are finding,is visibility issues and Mother Nature,who have played spoil sport so far.
The biggest problem we are facing is the visibility problem. The other day we went for inspection and there was a landslide. It will be hard for us to continue in such a situation. We had a track of nine kilometers but now it will be reduced to six. If such is the condition then from next season we will have to take this rally to some other place, informed Shrikant Karani head of Sportscraft and organiser of the event.
Nearly 40 participants will take part in the one-day rally which will stretch over 80 kilometers comprising of two legs. First leg will be a tarmac section from Parel to Belapur in Navi Mumbai while the second leg would be the ‘competition sector’ which will be off-road leg held around backwoods of Belapur.
The stretch will be challenging,it’s altogether different kind of race. Many people have told me to have bike race instead of scooter but we don’t want to. Scooter race is always tough and there is no point in increasing the number of participant too. The more you increase the number of participant the more logistical problem will occur, Karnai added.
The competition sector will be an eight kilometer course which will have to be traversed three times over. Winners are announced based on the total time taken to cover both the legs of the rally comprising of a total eight kilometer.
The participant has to pass through knee deep water,ride through slippery dirt tracks and gravel laden roads. It is not easy sport it requires lots of focus and concentration, Karani said.