Who's going 2017

1/ Paul Clarke - BMW R1200 GSA (Hull/Hull)
2/ Andrew Ellis - BMW R1200 GSA (Hull/Hull)
3/ Mark Gillispie - BMW 1200 GS (Hull/Hull)
4/ Dave (Phyllis) Phillips - BMW 1200 GS (Hull/Dover)
John Wilmot - BMW R1200 GS (Hull/Hull)
6/ Phil & Sue Langfod - BMW R1200 GSA (Hull/Hull)
7/ Harry Nuttall - KTM 990 ADV (Hull/Hull)
Jason Griffiths - BMW R1200 GSA (Hull/Hull)
9/ John Firth - KTM 950 Adventure (Hull/Hull)
10/ Alan Dalton - BMW S1000 XR (Hull/Dover)
11/ Bill Naismith - BMW F800GSA (Dover/Dover)
12/ Dave Edge & Vikki Lee* -
13/ Roger Gill -
BMW R1200 GSA (Hull/Dover)
14/ John Boothroyd - KTM 990 ADV (Hull/Dover)
15/ Paul Homard - KTM 990 ADV (Dover/Dover)
16/ Martin Fiser - DL1000 (Dover/Dover)
17/ Ben Wheble - KTM 990 ADV (Hull/Hull)
18/ Derek Arnold - KTM 950 S (Dover/Dover)

Sorry, now closed!!

Wednesday 5th for Hull departures - Ok, so this is for any booking on the overnight boat from Hull ONLY, for the cruise over to the continent on the evening of Wednesday 5th July. We will meet in front of the ferry terminal building at P&O Ferries North Sea Ferries Ltd, Hull Ferry Terminal 2, King George Dock, Hedon Road, Hull, HU9 5PS no later than 5PM before boarding the overnight ferry. Please fuel up as you come through Hull so we can all hit the road with full tanks. Once we have boarded and made the bikes safe we will grab our rooms and then watch as we set sail for the continent. Always a good night and a good sleep overnight to arrive early in Zeebrugge.

Thursday 6th for Dover departures - So for any who have selected the Dover/Calais return option. You are sailing on the 07.35 AM P&O boat to Calais on the morning of Thursday 6th July. You need to be meeting in the car park just off the roundabout at the bottom of the A2 ramp before 7AM so you can all then board together at 7.05AM. You will then get off the boat in Calais around 10AM local time. On leaving the port you need to follow the signs for the A26 heading for Saint-Quentin/ Reims. Once on the A26 continue towards Reims until you get to the A1 Paris/Lille split. Stay on the A26 heading for Reims, but pull in at the first petrol stop after the A1 (It is not that far after the A1 split (About 10 miles bill :-)) - Called Rumaucourt Shell, I think, before the A2. Here, both groups will meet and fuel up around 11 to 11.30 AM local time before making our way together through France to our first nights digs in the Jura region of France.


A very special trip indeed. As always, I have been working very hard to find ways to further improve our annual trip to the Stella Alpina and have come up with a proper, old school, Alpine adventure. It will have all the very best of the old stuff, so don't worry, you will still get the chance to ride all your old favorite passes, including many of the highest and most stunning road passes in the Alps. But for this year we will be venturing much further afield, with lots of new stuff for the more adventurous types amongst you. The trip will include many of the very best and highest mountain passes including the Stelvio on route to explore the stunning Dolomites, as well as a trip right through the Black Forest. This will without doubt be a most excellent and enjoyable trip with plenty of new passes and new places to see. This whole trip will be a biking Nirvana, doing all the best roads and passes while still having a little time for coffee, before we drink, eat and chill in nice hotels. Not one to miss..

The full itinerary will appear here: - BTBC STELLA ALPINA 2017 + A MOST EXCELLENT DOLOMITES ADVENTURE , but due to the large number of new digs and the complicated new route, I would ask that interested parties put their names down as soon as they can if they want to go and book in quickly to help me with the planning. I will have no choice but to close this trip early as most of the digs must be paid for in advance and I have to confirm numbers well in advance of our trip or let the rooms go before paying. Unfortunately, this will make it almost impossible to squeeze people in at the last minute as has sometimes been the case in the past, so please be aware now that once the places have gone, they have gone and the only chance of coming will be as a replacement for someone already booked who has to cancel, their place will be effectively be sold to you. Clearly this severely limits the possibility of going if you don't book in early. Very strict numbers on this trip I am afraid so please do not be disappointing or disappointed, book early and know you are on.

To book your place on The Stella Alpina 2017 + A Most Excellent Dolomites Adventure (A TRIP NOT TO BE MISSED!), hit this link, then print off a booking form. Send this along with your remittance ASAP.

Warning - Alpine Roads and Scenery, when mixed with the Stella Alpina Rally, Bikes and a little water are known to cause Stellinitis. This disease creates an almost uncontrollable urge to return to the point of infection. There is no cure. The only relief known is regular visits to the infection site which can create personal problems through the long term nature of this infection. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

The Stella Alpina itself takes place on Sunday 10th July in Bardonecchia, Northern Italy. It is a large trial bike Rally with several thousand bikes turning up over the weekend to ride up the mountain road on Sunday morning. It is not a competitive event but more a large gathering of like minded people. A finishers medal can be purchased by reaching a point on the track that the organiser's feel a well ridden road bike can get to, for the more adventurous the track continues and some may even reach the top. This whole area is Big Bike heaven, with many very small surfaced and UN-surfaced High Alp passes to explore. Join the BTB.C trip to THE STELLA ALPINA + SOME 2016 (A TRIP NOT TO BE MISSED) and benefit from over 26 years of experience in these areas and at the event. How did the Stella Alpina Rally all start?


Who went in 2016

Paul Clarke - BMW R1200 GSA, Andrew Ellis* - BMW R1200 GSA, Mark Gillispie - BMW R1200 GS, John Firth - KTM 950 Adventure, David Powell - Yamonda XTXLVDRZ 650, John Wilmott - BMW R1200 GS , Paul Homard - CRF1000L Africa Twin, Tony Chadwick - KTM 1190R Adventure , Bill Naismith - BMW F800GSA, Harry Nuttall - KTM, Phil & Sue Langford - BMW R1200 GSA, Phil & Liliana Skinner - Guzzi Stelvio, David Lamont - CRF1000L Africa Twin, Shaun Henderson* - BMW R1200 GS, David Barker - BMW R1200 GS

Who went in 2015

Paul Clarke - BMW R1200 GSA, Andrew Ellis - BMW R1200 GSA, Phil Langford - BMW R1200 GSA, Tony Chadwick - Tiger Explorer, Bill Naismith - BMW GS800 ADV, Shaun Henderson - BMW R1150 GS, Paul Homard - BMW GS800 ADV, Martin Fiser* - DL1000

Who went in 2014

1/ Paul (Klarkey) Clarke - BMW R1200GSA 2/ 'Andrew Ellis - BMW R1200GSA 3/ Adrian Molloy - Tiger Explorer 4/ Dave Jones (RIP) - BMW R1200GSA 5/ Carl Hooper - DUCATI MULTI 6/ Phil Langford - BMW R1150GS 7/Shaun Henderson - BMW R1150GS

Who went 2013

1/ Paul (Klarkey) Clarke - BMW R1200GSA 2/ 'Andrew Ellis - BMW R1200GSA 3/ Shaun Henderson - BMW R1150GS 4/ Dave Jones - BMW R1200GSA 5/ Chris Cahill & Claire Lamb - Tiger 955 6/ Mark Gillispie - BMW R1200GS 7/ George Ballantyne - Yam XTZ 8/ David Lamont - BMW R1200GSA 9/ Phil Langford - BMW R1150GS 10/ Dave Edge - BR1200GSA

Who went in 2012

1/ Paul (Klarkey) Clarke - BMW R1200GSA 2/ Andrew Ellis - BMW R1200GSA 3/ David Lamont - BMW R1200GSA 4/ (Dommi) Dave Powell - Honda Trany 5/ Dave Jones - BMW R1200GSA 6/ Jim Dobson - KTM 990ADV 7/ Carly Powell - XT600

Who went in 2011

1/ Paul (Klarkey) Clarke - BMW R1200GSA 2/ Andrew Ellis - Honda Vara 3/ Alex Penrose - Yamaha TDM 4/ Shaun Henderson - BMW R1159GS 5/ David Black - BMW R1200 GSA 6/ David Barker* - BMW R1200GS 7/ Jim Dobson - KTM990 ADV 8/ John Makin - DR1250 BIG 9/ David Walker - BMW 650GS 10/ David Jones - BMW R1200GSA 11/ Darren Duesbury - KTM990 ADV

Who went in 2010

1/ Paul (Klarkey) Clarke - BMW R1200GSA 2/ Andrew Ellis - *Honda Varadero 3/ David Jones - BMW R1200GSA 4/ Douglas Steel - Cagiva Navigator 5/ David Barker - BMW R1200GS 6/ Mark Gillispie - BMW R1200GS 7/ George Ballantyne - TDM 900 8/ Bill Naismith - Kawasaki Versys

Who went in 2009 - The Long Way Round

1/ Paul (Klarkey) Clarke - BMW R1200GSA 2/ Andrew Ellis - *Honda Varadero 3/ Tim Green - Honda Varadero 4/ Ben Wheble - KTM 990 ADV 5/ Alex Penrose - TDM 900 6/ Adrian Lloyd' - KTM990ADV 7/ Paul Homard' - BMW R1200GSA 8/ Adrian Molloy - Tiger 1050 9/ Mark Dinner - BMW R 1200 GS 10/ Darren Dewsbury - KTM 990 ADV 11/ Tony Chadwick - BMW R 1200 GS 12/ John Boothroyd - KTM 950 ADV 13/ Jim Dobson - BMW R1150ADV 14/ Dave Jones - BMW R1200GS


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Who went on the Stella in 2008 - 1/ Paul (Klarkey) Clarke - BMW R1200GSA 2/ Andrew Ellis - *Honda Vara 3/ Ian Harding - BMW R1200GS 4/ Alan Dixon - BMW R1200GSA 5/ John (Irish Guy on a Bike) Bruce - BMW R1150GSA 6/ Tony Chadwick - BMW R1200GS 7/ Paul Homard - BMW R1200GSA 8/ Nick Slater - Suzuki DL1000 9/ David Wyatt - Suzuki V-strom 10/ Adrian Lloyd - KTM 990 Adv 11/ David Carr - VARA XL1000 12/ David Barker - BMW R1200GS 13/ Mike Craxton - *BMW R1200GSA 14/ George (Ochay) *Ballantyne - TDM 900 15/ William Gregg - BMW R1150GS 16/ Steve Cogdell - BMW R1200GS

Who went on the Stella in 2007 - 1/ Paul (Klarkey) Clarke - BMW R1200GSA 2/ Jez (Where has the road gone) Scott - KTM950SM 3/ Robin (I am coming this year ;-) ) Scott - XL600V Translap 4/ Mick (Thai Boy) Bell - XTZ 750 5/ Art (XTZ) Bell - XTZ 750 6/ Wayne (Big single) Tibbles - DR800BIG 7/ John (Irish Guy on a Bike) Bruce - BMW R1150GSA 8/ Steve (Romsey) Cogdell - BMW R1200GS 9/ Dave* (Colonel Boggie) Harding - XRV750 10/ Roger* (Where's mi wallet) Edge - BMW R1150GS 11/ John (Tigerman) Godsall - KTM 950 Adventure 12/ Steve* (2UP) Coates & Co - XL650V 13/ Lee*( ROB) Boden - XRV750 14/ Gordon (Wy-ay) Robertson - BMW F650GS 15/ Ben (Bailey) Wheble - BMW GS1200 16/ David (Wiganman) Barker - BMW GS1200 17/ Mark* (Paddy) Brunt - TS50ER ;-) 18/ George (Ochay) Ballantyne - TDM 900 19/ Phil* (Photoman) Langford - BMW F650GS 20/ Paul* (Beanybear) Beardmore - XRV750 Africa Twin 21/ Rob* (Redneck) Gunn - KTM950SM 22/ Brendan (Tipperary) Power - BMW R1200GSA 23/ Roy (V) Temple - V-Strom 650 24/ Andrew (Elmo) Ellis - Honda Vara 25/ Russell (Bandit) Greyson - Suzuki PD Special 26/ Dave (Lowland) Loney - Yamaha TTZ


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Who's went in 2006 - 1/ Paul 'Klarkey' Clarke - BMW R1200GSA, 2/ Andy Cadney - Elly 999.99, 3/ Bill Gavins - XT 660X , 4/ Adrian Molloy - Tiger 955i, 5/ David Barker - R1200GS, 6/ Jez Scott - KTM950 SM, 7/ Carl Blackbum - R1200GS, 8/ John Godsall - Tiger 955i, 9/ Dave Davies - BMW R1150GS, 10/ Ray Sellway - 600 Trany , 11/ Tony Bramah - Tiger 955i, 12/ Lloyd Davies - Tiger 900

Who went in 2005 - 1/ Paul 'Klarkey' Clarke (Sheffield)-BMW R1150 GSA 2/ Paul Galbraith (Northampton) - KTM LC8 3/ Jeff Douglas (Glentworth) - BMW R1200GS 4/ Alan Dixon (Penistone) - BMW R1200GS 5/ Ian Harding (Penistone) - BMW R1150GS 6/ Jez Scott (Sheffield) - CCM 644 7/ Alex Penrose (Hull) - Varadero 8/ Ben Wheble (Preston) - BMW R1200GS
9/ Derek Arnold (Surrey) - KTM LC8 10/ Lyndon Cunninghanm (Mars!) - BMW R1150GSA 11/ Jon Bagshaw (Sheffield) - Varadero

Adrian Molloy's pictures from the Stella Alpina & Swiss Loop trip 2004!

Who went in 2004 - 1/ Paul 'sideways' Clarke (Sheffield) -BMW R1150GS Adventure - 2/ Carl 'Sandwich maker' Blackburn (Mosborough) - BMW R1150GS - 3/ Adrian Molloy (Huntingdon) - XRV750 - 4/ Nick Pickup (Barnsley) - XTZ750 - 5/ Sid Brown (Sherburn-in-Elmet) - BMW F650 - 6/ Mark Piercy (Lincoln) - TRX850 - 7/ Tim Marquis (St Peters) - KTM640 Adventure - 8/ Mr & Mrs G Binns (Sowerby Bridge) - XRV750 - 9/ George Ballantyne (Falkirk, Scotland) - Honda 600 - 10/ Jim Dobson (Bransby) - R1150GS Adventure - 11/ Allen Mitchell (Lytham) - XRV750 - 12/ Brian Crabtree (Clitheroe) - BMW650GS - 13/ Colin Townson (Clitheroe) - R1100GS - 14/ Colvin Beattie ( Donegal, Ireland) - Varadero - 15/ Steve Seddon (Bransholme) - R1150GS - 16/ Glyn Calvert (Brough) - XRV750 - 17/ Bob Jenkins (Barcelona, Spain) - R100GS - 18/ David Jones (Droitwich Spa) - XRV750 - 19/ Ian Barnard (Highbridge) - R1150GS - 20/ Mark Peatfield (Lincoln) - XRV750 - 21/Mr & Mrs Scott Green (Falkirk) - R1150GSA

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Stella old pics

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Andy Cadney's pictures from the Stella Alpina trip 2001!

Mark Piercy's 2001 pics (try the Panarama.jpg)

The BTB.C Stella Alpina 2000?

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Pictures from past trips to the Stella Alpina.