Although Andorra might look smaller than its neighbours, the reputation it has built up in motorcycling events these last years is, on the contrary, quite impressive. Perched in the middle of the Pyrenees, Andorra-la-Vella stands proudly between France and Spain and is Europe’s highest capital city at a little over 1000 metres. This year, it is hosting its first ever FIM Awards, but the motorcycle vibes are strong in Andorra-la-Vella, venue for a vast number of FIM Trial World Championship rounds and other motorcycling events. This riders’ paradise is also home to numerous champions like Toni Bou.
The 22 times World Champion is not Andorra’s only motorcycle celebrity. French 5-time Dakar Champion Cyril Despres has lived in the country for the last 16 years. Although he chose to switch to cars in 2014, the Frenchman never gave up on his childhood passion. In 2015, Cyril Despres created the first Andorra500 classic in his adoptive country, with 150 motorcycles going on a three-day on-road rally.
You can find several museums in Andorra, in particular the World Champions by 99, opened by five-time FIM World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, which exhibits some very rare and precious items belonging to Michael Doohan, Marc Marquez or even Valentino Rossi. You can also find plenty of shops selling gear, motorbikes, goodies and much more.
Andorra is a motorcycle nation, no doubt about that!