Our Lady of Graces

Annual Pilgrimage

Malta, Sunday 14th September 2008

The pilgrimage has become a traditional religious procession since first embarked upon in 1951,

after His Holiness Pope Pius XII declared Our Lady of Graces the Patron of Cyclists

arriving in Mosta for the 9:45am start

Handed The Half-Italienne the wee digital camera, requested she take pictures from the pillion point of view.

For hanging on, suggested that a firm thigh grip would do ... so we set off at the tail end of the convoy

and Isabelle was wiggling about and at it behind me, snapping away like a terrier as we passed and were

re-passed, whilst I operated the manual forward motion controls of the Transalp in an attempt to

maintain our steady progress along the straight and narrow among the throng of fellow pilgrims

through Birkirkara

to pause at St. Helens


then along the regional road into St.Julian’s

down to Spinola Bay

and along Sliema sea-front

onto the Gzira strand

around TaXbiex to Msida

then through Pieta

through Floriana

up to and around Valletta

up Crucifix Hill, back into Floriana

passing Hamrun

through Marsa, pausing in Triq Dicembru 13

waiting for the cyclists, Marsa

waiting for the traffic lights, Paola

into Senglea

through Fgura

towards the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces at Zabbar.

The Blessing


The Blessed


Motorcyclists Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Graces, Zabbar, Malta. 14th September 2008

Photography by Isabelle Borg & Graham Cooper



©'s motorcycle pics of - 1980's CHELSEA BRIDGE & The ManxGP 2007