For all of you seriously-minded distance riders, and those who may be curious about participating, the Organising Group is pleased to announce that the Third North Island 1,600 will be held on the weekend of 8-9 October 2016. We’ll be basing the Event HQ at the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park, as is traditional for these events.
Registrations are open, for those of you who may be early-birds. We plan to fine-tune our online registration system shortly but that won’t make any difference for those of you who would like to sign up now. Book your leave and start planning your training schedule!
Fees will be the same as for the last ride. Completing riders will get a patch, badge and certificate in their completion kit. Event-specific T-shirts will be available for those who wish to buy them. Rider Notes booklets will be made available from 7:00pm on Friday 7 October when the route is officially announced. Full details and costs can be found on our website.
We’ve also got a new concept in mind for 2016, which we’ll outline further down in this newsletter…
We’ve set a route!
The Organisers have been busy plotting and scheming. We’ve also taken on board feedback received after the 2015 ride. And we’ve got a route agreed for 2016. In keeping with the past two events, there will be some stretches of tar seal previously untrammelled by organised 1,600km rides.
Same deal as our previous rides – the 2016 North Island 1,600 will all be on sealed roads (apart from occasional road works), a 1:00pm start from Turangi, photo and manned checkpoints, no pillions, pre-start scrutineering, and so on.
Iron Butt certification
All of the riders in the 2015 North Island 1,600 who registered with the Iron Butt Association and completed the ride should have now received their certificates and badges from the IBA. Congratulations! We aim to continue our relationship with the IBA and this registration will be part of the offering for future North Island 1,600 rides.
And now for something a bit different…
During conversations after this year’s ride, some comments were made about the possibility of organising a North Island 800. We’re keen to get feedback and suggestions about this concept. If there’s enough support, then we’ll add it to our schedule for 2016.
Here’s the proposal as it currently stands:
- Held on the same weekend as the North Island 1,600 (8-9 October 2016)
- Starting and finishing from Event HQ at the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park
- 800km minimum distance (route practicalities may make this a bit longer)
- Route announced at 7:00pm on Friday 7 October. This event is not just a “day ride”. Participants will be encouraged to attend the Friday night route announcement and then take time planning their ride prior to starting. Riders should plan for two nights’ accommodation at Turangi.
- We estimate we will be able to offer the ride for a $30 entry fee (Riders should allow $120 for 2 nights’ cabin + $20 for 2 cooked breakfasts. Or $80 for 2 nights shared cabin + $20 for 2 cooked breakfasts, or make their own accommodation arrangements at Turangi.)
- Start from 10:00am on the Saturday
- Pillions allowed
- Restricted Class 6 licenses allowed (ride should be able to be completed before the NZTA restricted license curfew)
- Photo checkpoints only
- Dinner available for riders and pillions on completion
- Metal badge and certificate for completing riders and pillions
- Sealed roads only
- We ride in all weathers!
- No pre-start scrutineering, but all bikes must have current registration and WOF
- Accommodation available at the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park.
This idea had its beginnings from some older riders who are still keen to socialise and go for a ride with their distance-riding mates but who no longer feel up to the rigors of a 1,600km ride – particularly the night stage. Some also thought a shorter ride could be a good introduction for younger, distance-ride-curious folk. It would give them exposure to what these rides entail, with a chance to meet and talk with others in the distance riding community. Apart from the start and finish points, this ride would not overlap with the North Island 1,600 – the premier event for that weekend.
Here’s a link to an online survey. It should only take a few minutes to complete, and the Organising Group would welcome feedback and expressions of interest.