We’re fast approaching the weekend of 7-8 October when this year’s North Island 800 and 1,600 rides are scheduled.
Entry numbers are slowly building for each of these two rides, and more are needed if these rides are to go ahead.
The Organising Group has brought forward the registration and payment closing date for both rides. This date is now Wednesday 13 September 2017. We’ve done this because arranging all the necessary items has been a bit white-knuckled and teeth-grinding for the past couple of years. A few more days to get things organised will make the Group’s work much easier.
This date has been amended on the online forms.
North Island 1,600
This year is the Distance Riders’ fourth 1,600 ride. Keen for your first or to continue your distance riding legacy? Then get your registration completed and sent in before Wednesday 13 September.
If a legacy is your goal, you’ll have to complete 26 of these events (about 42,000km) to beat the record of 1,600km rides completed.
We’ve got a yet another crackling route in store for this year, featuring some rare and exotic locations and roads. All will be revealed at 7:00pm on Friday 6 October 2017 in readiness for the start at 1:00pm on the following day.
More details and registration forms can be found here. Remember that the close-off date for registrations AND payments is now Wednesday 13 September 2017. This is so there’s enough time to get T-shirts printed, badges made, food organised, and so on.
Registrations are currently approaching 30 riders. If you’re keen to ride with your mates, please let us know who’s likely to be in your group so that the Event Marshalls can start you together.
North Island 800
This is our second 800km-in-12-hours event that, like the 1,600, starts and finishes at Turangi. And it is being held on the same weekend as the 1,600 – 7-8 October 2017.
This is a great opportunity for distance riders in the 800 and the 1,600 to meet and share experiences of what time-based distance riding is all about.
Registrations so far are currently approaching 20 riders.
Remember that very little evening riding is involved in the 800. Indeed riders on restricted licences should be checked in back at Turangi before the NZTA’s curfew kicks in.
More details and registration forms can be found here. The close-off date for registrations AND payments is Wednesday 13 September 2017.
1,600 & 800 accommodation
If you need accommodation in the cabins at the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park, please contact them directly and let them know that you’re part of the Distance Riders’ events that weekend. Their website has online booking. http://www.turangiholidaypark.co.nz/ or phone them on 07 386 8754.
Those who have registered and not yet paid, please make payment ASAP. We’re a not-for-profit organisation and cash flow is important to us.
Support Crew Volunteers
We’ve had a great response in our call for volunteers to help out with event organisation tasks at Turangi and at checkpoints. Many thanks to all those who’ve put their hands up. We’ve acquired some really passionate and experienced people.
We still need about five more people to help with our catering team at Turangi. This is a shift-work arrangement, catering for the returning riders from the 800 ride and then (several hours later) the riders returning from the 1,600. There’s breakfasts in there too for the weekend.
If you’re keen to help out with this October’s Turangi rides, please let us know. We’re a few frills, low cost, volunteers-driven team focused on providing great events. This means we can provide T-shirts, food and beverages and social interactions for our Support Crew but can’t help with travel or accommodation costs.
Hamilton & Wellington 1KC rides
Make sure that Saturday 4 November 2017 is in your ride calendars!
This November will see two 1,000km Cruise rides on the same day – the 1KCs. One will start and finish in Wellington, the second will start and finish in Hamilton. The routes for each will be different, with briefing, instructions and checkpoint information sent to registered riders one week prior to the event.
Pillion riders are allowed on the 1KC. There is no formal scrutineering of machines. Riders are expected to ensure that their bikes are legally roadworthy.
These are social rides, with plenty of opportunities for riders to stop and yack with each other. After-ride hospitality will be available at a pre-arranged venue. There will be commemorative badges and certificates awarded. As well as being a great day out for riders and pillions, these events contribute to a great cause, with proceeds raised donated to Muscular Dystrophy New Zealand.
1KC rides start and finish on the same day. Riders usually start from 6:30am until 7:00am. Most are generally home by 8:00pm, with stragglers returning at up to 10:00pm.
More details and event registration forms for the Hamilton and Wellington 1KC rides can be found here.