You should also be thinking about preparing yourself and your steed of choice for some serious saddle time. There’s some information on our website that may be useful for this task http://www.distanceriders.org.nz/preparing-for-distance-rides.html
We know where we’re going this year!
The organisers have agreed a route, and it is a beauty! We’re committed to an objective of riding roads less travelled, and this year’s itinerary includes a couple of stretches that past distance rides have not covered for many years, if at all. We’ve also aimed for a mix of roads that include well-trodden highways and some stretches that will require even closer attention to detail. We don’t ride on unsealed roads, other than those that may have stretches of roadworks. Unfortunately some great scenery will be travelled during the hours of darkness.
We’ve had enquiries from some GPS devotees as to whether waypoints and checkpoint information can be made available to help with programming tasks. The answer is yes. But we won’t be providing a downloadable route map. Participating riders should still take some responsibility for managing their ride.
We have had some tough negotiations with our American friends at the Iron Butt Association (IBA). For the first time this year’s route meets their requirements for a SS1000 (Saddle Sore 1000). If you are interested, you will need to complete the ride and submit your photos. Because the IBA charges a fee, we will have to do the same. This means that an extra $48.00 will be needed. For this you will get an IBA patch, certificate, and membership of the esteemed IBA.
To keep costs down we will order the certificates and patches after the ride. These will be sent from the USA, so they will take a few weeks to arrive. More details about the IBA can be found at www.ironbutt.com or on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Butt_Association
Starting and finishing at Turangi
The start and finish will be at the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park, as is a tradition for these sorts of events. The final details of the route will be unveiled at 7:00pm on Friday 9 October.
If you’re keen, then please go to our website http://www.distanceriders.org.nz/the-north-island-1600.html and either fill out the online form, or download the PDF version which you can either post to us at P O Box 29017, Ngaio, Wellington; or scan and email to us at email@example.com. Riders using the online forms will need to provide a signature at the pre-start registration. Please familiarise yourself with this event’s terms and conditions published on the web page.
We have received over 20 entries so far. If you are entering and want to be part of a group of mates, could you please let us know who those other riders may be so we can make sure you’re all in the same starting group.
Remember that your registration fee will provide successful riders with a certificate, patch and badge. If you rode in last year’s event and didn’t reclaim your $25 rebate, then that will be deducted from your entry fee for this year’s ride.
Event-specific T-shirts are also available. As too is accommodation at the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park. The details and prices are all outlined on the event registration form. Details can be found on our website here http://www.distanceriders.org.nz/the-north-island-1600.html
Non-riding volunteers needed
If you’d like to be involved in a non-riding capacity, we need a bunch of motivated and committed volunteers for key roles (scrutineering, event management, catering, rider support), either at Event HQ in Turangi, or at one of the four manned checkpoints around the North Island. If you’re keen to help, then please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that this is an event organised by distance riders for distance riders. It the organisers’ objective to provide outstanding value for money for participants.