Keen to ride in this amazing iconic event? You’ll need to enter. There are online and PDF forms available at http://www.distanceriders.org.nz/the-north-island-1600.html. Bring some riding mates along as well.
If you’re using the online form, please check that there are no reminders to complete required fields before you quit the page. When the form has been sent, it will disappear, being replaced by a confirmation message. If you quit the page before you see that, then the form will not be sent.
You can also download the PDF version of the entry form 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.
Official start on 10 October
The official start will be at 1:00pm on Saturday 10 October.
If you are riding in this year’s event, then 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
Please pass these details onto your networks of interested mates.
Remember that our scrutineers will be taking an active interest in the roadworthiness of all competing machines, and if they aren’t happy with what they see, then riders won’t be able to start until any concerns are remedied. Given that the closest bike shop is in Taupo and the start time is 1:00pm on a Saturday, it’s best not to take any chances.
Have you got an Iron Butt?
For the first time this year’s route meets the North American Iron Butt Association’s 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 $55.00 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.
We have received over 40 entries (including a few strong expressions of interest) 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.
If you’ve registered and haven’t paid, we’d appreciate that too please. If you have expressed interest but are yet to do fill out and send us a form (and pay your fees), then get cracking! Friday 25 September will be here in one week’s time.
Your registration fee will provide successful riders with a certificate, patch and badge, and an after ride dinner. If you rode in last year’s event and didn’t reclaim your $25.00 rebate, then that will be deducted from your entry fee for this year’s ride. If you are one of those riders and can’t compete this year, then please let us know your bank account details so that we can refund your $25.00.
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