Yes, the second North Island 1,600 is locked and loaded for 10-11 October 2015.
A route has also been finalised, which will include a mix of manned and photo checkpoints in a similar manner to last year. Thanks to everybody who provided route suggestions. Expect to ride some roads never covered by previous North Island 1,600km or 1,000 mile distance rides. A great mix of scenery and challenges will be delivered.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
If you’d like to be involved in a non-riding capacity, we need a bunch of motivated and committed volunteers for key roles, either at Event HQ in Turangi, or at one of the three manned checkpoints around the North Island. If you’re keen to help, then please let us know at email@example.com.
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.
The 1,000km Cruise (The 1 KC)
The Distance Riders have taken over the organisation of what was formerly the Capital 1,000km Cruise and are giving this event its own special flavour as part of our stable of rides.
This year’s events will be held on Saturday 7 November.
To make it easier for riders in the top half of the North Island to participate, this year there will be two 1 KCs. One will start and finish in Wellington, the second starting and finishing in Hamilton.
The routes for both rides have been set and are outstanding. The Hamilton ride has some of the Wellington-based organisers seriously thinking about riding to The Tron for the weekend to be part of that ride! The official routes will be sent to registered participants one week before the start date. Expect to see some route teasers between now and then!
If there is a sufficient level of enthusiastic interest, the two-starts format will be continued in future years.
Entry criteria aren’t as stringent for the 1KC rides, compared with the NI 1,600s – there’s no formal scrutineering of machines (although these must be registered and road legal) and pillions are allowed (as long as their feet can reach the fitted pegs).
Both bums on a bike need to register. Proceeds from this event are donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand.
There’s an online entry form on our website http://www.distanceriders.org.nz/the-1000km-cruise-the-1kc.html as well as a downloadable PDF version which you can either post to us at P O Box 29017, Ngaio, Wellington; or scan and email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Riders and pillions using the online forms will need to provide a signature at the pre-start registration. Please familiarise yourself with this events terms and conditions published on the web page.
We’re really looking forward to this year’s rides and hope that you are too. Get that leave booked, send us those completed entry forms, and get yourselves bike fit in readiness for a chance to ride on some of the North Island’s best motorcycling roads in the company of other elite riders.
- Mike Angell
- John Maroulis
- James Riley
- Brett Sangster