For those who haven’t yet done so, block out your calendars for the weekend of 11 and 12 of October in readiness for 1,600km of riding pleasure. Well, at least 1,600km, given that participants will need to get themselves to and from the official starting and finishing point in Turangi.
After looking at some options for a start and finish venue, the Organisers have settled on the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Camp.
Start time will be between 1:00pm and 3:00pm depending on the final route selection. The Organisers will keep participants updated on the website and in future newsletters.
The registration fee for the 2014 North Island 1,600 event is $95.00 per rider, GST inclusive.
This fee includes commemorative items and an after-ride meal.
Arrangements have been made with the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Camp regarding accommodation and storage of items for the Saturday night. The costs of those are outlined on the registration form.
Food & lodgings
Arrangements there include cabin accommodation, either for a sole occupant or for two people to share. Those booking cabins will get a breakfast included for the Saturday and Monday mornings.
Included in the registration fee of $95.00 is an after-ride meal. All ride participants are encouraged to partake for safety reasons, as well as the opportunity to debrief your past day’s experiences with others.
There are plenty of motels in Turangi for participants who prefer that style of accommodation to the cabins at the Holiday Camp.
This year’s route will have a number of photo reference checkpoints as we’re planning some sealed North Island roads that have never seen a 1,600km event before. Guess away!
The route itself will be unveiled ceremoniously at 7:00pm on Friday 10 October in the event’s control centre at Turangi.
Your bike will be inspected before the event starts. So will you. We’ll be checking bikes to see that they have a current registration and WOF, and also to make sure that they look like they’re up for the task at hand. We’ll be checking lights, indicators, horn and tyre tread depth. If the bike’s tyres look too worn or perished, our scrutineers will be packing you off to the nearest bike shop to get that sorted before the event starts.
The inspection of you will involve sighting your licence to see that you have an unrestricted full class 6 New Zealand Driver Licence.
You’ll see in the rules and requirements for this event that our scrutineers and checkpoint marshalls have the authority to withdraw bikes and riders that they believe can’t complete the event safely. Remember that they’re doing this firstly in the best interests of the riders concerned and secondly in the best interests of this event’s reputation. The Organisers want to see all participants arrive safely home.
Patches and badges are expected for events of this type, and the North Island 1,600 will have those. There’s also a T-shirt option for those who want one. The price is $40.00. Please let us know your size on the event’s registration form, or you’ll get a one-size-fits-all model!
Iron Butt Association
Some people are interested in having their ride accredited by the Iron Butt Association in the USA. Riders who want to do this will be responsible for dealing with the IBA. The Organisers will be happy to provide whatever supporting documentation the IBA needs.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in Turangi
If you have any questions, please drop us a line, either to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us, NZ Distance Riders, PO Box 29017, Ngaio, Wellington 6443.