The clock is ticking, LOUDER…
FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER – just ONE week to go!
That’s the deadline for getting your registration forms AND payments in for both rides.
Some entries have been received but payments have not. If you’re one of those people, you’ll be hearing from the Organising Group shortly, unless we hear from you first! Payment details can be found on the North Island 1,600 and North Island 800 pages on our website.
North Island 1,600
If you’re keen to test yourself and become part of an elite community of riders, you will be made most welcome by the Organising Team at Turangi and by other riders participating.
This is Distance Riders’ third 1,600 ride. There have been 25 similar events that precede us, so there is a proud tradition at stake.
Keen to ride? Then get ready to join New Zealand’s finest distance riders on the weekend of 8-9 October 2016.
This year’s route is a stunner, featuring some locations and roads never before ridden on events of this type. Long John has ridden it and has given it his Gold Star. All will be revealed at the ceremonial unveiling at 7:00pm on Friday 7 October 2016 in readiness for the start at 1:00pm on Saturday 8 October.
More details and registration forms can be found here. Remember that the close-off date for registrations AND payments is Friday 23 September 2016. This is so there’s enough time to get T-shirts printed, badges made, food organised, and so on.
Registrations are currently approaching 50 riders. If you’re keen to ride with others, please let us know who so that the Event Marshalls can start you together. These events have social opportunities before the start and over a meal at Turangi afterwards. These are chances to swap experiences with likeminded riders, and also build lasting friendships.
Why wait another year? Ride a 1,600 in 2016!
Remember to get your bike sorted in readiness for the pre-start scrutineering.
North Island 800
This is an 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 – 8-9 October 2016. This is a great opportunity for riders in the 800 to meet up with those in the 1,600 and to get a taste of what time-based distance riding is all about.
Registrations so far are approaching 30 riders.
Remember that very little evening riding is involved. Indeed riders on restricted licences should be checked in back at Turangi before the NZTA’s curfew kicks in. Unlike the North Island 1,600, pillions are allowed for this event.
More details and registration forms can be found here. The close-off date for registrations AND payments is Friday 23 September 2016.
1,600 & 800 accommodation
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 make sure that our Turangi team is well fed. All volunteers get a special event T-shirt to make them easier to locate and as a collectable thank-you from the Organising Group on behalf of all participating riders.
We’ll also need volunteers for our manned checkpoints for the 1,600. While we can’t give away details of the route, if you’re interested in helping, please let us know. We’ll make contact with you if you’re handy to one of our three manned outposts. As this event runs through the Saturday night, so too will a couple of the checkpoints. We usually aim to have at least three people supervising each checkpoint.
For those who have registered their interest in volunteering, thanks. The Organising Group will make contact with you soon.
Hamilton & Wellington 1KC rides
This November will see two 1,000km Cruise rides – the 1KCs – in line with the tradition started last year. 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. Proceeds raised will be 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.
Oh yes, the Super Thou…
“Suitable experience” includes completion of events like the North Island 1,600, Grand Challenge, Chatto Creek, or a TT2000. Pillions won’t be permitted for the Super Thou. There’s still time to gain the necessary entry criteria by registering in and completing this year’s North Island 1,600! The Super Thou will also have its own completion memorabilia.
Please complete a 1KC entry form AND email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in confirming your eligibility to participate in the Super Thou.
We’ve already received some impressive distance riding CVs from riders keen to test themselves against the Super Thou.