How many riders participate?
Typically 40-100 riders register for the ride, however, only 2/3 of those actually make it to the starting line. Riders from all over the United States/Canada/Europe have participated in the event. In 2016 the average ride age was 50 years of age (ranging from 28 to 72 years).
How do riders get their scooter to or from the start/finish?
Some riders actually ride their scooter to and from the starting line and finish. Others ship their scooters using commercial services, private carriers, or partnering with other participants. ForwardAir is the most common commercial shipping used by participants. Private Carriers have been contracted through UShip.Com or similar web based services pairing shippers and drivers.
Are there teams?
Riders may informally establish teams with other riders to combine support resources or assist each other with planning. Riders will only be awarded points based solely their specific performance. Riders actually riding together and passing at checkpoints concurrently must individually maintain their own documentation to be eligible for points and are not permitted to substitute or share documentation with other riders.
What happens if I breakdown?
The event does not officially provide support. Many riders have participated without a trailing support vehicle while others have organized their own support individually or collectively. These arrangements are worked out in the Registered Riders section of the Rider’s Forum.
Is there a predefined route?
There is a preferred or recommended route each day that is defined by “mandatory” checkpoints. Checkpoints are published in advance of the ride and are strategically chosen to keep riders off high speed interstates and mostly on the same roads. The roads riders decide to take to arrive at these checkpoints is entirely up to them. A riders ability to navigate between checkpoints efficiently is critical to earning points in this event. Navigation directions provided by the event are considered to be advisory only. Riders are responsible for their own navigation planning.
How does scoring work?
Each day has 5 legs/segments with per-defined checkpoints. Each rider is scored against the “standard” time for the leg/segment. Rider’s document their passing of checkpoints with photographic evidence that is reviewed each day for scoring after they arrive at the official hotel. A handicap factor is assigned to each rider/scooter and used to up or downwardly adjust their points.
Can I use an auxiliary fuel tank?
Auxiliary fuel systems (plumbed or carry-can) are permitted.
Is this a group ride?
No, not necessarily. With the exception of the first day (starting line), riders depart from the hotel each morning on their own schedule. Scooters range from 50cc to 278cc and have different performance outputs. However, with so many riders traveling mostly on the same roads and you will pass (or be passed) by other riders throughout a typical day.
Road conditions and terrain?
Participants should be comfortable riding their scooter on paved and unpaved (loose or packed gravel) surfaces.
What about Hotels?
All of the hotels for the overnight locations are planned & booked in advance. The list of “official” hotels is made available in the Registered Riders area. Riders are solely responsible for booking their own accommodations.
Can I use a GPS?
GPS and other forms of electronic warfare are permitted. Navigating to and from over 50 checkpoints on mostly backroads is challenging with or without technology. Riders are responsible for programing their GPS units or establishing their own turn-by-turn written directions. The ability to plan and navigate an optimum route is key to success.
What is this going to cost me?
Depends on personal circumstances and logistics. A rider with a working scooter, appropriate riding gear, and shipping their scooter in only one direction should expect to spend $3000-5000 to participate. Riders are responsible for arranging and paying for their own accommodations.
Some riders do seek and receive sponsorships to (typically) help offset their cost of participation. This is permissible so long as the sponsorship does not give the rider an unfair advantage and the rider is not incentivized (monetarily or otherwise) by the sponsor to “win” the event.
Is this a race?
No. This is not a race. Riders are awarded points based on their ability to ride and navigate their scooter to predefined checkpoints each day. No benefits, actual or implied, monetary or otherwise are awarded to any rider who finishes with the highest number of accumulated points each day or at the conclusion of the event.
How do I win?
Perfect navigation for 10 days over 50 routes. On a typical day a rider will travel on over 30 different roads to stay on the course.
Riding within posted speed limits and obeying traffic laws in all of the cities and states you transverse.
Careful planning of your gas stops and road conditions (advance research of road construction helps!).
Efficiency. It’s not how fast you ride but how slow you don’t go.
What do I win?
Nothing! This is an amateur event. This is not a race. However, points and score rankings are posted daily. There is a 1st place finisher and last.