National Road Rally 2016

 

The HJPBikes boys (R-Bert and Heef) have both taken part in the National Road Rally for the past three years. Having completed and received the Bronze, Silver and finally last year, the Gold awards we felt it was time to try something different and give back to the event that had given us such enjoyment (and the occasional frustration).

So the other week Heef contacted the organisers and asked whether they would like us to host the Lincoln checkpoint. We had a few ideas of locations and how we would man it over the day and night required. They said yes, with an additional please and thank you.

LIncoln Control End

Heef made contact with www.Wrightwaymc.com (Top choice for bike repairs, servicing etc in Lincoln, and throughly nice chaps to boot) on Doddington Road, it seemed the perfect location with car parking and access, as well as having a garage on hand, perfect!! Concerned about the British weather we have put out a shout for a gazebo to give us some cover from the elements come rain or shine.

We will be posting an update here as soon as we have more details firmed up, but in the mean time the basic information is below for those who would like to take part, and heres Heefs blog about our previous involvement to wet your appetite and give an idea of what the day is like.

National Road Rally 2013
National Road Rally 2014

The National Road Rally 2016

The The National Road Rally 2016 is a road based event for qualified riders of mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, three-wheelers, quadricycles and motorcycles and scooters with sidecars. It’s your chance to test your riding ability against other enthusiastic riders on all types of machines, along some of England’s finest roads.

To keep up to date with developments and news about the rally as they happen, visit www.nationalroadrally.co.uk

Definition

The Auto-Cycle Union in association with the British Motorcyclists Federation will promote a ‘navigational scatter rally’, known as the National Road Rally on Saturday 2nd July & Sunday 3rd July 2016. It will be held under the following: the National Sporting Code of the ACU, Regulation 3(5) of the Motor Vehicles (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969, these Supplementary Regulations and any further instructions issued to riders.

The event will be open to all riders of mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, three-wheelers, quadricycles and motorcycles and scooters with sidecars who have passed the appropriate Department of Transport driving test or are otherwise exempted from displaying ‘L’ plates. Riders can be unattached (do not have to be a member of a club or organisation) and Competition licenses are not required. ACU membership will be granted to all riders and passengers for the duration of the National Road Rally. All references to ‘riders’ in these Regulations (and other National Road Rally documentation) include drivers where appropriate.

Controls

Control types are defined as follows:

  • First control Competitor’s starting control
  • Last control Competitor’s finishing control
  • Standard Control Controls open at 12.00 Saturday with a progressive closing time up to 07.00 Sunday. They can be used as a First or Last Control.
  • Start-only Control Controls open at 12.00 Saturday closing at 12.20. These may only be used as a First Control
  • Final Control Only these controls (defined in the Final Instructions and on the website) can be used as a Last Control between 06.00 and 08.00 Sunday.

Riders will need to take account of closing and opening times of some Controls when planning their route. All Controls will be worth 1 Point. The distance between Controls may vary between 20/40 miles. Only riders in the Daytime and Moonlight Rallies can use the same Control as their first and last controls. Details of Final Controls and the closing times for Standard Controls will be printed in the Control Detail List, which will be issued with the Final Instructions to riders.

The National Sunrise Rally (6 hours)

Riders will select their category, First Control, and route of 120miles Min/180miles Max. The finish will be at a Final Control of their choice. The Start Time will be 02.00 hours on Sunday 3rd July and Riders must reach their Final Control by 8.00 hours. Riders in this category cannot start and finish at the same Control. The Silver category requires riders to visit the maximum number of possible Controls and ride 180 miles. Rest Breaks are not required, as the visits to controls are taken to be rest breaks, and there is no requirement to declare these on the Control Card. The Riding Time will be 6 hours.

The National Daytime Rally (10 hours)

Riders will select their category, First Control, and route of 200miles min/280 miles max. The Start Time will be12.00 hours on Saturday 2nd July and Riders will choose their own Last Control which they must reach and have their Control Card signed off by 22.00 hours on Saturday. Riders in the Daytime Rally can, if they wish, start and finish at the same Control. The Silver category requires riders to visit a minimum of 11 Controls and ride 245/270 miles. The Gold category requires riders to visit a minimum of 12 Controls and ride 265/280 miles. Riders must post their completed Control Cards to the National Road Rally Entries Secretary no later than 8 days after the Rally (11th July) Rest Breaks totaling 45 minutes must be taken (see detail under Reg.3.6 Rest Breaks). The Riding Time will be 9 hours 15 minutes. (Riding Time 9 hours 15 minutes + Rest Breaks 45 minutes = 10 hours.)

The National Moonlight Rally (10 hours)

Riders will select their category, First Control, and route of 200miles min/280 miles max. The finish will be at a Final Control of their choice. The Start Time will be 22.00 hours on Saturday 2nd July and Riders must reach their Final Control by 8.00 hours on Sunday 3rd July. Riders in the Moonlight Rally can, if they wish, start and finish at the same Final Control. The Gold category requires riders to visit a minimum of 12 Controls and ride 265/280 miles. Rest Breaks totaling 45 minutes must be taken (see detail under Reg.3.6 Rest Breaks). The Riding Time will be 9 hours 15 minutes. (Riding Time 9 hours 15 minutes + Rest Breaks 45 minutes = 10 hours.)

The National Rally (20 hours)

Riders will select their category (Special Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze), First Control, and route of 300 miles min/540miles max. The finish will be at the Final Control of their choice. Riders in this category cannot start and finish at the same Control. The Special Gold category requires riders to visit a minimum of 22 Controls and ride 540 miles. The Start Time will be from 12.00 hours on Saturday 2nd July. Riders must reach their Final Control after 6.00am but before 8.00 hours on Sunday 3rd July Rest Breaks totaling 2 hours must be taken (see detail under Reg.3.6 Rest Breaks). The Riding Time will be 18 hours (Riding Time 18 hours + Rest Breaks 2 hours = 20 hours).

The National Rally (Platinum Category)

Riders will select their First Control, route of 540 miles, and visit the max number of possible Controls. They will be required to take part in the Special Tests at County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8RA, on Saturday 2nd July open between 8.30am & 11.00am The finish will be at the Final Control of their choice. Riders in this category cannot start and finish at the same Control. The Start Time will be 12.00 hours on Saturday 2nd July and Riders must reach their Final Control after 6.00am but before 8.00 hours on Sunday 3rd July. Rest Breaks totaling 2 hours must be taken (see detail under Reg.3.6 Rest Breaks). The Riding Time will be 18 hours (Riding Time 18 hours + Rest Breaks 2 hours = 20 hours).

Entries

The closing date for entry is 6th June 2016

  • Individual Entry Fee £30.00 online £29.00
  • Passenger Entry Fee (all categories) £10.00 online £9.00
  • Team Entry Fee Free
  • RTA Insurance (per person who is to take a turn in driving) Free

Entries can be made on-line via the Entry Form and payment method on the National Road Rally Website, www.nationalroadrally.co.uk with cost savings for individual rider and passenger entrants. Introduce a rider who didn’t enter in 2015 and you will be eligible for a refund of £5 per rider up to a maximum of 4 riders.

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