Probably the toughest motorcycle rally in Great Britain
No, you have not read it wrong; the rally time has been extended from 36 hours to 40 hours. The extra four hours will allow the Rallymaster to set some more interesting challenges for the riders. Those of you who have ever considered doing Land's End to John O Groats (twice), this may well be your chance.
The basic riding schedule will be as follows:
Start Time: Saturday 25th May 05:00
End Time: Sunday 26th May 21:00
Prize giving: Monday 27th May 09:30
There will be a compulsory six-hour rest period in the middle, and the end of rally meal will start at 20:00. There will still be food for those who want to use every minute up to the 21:00 end time.
Scoring will be the same as last year, smartphone. The best backup for a failing or broken smartphone will be another smartphone.
The procedure for scoring will be for the rider to take the bonus picture, meeting all the stated requirements in the bonus list, and then send it to an e-mail address that will be supplied. On receiving it the scorers will check whether it meets the stated criteria, if it does then the rider will be scored accordingly. The rider will not have to do any paperwork to claim points, once they cross the finish line their rally is over, their score will have been calculated.
The rally itself will cover the whole of England, Scotland, and Wales and a good score can only be achieved by putting together combination bonuses.
As part of the entry procedure, you will have to send a photo of yourself to a designated email address.
Good luck with your preparations, see you in May.
The Brit Butt Rally follows the same basic rules as the biennial 11 day 11,000 mile Iron Butt Rally in the USA. Put simply, from the Rally Book, choose your own route to ride around the country for up to 40 hours photographing landmarks and accumulating bonus points. Bonus locations will be spread far and wide; there will be places close to the start, at all corners of Great Britain and everywhere else in between. Sleep in hotels, at home, a tent or park benches, it's up to you. The details of the bonus locations and scoring strategy remain secret until the night before the rally.
You will need to arrive on the Friday afternoon (24/05/19) at Rally HQ in order to register and complete a few checks. An evening meal will be followed by an explanation of the format of this year's event and the issue of rally books. After the final briefing you can retire to your hotel rooms to plan your route and get some rest prior to the start at 05:00 the next morning.
The Rally Master in 2019 will be Steve Eversfield (3 times Iron Butt Rally veteran).
Please note: Safety is paramount. This is NOT a race and we do not condone speeding or reckless riding. It is all about planning an efficient route and then riding your planned route in order to return safe and sound. Ride as far as you feel capable of, the main emphasis is fun on two wheels (or three).