The competitive object of the rally is to collect bonus points by riding to locations of the riders choosing. All riders are given a list of bonus locations, of varying point values, spread all over the map. They prepare a route through the bonus locations that will end at the Wilmington NC finish point all within the allotted 29 hours.
Planning the route involves an understanding of the ride pace, specifically, for moving average and overall average miles per hour. Here's my approach to the planning. I want to determine how many bonus locations I can ride to during the 29 hours of the rally. My ride pace for the eastern US is around 63 MPH moving average and I'm going to use 45 MPH as an overall average. Doing the math results in...
- 29:00 event hours X 45 overall miles per hour = 1,305 planning miles
- 1,305 planning miles / 63 miles per hour moving average = 20:40 riding time
- 1,305 planning miles / 350 fuel endurance miles = 3 pit stops
- 3 Pit stops X 0:10 per stop = 0:30 pit stop time
- 6:00 planned rest stop
- Bonus stop time = event hours - riding time - pit stop time - rest stop time
- 1:50 = 29:00 - 20:40 - 0:30 - 6:00
- Bonus stops = bonus stop time / 0:10 per stop
- 11 bonus stops = 1:50 / 0:10
Training Objectives: I will be using the Cape Fear rally to practice many of the same tasks I expect to use while participating in The Iron Butt Rally in July. See the list below.
Critical Rider Tasks
- Select a Leg Route
- Navigate Leg Route Segments
- Conduct a Pit Stop
- Conduct Bonus Collection
- Conduct Enroute Repairs
- Conduct a Call-In
- Conduct a Rest Stop
- Prepare for Check Point Scoring