Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cape Fear 1,000 Rally

I'm participating in the Cape Fear 1,000 Rally.  The 29-hour Rally will begin at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday the 19th . Each rider will choose from one of three possible starting locations: Batavia, NY, Union City, TN, or Wauchula, FL, and all riders will be due in Wilmington, North Carolina, not later than 3:00 p.m. on Saturday the 20th.  I will be starting from Union City, TN.   (The full Spotwalla Map)

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...

  1. 29:00 event hours X 45 overall miles per hour = 1,305 planning miles
  2. 1,305 planning miles / 63 miles per hour moving average = 20:40 riding time
  3. 1,305 planning miles / 350 fuel endurance miles = 3 pit stops
  4. 3 Pit stops X 0:10 per stop = 0:30 pit stop time
  5. 6:00 planned rest stop
  6. Bonus stop time = event hours - riding time - pit stop time - rest stop time
  7. 1:50 = 29:00 - 20:40 - 0:30 - 6:00
  8. Bonus stops = bonus stop time / 0:10 per stop 
  9. 11 bonus stops = 1:50 / 0:10
So, I will plan a route of about 1,300 miles that snakes through 11 bonus locations with the highest point values I can fit into the 29:00 hours of the rally.  If the mapping software generates lower or higher travel times for the route then I will adjust accordingly.  I also want to identify opt in and opt out bonus locations during the last third of the route take advantage or compensate for riding pace in the first 2/3 of the route.  See Cape Fear RLPLite MS Excel spreadsheet for the start plan.(Available after the Rally)
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
At the conclusion of the rally I want to examine the wear on the Anakee 3 tires I mounted at 12,100 miles.  I estimate that at the end of the rally and the trip home I will have almost 12,500 miles on the tires.


  1. Hi Tim,

    good luck for the next Rally. I will follow you on the Spottwalla Map during my home office day on Friday.

    Best Regards from Germany

    Motorradwanderer (Luzian)

  2. Hi Tim,
    good luck with the rally !! I rode in CF1K 2012, but opted to skip it this year.

    On a side note - I am new and decided to use BaseCamp - can you post your tip/tricks on using BaseCamp? Mostly on importing boni's from rally's after importing into Excel rally tool. Are you using other mapping apps to create an import file. In the BigTex Rally, I had to manually enter all my locations.

    I have been reading all your posts. Keep sharing / Good luck in CF1K. :)