2022 Ride Around Texas & Rewind

Ride 3,100 miles around the perimeter of Texas.  Kick it up a notch, ride twice around for the RAT Rewind:  6,200 miles! 
Sign Up for the Iron Butt Association's annual Big As Texas "Ride-a-Palooza"
Party & RAT!  Click on the Big As Texas button at the IBA eStore. BAT Party $69.22, RAT $60.22, RAT Rewind $90.22

Courtyard/Marriott Dallas-Allen TX is the host hotel for the BAT Ride Around Texas.  Sherman, 38 miles north of Allen, is the Start/Finish location for the RAT.  Ride the RAT clockwise or anti-clockwise, stopping at 18 mandatory checkpoints, including the Sherman start/finish point, in order within the allotted time period. The RAT or RAT Rewind is available between the times listed below.

  • All Start/Finish Dated Business Receipts are to be Date/Time/Sherman/TX
  • RAT - less than 85 hours (GOLD 70hrs) - 7 am Tue, Sep 20 to 8 pm Fri, Sep 23
  • RAT Rewind - less than 170 hours (GOLD 140hrs) - 6 pm Fri, Sep 16 to 8 pm Fri, Sep 23
You may start after the time listed above. This means you may self Start/Finish any time during the RAT windows.  Use all the time available or select a start time based on your planned ride pace. You must be finished before 8:00 pm, Friday, Sep 23.
Here are the IBA Certification Rules for the Ride Around Texas and Rewind *, modified for the Big As Texas event.

IBA Certification - Successful riders will receive concurrent IBA validation of their RAT, complete with the following at the Big As Texas party.
  • RAT or RAT Rewind Certificate
  • RAT Swag - RAT Flag, pins, patches and stickers
  • Instant IBA Records entry
  • Big As Texas event participation and banquet

IBA  RAT Mandatory Checkpoints (listed in clockwise order)

  • Sherman* START (Photo of DBR with MC Odometer)
  • Texarkana (DBR)
  • Port Arthur (DBR)
  • Port Bolivar (Take a picture of your motorcycle on the Galveston - Port Bolivar ferry while underway) 
  • Galveston (DBR)
  • Victoria (DBR)
  • South Padre Island (DBR)
  • Del  Rio (DBR)
  • Panther Junction, Big  Bend NP  (picture of your motorcycle in front of Visitor Center sign)
  • Lajitas General Store  (DBR or picture of your motorcycle in front of store sign acceptable)
  • Presidio (DBR)
  • Anthony (DBR)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park (picture of your motorcycle in front of park entrance sign)
  • Kermit (DBR)
  • Texline (DBR)
  • Follett (DBR)
  • Childress (DBR)
  • Sherman* FINISH (Photo of DBR with MC Odometer)
  • SpotWalla track is Required for the RAT.
* Note:  The Sherman Start/Finish is being substituted for the mandatory Paris DBR requirement under the IBA RAT certification rules.  Sherman is along the same route between mandatory stops of Childress - Paris - Texarkana.  For this reason the Paris mandatory DBR stop is waived on the Big As Texas RAT.

DBR - Dated Business Receipt:  A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION on it.  Check it - do not assume it is correct.  A receipt with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless.  Check and re-check.

Contact Tim Masterson, RAT Wrangler at RATInsanity@gmail.com

History of the iconic Ride Around Texas.

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