Big As Texas RAT Insanity

RAT - Ride Around Texas - Then BAT Party!

Ride 3,100 miles around the perimeter of the Great State of Texas. Then fun at the Iron Butt Association's annual Big As Texas Party.

Sign up for the Big As Texas Party Ride Around Texas on Ride Master, today! (Limited to 20 riders) Registration fee includes the Rider Around Texas and the Big As Texas Party.  

Hilton Garden Inn Sherman/Denison is Start/Finish location for the RAT:  Ride the RAT clockwise or anti-clockwise, stopping at 18 mandatory checkpoints, including start/finish point, in order within the allotted time period.

  • RAT Insanity  - less than 85 hours  - 7 am Sep 28 to 8 pm Oct 1
  • RAT Insanity GOLD - less than 70 hours - 7 am Sep 28 to 5 am Oct 1
IBA Certification - Successful riders will receive concurrent IBA validation of their RAT, complete with the following at the Big As Texas party.
  • RAT Insanity Certificate
  • RAT Insanity Swag - 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: 7:00 am 9/28, after 6:45 mandatory rider meeting at Hilton Garden Inn
  • 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)
  • Kermit (DBR)
  • Texline (DBR)
  • Follett (DBR)
  • Childress (DBR)
  • Sherman* FINISH (DBR at QuickTrip next to Hilton Garden Inn - Sherman)
  • 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.

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History of the iconic Ride Around Texas.