Events

DARK SKIES RALLY

KIELDER FOREST

19th / 20th October 2024

ROUND 3 OF THE RALLYMOTO CUP UK ROADBOOK SERIES

Experience riding through the remote wilderness of Kielder Forest at night!

Choose from three classes; Adventure, Adventure Rally, or Rally Class and ride three stages (Saturday day, Saturday night, Sunday day), for the rally experience of a lifetime!  

Open to all levels and experience.

There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as roadbooking in the dark, so let’s go!

 

VENUE: KIELDER CASTLE

Entry Fee: £230.00 plus admin fee

ENTRIES OPEN: Early June

The AS Dark Skies Rally Kielder is an Adventure Rally taking place over two days. Depending on the class you enter will depend on the level of challenge.

  1. Adventure/ Adventure Rally Class
    Saturday course – 10am – 4pm & 6pm – 8pm – Night Stage
    Sunday course – 10am – 4pm
    Easier going terrain, which is similar to the Kielder 500. Includes a night stage!
    (Adventure Bike). 
  2. Rally Class
    Saturday Course – 10am – 4pm & 6pm – 9pm – Night Stage
    Sunday Course – 10am – 4pm
    Harder terrain and tougher navigation plus the additional longer night stage.
    (No restriction on bike size)

Please state the class you are entering on the entry form.

RallyMoto and Forestry England have worked together to create this special motorcycle event.

Safety first
All riders will be tracked using RallyMoto’s precision GPS tracking system, firstly for safety, and secondly, for accuracy of navigation and adherence to speed limits on the roadbook.

Navigation of the course will be 100% roadbook with set places for checkpoints and scheduled breaks. The roadbook will be written in a more rally orientated style.

ACCOMMODATION

For 2024, the accommodation will be the Kielder Village Campsite, in the heart of the forest, adjacent to the main Bivouac at Kielder Castle. NE48 IEJ

PLEASE NOTE: The Kielder Campsite has been reserved for Dark Skies Rally riders and crew.

ALL CAMPING IS BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH RALLYMOTO THROUGH THE ENTRY FORM
To book camping, please select the camping option when filling in the entry form.

FOOD AND DRINK

A bar will be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at Kielder Castle.

Evening meals will be available at the venue on Friday and Saturday night.  Food will be available locally on Sunday night for those who stay, but is not included with booking.

Breakfast will be available on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Meals are included with your entry, but please select an additional meal option for any guests at the time of booking.

AWARDS

RALLY CLASS

Riders have the option to enter the ‘RallyMoto Cup’, which includes the Kielder 500, Wales 500 and the Dark Skies Rally.  Scores from all three events will be entered onto a leaderboard and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places announced after the final round in October.

ADVENTURE RALLY CLASS

Sign up in Adventure Class in all three Adventure Rallies (Kielder 500, Wales 500 and the Dark Skies Rally) to be part of the ‘BIG BIKE RALLY CHALLENGE’.  This challenge is for multi cylindrs only!  Scores from all three events will be entered onto a leaderboard and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places announced after October 2024.

ADVENTURE CLASS

Riders who score zero points at an event will be given a ‘Zero Hero’ award. (One per annum)

HOW THE SCORING WORKS

Rally Class

  • Special stages are timed to the second.  The more time in stage, the more points.
  • Speed zones must be adhered to. New incremental system for overspeed penalties.
    Overspeeding in speed zones = penalty points.
  • Breaking the capped top speed throughout the event = penalty points.

Adventure Rally Class

  • Special stages are timed to the minute.  The more time in stage, the more points.
  • Speed zones must be adhered to. New incremental system for overspeed penalties.
    Overspeeding in speed zones = penalty points.
  • Breaking the capped top speed throughout the event = penalty points.

Adventure Class

  • Riders must hit all masked waypoints throughout the course.  Missed waypoints = Penalty points.
  • Speed zones must be adhered to.  Overspeeding in speed zones = penalty points.
  • Breaking the capped top speed throughout the event = penalty points.

    Zero points = ZERO HERO AWARD

Bikes and Tyres

The “500” series of event have been specifically designed for the bigger adventure bikes and the Dark Skies Rally course has been created with this in mind. The course 100% suitable for dual sport tyres. The organisation team will have ridden all the course prior to the event to check its suitability.

Fuel and Range

The Dark Skies Rally is in a remote part of the UK and the bikes taking part will need a range of 160km (100 miles) on a single tank of fuel. Most of the big adventure bikes are capable of this. All fuel stops will be at commercial filling stations and marked on the roadbook.

Roadbook Holders

These will be available to hire from RallyMoto – please request this on your entry form.

DIGITAL ROADBOOKS

For those who choose to use the digital roadbook, you will need to ensure you have a suitable device mounted to your bars (Android tablet or large phone).  For more info click here.

 

WATCH THIS VIDEO FROM DARK SKIES RALLY 2021 IN KIELDER FOREST

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