September saw the Big Bikes head over to the famous Isle of Man for the IOM 500. A total of 68 riders braved the ferry crossing and headed North to the camp site and start area.
The course covered almost all the island form the Northern area right down to the most Southern point where we had a very scenic check point and first class cafe.
With signing on completed over Friday and Saturday morning the riders were handed their roadbooks along with nine amendments to the route. The organisation team had an enforced last minute route change from a local farmer, a road closure and some of the tracks on the mountain had been ravaged by heavy rain and deemed unsuitable for the larger bikes.
All the riders set off for an initial 50km loop to get back into the roadbook navigation and then the real course started with a 15km track that headed straight up into the mountains and across the island. All the riders followed the amended route, which was a relief for the organising team, who watched live on the GPS tracking system.
Te tracks were more varied than in the previous “500’s” with some of the tracks being more of a challenge, even saying that one husband and wife team did the whole course on both days two-up, so no excuses.
Day 2, was a similar route to day one, with a few changes to test the navigation.
With both days completed the riders collected their medals and headed off to the local for a celebration.
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The Gold medal winners for the IOM were:-