A warm and sunny morning greeted 30 riders on August 3rd as they prepared themselves for the biggest marathon adventure cannonball event that RallyMoto has hosted to date.  Adhering to social distancing measures and adorning the PPE required under the covid19 regulations, Burt and the team got the riders signed in, and the roadbooks and trackers distributed amongst the riders.
The Tour of Wales Roadbook Challenge was not designed for the faint hearted.  Riding for 500km along lanes, backroads, and dirt tracks is a task in itself, but with the added concentration required to navigate accurately with a roadbook, and attempting to complete the route in 12hrs or less made this a challenge on many levels.  With this being said, the major test is of one’s mental endurance, and anyone with a determined mind and a thirst for adventure on two wheels is a perfect candidate for this event.
The route was geared for adventure bikes, with epic scenery and seldom used backroads being  key elements, but also on offer was an optional ‘extreme’ route for those who wanted to tackle some additional off-road sections and put their skills to the test.
With a well equipped support crew, marshals, recovery vehicle and live GPS tracking system operating throughout the event, rest assured no riders were left behind.  Impressively, only one rider required recovery due to a clutch failure.  On the odd occasion that someone would veer off course, the tracking system allowed the team to quickly locate them and escort them back to the main route.  The safeguards put in place enabled riders to fully enjoy a worry free adventure with the knowledge that there was a team behind the scenes ready to assist in any situation.
 What stood out above all else during this event was the fantastic energy and positive attitudes of everyone who entered.  Special recognition goes out to 17 year old Flynn who rode this as his first roadbook rally on his XLR 125.  Accompanied by his father George Denninson, Flynn was buzzing with enthusiasm from start to finish.  The future of adventure rallying looks bright for this young one!
Another father son duo comprised of Dyfrig and Ieuan Harries.  Ieuan rode the entire course with his partner Charlotte as pillion passenger.  Big respect.
Some of the finishers who completed the entire route in 12 hours or less include Tim Stevens, Dan Preece, Mitch Reynolds and John Reynolds.  Well done guys!
This was an impressive demonstration of dedication and mental stamina, and as the riders rolled into the final checkpoint in Abergavenny that evening, the smiles and positive feedback said it all, with several riders immediately signing up for the second round in a couple of weeks time!  Completing this course, irrespective of the twelve hour time challenge was a feat in itself and everybody who made it to the finish line should be proud of their achievement.
So thank you to all the riders who put themselves up to the challenge.  Thank you to Wales for being absolutely stunning and keeping it’s typical wet weather at bay.  Thanks to all the willing, behind the scenes crew who worked so hard to keep the event rolling smoothly.

Stay tuned for many more adventure rallies to come!

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(Apologies for those who didn’t get snapped this time, to cover an event over such a distance for a single shooter is a challenge in itself!)