The Virtuous Integrity Navigation Challenge Event

(The V.I.N.C.E.)

WARNING

RIDING DIRT BIKES ON ROUGH TRAILS IN THE MOUNTAINS IS NOT 100% RISK FREE. IF YOU ARE UNLUCKY, YOU COULD BE KILLED OR MAIMED. IF YOU HAVE DEPENDANTS, YOU MUST  PROVISION FOR THEM IN THE UNFORTUNATE EVENT OF A BAD CRASH THAT PERMANENTLY DISABLES YOU.
This event has no umbrella insurance that is covering you or your family.

 

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Watch these two YouTube films about the event:

First: Explanation of The V.I.N.C.E.

Second: This is how you prepare for the V.I.N.C.E.

Date

04/05 Sep 2017 – remember, you must ‘report’ by 2000hrs on the 3rd Sep

Where

Cellers (south of Tremp), Catalunya, Spain

Team

2, 3 or 4 riders only – no solo.

Cost

Special offer! £200 per rider until midnight on New Year's Eve 2016. This includes one map and checkpoint booklet per team. Does not include food and accomodation.  Please note - after 1st Jan 2017 the entry fee will be £250.

Accommodation

Here's how it works at the VINCE: We block book an entire venue. We encourage everyone to stay there. However, if you prefer to go elswhere then be our guest but you will have to organise this yourself. Your entry fee does NOT include your accommodation, you pay for that yourself when you are in Spain. All we do is ensure that we've got the place booked for our party. This year, because we are in a 'new' hotel there is a £30 per person accom deposit to pay. You get this returned to you, in sterling, when you arrive. If you cancel your bed space after 01 Aug 17 you will NOT get the £30 back. If you cancel before 01 Aug 17 you WILL get it back.

Accomodation Venue

We have booked 80 bed spaces in the spectacular lakeside idyll of the Hotel Terradets near the small village of Cellers , 80 miles southwest of  Andorra. It is the most stunning location that we ever use. It is reasonable and it's worth every penny. It has a buffet restaurant and a divine poolside terrace looking out across a massive lake. We will charge everyone a flat fee for the venue of 210 euros per person for three nights at half board (regardless of room configuration) . Your first meal is supper on Sunday night and your last will be breakfast on weds morning.

This will include half-board and will be the same wether you are in a twin, double or triple room. Every human on site pays the same regardless of wether they are a competitor or simply a camp follower.  If you do not want this then simply make your own accom arrangements elsewhere.

Camping

If you don't want to hotel it with us that is a great shame but there is a campsite just north of Tremp called Camping Gasset which is about 12 miles from the hotel.

Map

ICC 1:50,000 sheet   #25 - 'Pallars Sobira',  buy extras from STANFORDS if you so desire.

Attitude

Low key and lo-fi. If you want to pop wheelies and show off your super noisy after-market exhaust then please do NOT attend the VINCE. Moto-cross space man clothes forbidden. Wear armour yes, but underneath your crocheted poncho.

Urge to Win

Zero, this is not a competition. There is no prize save the joy of taking part.  If you are a super-competitive alpha-male then do an enduro, the VINCE is not for you.

Insurance

There isn’t any. Ensure you have your own and that it covers you for an off-road event of this kind. This event is NOT licensed by the ACU or any other statutory m/cycle body.  Remember- there is no ‘course’. YOU will decide where you go and how fast. The National Park speed limit on all trails is 12 mph. If you want to ride fast then this event is not for you. Ensure you have the NHS reciprocal cover thingy (EHIC) so that you do NOT get billed for treatment in a Spanish hospital.

  1. There is no recovery vehicle, rescue or first aid provision. Get a tow-rope.
  2. You WILL be sent the maps and booklets 8 weeks in advance – do your homework
  3. No GPS, no unchivalrous behaviour and no cheating.
  4. This event is for people who want to make friends, enjoy the challenge of map-reading and the self-reliance inherent in ‘Adventure Motorcycling’.
  5. Let’s be serious, this is an orienteering event in a First World country. The VINCE is NOT ‘adventure motorcycling’.

Rules of the event:

You must ride in a team of 2, to a maximum of 4 people, (minimum two bikes) so be sure to put together your team before registering as we need the names of all team members. If you cannot find someone to team with, go ahead and register for the event, note that you do not have a team partner, and we will match you with someone with a similar bike and riding skill level as best we can.

Start / Finish Time: Each day,  8AM to 8PM (0800-1959). Official VINCE time is as per Austin’s mobile phone.

Penalties for late return:

Return at 2000-2009hrs  10 pts penalty

Return at 2010-2019hrs  20 pts penalty

Return at 2020-2029hrs  30 pts penalty

Return at 2030 hrs or later – disqualified from the event (however you may still ride day two but your CPB will not be ‘marked’).

The Dai Jones Ruling:

A dispensation consistent with the ancient English traditions of clemency and mercy. Named in honour of Bristol’s legendary trail-riding child-reforming youth worker;

If the last member of a team gets back late on day one by x minutes where x is 29 or less then naturally, they incur a penalty. However, the Dai Jones ruling states that if they curtail their second day’s riding by x  minutes or more then their penalty is revoked. Hence, the team will still only have had a max of 24 hrs riding over the two days.

  1. Team mates must ride together at all times! If you separate for any reason other than one bike is broken down and stopped or one rider is injured, and the other rider is going for help, you will be disqualified.
  2. Obtaining checkpoint info from another team is grounds for disqualification. In the event of a dispute or challenge, a digital photo of all team members at a checkpoint will be required to verify the team has been to the checkpoint.
  3. The score sheets are collected after each day's ride, and the scores of points collected thus far are published. On the second morning plenty of teams are more motivated than ever to have a fruitful day and get that map-reading spot on! On the second evening the booklets are collected for the final time, points totalled and the winners announced and applauded at the Dinner on the second night.
 
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In a few weeks this will be you – self-navigating your way across some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, by dirt-bike.

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These metal plaques are what you are looking for up in them hills!

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The VINCE is taken deadly seriously by a crowd who frankly, don’t care about winning...

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The trails are all old farm tracks – nothing too difficult.

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Study those maps in advance! It’s all about preparation.

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It CAN be done on big trailies but is far easier on a small bike.