The Very Interesting Navigation Challenge Event
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.
Watch this Youtube training film:
3/4 Sep 2013 – remember, you must ‘report’ by 2000hrs on the 2nd Sept
Ripoll, Catalunya, Spain (only 90 mins drive from Barcelona airport!)
2, 3 or 4 riders only – no solo.
Special offer! £200 per rider until Jan 1st 2013. This includes one map and checkpoint booklet per team. Does not include food and accomodation.
Please note - after 1st Jan 2013 the entry fee will be £245.
Here's how it works at the VINCE: We block book an entire hotel. We encourage everyone to stay there. However, if you prefer to camp 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 hotel booked for our party. If you stay in the hotel we ask for a room deposit of £30 per person (not per room). If you camp there is no deposit to pay.
The 2013 hotel is the Solana del Ter in the town of Ripoll. The cost is 60 euros per person per night for half-board. The hotel has 80 bed spaces in it. That’s it, when it’s full then we cannot undertake to provide accom. Please be aware that the hotel rooms are made up of doubles and triples - if you book late, you may end up having to share with a stranger. There ARE other hotels in Ripoll but we have no relationship with them. If you want to stay for extra nights either before or after then we ask you to liaise with the hotel yourself for these extra nights. Fear not, if you pay the hotel deposit you ARE booked in for the nights of 2/3/4 Sep 2013.
There is a campsite at the back of the hotel. Please liaise with the hotel directly if you prefer to camp.
ICC 1:50,000 sheet # 31 - Ripolles, buy extras from Stanfords if you so desire.
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 hugely discouraged. 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. There are no trophies. If you are a super-competitive alpha-male then do an enduro, the VINCE is not for you.
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.
If you have done the HUMM in recent years then heed this next section well:
- The VINCE is a stripped down version of the HUMM.
- There is no recovery vehicle, rescue or first aid provision. Get a tow-rope.
- You WILL be sent the maps and booklets 6 weeks in advance – do your homework
- No GPS, no unchivalrous behaviour and no cheating.
- This event is for people who want to make friends, enjoy the challenge of map-reading and the self-reliance inherent in ‘Adventure Motorcycling’.
- 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.
Riding two-up is permitted but the trails are rough enough to make this zero fun for the passenger. Also, there must be another bike in your team. We don't want solo bikes out alone. Quads? I can’t believe you are asking?
No GPS allowed! You CAN carry a GPS or Smart phone for emergency use, but it will be SEALED in a black plastic bag, and if the bag is opened, you are disqualified. "Dumb" phones with no GPS capability will not be sealed, so you may wish to carry one for non-emergency use.
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 50 pts penalty
- Return at 2010-2019hrs 100 pts penalty
- Return at 2020-2029hrs 150 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Each checkpoint has a points value in direct proportion to how far it is from the hotel, with a few points values tweaked for difficulty. The VINCE is all about spending two days navigating your way around the mountains visiting plaques and seeing as much great scenery as possible.
- 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.
In a few weeks this will be you – self-navigating your way across some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, by dirt-bike.
These metal plaques are what you are looking for up in them hills!
The VINCE is taken deadly seriously by a crowd who frankly, don’t care about winning...
The trails are all old farm tracks – nothing too difficult.
Study those maps in advance! It’s all about preparation.
It CAN be done on big trailies but is far easier on a small bike.