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 have 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.
15/16 July 2014 – remember, you must ‘report’ by 2000hrs on the 14th
Sort, Catalunya, Spain (Five hours from Barcelona airport, four from Toulouse))
2,3 or 4 riders only – no solo.
£200 per rider includes one map and checkpoint booklet per team. Does not include food and accomodation.
For 2014 we are planning on hiring a big private house with outbuildings in a stunning mountain location. However, there are almost none! We may end up in a campsite, but one with 'bungalows' for those in need. Austin has a few in mind but cannot confirm the exact location until spring 2014. Note that we are NOT booked into a hotel. We want to keep everyone together to enhance the communal vibe.
We aim to self-cater as per 2013's stunning model.
ICC 1:50,000 sheet # 26 Pallars Sobira buy extras from Stanfords.co.uk
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 TSTF. 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. If you are a super-competitive alpha-male then do an enduro, the TSTF 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.
NB up to six weeks before the event you can pull out and get a full refund less £20. Thereafter, any cancellations are not refunded. If we cancel, you get a 100% refund of your entry fee.
Rules of the event:
- You must ride in a team of 2, to a maximum of 6 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 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.
- 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.
All the metal plaques are hand forged by Griff Rhys-Jones
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Map pic – Yes my child, one day this will be yours...