Motorcyclists fom all over Ireland, North and South, plus others from the U.S., France, Germany and the U.K. will be taking part in the event.
Long distance riding does not mean road-racing. Entrants start out over a 4 hour period and are free to choose a variety of routes which include rest breaks. Off the main routes are a variety of "bonus locations," many of which are Heritage Sites, where riders can visit, photograph, and gain valuable additional points.
The "winner" of the event is not necessarily the first person to finish, but the rider with the most points. A coniderable degree of planning, navigaton, and time-management is required to win sufficient points.
The event starts with a Briefing Session on the eve of the event and ends with an Awards Dinner to which guests can be invited. The winner of the Irish event is guaranteed entry to the 2003 Iron Butt Rally in the U.S., an event which lasts for 11 days and covers over 11,000 miles.
The Irish club is also organizing a second long distance event in mainland Europe in September, 2001. This event commences in Bamberg, Germany, and route choices include riding through Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Full details for both events can be found at www.roadrunner1000.homepage.com
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