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RBLR 1000 Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June 2021
on: 26 May, 2021, 12:57:16 PM
Not too late to enter online at RBLR website

The RBLR1000 is a challenging long distance charity motorcycle ride in support of the Poppy Appeal. Jointly organised by the Iron Butt Association (IBA) and the Royal British Legion Riders branch (RBLR). There are four 1,000 mile pre-verified IBA routes to choose from and two 500 mile routes for less experienced riders. Complete one of the 1,000 mile rides in under 24 hours to gain free lifetime membership of the elite Iron Butt Association.

The ride starts and finishes at Squires Cafe Newthorpe Lane, Newthorpe, Leeds LS25 5LX where there is free camping with facilities for rufty tuftys or several local budget hotels for others.

Friday 11th June 2021 - 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm registration at Squires, 8 pm short ride briefing

Saturday 12th June 2021 - 5am to 6am 1,000 mile riders under starter's orders, 6am to 7am 500 mile riders under starterís orders.

Sunday 13th June 2021 - Goodbyes, and leave for home
Last Edit: 26 May, 2021, 01:04:09 PM by Art

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Re: RBLR 1000 Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June 2021
Reply #1 on: 26 May, 2021, 03:12:18 PM
Giving money to charities is brilliant but I can't quite see the sense in undertaking 1000 miles in 24hrs.
To me it's risky and asking for trouble, for yourself and other road users, due to tiredness and subsequent lack of concentration leading to accidents.
I just don't see it as a challenge. Presumably you get a badge at the end like the Boy Scouts.
I have raised money on a motorcycle (on my C90) by doing John O'Groats to Land's End. That was 1068 miles but over a leisurely 9 days. £3500 raised for a local children's hospital.
Everyone is different and others may see things differently but I can't help shaking my head regarding this sort of "challenge", despite money going to a good cause.
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Re: RBLR 1000 Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June 2021
Reply #2 on: 26 May, 2021, 04:09:40 PM
I respect you for knowing your own limitations but feel its only fair to point out there are no more risks involved here than at any other time you choose to ride a motorcycle or take to the road. If ever you feel tired when riding or driving you should take a break. That applies to RBLR 1000 entrants too who are encouraged to take breaks and/or drop out if they feel too tired to continue, and they're respected for it. Presumption is the mother of... there is no badge at the end. Since you mention the Boy Scouts I do know of two Boy Scout Leaders who have successfully completed the challenge as well as many IAM motorcyclists including a couple of Police motorcyclists. If I was a gambling man I'd wager mile for mile long distance motorcyclists are amongst the safest on the road but as you rightly point out its not for everyone.

Well done and congratulations on your efforts in raising monies for your local children's hospital, on a Honda C90 Cub too. Having served part of my apprenticeship at a Honda dealers I spent much of my time on PDI's and servicing Honda Cubs. I was planning to do a RBLR1000 on one and then one of the lads from the Honda C90 Owners Club beat me to it.

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Reply #3 on: 26 May, 2021, 04:17:37 PM
^^^ Thanks for your prompt reply, Art. You've given a good account of how these rides are undertaken with suitable breaks taken if you're feeling tired etc.
Appreciated.
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Re: RBLR 1000 Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June 2021
Reply #4 on: 26 May, 2021, 09:05:49 PM
Your welcome. If you fancy a short ride out on Saturday 12th June the two routes south pass by your way on the M4 at Cardiff. So far Route D has 15 riders expect them on the eastbound carriageway at around 1.30pm and Route C has 5 riders expect them on the westbound carriageway at around 5pm. I'll be on the more popular routes north with 101 other riders. Last but not least there are 11 riders on the 500 mile routes.


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Re: RBLR 1000 Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June 2021
Reply #5 on: 30 May, 2021, 11:25:29 AM
The IBA have a good record of organising long distance rides. Always with the over arching understanding of riding within your ability and limits. I hope you have a great event Art.

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Re: RBLR 1000 Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June 2021
Reply #6 on: 30 May, 2021, 03:07:09 PM
Thank you Bob, I've done 4 previous RBLR1000's, as well as many other long distance rides. I like the RBLR events because of the organisation, on route banter and companionship. Although you ride on your own or with a group of friends, you are on the road with other like minded riders. It's not for everyone but everyone should attempt it at least once. The 500 mile in 24 hour routes are a good way for less experienced riders to try out long distance riding before signing up for one of the 1,000 mile rides.  Folk shouldn't think they'll be on the road for 24 hours either, that's just the limit for the IBA qualification. The RBLR issue certificates of achievement, this used to be for finishing inside 36 hours but I think they now give them out to all finishers. So don't expect to be on the road for 24 hours, most riders finish the 500 mile event inside 12 hours and the 1,000 mile event inside 20 hours. Nor do you have to do it all straight off, I remember one rider in 2018 who rode 500 miles then took a 6 hour comfort/sleep break before completing the remaining 500 miles putting in a successful finishing time of 23 hours, you can ride it as you like.

I'm sure IBA Australia organise similar events

Last Edit: 30 May, 2021, 03:09:48 PM by Art

 


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