PRESS RELEASE FROM THE BRITISH MOTORCYCLISTS FEDERATION
NATIONAL RALLY MATCHES ‘HORSES FOR COURSES’!
Uttoxeter Race Course, more famous for horses than it is for bikes, is the final control for this year‚s extensively revamped National Rally. Jointly organised by the BMF and the ACU, it will now be able to cater for any bike, any rider and any one of a number of routes.
This unique road event, attracting over 1,300 competitors last year, is to be held over the weekend of 5th/6th of July and is open to all riders with a full motorcycle license and costs just £20 to enter.
Riders can chose routes of 200 to 540 miles to complete in 20 hours, but to combat rider fatigue and keep the event fresh, a number of new elements have been introduced.
Spread widely throughout England, the one hundred plus controls have now been split into four zones, with the three outer zones (North, South and East) open from 14.00hrs to 24.00hrs on Saturday 5th and the inner zone open from 22.00hrs Saturday to 10.00hrs Sunday 6th. Riders competing for trophies must ride in one of the outer zones, plus the inner zone.
To encourage Classic riders and smaller machines, a new class to be called ‘The National Medal’‚ requires riders to only complete in one zone covering 200 official miles. Competitors can therefore start and finish closer to home if they wish as they do not need to visit the final control at the famous Uttoxeter Race Course, Staffordshire.
As well as being invited to support the Mencap charity through personal sponsorship, clubs are also being encouraged to take part with a new trophy to be awarded by Carole Nash Insurance to the club whose members amass the most points and Castrol, who are sponsoring Mencap‚s involvement, will also award a trophy to the rider who raises the most money for Mencap.
These new awards join the existing ones for: Overall champion; Best 125cc; Best Scooter; Best Sidecar outfit; Spirit of the Event and Oldest Rider & Machine.
Regulations and Entry Forms are now available from the ACU on 01788 566409 0r download from the official website: http://www.national-rally.co.uk
Issued by Jeff Stone:
t: 0121 709 1040 f: 0121 705 8784
Details on this and other BMF activities can also be found on our web site: http://www.bmf.co.uk
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