Regarding the Mile Eater Program, for a Bronze I need 5 rides of which 2 must be Gold or Insanity, I have looked but can't find a listing for Insanity Rides in the UK Documented Rides, I can for the Gold, is an 'Insanity Ride' a US thing?
Thanks Jon, I'm also planning on a 4 Corners / N.E.W.S and an E2E Gold next year seeing as there no big rally's to speak of...yet.
Hopefully, Germany does one, I've signed up for Peter & Conny's 12Stunden in Switzerland, but that's only 12 hours, I like the big multi-day rally's, preferably in Europe. I realise they take a lot of planning and time to organise, so not complaining.
The answer can be found if you look at the 'Big List' of rides: http://www.ironbutt.com/themerides/. Specific rides have been designated as 'Insanity'; for example, if you do an SS1000 on a sub-300cc scooter, that's a Gold ride, and if you do a BBG on one, it's 'Insanity'. There aren't any UK-specific Insanity rides.
However, that list doesn't have all the variations - it doesn't show the E2E Gold, and the relatively new N.E.W.S. Lighthouse ride isn't there at all. That ride has two variants, by the way; the regular version has to be done in under 55 hours, so is (I think) the only UK-specific ride over 48 hours. And then there's the Gold variant, for completion in under 48 hours. Also, on the Full Monty page on ironbutt.co.uk, that ride is described as 'extreme' (meaning you can't do it as your first IBA ride) - so presumably that qualifies as a Gold ride, although it doesn't say so - something for Phil to clarify, I guess.
Firstly the ‘,’ between our names others wise it would look like the IBA had a communist dictator as a member (well it made me smile). And secondly, I’d not seen that list and now I’m depressed that I live on a tiny island.
If we had a dictator, I have a feeling it would be Kim Jon Wrong-Un...
Yes, it does bring home how limited we are for long rides; I think the Full Monty is the best of what we've got, and it's difficult to see what else we could come up with. There's scope for some additional named rides - a Ride Around Yorkshire SS1000, for example. Or maybe a special award for someone doing an SS1000 in each of England, Scotland, Wales and NI. The Welsh one would be particularly challenging as the obvious road to make it a lap - south from Wrexham - strays into England around Oswestry. For NI, you'd need to devise a lap of around 200-250 miles; the challenge there would be the number of stops you'd need on each lap, and the relatively slow average speed on the roads.
Hull - Bridlington- Yarm - Ingleton - Sheffield - Hull; it's a 317-mile lap, so you'd need to add a bit on. And I think it owuld be a struggle to do that, with the 15 or 16 stops needed, inside 24 hours.