DO SOME­THING DIF­FER­ENT THIS YEAR Get your­self an iron butt

Broaden your hori­zons by do­ing some­thing you’ve prob­a­bly never thought of do­ing

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Missions Spring Edition -

Q Brit Butt Rally Q £60 (£25 for Butt light) Q Fri­day-sun­day, May 27-29 Q Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions Q www.iron­butt.co.uk Riders who re­strict their bik­ing to sunny Sun­days just don’t re­alise there’s a whole dif­fer­ent breed out there. And that other species – the long-dis­tance spe­cial­ist – holds the Brit Butt Rally aloft as the pin­na­cle of their world.

The Brit Butt Rally takes place over the sec­ond Bank Hol­i­day week­end in May and in­volves choos­ing from a list of lo­ca­tions across the country and vis­it­ing them by bike. Each has a points tally at­tached, and there are fur­ther points for link­ing to­gether cer­tain lo­ca­tions. Riders have to prove they’ve been there with a photo of them­selves in the lo­ca­tion, and who­ever scores the most points over the week­end wins.

It sounds sim­ple, but the best ex­po­nents have high lev­els of en­durance and will rest for only the com­pul­sory three-hour break in the 36-hour event. Mileages of well over a thou­sand in a week­end are com­mon.

MCN rode the 2012 event and cov­ered just shy of 1500 miles on a BMW R1200RT. We rode from the start point in west York­shire to Aberdeen, In­ver­ness, Aviemore, Black­pool, Liver­pool and as far south as Stafford be­fore stop­ping to sleep. Five hours later it was back on the road to Lon­don, down as far as Whit­stable in Kent and then back to York­shire via Lin­colnshire to com­plete the marathon. All that to fin­ish 19th out of 38 en­trants. The win­ner rode into France with­out a pass­port and over­came prob­lems at the bor­der to still hoover up enough points for vic­tory.

You’ll soon be do­ing stuff you barely thought pos­si­ble You could just go out for a morn­ing, or you could do 1500 miles-plus at the week­end Info:

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