DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR Get yourself an iron butt
Broaden your horizons by doing something you’ve probably never thought of doing
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.