Lost and found
All bikes are fitted with a nav tower holding the navigation gear plus an emergency beacon. Officials provide just a roadbook and a GPS tracker. Dave Peckham runs ICO Racing, which makes the additional navigation equipment fitted to nearly every bike.
“So the basic essence of rally navigation is a paper scroll of driving directions and on that scroll is a number, which is the total number of kilometres that you’ve ridden so far. Next to this is a picture that tells you a left turn, a right turn, a roundabout, a tree… whatever is interesting at that distance.
“The most fundamental aspect is advancing that paper, tracking along with your odometer and turning whenever the two match. It’s tricky as there’s always a bit of error. So if you get lost, by the time you get back on track the picture in the roadbook might be at 50.3km but your odometer reads 54km. Working out where you went wrong and reseting that accumulated error is the hardest part.”