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General Rules

2017 AMERICA’S MOTO RALLY SERIES – Official Rules

PERFORMANCE WILL BE TESTED

The Moto Rally

  • Challenges the riders, improving skills and confidence and includes:

    • The world’s greatest motorcycle brands,
    • Aftermarket parts, accessories, and gear for performance.

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EVENT OVERVIEW

The intent of the Steel Horse Sisterhood Women’s Motorcycle Summit is to create a fun competition for motorcycle riders looking for the perfect riding adventure, while riders compete in the coveted America’s Moto Rally Challenge.

Riders will participate in teams of 2, 3 or 4.  Each team will receive a map filled with Waypoints; far more than they will be able to visit in the time provided.  Each Waypoint is rated for technical difficulty, geographic location and has a Bonus Point Value assigned.  The challenge is to ride to the Waypoints that suit your taste and skill level. Participants will collect bonuses by taking a specific photo showing each team member (and (or) all the bikes), and uploading it to Instagram (with the appropriate #hashtags listed in your Book of Clues). The team that ends the event with the most Total Bonus Points in each Division wins the Moto Rally Challenge.

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THE LOCATIONS

In 2017, responding to many riders urging the SHS to come east, the Women’s Motorcycle Summit will take place TWICE in two distinctly separate locations. The events are located in two uniquely different of basecamps producing two very unique, yet similarly awesome events.

  • June 7th – 11th, 2017 The Colorado Rockies

    • Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs Ouray, Colorado
  • October 4th – 8th, 2017 The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee & North Carolina

    • Hearthside Massive Cabins Pigeon Forge, TN

Each event is located in the heart of the best motorcycle riding filled with limitless potential for riders of all skill levels.

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What do I need to know about the America’s Moto Rally Challenge?

  • Designed for riders of all skill levels,  this event is custom built for all Motorcycle enthusiasts.
  • We recommend machines of 650cc or more.
  • By the close of this event, you will have learned or enhanced your riding and navigation skills–helping you to get more from yourself and your motorcycle.

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RIDING IN SOLO? 

  • Solo riders, both female and male may join in the Blind Draw.

Can we ride in the Moto Rally as a couple? (1 female, 1 male)

  • Yes, riding on either one bike or two bikes.

Once you purchase your ticket:

An email will arrive online containing your personalized questionnaire. Please fill out and return promptly. The information you provide tells us:

  • The team you wish to ride with.
  • The division you wish to ride in.
  • The people you wish to room with.

FOR THE MEN

Did I hear men are welcome at the Women’s Motorcycle Summit?

Yes, men are welcome to ride in the Couples Division with your wife, partner or female friend.

You mention MEN ARE WELCOME. How do we sign up? What will we do at the Summit?

  • Become an attending supporter and ride in the couples division with your riding partner.
  • Become an attending supporter, enter into the Blind Draw, and be paired up with a female riding partner.
  • Volunteer to help during the event.
  • Are you in the media? Come ride with us, experience and take your place in letting the world know about this great event.

As a man, can I attend the Women’s Motorcycle Summit solo?

Yes, you may enter your name into the Blind Draw and ride in the Couples DIvision with one of the solo female riders.

Which ticket should the men purchase?

If attending with your partner, you will purchase the same ticket she does. If attending alone, you will need to purchase a VIP Pass – 1 in a room or make roommate arrangements with another attendee. We regret we are unable to provide roommates for men at this time.

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4 Divisions of Competition

  • The Women’s Open
  • The Women’s Trike Division (NEW FOR 2017)
  • The Couples Division
  • The Photographer’s Division (NEW FOR 2017)

How will I know which division to compete in?

  • You will receive a questionnaire once you register.

Team Sponsors

  • Team Sponsors will be provided. Please contact Joan@LadyRoadDog.com if you have a Sponsor Preference.

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Team Basics

  • PLEASE NOTE: This competition is about bringing out the best in each other and having a blast doing it.
  • This is a team event.
  • Minimum of 2 riders and max of 4 riders per team.
  • Team Name required!
  • All team members and (or) member motorcycles, must be included in location photos.
Division # of Riders # of Motorcycles Skill Levels
OPEN 2 – 4 Women Each riding their own motorcycle. ANY
TRIKE 2 – 3 Women Each riding their own trike. ANY
THE COUPLES 2 COUPLES – Male & Female or 2 Women Male & Female – Riding 2 up or both on your own bikes, or
2 Females – Riding 2 up
ANY
PHOTOGRAPHY 2  Women Each riding their own motorcycle. ANY

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What is the Blind Draw?

On Wednesday of the Summit, during the Meet N Greet and Registration a random drawing will take place pairing up all participants who have made the decision to take part in the Blind Draw. The fun begins as riders who have just met are paired together to ride.

Examples would be:

  • Women riding in solo wishing to ride on a women’s team.
  • A woman who is interested in riding in the couples division but does not have a partner.
  • A man wishing to attend the Women’s Motorcycle Summit as a supporter and ride in the couples division.

RIDING IN SOLO? 

Take Part in the FUN of the BLIND DRAW  (NEW FOR 2017)

Solo riders, both female and male may choose place their name into the Blind Draw, a random method for choosing teammates.

  • Keynote Speakers and Sponsors will join with Local Celebs as Team Leads.
  • Competitors may choose to enter their name into the Blind Draw.
  • Names will be drawn and teams will be formed at 2 pm on the Wednesday before the Meet N Greet begins  
  • Blind Draw teams competing in Women’s Divisions will be teams of 3.
  • Couples Blind Draw teams will be a team of 2: One man and one woman.

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How does my team win the Challenge?
Teams will progressively accumulate points over the 2-days of riding. The winners will be announced during the “Backyard Barbeque” during the Saturday Celebration.

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How do I play the game? What are the rules?

  • Riders will receive a package at the team meeting containing their navigation tools to include: the Butler Summit Challenge Map and The Book of Clues containing Rules, and Route Descriptions, and the exact location of the photo sites for scoring plus any other needed info.
  • These tools will be essential in navigation planning as your Personal Book of Clues contains Waypoint locations and photos, all divided into Green (rolling highways & byways), Blue (now we’re riding), and Black (twisties to the extreme) with a point value based not just on varying degrees of difficulty but also time from Base Camp plus a few surprises.
  • Instagram will be instrumental in helping us track your location to award your team points. Once you are at the location, you will take a team photo and submit it.
  • All team members and member motorcycles, must be included in location photos.
  • Teams will be rewarded for riding a diverse selection of locations.
  • Extra points for Individual rider performance on special tests. (optional)
  • Creativity when shooting their team photo at various bonus locations. (optional)

Points

  • Teams are awarded points for the following:
    • Riding a combination of green, blue and black points on your Summit Challenge Butler Map – rewarding teams for riding a diverse selection of locations.
      Individual rider performance on special tests. (optional)
    • Creativity when shooting their team photo at various bonus locations. (optional)
    • Attending skills workshops. Example: WEAPONS FOR WOMEN Skills training at the Chief Ouray Gun Club. (optional)
  • The team with the most points wins the Summit Challenge and all that goes with that distinction including:
    • Inducted in the Summit Challenge Hall of Fame
    • Prizes put together through our Sponsors

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Is wearing a helmet required to ride in America’s Moto Rally Competition?

  • All riders attending the Women’s Motorcycle Summit must abide by the laws of the state we are riding in.
  • The Street Horse Sisterhood Charities recommends the use of helmets for safety while riding although we do not require it.

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Summit Challenge Daily Check-Ins
Competitors must physically check in at the planned accommodations each evening by 6 pm. Late check-ins may be penalized.

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When and where will the winners of the Summit Challenge be announced?
The winners will be announced during the “Backyard Barbeque” during the Saturday Celebration.

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At registration, each individual rider receives:

  • The Book of Clues – Your “Bible” for the weekend
  • Summit Challenge Map – Filled with every waypoint
  • GPS Points Via E-Mail

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How we play the game? the rules?

  • Riders will receive a package at the team meeting containing their navigation tools to include: the Butler Summit Challenge Map and The Book of Clues containing Rules, and Route Descriptions, and the exact location of the photo sites for scoring plus any other needed info.
  • These tools will be essential in navigation planning as your Personal Book of Clues contains Waypoint locations and photos, all divided into Green (rolling highways & byways), Blue (now we’re riding), and Black (twisties to the extreme) with a point value based not just on varying degrees of difficulty but also time from Base Camp plus a few surprises.
  • Instagram will be instrumental in helping us track your location to award your team points. Once you are at the location, you will take a team photo and submit it.
  • All team members and member motorcycles, must be included in location photos.
  • Teams will be rewarded for riding a diverse selection of locations.
  • Extra points for Individual rider performance on special tests. (optional)
  • Creativity when shooting their team photo at various bonus locations. (optional)

Points

  • Teams are awarded points for the following:

    • Riding a combination of green, blue and black points on your Summit Challenge Butler Map – rewarding teams for riding a diverse selection of locations.
    • Individual rider performance on special tests. (optional)
    • Creativity when shooting their team photo at various bonus locations. (optional)
    • Attending skills workshops. Example: WEAPONS FOR WOMEN Skills training at the Chief Ouray Gun Club. (optional)
  • The team with the most points wins the Summit Challenge and all that goes with that distinction including:

    • Inducted in the Summit Challenge Hall of Fame
    • Prizes from our Sponsors

THE NITTY GRITTY

  1. This is not a speed event. Excessive speed, unsafe passing, and dangerous riding of any sort can result in penalties up to and including disqualification.  Excessive speed will also likely result in failed navigation, offsetting any theoretical advantage.
  2. You can ride as much, or as little as you want within the allotted time window.  The intent of the Bonus Values is to reward people who are willing to both put in some miles and use team strategy to accumulate the most points.  We feel the America’s Summit Challenge Award should go to a well-rounded team.However, it is an equally valid approach to choose a ride you like to do anyway, grab a bonus or two and lunch, and come back with a big smile!
  3. Teams must stay together.  Bonus Points Values will not be awarded unless all riders (or all bikes) appear in the Waypoint photo.  If you have a team member who breaks down, mechanically or physically, as long as the breakdown can be verified, the team member can be excused from competition without penalty to the team.  The team may “ride on.”
  4. Multiple teams MAY NOT ride together. Each team must ride their own ride. NEW for 2017
  5. For teams needing assistance with reading maps, GPS Codes, or would like a little reassurance for any other reason, America’s Moto Challenge Committee will provide a riding companion. NEW for 2017
  6. Scoring will be done exclusively over Instagram, which requires an account and correct use of hashtags. If a photo does not show the “Featured Photo Location” as described in the Book of Clues under the scoring section, no points will be awarded.  If a photo is not tagged correctly, the Bonus Points Value will not be awarded.
  7. Each Waypoint is rated as a Green, Blue, Black Diamond or Double Black Diamond in terms of increasing difficulty.  Our Waypoints have been chosen take you to the most exciting locations in the Rockies.  Reaching the Summits does not come without upping your game.  Let’s Ride Ladies!
  8. GPS points will be furnished for a select group of Waypoints that we feel you will need that little extra assistance. Please pay close attention to the TERMINOLOGY and GOOGLE MAPS SECTION.
  9. The schedule for each day must be closely observed. All photos must be uploaded and tagged within (3) hours (change from 2016) of returning to base camp.
  10. Because there are no determined routes, there is no sweep. You need to be self-sufficient to return to base at the end of the day. If you break down, we will send help. Please refer to the emergency page.

STRATEGY

What we recommend!

  • Register for the event, enjoy the Meet “N” Greet, put your heads together as a team, and strategize your routes.
  • GPS Points will not be furnished for every Waypoint. As mentioned earlier; GPS points will be furnished for a select group of Waypoints that we feel you will need that little extra assistance.

EXAMPLE: The Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Durango contains over 24 Waypoints.

Pull up the Goggle Map for the Million Dollar Highway and acclimate yourselves to where each Waypoint is,

What we do NOT Recommend: Register for the event, grab your maps and clue book, jump on your bikes and head out to the closest Waypoint.

MAP and CLUE BOOK TERMINOLOGY

A team consists of two, three or four riders.

A teammate is that perfect person who will help pick up your bike when you drop it. (Just kidding)

Divisions are the level at which you will compete. Masters, Open, Trikes, Photography, and Couples.

A Waypoint is a fixed location on the map, that when reached, a team may score points. Some Waypoints will be furnished with specified longitude and latitude, which when entered into Google Maps or a GPS system, will lead the navigators to the desired location.

The Bonus Value is the total points received after reaching each Waypoint, snapping the photo and posting it on Instagram.  Bonus Values will vary based on the difficulty ranking of the Waypoint and will be posted in the Book of Clues.

A Creative Bonus is an extra set of points received from the judges and applies to any team act involving the merging of skill and imagination into original creative ideas, especially in the production of laughter.

A REVER Bonus is an extra set of points received when the team rides an entire route and tracks the ride with the REVER App on their phone.

A BUTLER Bonus is tied to the number of miles ridden over the colored G1, G2 & G3 roads over the course of 4 days, beginning on Thursday, June 8th and ending on Friday evening, June 9th. This winner will be a solo winner. Requires REVER tracking which can be set on the entire route.

THE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) is a worldwide navigation system of satellites and their ground stations Our interest in them lies mostly with use in searching out the amazing waypoints we have chosen for this year’s America’s Summit Challenge.

GPS POINTS USING GOOGLE MAPS

At REGISTRATION you will receive an email with a link to the Waypoints that are connected to GPS navigation. It is as simple as 1,2,3:

  1. Click on the link in your email from your SMART PHONE.
  2. The link will take you to the location of the Waypoint
  3. Click on directions.

AMERICA’S SUMMIT CHALLENGE SCORING SYSTEM

  1. To collect The Bonus Value, your entire team must reach the designated Waypoint together. You will prove this by taking a photo of the Waypoint as directed with either all of your faces, or all of your bikes (or both, but no mixing and matching).
  2. BONUS: Receive 3 extra points per waypoint for both; entire team with all bikes.
  3. You will upload that photo to Instagram (see additional instructions on each Waypoint page located in this Clue Book) and #hashtag accordingly.  This will allow us to see what you are doing back at basecamp, and keep a close score of your team’s earned Bonus Values as you ride.
  4. NOTE: If there is no cell service at the Waypoint, take the photo and wait to upload it later.  All photos must be uploaded by 9pm MST at the end of each day Check in is 6pm and they have to be uploaded within 3 hours.  
  5. Each Bonus Value has a point value. When we receive the photo, we verify the elements are there (team, feature) and presto, voila!, you have points.  We will be keeping score while you are on the road, so the more you keep up with uploading while you are out, the less waiting around at the base camp.
  6. Because this event is about riding all kinds of roads and terrain, we want to reward the riders who do exactly that. So, there is a 5 point Creative Bonus for getting sets of waypoints – any green, blue and any black. Sets are calculated daily, not over the course of the entire event.  You cannot get credit for the same Waypoint more than once per event.
  7. Creativity counts!  Each team can be awarded several “Creative Bonuses.”  The value of the bonus earned will be set at the discretion of the judges.
  8. All judges decisions are final. Please make it easy for the people scoring by taking clear photos and uploading with correct tags. Crucial element: Have fun!
  9. Timing: You must respect the schedule of the day, and we don’t want you speeding to do it.  KSU no earlier than 6 am and you are required to report back to Base Camp by 6 pm each day.

How do we volunteer?

Email info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com

PLEASE NOTE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT info@SteelHorseSisterhood.com

AND PLEASE, DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE MARIJUANA, AND RIDE.

Experience the America’s Summit Challenge!

RIDE SAFE! REDUCE YOUR RISK, WEAR A HELMET AND PROPER GEAR, RIDE AT YOUR OWN PACE & RETURN TO BASECAMP!

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