Last year I read all about the Hoka Hey Challenge which set riders up to travel across country for a big money prize. Anyone who followed the story at all will know that the entire event was a mess. There were accusations that the whole thing was fixed, or a fraud, or in some other way dirty. There were a lot of unhappy folks, but I think that the basic idea of the event was a good one.
Now, there is a new ride which has been set up in a similar fashion, the “Guts and Glory Rally Across America,” put on by Sunrise Entertainment.
Before I go further, let me say that Sunrise Entertainment was in some way attached to the Hoka Hey event. I don’t know the ins and outs at this time but would very much appreciate any comments from anyone who knows. At this point in time, the only thing I know is that they were the company that was supposed to document the Hoka Hey run… but they never showed… so… anyone?
Ok, the rally will be held from May 15 – 28, 2011. One thousand riders will start in Santa Monica, California and ride 9000 miles through all of the 48 contiguous states and finish in Bar Harbor, Maine. The riders will start with 11,000 points and follow a pre-determined and pre-timed route with 11 checkpoints along the route.
Each bike will have both an electronic timer and GPS tracking unit attached at registration. Points will be deducted for arriving at the checkpoints either too soon or too late from the scheduled times and for varying off the course. So that means the first person across the finish line might not be the winner. Now this is one area where the Hoka Hey got into trouble… so it will be interesting to see how it works. I do know that independent “timing professionals,” or something like that, are going to ride each leg of the route and determine an average expected time to be en route. This time will not be disclosed to the participants.
The entry fee is $1000 but there will be cash prizes awarded for the most points for each leg and the Grand Prize to the overall winner will be $100,000 and a hand built custom motorcycle by Dave Perewitz. And who wouldn’t want a custom from Dave?!?!
1000 riders, 11 days, 48 states, and 9000 miles sounds a lot like my cup of tea. I am very interested in entering this thing. It does cost $1000 to enter, but, if you want one, you do get a place to sleep for 14 nights (may or may not be a hotel and you will have a roomie). I say, “If you want one” because at each checkpoint you get to say “Guts” or “Glory.” If you choose guts, you sleep next to your bike wherever you are and get 50 points added to your score. If you say glory, they put you up somewhere with a hot shower, bed and bathroom, however you do not earn any points.
If we make up statistics (like I did in an earlier post this month), we can figure 100 folks won’t even make the starting gate, 100 will break down or somehow have to back out early, 100 will have other problems… that leaves about 700 competitors… I can take a 1 in 700 chance. I know I will have a 100% chance of making some amazing memories. So I am seriously considering the ride.
Love, Respect, and Rally Baby,
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