How many riders participate?
Typically 40-100 riders register for the ride, however, only 2/3 of those actually make it to
the starting line. Riders from all over the United States/Canada/Europe have participated in
the event. In 2016 the average ride age was 50 years of age (ranging from 28 to 72 years).
How do riders get their scooter to or from the start/finish?
Some riders actually ride their scooter to and from the starting line and finish. Others ship
their scooters using commercial services, private carriers, or partnering with other participants.
ForwardAir is the most common commercial shipping used by participants. Private Carriers have
been contracted through UShip.Com or similar web based services pairing shippers and drivers.
Are there teams?
Riders may informally establish teams with other riders to combine support resources or assist
each other with planning. Riders will only be awarded points based solely their specific
performance. Riders actually riding together and passing at checkpoints concurrently must
individually maintain their own documentation to be eligible for points and are not permitted
to substitute or share documentation with other riders.
What happens if I breakdown?
The event does not officially provide support. Many riders have participated without a trailing
support vehicle while others have organized their own support individually or collectively.
These arrangements are worked out in the Registered Riders section of the Rider’s Forum.
Is there a predefined route?
There is a preferred or recommended route each day that is defined by “mandatory” checkpoints.
Checkpoints are published in advance of the ride and are strategically chosen to keep riders
off high speed interstates and mostly on the same roads. The roads riders decide to take to
arrive at these checkpoints is entirely up to them. A riders ability to navigate between
checkpoints efficiently is critical to earning points in this event. Navigation directions
provided by the event are considered to be advisory only. Riders are responsible for their own navigation planning.
Is this a group ride?
No, not necessarily. With the exception of the first day (starting line), riders depart from
the hotel each morning on their own schedule. Scooters range from 50cc to 278cc and have different
performance outputs. However, with so many riders traveling mostly on the same roads and you will
pass (or be passed) by other riders throughout a typical day.
What about Hotels?
All of the hotels for the overnight locations are planned & booked in advance. The list of “official”
hotels is made available in the Registered Riders area. Riders are solely responsible for
booking their own accommodations.
What is this going to cost me?
Depends on personal circumstances and logistics. A rider with a working scooter, appropriate riding gear,
and shipping their scooter in only one direction should expect to spend $3000-5000 to participate.
Riders are responsible for arranging and paying for their own accommodations
Some riders do seek and receive sponsorships to (typically) help offset their cost of
participation. This is permissible so long as the sponsorship does not give the rider an unfair
advantage and the rider is not incentivized (monetarily or otherwise) by the sponsor to “win” the event.
Is this a race?
No. This is not a race. Riders are awarded points based on their ability to ride and navigate
their scooter to predefined checkpoints each day. No benefits, actual or implied, monetary or
otherwise are awarded to any rider who finishes with the highest number of accumulated points
each day or at the conclusion of the event.