Only two days to go! We’re in crazy time at MBSR headquarters but buzzed to see what this year’s Mad Bastards come up with. But, we’re too busy for small talk so here’s some big stuff to ponder before you show for the big event. See you in Belleville!
The 2013 MBSR route! Don’t forget to bring a map of Eastern Ontario, ours are done in shit-o-vision.
The route was scouted a few days ago and it’s a cracker. 674 Km long (with optional 180 bonus) and lots of curves and hills. Please be aware that the longest gap between gas stations is 104 km, so be sure to know your scoot’s range and bring back up gas if required.
The only fly in the ointment is that theoretically a very slow scooter (i.e. one taking the full 24 hours to do just the main route) could theoretically arrive at one of the gas stations just after closure. If that happens then the total distance between the last and the next would be 115km, FYI.
The good news is that the Yamaha sweep truck will have gas and if you are that really slow bastard it’ll be plodding along slowly right behind you!
If your tank can’t do 100 km, then bring gas!
If you’re not sure what to bring, check out our handy suggestion list here. Unfortunately right now it looks like there will be some rain en route (though we’ve sacrificed a virgin and defiled a chicken to the sun gods in a last attempt to make it nicer), so be sure to bring waterproofs and WARM clothing. It’s a long time to be on the road and at all hours. Getting wet and cold make it impossible!
Also, if you have a GoPro or similar please consider bringing it along too. This year we were unable to secure a videographer and so will be compiling our promo vid from submissions.
Oh, and we recommend that you bring a map of Eastern Ontario (something that covers Havelock to the west, Lake Ontario to the south, Perth to the east and Val D’Or to the north. Nah, just freaking you out. You’ll be good if you can see Maynooth. As always we have maps and blow by blow instructions but we decided to make it harder this year by using blurry low detail maps. Yes, that’s it, nothing to do with production issues at our end, nothing at all …
All we can say is that this got points.
We were unable give you a detailed breakdown of points before as we needed to finalize during the last scout. Well, that’s been done now and this year we’ve decided to add more clues to the route as well as four suggested photo opps.
Just beware that you will have to select TWO pics to submit at the end of the rally for points and then they’re not all worth the same amount. These opps are on the clue sheet which won’t be given out until the morning of the ride so be sure to study them carefully to maximize your chances of winning.
Want more detail? Here’s a breakdown:
POINTS FOR PLEDGES (worth up to 20 points)
Raise over $200 through pledges for the Kids Help Phone and we’ll even give you 20 extra mad points to help get you started on your road to madness.
MADNESS OF THE SCOOTER (worth up to 350 points)
A) Age (worth up to 50 points) – 1 point will be awarded per year of age.
For example, a 20 year old scooter = 20 points, to a maximum of 50 points
B) Cubic capacity (worth up to 200 points) – Points are available for the class you’re in with the smallest scoots getting the most points as follows:
- Day Release (greater than 200 cc) 0 points (yep, sorry)
- Therapy Required (more than 110 cc but less than 200 cc) 25 points
- Heavily Medicated (more than 50 cc but less than 110 cc) 50 points
- Straight Jacket (up to 50 cc) 200 points
C) “Uniqueness” (worth up to 100 points) – As defined by the Rally Master at the departure point. Transform your scooter into a spectacular act of madness (and a safe one please!) and get points. Bear in mind that anything you do to madden up your scooter should not inhibit nighttime visibility or be unsafe (as in something getting caught in the wheels).
MADNESS OF THE RIDER (worth up to 100 points)
Points are awarded based on the rallyist’s attire and judged by the Rally Master at the start of the rally. Just make sure that it’s safe and can be worn all day (you will lose all these points if you are spotted without your attire along the route, bathroom stops excluded – we’re mad, not heartless!). Oh, unless it’s raining, then you can cover up with a good set of waterproofs.
MADNESS OF THE ROUTE (for a total of 530 points)
A) PHOTOGRAPHIC (worth up to 160 points)
We have four photo opps along the way (shown on clue sheet) but you can also submit your own for up to 60 points each. However, you have to choose the best TWO to submit at the end of the rally.
Also note that by submitting these images you give us the rights to use said images for publication on the web or in print in conjunction with Mad Bastard Rally coverage. We apologize for this legal-type disclaimer, but it may lead to your 15 minutes of fame – or infamy!
B) OTR TASK POINTS (worth up to 210 points)
These are additional points gained from doing additional tasks along the route. A sheet of all these will be given to you on the Saturday morning, just before your class is due to leave (not giving you much time to study!).
C) BONUS LOOP (worth up to 160 points)
There’s also a bonus loop that you can add to the main course, which will add another 180 kms to the rally but a whole load of points too (it helps to be peckish)
AND FINALLY …
It’s all very good getting all these points but it’s all for naught if you don’t actually finish. Bear in mind these two very important criteria:
A) MUST GET ALL COMPULSORY RECEIPTS
Part of the rally requirements is that you prove that you did the course. To prove this, we have set up certain points along the way (gas stations and such) where you must pick up a receipt to show that you were there and at what time.
We provide a receipt envelope for these with space on the front of the envelope for a time of each receipt – which you must fill in at the time of getting the receipt. Failure to do so will indicate that you did not complete the course and you will be deemed to have not completed the rally!
If you get to a point where a receipt is required and the establishment is closed or burnt to the ground go to the nearest place that does exist and get a receipt there. If this option is not available locally, ride to the nearest town and get a receipt there. Make a note of this fact on your Receipt Envelope and carry on.
WARNING: Always make sure that the DATE on each receipt is readable.
B) MUST FINISH WITHIN ALLOTTED TIME!
No matter what, you have to finish within the allotted time for your class. If you’re even one minute late you will be deemed to have not completed the rally. With that in mind, pick your mad points carefully and keep an eye on the time – especially if you are considering doing the Bonus Loop at the end of the rally!
Having said that PLEASE REMEMBER, this rally is about being mad, not stupid. If you think something you’re attempting is dangerous or might get you arrested – don’t do it! If you’re tired and it’s affecting your riding abilities, take a rest and/or cut the rally short. We’ll try and supply a list of emergency accommodation possibilities that you can use if you need them toward the end of the route.
It’s all about having fun and having some great stories to tell the grand kids (assuming that you found someone mad enough to procreate with you in the first place)!