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HogWild 06-08-2011 10:31 PM

The Grand Rally
I’ve been working on this project for about a year now. The Grand Rally is a hardcore roadbook guided off-road rally adventure and training route circling the Grand Canyon. It’s being developed for expert riders to practice rally style navigation in preparation for competing in cross-country rally events such as Dakar. The routes and terrain on this ride are moderate to extremely challenging, not to mention amazingly scenic! A typical day of The Grand Rally will be on par with a day of Dakar. Yes, it is THAT difficult!

Though originally planned as an 8 day 2000 mile killer ride (old map above), I’ve found so much great riding in that region that I’m expanding it to more days and many more miles (new map to come later). I’m adding new stuff every week. And rather than riding the whole distance in one long trip, I’m providing multiple loop days, so it can be attacked in 3 to 4 day sections based out of strategic fixed locations. This means riders can spread the fun out over a year or more, taking on sections as their vacation schedule allows. As things are progressing, it’s looking like The Grand Rally may end up being around 3000 to 4000 miles, 14 to 18 days, and over 95% dirt.

This will not be a race. It probably won’t even be an official scheduled event. Think of it as a do-it-yourself Dakar Rally, a collection of roadbooks available to hardcore rally types who can schedule their own small group ride on their own time. For less than expert riders, I’m doing my best to provide bailouts and “easy” ways around the really tough stuff, to make it a bit more manageable.

One strong philosophy in laying out each stage is to find off-beat roads and trails that are long forgotten. During the pre-runs we’ve ridden quite a few sections where motor vehicles haven't traveled in decades. Naturally, those are usually extremely challenging technical sections, but they often offer the most unique and fun riding too.

When will all this be done and ready for you to ride? So far we’ve pre-run roughly 1500 miles in various sections (thanks to all our pre-run helpers, Des-RIP, Russ, Dave, Jen, Robb, Phil, Mike S, Ned, Mike B, and more to come). The roadbooks for those sections are still being finalized, and the roadbooks for all the stuff we have yet to pre-run are not even started yet. I'm aiming to have most of it ready to go sometime in 2012. For now you can drool over photos from the pre-runs ...

wrk2surf 06-08-2011 10:33 PM

IN! plus... if I can help I will be a guinea pig...

tehdutchie 06-09-2011 12:40 AM

Looks right great fun!! Excellent initiative!!

Flood 06-09-2011 03:24 AM


HogWild 06-09-2011 07:27 AM

I can't recall if I posted these before, but here are a pair of videos showing the Google Earth terrain perspective of a couple of the stages. The faint green or blue line shows the course.

Stage 6 and 7 preview video

Stage 8 preview video

Farioli 06-09-2011 08:23 AM

Great job
Fantastic Job!! :clap:clapA Paypal account for donations and "promotionals" will be great.


rider914 06-09-2011 12:58 PM

Hmmmmm... :lurk


Deadly99 06-09-2011 03:17 PM

Awesome :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

tarzan30 06-09-2011 03:29 PM


Originally Posted by Deadly99 (Post 16126265)
Awesome :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

I second that and very interested in coming down for an event or just to ride with a few buddies from up here. It is on my bucket list so lets plan to strike off one in 2013. Grand Rally here we come.

ArthDuro 06-09-2011 04:04 PM


brent tex 06-09-2011 05:00 PM

You da man. Thank you for your extreme effort to this sport that we all love so much. I would not be the navigator that I am if it wasnt for your unselfish dedication. Im sure that these routes are amazing and the roadbooks spot on, I cannot wait to come out west and try the Grand Rally. Thanks again.

Rider23 06-09-2011 05:46 PM

Doing Moab 2012 so I'll have to join the Ottawa clan for this in 2013 :D:D:D:D

shipwrek12001 06-09-2011 06:26 PM

great work....!! have fun making it...:clap:clap

MX1WEST 06-09-2011 06:31 PM

That's rad. Keep us in the loop.

nomad guy 06-09-2011 06:44 PM

This is so cool :clap:clap:clap

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