Originally Posted by HogWild
I’m working on a plan for a new cross-country rally in Northern Mexico, currently named the Diabolical Rally. It's a big-time real race, not another of my typical practice/training rides. I’m trying to decide a number of things. What do you want in a rally? What are your thoughts and opinions on these questions?
1. How many days of racing would you like? Remember there’s also a registration/tech day ahead of the first race day, and probably a half day after the final race day for awards.
2. How many hours of racing per day (assuming moderate to extremely challenging terrain)?
3. How difficult should the navigation be? Different difficulty on each day?
4. How difficult should the terrain be? Different on each day?
5. Would you like zero, one, or two optional short non-timed “practice” stages to get used to the roadbooks, unique navigation, and unique terrain in the area? Would you come one or two days early to do the practice stage(s)?
6. Would you like to camp in a bivouac, Dakar style, or pay for hotel rooms a ways away from the start/finish?
7. Are paved liaison sections a major pain, or a minor inconvenience? How far is too far if you have a morning and evening paved liaison?
8. Which would you prefer:
...a. Moving bivouac (i.e. Dakar and NORRA Mexican 1000, more liaisons, more taco stands).
...b. Fixed bivouac (stationary camp, no need for chase crew, no long drive back to the border after you're done).
9. Would you be willing to pay 3 times more if it was in Western USA instead of Northern Mexico?
10. What could be done to attract traditional Baja racers without turning it into another SCORE race?
How many of you would want in on the Diabolical Rally (assuming Mexico)? We’re aiming for no limits on entry numbers, but we need to get an idea how much interest there is.
1. 4-5 days of riding, no more. At least for year one.
2. 6-8 hours of saddle time a day. Then things go wrong and the day gets longer.
3 and 4. Varying difficulties of terrain and nav each day. When the terrain is ass kicking the nav could be easier and vice versa.
5. I think one practice stage should do.
6. Bivy. It's a rally.
7. Minor inconvenience. keep them less than 50 miles or so?
8. Probably prefer a fixed bivy, again at least for the first year.
9. If the entry is $500 I would pay 3 times more to ride in the western U.S. If the entry is $5000 I'm riding in Mexico!
10. No idea. Do you need to attract traditional Baja racers? Racers are racers.
I would be interested in putting this on my ride list. What month, what year?