Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Racing
User Name
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-08-2011, 10:31 PM   #1
HogWild OP
Scott Whitney
HogWild's Avatar
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: SoCal USA
Oddometer: 2,786
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 ...

New desert racing frontiers
It will be Devilish !
HogWild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2011, 10:33 PM   #2
on the gas or brakes
wrk2surf's Avatar
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: THE exact center of California/Bass lake/Yosemite
Oddometer: 6,950
IN! plus... if I can help I will be a guinea pig...
Thanks for the 2015 support: BELL HELMETS, SCOTT USA, Kriega USA, SEATCONCEPTS.COM , Galfer USA,, GPR stabilzers, Sidi/Motonation, Masters paint and body, Magura , Motolab , Loctite and Dunlop tires .
wrk2surf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 12:40 AM   #3
Beastly Adventurer
tehdutchie's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Amsterdam or on Twitter @antal
Oddometer: 1,883
Looks right great fun!! Excellent initiative!!
tehdutchie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 03:24 AM   #4
Flood's Avatar
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Austria
Oddometer: 10,161

RallyRAIDio on Twitter
RallyRAIDio on Facebook
Flood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 07:27 AM   #5
HogWild OP
Scott Whitney
HogWild's Avatar
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: SoCal USA
Oddometer: 2,786
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
New desert racing frontiers
It will be Devilish !
HogWild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 08:23 AM   #6
"just do it"
Farioli's Avatar
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: Escondido, CA
Oddometer: 539
Great job

Fantastic Job!! A Paypal account for donations and "promotionals" will be great.

2015 Dakar Malles Moto #164

Thanks to my Family & Hunter Industries.

ICO Racing, Motionpro.
Farioli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 12:58 PM   #7
Agnostic Adventurer
rider914's Avatar
Joined: Feb 2005
Location: Alta Loma, CA
Oddometer: 2,486

'05 950ADV
'04 525EXC D/S
'07 Tiger1050
Will herd cats for beer (... but I rescue puppies for free )
SmugMug (coupon: bLfv2vBXZicd6)
rider914 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 03:17 PM   #8
Fast and Far
Deadly99's Avatar
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Merrickville, Canada
Oddometer: 10,136
Roaming Rally 2015

GRAVEL TRAVEL CANADA - Canada's source for overland routes

Tales From The Bivouac Rally Print Publications
Deadly99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 03:29 PM   #9
Gnarly Adventurer
tarzan30's Avatar
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Canada
Oddometer: 439
Originally Posted by Deadly99 View Post
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.
Just trying to keep the rubber side down
tarzan30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 04:04 PM   #10
ArthDuro's Avatar
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Westsideistan
Oddometer: 3,044
my mini ride reports
"parts made of unobtanium"
ArthDuro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 05:00 PM   #11
brent tex
Gnarly Adventurer
brent tex's Avatar
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Southernmost City. Flatistan
Oddometer: 195
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.
brent tex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 05:46 PM   #12
Rider23's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Oddometer: 800
Doing Moab 2012 so I'll have to join the Ottawa clan for this in 2013
The faster you go, the smoother it gets

Moab 2012
Rider23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 06:26 PM   #13
shipwrek12001's Avatar
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Ottawa
Oddometer: 2,105
great work....!! have fun making it...
Fak it, just go.... away
shipwrek12001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 06:31 PM   #14
Acerbis Gear
MX1WEST's Avatar
Joined: Oct 2006
Oddometer: 80
That's rad. Keep us in the loop.
MX1WEST is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 06:44 PM   #15
nomad guy
A legal alien
nomad guy's Avatar
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Stranded in Berkeley, CA
Oddometer: 851
This is so cool

04 KTM ADV 950S GO!!!!!
nomad guy is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Times are GMT -7.   It's 08:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015