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Old 02-08-2015, 04:24 AM   #1
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Iron butt ride - June 21st 2015 kawarthas

It is now official. We have a true iron butt ride on June 21st 2015

All of the details are located here www.cannonball500.com here is the skinny.

Ride is 500 miles, must be completed in 12 hours. 8 entry points into loop. Wherever you enter you must also exit to complete.

I need one volunteer at each entry point.

Ride starts between 7 and 8 am finishes between 7 and 8 pm

Ride qualifies to submit for 500 mile butt builder certificate upon completion.

Very cool ride and open to all makes and models as per iron butt associations requirements.

All details are here www.cannonball500.com
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Old 02-08-2015, 04:55 AM   #2
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6 days later is the Lake Huron SS1k.....decisions decisions.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:14 AM   #3
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:02 AM   #4
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Iron butt ride June 21st ,2015

While please remember it is an open ride. All you have to do is enter in one location and exit back at the same. Pretty simple. I am looking for volunteers in each of the locations only to start that area, and to witness people on thier return.

I will make the drive in my awd sho in the next few weeks to had out posters at obvious start points, and to get the word out at dealerships across and around the route.

I know for certain i have a handful of people already interested in my group of riding friend's. I am looking forward to posting my certificate in the man cave. This will be my first long ride i suspect on the 1290 sa!
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:17 AM   #5
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your map shows 872 kms. 500 miles should be right around 800kms.

From the site...

"Please remember this is all about riding and enjoying the day - nothing more. Those that go the distance and complete it - can send away for the certificate providing they enclose the funds as outlined in the documentation within the website."

I couldn't find any info of where to get a certificate and cost.

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Old 02-09-2015, 08:02 AM   #6
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Hey a Dave, I can do the Halliburton check point for you.

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Old 02-10-2015, 04:38 AM   #7
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Haliburton Check Point - That would be great -

Hey Dave lets touch base - That would be perfect - Here is the Google Map version of the ride today - it will change as many are now talking about various twisties available throughout the route now - Click here for map
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:46 AM   #8
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The Butt Builder 500 requires only one witness signature. The witness needs to be able to certify the rider completed at least 500 miles in no more than 12 hours. Each ride needs to submit to you sufficient documentation to do so. The fee is US$25.00 per bike. The ride can be completed two-up. We will issue two copies of the certificate in those cases.

We accept payment of the fees via International Money Order in US funds, Visa or Mastercard, or by PayPal. If by money order, please remit to the postal address provided in the rules. If by credit card or PayPal, please provide an email address at which we can reach you. We will do so when the ride passes review.

The payment as you can see is made directly to the association in united states - so yes that would be 25 USD.

What I have done since then is sorted out option B on our side of things being a crest with Bikefest 500 on it and the date - so more like a patch which will be available on completion for likely 5 bucks a pop - they will be dated so you can line them up if you wish year after year.

I have many dealers now stepping up also wishing to be part of the action so we shall see as the time and or date gets closer if their might be freebies given for those that do complete donated by the dealerships. Everyone is stoked about the entire thing.

In my opinion it is a great way to spend the day actually riding your passion and not just sitting somewhere for the day.

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Old 02-10-2015, 04:50 AM   #9
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Thanks for the clarification. I'm interested in this ride for a few reasons, and will check in with interest as the date gets closer.
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:43 PM   #10
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I think I'm IN for this one

But not having any luck with the bike fest website re: details. Just keeps refreshing the homepage hence no details to bee seen. ;(

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I was looking at the lower part of the route which I ride a few times a year and I Just wanted to commend you on your choice of roads. All early settlement roads form Renfrew to Orillia. The first bit is the Opeongo llne, then Peterson road followed by Monck. These roads are not offend travelled, in very good shape and not too many coppers either. If you ride it at 100 km ( do realize its hard to ride this slow on a sport bike) and below, your not going to be hassled by the fuzz.
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:46 PM   #12
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Looks like I've got something lined up for 2015 Father's Day!!

Just wondering how it would work if I was to be your Angus guy AND ride it at the same time...??
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Old 02-13-2015, 11:19 AM   #13
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Just wondering how it would work if I was to be your Angus guy AND ride it at the same time...??
According to the details you can be a volunteer and ride. You check the other riders thru and then be on your merry way yourself.
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Questions...

I've never done one of these and have some questions, especially the route.


The route looks to have a couple backtrack areas in Honey Harbour and at Parry Sound, which I don't understand why it would be planned like that. Can a rider change the route, covering the same or more kms, but not backtracking.

Your map shows 886kms and not sure why this would be promoted as a 500 mile ride in Canada. I would rather travel another 114kms and have it called bikefest 1000.

Is this a group ride where you hang with the people at the checkpoint you enter?

Really like to take part as these are roads and areas where I've never been.

If I couldn't do it on the 21st due to it being Fathers Day, could I do it say the week before, keep records and still get the certificate?

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Old 02-13-2015, 03:41 PM   #15
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Lots of questions and sorry I have not been back to chime in on things - busy boy this week ...

The only day the ride is official is on the 21st.

Loop backs during the ride have been removed - good call I caught it too. You must ride the route given as there are required stops which you have to pick up a card at from the place of business on the sponsors page. These sponsors are bringing all kinds of riders to the event as well.

The starting time is 7 am to 8 am - You can enter at any of the locations. I have since added a few more so please check out the latest on the website. You leave with your buddies or on your own - its up to you - this is not a group ride but a true test of your ability to meticulously calculate time. Speed is not the answer - get in get out at each stop and move along. The benefit everyone has is that you are all potentially starting at various check points. We should be able to move easily 7-800 riders around the loop without anyone being backed up from the 10 stops there are now.

I have been working at setting up sponsors - who really are the dealers in those specific towns. It has been working out perfectly - the bulk of the dealers coming on board for the ride are my own customers - they love the fact that their customers can actually enjoy a day of riding and they can go with them as well. It is coming together as planned :)

I welcome volunteers at any of the starting points as obviously I cannot be at each location. That being said I am riding this myself as I hope to earn the certificate just like everyone else. The volunteers can easily do the ride as well - The key here is that you may not get back until the end of the 12 hour period ( or not - Evil Knievel ) but all it means is that if you are a volunteer and if those people who you moved out prior to you they will either have to wait for someone to verify their receipts or they will not be eligible to receive the cert.

The patches in order to snag one of these you must collect a card from each of the businesses along the route which are the sponsors and show them upon completion. Each person with these cards in hand qualifies to purchase a Bikefest 500 badge. A truly fitting rewards to be adorned on your garment. These will be date specific.

Mileage question - why is it not 800 klms exactly - good question! Because the entire route has not been tightened up yet. First I want to make sure we can get as many small towns involved within reason, and secondly because the territory we are covering once you get into highway 60 leaves for no room to adjust. If it is over slightly I am not going to worry about. Again it is about the ride! ( cannonball 1000 is already planned and will be added next year - 2 day weekend ride for the die-hard ) Lets just not go into that one here for now.


Sponsors - They might have free water, or not but the point is these people are allowing us to gather and return to one location per town represented. It keeps it clean and simple for everyone.

It is all about knowing who is out there if something does every happen, maybe next time you might need one of them. One never knows. They will not be opening their doors as remember these dealers want to do the ride as well. It was planned for a Sunday for a reason.

again sorry I did not get back to everyone just been busting my chaps sorting out details with people and driving to meet many of the dealers around the loop this week as well.

I can hardly wait - I just need my bike now and all will be good!
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