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Old 08-24-2011, 08:21 PM   #1
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Long distance events..Rallies, Extreme, Bajas etc

Hey guys,

Ive been putting together a list of events with web info, dates, prices etc etc so that I can plan my next year of racing around the world's finest sandpits!

I thought, judging by the amount of research it has taken, and the general lack of knowledge of events that even my Dakar riding mates have, it would be good to share with the inmates! Feel free to comment and add info of races that you know about. MY criteria are:
  • Multi Day / Long distance
  • Rallies, Baja or Extreme / Endurance
  • Must accept bike entries [goes without saying on here!]
  • Must accept International entries
That should cast a wide enough net, and hopefully it will help raise awareness of some of the smaller / newer events that international riders can access.

I am generally UK based, which is why there are a number of the UK Big Bike Rallies listed, but they are good training, so they stay on the list for me!

Ill post month by month from my chart, as it wont allow me to paste the whole table..

Cheers and look forward to adding some more to the list!
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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Race Calendar

January
Dakar
Africa Race

February

March
Tuareg
The Tough One
European Baja Championship

April
Raid de L'amitie
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

May
Tunisie
Rallye Dalmatia
Rally Sardegna
UEM XC Cup
UEM XC Cup

June
Rally Albania
Finke Desert Race
Erzberg

July
EVEA Rally Raid
Welsh 2 Day
Kielder Rally
Ryedale Rally
UEM XC Cup
UEM Rally Cup

August
Rally Dos Sertoes
Rally Mongolia
Beacons Rally
Dusk Til Dawn
Romaniacs
European Baja Championship

September
Transanatolia
Australasian Safari Challenge
Balkan Offroad Marathon
Budapest-Bamako
European Baja Championship

October
Pharaohs
Heroes Legend
Maroc Rallye
Sahara Rallye de Tunisie
Cambrian Rally
Hafren Rally
ISDE Germany
UEM Rally Cup

November
Merzouga Rally
Qatar Baja
Athens 24hrs
Roof of Africa
UEM Rally Cup

December
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:51 PM   #3
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Not sure the Desert Challenge in Abu Dhabi is confirmed for next year. I have heard rumours on ground level that it may be cancelled.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:57 PM   #4
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Abu Dhabi

Would be a shame if that one's lost next year.. a buddy of mine was spannering there this year and said it was a cracking race. Was hoping to try and enter all the FIM races next year... will have to wait and see i guess!

Are you UAE based? Was out there in Feb, pretty tempting to get set up out that way for time off from work..just comes down to how often people ride!
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:38 AM   #5
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Every friday there's loads of people riding. Every saturday there's a few people riding. Every other day if you look hard enough you'll find someone riding or willing to ride. All year round.

Fingers crossed for desert challenge, seems like there's issues with sponsorship but I would be fairly surprised if there wasn't an FIM event of some description in the region.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:01 AM   #6
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There is also rally breslau in eastern europe...one event during the summer one in the fall.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:01 AM   #7
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I'll add one I'm seriously thinking of doing in northern Greece:

http://www.serresrally.gr/index.php?lang=en

Serres, Greece
October 26-30


1200kms total
bikes - quads - cars
Dakar-style navigation (Road book only)
Same club that hosted the ISDE in 2008 (they know their shit),
think 5 day rally-raid but set in terrain similar to Sardegna

Also, last weekend of November is the 24hour race in Central Greece...
Have raced it 3 times so far in my land rover, it's
quite an experience ... non-stop saturday noon to Sunday noon,
2 pit stops of an hour each... last year I got 3rd place.

This year they are introducing bikes (was only quads & cars up to now)...
should be .. ummm ... interesting
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:16 PM   #8
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Serres Rally is part of the UEM Rally Cup, 3 rounds located in Romania [Satu Mare], Hungary [Gyor] and Greece [Serres], the UEM XC Cup is located 3 rounds Poland [Rembertow], Hungary [Ber] and Slovakia [Zaskow].

Good source of info for all the UEM races is:

www.uem-moto.eu

Balkans Cup is another series that ive turfed up.. That one includes the Greek 24hrs and also: Rally Albania, EVEA Rally Raid, Balkan Offroad Marathon... all really cheap entry fees [less than 600 euros, with some events being a week long and proper nav too]
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:58 PM   #9
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Rally Breslau sounds pretty bloody good!

Cheers for that Seth, had a look at it, 900 euro for a week's nav racing, think i might have to have a serious look at getting onto them. Eastern Europe definitely lining up to have a lot of nice looking races through the year.
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Rally Breslau sounds pretty bloody good!

Cheers for that Seth, had a look at it, 900 euro for a week's nav racing, think i might have to have a serious look at getting onto them. Eastern Europe definitely lining up to have a lot of nice looking races through the year.
Yes i agree. Fly over, rent a bike, fly home. All for pennies on the dollar in comparison to the other events out there. My tab for the Australian Safari...eeek.
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:00 PM   #11
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Seth.. no brainer really! Im lucky that i have a lot of time off from work and just recently picked up a very cheap 2nd rally bike from eBay, so Eastern European races I could leave a bike with friends and fly or drive down for each one.. definitely way cheaper than a big one like the Safari!

Out of interest how much do you think youll be throwing at your attempt? I have some friends doing Dakar 2012 and theyve spent a fortune.. my thinking is it would be better to be hitting up alot more races for the same amount of money! Sertoes, FIM XC Cup etc etc..

Would be interesting to know more about your prep if you have time to share!?
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:17 PM   #12
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Seth.. no brainer really! Im lucky that i have a lot of time off from work and just recently picked up a very cheap 2nd rally bike from eBay, so Eastern European races I could leave a bike with friends and fly or drive down for each one.. definitely way cheaper than a big one like the Safari!

Out of interest how much do you think youll be throwing at your attempt? I have some friends doing Dakar 2012 and theyve spent a fortune.. my thinking is it would be better to be hitting up alot more races for the same amount of money! Sertoes, FIM XC Cup etc etc..

Would be interesting to know more about your prep if you have time to share!?

I have a lot of detail in the "blog" link in my signature but I am looking at about $15k to $20K to do the Safari.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:25 AM   #13
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Ill have a look then Seth, cheers for that! Just finished reading Jenny's entire Dakar story... 3 days and now i'm cooked, so it might be a little while before i unleash my eyes on another marathon thread!

Im assuming your total is US $...?

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Old 08-27-2011, 12:46 AM   #14
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2 More for you;

www.easterneuroperally.com = > May

www.alentejorally.com = > September
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:16 AM   #15
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Man, i like the look of the Eastern Europe Rally! Thanks for sharing that one... very glad i started this one!
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