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Old 02-05-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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95th Crotona Midnight Run

With only 18 days until the midnight run, who is planning on going? After 3 consecitive 1st place finishes I have had a string of bad luck. It started 3 years ago when the event was canceled due to weather, the following year I found a gravity pocket leaving my house and cracked the oil case, followed lastly by an inpact with a Volvo that has sidlined me for 1 1/2 years. But I am back and plan on re-instating my place on the top step. Looking forward to seeing other inmates. http://www.ramapomc.org/RMC_Events_files/crotona.jpg
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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With only 18 days until the midnight run, who is planning on going? After 3 consecitive 1st place finishes I have had a string of bad luck. It started 3 years ago when the event was canceled due to weather, the following year I found a gravity pocket leaving my house and cracked the oil case, followed lastly by an inpact with a Volvo that has sidlined me for 1 1/2 years. But I am back and plan on re-instating my place on the top step. Looking forward to seeing other inmates. http://www.ramapomc.org/RMC_Events_files/crotona.jpg
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:23 PM   #5
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Nathan's has been demolished so we'll have to do out charts someplace else that is warm this year, I guess. I seem to remember a Dunkin' across the street.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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With only 18 days until the midnight run, who is planning on going? After 3 consecitive 1st place finishes I have had a string of bad luck. It started 3 years ago when the event was canceled due to weather, the following year I found a gravity pocket leaving my house and cracked the oil case, followed lastly by an inpact with a Volvo that has sidlined me for 1 1/2 years. But I am back and plan on re-instating my place on the top step. Looking forward to seeing other inmates. http://www.ramapomc.org/RMC_Events_files/crotona.jpg
I was intrigued by this ride as well. Please provide details. The flyer says that you must maintain 30 MPH.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:32 AM   #7
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I was intrigued by this ride as well. Please provide details. The flyer says that you must maintain 30 MPH.
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Here is the No BS answer, this is a timed Road Rally, keep an avg speed of 30mph over 120 miles ( 2 legs 60 miles each). Unknown check points along each leg and riders are started 1 minute apart, first rider out at 12:01am. All paved roads, no GPS assistance, just a route sheet with mileage, street name and direction to go (R, L, SR, etc).

Details of scoring if you want to be completive - Each rider starts with 1000 points, deductions are taken 1 point for each min late and 2 points for each minute early. Time does not adjust after each check point, if you are late you need to make up your time to get back on your minute, if you are early you need to pull over or slow down to get back on your minute. NO time allowances as you may have seen in off road rallies nor do you wait at the check point if you are early. Just check in and leave.

Sorry if I went on but I wanted to be sure I covered any questions. If I have left you wanting more info or just would like to clarify one of my statements please do not hesitate to ask.

Final note - 75% of the participants just want to show up ride through the night, make it home safe and sound to say “Hey I did the Crotona Midnight run and here is my finishers medal”.

The other 25% like myself are in it to win, following all the rules, keeping a log of checkpoints and check in times, adjusting speed and keeping two if not three stop watches running.
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Thanks for the reply. You did not go overboard. My only other question would be, how do you maintain 30 MPH on public roads? Are you a nuisance to other traffic if the posted speed is 50 MPH?
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:44 PM   #9
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Thanks for the reply. You did not go overboard. My only other question would be, how do you maintain 30 MPH on public roads? Are you a nuisance to other traffic if the posted speed is 50 MPH?
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First most of the route is on secondary roads with 25 to 40 mph speed limits, second the event is conducted between the hours of 12 midnight (midnight run) and 6am. The only folks you relly need to worry about are the drunks at 4am leaving the bars who are trying to figure out how drunk are they to see a motorcycle out at 4am in Febuary. Third point is the event starts in Yonkers has a mid point of Lake Carmel with it all ending in Yonkers. Many rual roads used for this. My last point for this question is part of the rules, no check point can be within 5 miles of another. So when the event starts you have 4.9 miles to go as fast as you want before they can have a check point. They have used the Bronx River Parkway so you know they do not expect you to go 30 on a hwy. So it is safe to say keep hwy speeds until the off ramp then pull over until you are back on your minute. Same rule goes for check points on the route. Get lost but just passed a check don't panic there cannot be another check point for 5 miles so you have some time to catch up. Also keep this in mind as you are riding and another bike comes racing up, most likely the rider is off his minute and trying to make up time, move over and let them go by. This is a race but everyone is on an even playing field, it is not who comes accross the finish line first but who had the highest score (everyone starts at 1000). Once again sorry I guess I can talk alot.
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Written by Robert Goldman and Published in Backroads -
The 90th annual Crotona Midnight Run was held on Sunday February 24th. Thanks to Ramapo MC who has continued this event since 1998 when the Crotona MC no longer had the membership to do so. Ramapo MC must send 22 of its members out into the same conditions the riders are in to man check points, 10 in total. The Midnight Run is not a Parade or a Poker Run, this event is a road enduro, in which the participants must keep an average speed of 30MPH over 120 miles. Every rider starts with 1000 points and loses 1 point for every minute they are late or 2 points for every minute they are early to a check point. This is not what makes this event special, what is unique about this ride is that it starts at 12 midnight in February. Each rider must figure out how they are going to read a route sheet at night, keep an eye on the road and monitor a clock to stay at 30 miles per hour. Never mind the math that must happen when you miss a turn and need to recalculate all of your turns. One rider is prompted to leave the starting line every minute based on their starting number. This year we saw up to 12 inches of snow fall less then 24 hours before the starting time. The temperature at the sign up was around 32 degrees F. By 1am the cloud cover lifted, the moon was glowing and the temps plummeted to 13 degrees F. There was black ice around every corner plus the occasional local that had the great idea to shovel their driveway out after the local plow came through. We even had a portion of the ride crossing one of the many reservoirs at which time you went from clear visibility to fog so thick you could not see your front tire, but if you looked up, clear sky with the moon shining brighter then ever.

As if all of the conditions were not enough of a challenging, two brothers decided to fire up their vintage 1946 Indian Chief and a 1946 Harley WL45 for the ride.


It is now 4am and after the scheduled break at the Carmel diner, for some just enough time to warm up, you mount up and start your ride back to Yonkers. The starter is there to get you on your way just like at 12am one rider at a time separated by one minute. This is when some folks decided they have had enough and get to the closest highway headed home. But for others more ice covered back roads and the random car that I am sure the driver is shocked to see you. I can only imagine the phone call to their friend “What did you put in my soda, I passed 10 motorcycles on my way home.” “Go back to sleep you must be dreaming.”

Around 6am on the empty streets of Yonkers 18 riders found their way back to Nathan’s on Central Ave for the final check point.

Now 18 riders have a story about how they got on their motorcycles, drove to Yonkers on a Saturday night, ride 120 miles only to get back to Yonkers on Sunday morning and then ride home. For me I can’t wait until next year. ‘GIRLIE MEN NEED NOT APPLY’

CROTONA MIDNIGHT RUN 2008 - RESULTS


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What kinds of bikes are people typically riding? What is the best method to hold the route sheet and best way to light it? Are people running studs? I'm interested in doing this even though I learned of it about 10 minutes ago.

I commute all winter long so I've got the cold weather gear, I did the TAT with a roll chart so the mental math is no stranger. But this would be my first event like this. Sounds interesting.
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[QUOTE=pjm204;20763567]What kinds of bikes are people typically riding? What is the best method to hold the route sheet and best way to light it? Are people running studs? I'm interested in doing this even though I learned of it about 10 minutes ago.
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This is a street ride, no studs needed. All type of bikes used, big Harleys, BMW's, dual sports, hacks, croch rockets. In past years they have had a small portion of the route on a hwy so any bike that can maintain min hwy speed is recommended. Other then that avg speed of 30mph.

As for the route sheet, I use a clip board mounted to my tank bag and a map light, some folks have created a scrolling chart reader, the route sheet is 8.5 x 11 paper.
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What kinds of bikes are people typically riding? What is the best method to hold the route sheet and best way to light it? Are people running studs? I'm interested in doing this even though I learned of it about 10 minutes ago.
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This is a street ride, no studs needed. All type of bikes used, big Harleys, BMW's, dual sports, hacks, croch rockets. In past years they have had a small portion of the route on a hwy so any bike that can maintain min hwy speed is recommended. Other then that avg speed of 30mph.

As for the route sheet, I use a clip board mounted to my tank bag and a map light, some folks have created a scrolling chart reader, the route sheet is 8.5 x 11 paper.
Perfect, the size of the sheet was definitely important. I've been researching the ride, seems pretty cool. If I can make it, I'm going to. I'm going to mount some aux. lights and new brake pads to get the bike ready tonight. I'll figure out the route sheet tonight. Does the route fit on one sheet per state or will I be fumbling around? 8.5x11 doesn't sound conducive to a roll chart holder
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