Practise Day

As we are technically late to the party as some people have been here since Monday doing other rides. But today was our first day so let’s explain how this whole thing works.

Let’s sort out the facts, the Moto Piston Rally is not just a bike ride with old bikes in the beautiful Picos de Europa Mountains. It’s a self navigated time trial.

So today was a practise ride today that was 180 ish miles long. You are given a crib sheet type document that’s a map that looks like this.

So you tape this thing to your tank, then you zero your trip meter so you can keep a check on your milage as your total milage gets very important. So those little boxes are your directional map for the next junction you need to take.

So as above this means in 1.2 miles you need to turn right on to the CA-286 road signposted to La Veguilla and you should be on the junction when your total millage is 64.2m. So once you have passed this, you move on to the next one but as you see in the top left corner. You have to know the number your on at all times. Because if you forget it then your lost. And just to bring this back, your navigating this while on a motorbike riding at 60mph lent over in a corner trying to avoid the bike in front of you, the bike wanting to overtake you behind, the cow shit/gravel on the road and remember that turn number, where you are and when you have to turn off the road. Needless to say its busy in your head on these rides. Now with all that said today was the practise run to allow you to do this and get used to the navigation but with arrows on the turns in case you go wrong.

However tomorrow on the 5000 curves there are no arrows on the lamposts so if you get lost, your stuffed basically and you will not be a Conqurer. It’s just over 300 miles this year and generally this will take 8 hours (if you don’t get lost).

So that’s the prep work done you now know how it works.

Today however due to it being practise as such we soon got used to how it all works and got in to the swing of things for a very enjoyable day around the Picos. They setup checkpoints to feed you and make sure your watered and there were some very nice bikes out there today.

We got back tired and it’s only half of the distance of tomorrow’s. Tonight is the welcome meal so we’re all in for a slap up meal but me and martyn shall be taking it easy on the wine, the grub is delicious tho! Early to bed once it’s done tho tomorrow is the big day.


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