Category: Iron Butt Rally 2013

Start of Leg 1 of the European Tour

After midnight. Route of the first leg of the ET2014 is planned. It will be a flower picking ride despite the rain. Leg 2 will bring a monster route, but I will decide it at the checkpoint hotel in Brno on Monday night. Yes,…

Counting down to the Brit Butt Rally 2016

So here I am, about to go to bed, because in 5 hours we will set of for this year’s Brit Butt Rally. For the first time, I’m the defending champion. Rally master John Young has prepared a tricky rally again, I had to…

Riding the Iceni Rally

At the end of a successful year, why not riding a new little rally just for fun? In two hours, I will start on a 8 h rally through East Anglia that was designed by Mark Fowler to attract newcomers. As a veteran, I’ll…

Hattrick! Another German Butt Rally won!

I just woke up after a seven hour nap on the sofa – just before moving to bed, I need to drop some quick lines… First, my apologies for the not working SPOT link. I had picked two packages of batteries, but unfortunately both…

Riding the German Butt Rally 2015

Ok, so it’s time to get to bed. My route is planned. When you read this, I will be already on my way. We start after 6:15 in the morning near Bielefeld (D) and will return 24 hours later. There are basically two winning routes:…

Riding the Brit Butt Light Rally 2015

A couple of hours and I will ride this year’s BBL Rally, the little brother of the Brit Butt Rally: it’s only 12 hours instead of 36 hours, but it will be a short, but very demanding rally. At the moment, I am still…

It’s a long way from Tipperary….(days 9, 10 and 11)

I slept great that night. I got up late, had a long, relaxed breakfast and hit the road at 9:30 a.m. I went east on the same I-80 I rode west two days earlier. I entered Wyoming, but this time I crossed it under…

It ain’t over till it’s over (day 8)

The IBR riders have reached the second checkpoint hotel in Tennessee in some extremely bad weather. By this time, they have already left the checkpoint, starting Leg 3 to end the rally back in Albuquerque. In 2013, the morning rider meeting was similar to…

Day 6 and 7 – “the long ride to Sacramento”

The riders are heading east. It’s interesting to follow the spots and the bulletins from the rally HQ. Day 6 is an intermediate day, time to go for the big mile. Day 7 means getting to the checkpoint in time. In a couple of hours,…

Starting Leg 2 or changing a tyre can be challenging…

The riders have left for the second checkpoint in Tennessee. But that’s not it; many bonus point locations need to be visited. After all, this is not a flower-sniffin’ trip. From now on, the real thing starts. Leg 1 was just a warm-up. The…

Day four – end of Leg 1

In a couple of hours, the riders will come back to Albuquerque and finish Leg 1 of the Iron Butt Rally 2015. This was only the beginning, but already at this early stage, first riders will have dropped out. Actually, when I watch the…

Well into the first leg (day 2 and 3)

Yesterday I returned home from my fourth scouting trip during a hot day and I was too lazy for a write-up of my second day in the IBR 2013. Hell, I thought, I’m not in a rally, so relax. The guys that are riding…

The riders are gone…..

So the riders have taken off. Eleven long days are ahead of them. Eleven days of happiness, frustration, surprise, soaring muscles, boredom, euphoria and pure joy. As the famous quote says: “you don’t know what the Iron Butt Rally is like unless you have…

The Iron Butt Rally 2015…

….will start tomorrow morning. But this time, without me. I had a place at the start for this year’s rally, but in January, I had decided to pull out of the rally. I had to make a decision and it was not easy. But…

Brit Butt Rally 2015 won!

The Pan has definitely passed its test. After four years, I could finally win the BBR today. Some of the best riders were missing today, but I made a very bold move today and played “podium or bust” when hunting for bonus point locations…

Counting down to the Brit Butt Rally 2015

Here I am, sitting in my room, reflecting where to go. I arrived yesterday evening at the rally hotel in Coventry. The check-in, technical inspection and odometer calibration ride went very smooth today and in the last hour, I have renamed all the GPS…

Maintenance, maintenance….

Finally I received my numberplates and could ride the bike officially. I had already ordered new tyres for the old ones were really old (11 years). I printed the relevant pages of the repair manual and started to remove the front and rear wheel….

First place after first leg!

A few lines before I finally go to bed. My first leg was very good. I went to Rome and back to the Alps where the checkpoint hotel is. standings see me in front (check the IBA Germany forum). As expected, leg 2 is…

Brit Butt Light Rally 2014 released

There report is here.

4th place in the Scandinavian rally

Before I leave for the ferry, here is the result. My planned route was good for 2nd place, but due to my lost points i finished 4 th. winner is German IBA president Gerhard Memmen- Krueger with an epic ride! Congratulations!!!    Baldrick (signed)…