48 Plus! (3 Countries & Alaska)
May 17-27, 2005
48 Plus! (3 Countries & Alaska)
Why? Because we can. For those of you who really want a challenge,
this is the ride for you. 48 States, 3 Countries and Alaska to boot
all in 10 days or less. This event is being run so that we can all end
the ride in time for the
Hyder Seek festivities.
May 2005 - MTF 48Plus! successful Riders:
Top Row (left to right):
Tom Sayer, Tom Coppedge, Rick Nealy, Dave Hinks, Mike Ledbetter, Ollie Bingaman
Mike Bobbitt, Edgar Tanner
Bottom Row (left to right)
Kevin Lechner, Kevin Healey, Alan Leduc, Art Garvin, Bruce Harris, Doug Chapman, Gregg Burger
In an effort to accommodate riders from all over North America, there
will be western, central and eastern routes available. Some things to
For regional detail information, click the appropriate link in the
menu to your right.
- The eastern route will follow as closely as possible, Ron Ayres'
1998 record-setting route.
Since we're on our way to Hyder Seek 2005,
we thought this would be a good option for some folks.
- Mexico will be optional for all routes.
Each route has a small number of mandatory stops. You must get a
valid receipt at these places to demonstrate you followed the general
- Mandatory stops do not replace the requirement to document your
visit to each state. Refer to and understand the "Iron Butt
Association's 48+ Rules" for documentation requirements for this ride.
- Mandatory stops do not dictate routing through major metropolitan
areas. You are responsible for detailing your route, picking the
appropriate path through major cities, stops in each state, etc. The
routes provided will serve as a guide during your detailed planning
- On a ride of this magnitude, the MTF will certify the greatest ride
completed and properly documented. What this means is that we
understand the committment involved in committing to and riding this
ride. If, for whatever reason, you do not complete the entire ride,
we'll certify the greatest ride possible. You're responsible for
- The MTF will not certify more than a single ride. For instance, if
you ride a BBG while riding this event, you would be responsible for
submitting the BBG paperwork directly to the IBA for certification.
The rules for this ride are simple. First, the "Iron Butt
Association's 48 Plus! Rules" should be read and understood. The IBA's rules for the 48 Plus!
govern this ride. Second, as the sponsoring organization, the MTF may
require prerequisites greater than those stipulated by the IBA. For
this ride the prerequisites are:
- A Certified BBG or a certified IBA ride of 2000 miles or more or a qualifying rally.
Group riding typically refers to large groups of bikes riding together
in a pack. MTF Long Distance rides are not "group rides." Rather, each
ride is a "mass ride." Mass ride is a term coined and used in the long
distance community and refers to a ride where all riders start from
the same location, begin at roughly the same time, follow the same
route and end the ride at the same destination.
For various reasons the MTF does not encourage groups of more than
three riders while particpating in an MTF Long Distance event. The major
reasons deal with safety, but in the end, each rider makes his/her own
decision to ride with others or not. If you're riding with others,
here are some things to consider:
Set expectations up front. Discuss fuel ranges, stop times, food
stops, speeds, etc. Will your fuel stops be "splash and dash" or "fill
What happens when someone breaks down? While being on the side of
the road sucks, remember the people with you and what it must feel
like for them. If your safety is not in jeapordy, will the other
riders carry on?
If riding with others isn't working out, don't be afraid to wave
them off and carry on at your desired pace rather than allow yourself
to get frustrated. In the end, each rider is responsible for their own
ride. In the words of an LD rider, "Everyone gets tired at different
times, or gets hungry or even has to pee at different times. It's
YOUR ride and it really isn't much fun when you are sitting on the
side of the road waiting for your riding partner who is taking a quick
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