Top / Down
& Bottom / Up Rides
July 12 - 16, 2010
Choose your Ride:
Top / Down GOLD: Angle Inlet, MN to Key West, FL
- or -
Bottom / Up GOLD : Key West, FL to Angle Inlet, MN
One way: 2,337 miles in 50 hours or less
Top / Down: Angle Inlet, MN to Key West, FL
One way: 2,337 miles in 75 hours or less
If you are really nuts, we'll let you ride Top, Down & Up:
Angle Inlet to Key West back to Angle Inlet in less than 100 hours.
Event Questions and Discussions
There is a message thread on the MTF where you can find out more information, ask questions and read discussion from other about the 50CC / 100CCC event. You can find the message thread at:
If you prefer, you may email questions to the event coordinator at: email@example.com
Rules & Fees
The rules for this ride are fairly simple:
First, this is a IBA certified ride and we will follow standard IBA rules. Since the IBA doesn't have rules published specific for the Top/Don ride, please read the IBA rules for similar rides, one of which is the 50CC, the basics of the
IBA 50CC rules should be read and understood. The IBA's rules for the 50CC & 100CCC govern this ride. Second, as the sponsoring organization, the MTF may require prerequisites greater than those stipulated by the IBA.
For this event, the MTF has determined the prerequisites are:
- Top / Down
- Bottom / Up:
| IBA Membership
- Top / Down GOLD
- Bottom / Up: GOLD
- Top / Down: / Up:
| BBG - or -|
a certified IBA ride of 2000 miles
- or -
a qualifying rally as determined by the event coordinator -
Generally, a qualifying rally must be at least equivalent to one of the rides listed above.
The cost of the ride is the same as the Iron Butt Association charges:
The fees include: ride verification, IBA plate backer, MTF/IBA pin, and IBA Ride Certificate.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must go through Canada to get to Angle Inlet, a Passport or Passport Card is required for entry into the U.S.
Information on U.S. Passports can be found at the U.S. Department of State's Website
Complete Event Schedule
See individual webpages for details of each event
Date / Time
Note: All times local
Event / Location
Sunday , July 11th
4:00 p.m. Central Time
| Pre-ride Dinner - Angle Inlet Starters
Monday, July 12th
5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Central Time
Start of Ride - Angle Inlet
Witnesses Available at the Lodge
We will start releasing riders at 05:30 AM
All riders must have witness signature and receipt by 7:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 13th
5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
| Pre-ride Dinner - Key West Starters
Wednesday, July 14th,
6:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Start of Ride - Key West
Thursday, July 16th
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Witnesses available - Key West for 75 hour riders
Witnesses Available at the hotel
Friday, July 15th
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Central Time
Witnesses available - Angle Inlet
Witnesses Available at the Lodge
Rider Documentation Forms
Click link to download appropriate form:
Top/Down Witness Form
Bottom/Up Witness Form
Top/Down/Up Witness Form
Top/Down Route (S&T 2007)
Bottom/Up Route (S&T 2007)
MTF's Long Distance Ride Philosophy
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
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will these rides be certified by the Iron Butt Association or the Motorcycle Tourer's Association?
The ride will be certified by the IBA. The MTF does not certify rides. The MTF has a long standing relationship with the IBA and has sponsored many IBA rides. The MTF assists with logistics, such as route planning and witnesses; collects and validates the documentation; and then submits the ride to the IBA for certification.
- Am I allowed to carry extra fuel?
The MTF utilizes TeamStrange Uniform Rules ( http://www.teamstrange.com/uniform_rules.htm) as a guideline for Auxiliary Fuel Systems and the carrying of extra fuel.
Of important note is that No Gas Cans are allowed. This includes the containers used on ATV's which have become popular on some dual sport bikes.
The MTF does allow one exception to TeamStrange's rules. Riders are permitted to carry the MSR type (Mountain Safety Research) fuel bottles ( http://www.msrcorp.com/stoves/bottles.asp).
Caution: Cascade Designs Inc., the manufacturer of the MSR bottles, does not recommend using MSR bottles to store alcohol or gasoline containing alcohol or ethonol. The bottles are untreated aluminum and the alcohol could corrode them. For more information
- How often am I required to stop?
In addition to mandatory stops listed on the website, the IBA requires riders to stop a minimum of every 350 miles.
- Do I have to record all of my stops and keep all receipts?
You must record ALL gas stops and any other stop longer than 20 minutes. You must keep and submit official receipts (Location, City, State, Date, and Time) for ALL gas stops and any lodging stops that you might make during the ride. It is not necessary that you maintain and submit receipts for such things as foods and snacks (unless you are using this receipt to document a mandatory stop).
In the even that you run out of gas and acquire extra gas (e.g. passerby or MSR bottles) you must document the amount of gas that you obtained. In the case of MSR bottles, if you refill them at the next stop you must document this as well.
- What are the rider's responsibilities?
Riders will be required to acknowledge their responsibilities during the registration process.
Each rider is responsible for their own ride. Safety is of primary importance.
- Participant agrees to keep and maintain his motorcycle in a good and safe condition, in full compliance with all rules and laws governing such vehicles.
Specifically, said motorcycle shall be in full compliance with any and all safety inspections and certifications required by the State of registration of said motorcycle and shall be safe to operate on the public ways and under the conditions to be encountered in the Event.
- Participant will at all times while riding his motorcycle wear and employ all such safety clothing and gear including, but not limited to, a DOT approved helmet, as is reasonable, customary and prudent for use by motorcyclists under the circumstances of the Event.
A DOT approved helmet shall be worn at all times while Participant is riding in the Event whether or not the use of such a helmet is required in the jurisdiction in which the Participant is riding.
- Participant shall be licensed to operate a motorcycle in his State of residence and authorized to legally operate a motorcycle in the State or States, Country or Countries where the Event may be held.
Participant's motorcycle shall be properly registered and licensed.
- Participant shall have and maintain in full force and effect liability insurance and such other insurance as may be required for the operation of a motorcycle in the State or States, Country or Countries where the Event may be held.
- Participant shall comply with any and federal and State laws including, such as but not limited to, all safety rules, traffic laws and rules of the road.
- Should Participant be given a map or route information as part of the Event, Participant shall use such map or route information at his own discretion and will not rely upon said map or route information as a representation that it is safe or prudent to follow such map or route information. Such decisions shall be and remain in the sole discretion of Participant.
- Each Participant is responsible for his own ride. The MTF helps with the logistics by planning a route and arranging for witnesses, however, the Participant is responsible for the ride. Safety is of primary importance.
- The Participant is responsible for terminating his participation in the Event if he feels that continuing would put himself or others in jeopardy.
- The Participant is responsible for his personal condition. The MTF does not condone nor will it tolerate riding under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs and even some prescription drugs.
- The rider is responsible for reviewing the Motorcycle Safety Foundation "You and Your Motorcycle: Riding Tips" booklet
- The rider is responsible for reviewing the Motorcycle Safety Foundation "Motorcycle Operator Manual" booklet
If the MTF discovers that a rider has violated their responsibilities, even if it is after the ride is certified, the MTF will notify the IBA and the certification will be revoked.
Angle Inlet Lodging
Toll Free: 1-800-441-5014
Angle outpost resort has cabins double occupancy $55 a night per person. this is their historically sell out the week.
The MTF has blocked two cabines (16 beds total) for the ride. When calling for reservation Mention the Motorcycle Tourer's Forum and/or Greg Blewet who blocked the cabins for us.
They expect this week to be a sell out, so call and get your reservations ASAP.
The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum reserves the right to accept or reject a rider's request to participate in this
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