National Road Rally 2010: getting ready

Last years road rally was a great success, include best ACU team and Roger getting a joint second overall after an excellent special test. All 7 Red Hat associates finished the event, some more ropey than others

A couple of trips to the US in June has meant little prep time, though I’d done the valve clearances on the KTM, with the Transalp still laid up after last years pre-NRR disaster

During the migration of my Linode VPS during the year, I’d also managed to lose (alright, delete) my Google Maps API code to produce the roadbook for last year. All was not lost, as I needed to do some rewrites, and catch up with Google’s own move to v3 of the Javascript API

The aim this year was to again to tackle the Platinum route, which was 540 maps miles, with the maximum number of controls, all preceded by the Special Test at MIRA . This is the main event route and involves 18-20 hours of bum numbing on the bike.

NRR 2010 Control Matrix

Graham had already made a start and managed to identify a route by logging all of the NRR 2010 checkpoints into a google map and then the directions for our chosen route were then added.

The route selected was :
|Control|Location|Distance|TotalDistance|
|11| Cannock | | 0 |
|27| Meriden | 25 | 25 |
|38| Stratford upon Avon | 25 | 50 |
|49| Worcester |25 | 75 |
|6| Bewdley | 25 | 100 |
|40| Sutton Maddock | 25 | 125 |
|29| Church Stretton | 25 |150 |
|47| Whitchurch | 25 | 175 |
|37| Stoke on Trent | 25 |200 |
|13| Congleton | 25 | 225 |
|22| Hyde | 25 | 250 |
|21| Hebden Bridge | 30 | 280 |
|34| Skipton | 25 | 305 |
|24| Leeds |25 | 330 |
|43| Thorne | 30 | 360 |
|7| Beverley |25 | 385 |
|33| Scunthorpe | 25 | 410 |
|18| Gainsborough |25 | 435 |
|26| Lincoln | 25 | 460 |
|19| Grantham | 25 | 485 |
|25| Leicester | 30 | 515 |
|99| MIRA |25|540|


View NRR WVAC Route 6 in a larger map

[ note only half of the initial route is there, the way directions are provided ]

A few hours hacking managed to get something decent, though altering the output of the directions panel was going to take longer.

Once the template was finished, the maps were produced from the template with a perl script for all of 22 parts of the route.

Printed and sellotaped roadbook

Printing was followed by use of the guillotine and then sellotape to produce the ‘snake’. It’s length was down on last years and so loading to the sat nav (sorry roadbook holder) was a lot easier than last year.

Loaded into the Acerbis 'CrapNav'

Last year managed to load a good set of tools into a BDH container and plan to load up the same. More description and information to come. Also to be packed:
– torch
– spare pants (yes)
– small stove, my MSR is good, with some water
– Red Bull or other such stimulant

Further report on the Rally itself to come

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