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2019 FUNDY ADVENTURE RALLY
ACTIVITIES & RIDE DETAILS
THURSDAY to SUNDAY

RALLY ACTIVITIES

BMW Rider Training

Thursday & Friday

 

Adventure techniques &

Advanced technical sessions.

 

Our rider instructors are GS certified.

 

You can register for the rider training sessions when you register for the rally.

 

 

We'll add more as details are confirmed.

2018 Mini GS Challenge

Friday

We're having a Mini GS Challenge! There are 5 special exercises to test riding skill, agility, fitness, and smarts. 

 

This is open to all riders on 650cc+ bikes and will open with a short single track section followed by one of the 5 special exercises.

 

This spectator friendly and admission is included in the 4-day rally pass.

Presentations

Thursday & Friday

 

We'll have technical seminars, travel presentations, and practical workshops. 

 

 

These sessions are included in the 4-day rally pass to - no pre-sign up required.

 

 

 

We'll add more as details are confirmed.

 

 

ADVENTURE BIKE DEMO RIDES

Thursday & Friday

Skip the lineups and traffic... test ride your dream adventure bike in a pre-set circuit of gravel, dirt and rock: precisely the terrain they were designed for. 

 

BMW Canada - the 2019 FAR Title Sponsor - is the preeminent adventure bike manufacturer at market. Demo fleet lineups will include the mighty GS range, including the R1200GS, F850GS, F750GS as well as the F850GS Adventure model.

 

Registered riders can sign up for the demo rides at the event, so be sure to get there early and don't miss your dream ride.

Self-Guided Tours

Thursday & Friday

 

These tours will be based around gravel roads and pavement (rated for difficulty) and take you to some of the local sights including the quaint fishing village of Alma and the historical Martin Head (GPS required).

 

Our target is to have three or four tours at your disposal so you can make the most of your time at the Rally.

Fundy Trail Parkway Tour

Thursday & Friday

 

The Fundy Trail Parkway is a superb section of new road that is working its way along the Fundy shoreline from St. Martins eastward. The section that is currently open does not punch through and drivers are required to turn around at the end and exit from whence they came.


Not so for Fundy Adventure Rallyists: we have organized special permission to access the end of the Parkway via the gravel trails south of Adair's and will be riding this fantastic road and gravel connectors as part of an organized tour on the Friday. 

“I would recommend this event to any 'Adventure' rider regardless of your style of bike as there is something for everyone! ...” 

 

Rider testimonial, 2015

SCAVENGER HUNT RIDE

Saturday

The scavenger ride is designed for riders not participating in the A-B-C team ride event.

 

This ride is a 250 km loop that covers a mixture of gravel roads and pavement through some of the most scenic parts of the Fundy area. Riders will take in the drama of Cape Enrage, the picturesque fishing port of Alma, skirt the Fundy National Park and pick through some of the best gravel and paved roads in the area. 

To keep things challenging but not technical, the scavenger hunt ride incorporates clues and tasks. Riders will be given a map and instructions: the harder the task the more points to be gathered, and to be completed within 6 hours.

 

The route will be provided as a paper map, GPS not required.

 

For a full list of what to bring click here.

 

“FAR 2015 was a great chance to get together with a bunch of like-minded people who all share a passion for adventure motorcycles. It was a test of mind, body and machine…”” 

 

Rider testimonial, 2015
 

A-B-C TEAM RIDE

Saturday

It's what made the Fundy Adventure Rally famous! The A-B-C Team Ride combines five legs of about 100 km each, into a 500+km loop that starts and ends at Adair’s Wilderness Lodge. Each leg has three optional routes - the A, B or C, ending at a gas station where you can fuel up and get refreshments.
 
The easiest is the A option that uses a mixture of paved and easy gravel roads that would be accessible by most cars. The B option wicks it up a little with rougher gravel roads that you'd want a good pick up truck for and is suitable for armoured bikes (bashplates, etc). Then there are the C routes: note that the entire leg is unlikely to be all /only C-level riding, however there will be spots where it gets awfully muddy, rocky, steep... or all three. There may be some pretty good water crossings to tackle too. This is ATV territory and for the skilled rider with a competent (read 21-inch front wheel), prepped adventure/dual-sport machine.
 
Talking of suitable machines, we recommend that you have an adventure or dual-sport type of machine with a minimum of a 19-inch front wheel, though a 21-inch front wheel will be what you need for any C routes. See more ride requirements below.
 
The route is by GPS only (each team needs at least two GPS unit - see our recommendations below) with all the options provided as tracks. Although the GPS files will be emailed out prior to the rally, if you have any problems or questions, experts will be there on Friday to address them. 

 

For a full list of what to bring click here.

Teams

 

Teams are mandatory and since the routes go beyond cell phone access and vehicle access, we need at least two people per team for safety, with a maximum of four. All team members should be in decent physical shape and need to respect the distance element and ride safe and steadily, while keeping hydrated and nourished. Since there are sections of paved roads, you must have a full motorcycle license for the machine you are riding. 
 
Teams have up to 12 hours to complete the loop and will be leaving the lodge at daybreak (to get maximum light) in quick succession. Anyone taking more than 12 hours to complete the ride will be classified as DNQ (Did Not Qualify).

 

We don't want anyone in the trails after dark, and to ensure everyone can get back on time, we'll set departure deadlines for legs towards the end of the route, so that anyone who is running late (i.e. gets to the start of a leg after the deadline time) must divert onto a bail option to get back to the lodge on time.

 

At the finish, the Team Captain is required to check in and return the SPOT Gen3 device. We also ask that teams download their photos and video for the presentation on Sunday.

Points

 

Each leg has three options (A easier, B intermediate, and C technical), each one worth a certain amount of points. The tougher the option (a combination of challenge and distance) the more points are allotted. In order to remove the temptation to treat this ride as a race, we have levels of achievement: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level requires a certain amount of points to achieve.
 
The minimum qualifying factor to attain a level of achievement is to complete the route in any combination within the 12 hour limit. After that, the combination of routes ridden and corresponding points tallied will determine where the team ultimately finishes.

 

 

 

GPS UNITS

Since the GPS directions are supplied as Tracks and not Routes, it is important to be sure that your GPS unit can work with tracks and to ensure that it does not try and convert them into a step by step route (at best it will get confused, at worst it will send you via a more direct but wrong route).

 

Plenty of options exist for GPS units, typically the outdoor/handheld type is a great option for the rally. Two notable series of GPS that are not compatible with the rally files are the Garmin Nuvi and TOMTOM automobile units. Iphones and most Android phones have built in GPS that can be used for navigation, but they tend to bring some issues to the table. Their battery life is limited requiring constant charging, they can overheat in the sun, their screen can be hard to read in sunlight and they are typically not waterproof. If you do want to try out your phone we can recommend OsmAnd+ as a GPS app that will read tracks.

 

All teams must have at least two GPS units. In addition, at least two people should know how to follow the Track with the GPS as 12 hours is quite a long time to act as navigator. Your GPS must be able to load and view Tracks. Part of the challenge is interpreting the track and following it to the best of your ability. In general, Tracks cannot be followed in a turn by turn fashion (those are Routes), it’s meant to be a line to follow on your screen.

 

Get a unit well in advance of the rally to get accustomed to using it! Your local outdoor equipment shop should carry an assortment of models. As above, the unit must be able to load and View TRACKS (as opposed to Routes). From Garmin we can recommend: the Oregon, Montana, Dakota, GPSMAP, 60, 64, eTrex new and old series. ZUMO is also a good option and the same can be said for the BMW Navigator, but the NUVI DOES NOT WORK. We can recommend the Explorist series and most older handheld units from Magellan.

 

As with most electronics, the fancy models do have handy extra bells and whistles, but the basic black and white screen GPS will do the trick. Ebay, Kijiji, Amazon and other sites are a great source for used units that can be a great deal. It's worth considering a good handlebar mount, but duct tape might do the trick in a pinch.

SAFETY

 

THIS IS NOT A RACE! Ride within your limits and be respectful of other road/trail users. Although other traffic is generally light, always expect an ATV or other vehicle to be coming around the next corner. We expect good rider etiquette: if another rider has an incident and require assistance, then stop to help if you can until the sweep or other aid arrives; if you hear a horn behind you and a rider or team is trying to pass, please pull over and let them pass as soon as is safely possible.
 
The Scavenger Ride will have a sweep. The A-B-C route will also have sweeps, but we cannot guarantee that they can sweep all options on each leg - if needed, your team can send a rescue request via the SPOT tracking device. You will also be given a contact number for rally HQ, who will have a truck if you need a bike collecting on a first come, first served basis.

“The Fundy Adventure Rally was an amazing challenge with beautifully muddy trails that pushed both man and machine to the edge of frustration. 470km of adrenaline.” 

 

Rider testimonial, 2015