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12th September 2020

What is the National Road Rally?

The National Road Rally is a navigational scatter rally organised in conjunction with the ACU and the BMF and the idea is that you ride your motorcycle around some of the best roads in England, visiting as many different check points or controls as possible. The National Road Rally takes place each year, normally on the first weekend in July. Riders can choose to take part in the Full Rally, the Daytime Rally or the Moonlight Rally. The Full Rally starts at midday on the Saturday and finishes 20 hours later at 8am on the Sunday morning, the Daytime starts at midday on Saturday and finishes 10pm on Saturday evening and the Moonlight starts at 10pm Saturday and finishes 8am Sunday morning. There are normally more than 60 controls to choose from with the number of controls each rider visits depending on the award they are trying to achieve but can be anywhere from 5 to over 20. To find out more about the National Road Rally Click Here to go to the About page

For 2020, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Road Rally has been delayed until September and the format of the event has been changed slightly. The 2020 rally will be a daytime only event starting between 9am and 10am and finishing at 8pm. Unlike previous years, there will be no manned controls for the 2020 rally and instead, riders will be asked to collect unique numbers which will be displayed at each control location, these numbers can then be submitted via the National Road Rally website after the event. More information about the changes that we've made for the 2020 National Road Rally can be found here

The Matrix

The Matrix is the name given to the map showing the approximate location of all the controls. The Matrix is set out to riders a few weeks before the Rally, after entries have closed. Along with the Control Details, which are issued at the same time, riders use the Matrix to plan their route on the day of the Rally. In addition to the approximate location of each Control, the Matrix shows riders which controls are linked to each other and how many points are awarded for travelling between controls. The Controls Details sheet that is issued with the Matrix gives riders more information about how to find each control as well as what facilities are available at the control and what time it closes. To find out more about the Matrix and how to use it Click Here to go to the Route Planning page

How do I Enter?

Entries for the National Road Rally open on the 1st January each year and close two weeks before the Rally. There are two ways that you can enter, either by post or online and anybody with a full motorcycle license and a motorcycle can enter the National Road Rally. To find out more about entering and to enter online Click Here to go to the Entries page.

Why not run a control?

You don't have to be a rider to get involved in the Rally, with more than 60 controls on the matrix there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. By manning a control you get to meet dozens of riders when they visit your control. If you'd like to find out more about what is involved in manning a control or you'd like to volunteer to man a control Click Here.

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