2019 DOUBLEHEADER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
ACTIVITIES & RIDE DETAILS
FRIDAY to SUNDAY
Canadian Superbike Doubleheader
The traditional grand finale for the Canadian Superbike season once again takes place on August 9-11 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the former Mosport International, one-hour North East of Toronto, ON. This event is a doubleheader for all five of the classes on the CSBK tour, adding Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike and Shoei Premium Helmets AM Sport Bike to the two-race per-weekend plan.
Doubleheader Adventure Challenge
Friday & Saturday
The Doubleheader Adventure Challenge is a two-day rally designed for the adventure motorcyclist to explore the Kawartha region of Ontario, Canada. The Rally features 250-300km each day in a multi-route GPS team ride for adventure riders of all levels. The rendezvous is Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Paddock area and the rides will be on Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11. This event will have multiple routes designed for all adventure riders of all levels.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
It's what makes the Doubleheader Adventure Challenge! The Team Ride combines three or four legs of about 70-90 km each, into a 250-300 km loop that starts and ends at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Each leg has a main route and an optional bonus route - the routes all end at a gas station where you can fuel up and get refreshments.
The easiest is the base route that uses a mixture of paved and easy gravel roads that would be accessible by most cars. The 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) however there will be spots where it could get muddy, rocky, steep... or all three. Options are recommended for 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 want for any optional 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 Thursday and Friday to address them.
For a full list of what to bring click here.
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.
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 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.
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 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. You will 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.
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 safely 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 is required to check in. We also ask that teams download their photos and video for the presentation on Sunday morning.