FAQ's Please Note that these FAQs were written by Davo who is no longer with us. But they are still quite relevant. Small necessary changes have been made. - Team FarRider
1. Q. On your FarRides you talk about doing the ride in a "day" or "24hrs"
can you clarify this.
A. Most riders will do the ride in the same day, leave in the early hours and get back home that same day. However this really means a 24hr period from the time you started to the time you finish inclusive of the meet time you must have done 1000k min in that 24hr period.
2. Q. What's it cost.
A. To meet with fellow FarRiders, zip zero, nada. FarRiders supplies the location. You pay the costs of getting there and back plus feeding yourself.
3. Q. I ride a SuziKawaHarlYamaOnda and its only a 250cc can I come,
plus my mates got a Rocket3 can he come.
A. If you can ride 1000k a day on it, come on down. This is non bike specific, type or size.
4. Q. But I only live 50k from the Ride to Eat destination and I want
A. I don't care where you live but I expect everyone to do a minimum 1000k day so you might just have to head off somewhere and come back.
5. Q. So if I live at or close to the destination where should I get
my fuel docket from.
A. Once again its a trust thing but if you like you can get one from home and one at the turnaround point before heading back to the Ride to Eat destination.
6. Q. Will you be checking our trip meters etc
A. Nope, its up to you. I just want people to attempt a 1000k day and have fun doing it. However if you want to zero your trip meter before leaving and let me see, that would be great just so I can give you a hearty hand shake for well done. It ain't much but its free.
7. Q. Will you help with planning
A. We can offer hints if you have never done any distance before but the planning is part of your fun day.
8. Q. Can I camp over and ride home Sunday
A. Up to you, I ain't your mum. It does however defeat the purpose of attempting a 1,000k day though. There are two ways you can do this, you can leave the evening before and DO 1000k in the 24hrs BEFORE getting to the ride destination or do 700 or more before lunch then do a ride out and back in the afternoon.
9. Q. I live 800k away so I would have to ride 1600k for the day.
A. Yep that 's about right :) However if you are doing a min 1600k day talk to us first.
10. Q. So I get bragging rights if I travel the most k's.
A. In your own mind you can be anything you like, at the meet you will just be another FarRider. This is to encourage people to ride that little bit further for a day.
11. Q. But I like to stop every 100k and have coffee, can I come.
A. We don't care if you stop every 50k for piccies and walkies its just going to take you longer so you better get up REAL early.
12. Q. What if I break down on the way.
A. Well getting there and back is your responsibility. However as the various ride dates get closer we can make a mobile number available so you can call and leave a message so we don't worry. We do however not make number s public as its distracting on long rides.
13. Q. So speeding is ok ?
A. If we hear anyone talking about speeding we will be very annoyed. We do many k's in very short time frames and can tell you its not speed that does it, its consistency.
14. Q. How long will you guys be there at lunch.
A. That depends on how far each rider has to travel home, a FarRider will be there until everyone is organised to head off. At most FarRides so far we have been at the destination for 2-3hrs.
15. Q. You say to get there at 11am as example, is that right.
A. We want everyone to aim to arrive between the times listed for that FarRide. There is a reason we want riders to get used to meeting a timed checkpoint and that will become clear down the track with FarRiders. Think of it as a timing window, aim to hit it.
16. Q. What about daylight saving time or time zones, how does that work.
A. Time to meet is based on the time zone of the destination point on the day.
This distance was chosen because its doable within speed limits with time to eat and chat in the middle and still get home within the day.
The aim here is to have a group that likes to ride some distance and often on your own. Doing the ride in a small group is fine just remember that this is not a club organized ride. It is a "ride to eat" day.
I have been asked where the name came from, FarRide. I watched a movie
once called Hidalgo.
Quote from online: The Ocean of Fire -- a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy sheik invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time.
Frank was called "Far Rider" in that movie and I liked the term when related to endurance riding.
.... thanks for your interest and I hope you can join us on a ride one day, Davo