FarRide Series

FarRide - Ride To Eat (RTE)

Outline for basic Ride to Eat FarRide10 (FR10)

Our RTEs will be of interest to those who like to take a "longer ride" with the ride being the focus not the coffee breaks. Most 'Ride to Eat FarRides' will be planned at a minimum of 1000kms per day (24 hrs) with an option to do more as experience is gained. Our rides are not group rides; there is no route to follow. Be at the destination at the time nominated and be able to complete 1000kms or more within a 24hr period. That is the purpose of FarRides.

FarRides are aimed at those who are after a good long day's ride and to meet - although briefly - with fellow riders with the same mindset. On our inaugural FarRide #1 to Moree NSW most riders were there for 2-3 hrs before heading back home or to complete their 1000+kms day. The basic idea is that you attempt a minimum 500 km ride to the food and drinks and complete 1000kms for the day on your way home.

Suggested Reading:
FarRiders recommend this excellent write-up on Fatigue

Rules :
There is just one proper Rule for FarRiders: RULE #1: COME HOME ALIVE
This most important rule overrides everything!
You may not finish and qualify for the FarRide, but safety is our highest priority and there will always be another FarRide.

Then there are some "ground rules" just to make it interesting.

1. You MUST register with the information required. This is to make sure we can get fed in a timely manner. Put some serious thought into it before informing us you are coming, do not say you are coming without making sure you are able to all being well. Let us know if you cannot make it, that's just good manners - don't you think? We reserve the right to place a cap limit on riders if we get too many registrations.

2. You MUST obtain a fuel docket at the beginning of your ride to mark your departure point or close to it and the time you started your ride.

3. You must show us that docket on arrival. Please highlight the time and location printed on that docket - so our check-in person can easily find it (see it)!

4. Once you have completed your ride, you must go to farriders.com.au/FarFinisher and fill in the form including your total distance for the 24hrs so we know you are safe. (A password will be supplied to Riders a couple of days before each FarRide.)
Only then can your ride be entered on to the FarRiders List

In a snapshot you must do two things to be considered a finisher.

1. Be at the destination point at the designated time
2. Complete 1000kms in the 24hrs surrounding that time (report as stated above)

Special note regarding the checkpoint times:

This is an example only
Check-in time: 11 to 11.30am. This is the time to get there, aim for 11am.
No check-ins will be allowed prior to the checkpoint opening at 11am.
The check-in time window closes at 11:30:01 am.
No starting docket with a time earlier than the prior day at 11:31 am will be accepted.

FarRiders Official Members List for having completed that FarRide and that will make you a FarRider. This may not get you front row seats at the football or free beers at the local pub but it's something: Call yourself a FarRider and be proud about your accomplishment.

FarRide1200 (FR12)

FarRiders have shown to be keen to do greater distances for FarRides so for the more experienced, new distances are optional:

If you wish to do 1200kms for a FarRide, to be known as a FarRide1200 (FR12) - here are the extra Rules.

1. You will need to nominate this distance as you register.
2. The FR12 will only be open to FarRiders who have completed certain rides (listed here)
3. Failure to complete the 1200km for the 24hr period will be classed as a DNF (DNF = did not finish).


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 to go.
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