You have signed on for a chance to qualify for the KTM Ultimate Race to be held at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco, April 2019. The two best qualifying riders from the six KTM ADVENTURE Rallies around the world will be given the opportunity to race the KTM Ultimate Race at Merzouga. The Merzouga rally is no joke – soft sand, rough rocky tracks and long hot days will await you. To select the two best riders to compete on behalf of the USA, we have designed a qualifying competition that will challenge not just your riding ability but your physical endurance, mechanical ability, decision making, and mental toughness.
Let me start by saying this will be no walk in the park. If you are not properly prepared you will struggle to finish. The loops and special test I have set up will be very challenging even for the best riders. Below I have outlined all the information needed to be successful at the qualifier at our Park City, Utah KTM ADVENTURE Rider Rally.
The KTM Ultimate Race Qualifier is most of all a GPS navigation rally. You will be required to navigate to designated waypoints using your GPS unit, a provided GPS file, and a route book. This is not a race and speed will not help you, speeding on public roads will NOT be tolerated! There will be a very lax time limit, and honestly, if you cannot finish within the time limit, you can forget about Merzouga. Riders will not be following a typical GPS track, but rather chasing a series of breadcrumbs linked together by a string line. The string line will loosely follow the route, but it will require some awareness and forethought to choose the correct road or trail.
Along the route are a series of waypoints, at each waypoint, you must stop, take a photo of your motorcycle with the competition number showing and post it to Instagram using #KTMULTIMATERACE #KTMADVENTURERALLY, #KTMADVENTURE, #benlochranch and #wheelhaus. These hashtags will be used for scoring purposes so don’t forget to hashtag and post! Many of the areas will have no cell service, so you may need to save your photos and post them when you can, all photos must be uploaded by the closing time each day. Each waypoint will have a different point value listed in your route book, all waypoints are optional, and many of them are on out-and-back trails and are very easy to bypass. You will need to use good judgment to decide if it is worth expending the energy or risking damage to your bike to reach a waypoint.
Riders will compete in one timed Enduro test, and one timed wheel change competition on a provided KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. Points will be totaled at the end of each day; only the top 10 riders will advance to Day Two. Total combined points over the two days will determine the overall standings.
This format will reward riders who are well prepared, experienced in GPS navigation, and above all in good physical condition.