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BMF: National Road Rally 2011 Gains Six Appeal

To allow more flexibility and widen the appeal of the National Road Rally, the UK's premier road riding event, there will now be a choice of six 'Final Controls' to allow entrants to complete the Rally at a location closer to home.

The National Road Rally, run by the ACU in association with the BMF and the learning difficulty charity Mencap, is to be held this year over the weekend of 25/26 June, but in a break with tradition, the single Final Control format has been changed.

Know as a scatter rally, in recent years the National Road Rally Final Control has been at places such as The National Motorcycle Museum, Bletchley Park museum and last year at the MIRA HQ in Hinckley, however, feedback from participants showed that with a single finish control, some riders, even after completing the 540 miles maximum allowed on the rally itself, could still face a considerable journey home. This, together with the distance to their chosen start control could mean that entrants may be riding over a thousand miles during the weekend.

With the cost of fuel escalating, as well as the safety issues involved in travelling such distances in a restricted time, the National Road Rally Committee decided on a broader spread of six controls.

Three Final Controls have already been confirmed and they are at Lymm Services, Warrington; The Raven Café, Whitchurch and Donington Services, Kegworth. The three further Final Controls covering the North, South and the London area will be confirmed shortly. These controls will operate as normal controls during the rally but between 7.30am - 10.00am on the Sunday, they will act as Final Controls.

To allow riders to start closer to home, there will also be a number of controls only open for starting the rally and/or connecting with the main matrix of the Rally. The location of these restricted opening controls will be released with the participants' final instructions. Riders may still start at any control on the rally matrix.

New for 2011, Rally entrants are also eligible for a number of special offers:

1. Any rider who raises over £500.00 for Mencap will receive free entry to the 2012 National Road Rally.

2. Get a friend to enter the Rally (who did not enter last year) and receive a £5.00 refund for each friend (up to 4 friends!)

3. Entrants will also receive a £5.00 discount if they are a member of the BMF (not available in conjunction with any other BMF offer or promotion)

For full details, entry forms, prices and Mencap fund raising packs, see the National Road
Rally website: www.nationalroadrally.co.uk

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