March 22, 2012
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-- BOULDER, CO – The Motomarathon Association today announced its long-distance motorcycle sport-touring event schedule for 2012:
New England Motomarathon
Danbury, CT / Shelburne, NH – June 7-10
Boulder, CO – July 27-30
Empire State Motomarathon
Fishkill, NY / Wilmington, NY – September 13-16
Wisconsin Dells, WI – October 4-7
Great Smoky Motomarathon
Asheville, NC / Fontana Dam, NC – October 27-30
The art of motorcycle sport-touring…
In 1986, a small group of Colorado motorcyclists tried to ride as many mountain passes as they could squeeze into a long weekend. Since then, “compressing as many passes and twisty roads into the classic four-day motorcycle sport-touring getaway became an obsession,” said founding Routemaster John Metzger of Boulder, who began designing annual "Pass Rides" that evolved into a nationally sanctioned series of Motomarathons.
The Motomarathon is not a "competition,"
but a vacation. It's riding on the highest quality roads, during daylight hours, with the least miles on Interstates or in urban areas, with an emphasis on sightseeing, leisurely lunches and camaraderie after a long day's ride at a nice hotel/restaurant and a cozy bed. The philosophy, however, is "individualist,"
so each rider is free to make their own accommodations (camp if you want!), ride alone, ride only one day or one check point -- as open and flexible as possible. The criteria is about lifestyle: how often can you take the time out of your busy life to take a vacation like this? And when you make that effort, the Motomarathon Association, in return, is committed to finding and developing the highest quality routes possible, from the Coastal Ranges in the Northwest, to the Rocky Mountains, to the Tail of the Dragon in the Southeast to the great mountain areas of the Northeast.
Founded in 2009, the Motomarathon Association has established a criteria based around riders accumulating checkpoints, and maintaining event, annual and lifetime standings on this website. The state-of-the-
art machines for this kind of technical, mountain riding (paved roads but with the occassional optional dirt road thrown in) are typically BMW GSs, Ducati Multistradas, and other "adventure touring" bikes, but all bikes are welcome -- there have been plenty of Harleys, cruisers and even a couple CanAm Spyders participating. The Motomarathon has become the "state-of-the-
art" in long-distance motorcycling, capturing the roads, the regions, the lifestyles and the riders that define the essence of endurance sport-touring.
About the Motomarathon Association
The Motomarathon Association runs an annual series of four-day rides over the best roads and through the best scenery in the country. Routes remain secret until the night before each day’s ride. Through a series of self-recorded checkpoints using digital cameras, riders verify completion at the end of each day’s ride. Event, season and lifetime checkpoint standings are maintained at http://www.motomarathon.com
For more information, contact John Metzger, 303-641-1062, email@example.com