(2017 Make Smoking History CAPEL 200 DIRT BIKE RALLY)
More than just a trail ride, the 2017 Make Smoking History Capel 200 DIRT BIKE RALLY is a non-competitive event that offers a full day of quality off road riding on some of the best trails in WA. You ride at your own pace and the mix of trails and optional full-on enduro sections mean you can ride it as a casual trail ride or as serious training for your next enduro.
In 2017 we changed the format of the Capel 200 to include something for every grade of trail or enduro rider and create a family event too. For experienced riders we have the traditional ‘Capel 200 Loop’, including optional ‘Enduro’ sections. For new or novice trail riders who want to try an event we have a much shorter and easier ‘Novice Loop’.
The Main Capel 200 Loop
The main ‘Capel 200 Loop’ is a 65km mixture of 4WD tracks, flowing pine firebreaks and single track trails, with optional ‘Enduro’ sections. It’s open to experienced adult riders on road registered or B Class registered trail or enduro bikes. Riders can ride the ‘Capel 200 Loop’ in the morning and the afternoon, or just the morning if you want an easier day and then you could still ride the ‘Novice Loop’ in the afternoon.
For riders who want something more serious there will also be a number of Enduro sections at different points on the main ‘Capel 200 Loop’. The Enduro sections are optional and you only ride them if you want to. They’re ‘technical’ and challenging, so if you’ve never ridden in an enduro event give them a go and see how you shape up. Please note that junior riders can’t ride the main ‘Capel 200 Loop’, as it is in State Forest and you must be a licenced rider on a licenced bike.
The Novice Loop
The ‘Novice Loop’ is a 18km mixture of easy flowing 4WD tracks and dirt roads. It’s open to new or novice adult off-road riders on road registered or B Class registered trail or enduro bikes. Riders can ride the ‘Novice Loop’ as many times as you want, or ride it in the morning and then ride the main ‘Capel 200 Loop’ in the afternoon if you’re feeling up to it.
Please note that junior riders can’t ride the main ‘Capel 200 Loop’, as it is in State Forest and you must be a licenced rider on a licenced bike. There is no junior track onsite this year.
Enduro and Special Test
For riders who want something more serious there will also be a number of Enduro sections at different point on the main trail loop. The Enduro sections are optional and you only ride them if you want to. They’re ‘technical’ and challenging, so if you’ve never ridden in an enduro event give them a go and see how you shape up.
The Special Test is an optional section at the start/finish area. Fully taped like a timed enduro special test, it threads through a tight, technical woods section with plenty of off cambers, log jumps and magic tight berms.
You can ride the Special Test as many times as you like and there’s great spectator viewing as riders rip through the woods. As this is a non-competitive event the Special Test will not be timed.
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From Perth: The start-finish area is at 1688 Goodwood Road, Capel. Travel south from Perth to Bunbury. Travel a further 25 km towards Busselton on the Bussell Highway and look for the event signs at the Capel turn off. Turn left off the highway into the Capel town site. At the Capel pub turn into the high street and continue over the railway, past the Country Club and follow the arrows out of town along Goodwood Road (towards Donnybrook). The start area is on the right about 17.5 km from the Capel pub and will be signed.
From Busselton: Travelling north on the Bussell Highway look for the event signs at the Capel turn off and turn right off the highway into the Capel town site.
From Donnybrook and points South: Turn left at Donnybrook and follow the signs to Capel. The venue is about 20 km from Donnybrook. Look for the signs and arrows close to the start area on the left.
To keep things flowing on the trails and ensure everyone gets the best possible ride entries will be limited to a manageable number. Preference will be given to online pre-entries, so head to the “Enter Event” section of the website and enter NOW! If you do intend to enter on the day then please ring the day before to check entries aren’t already full.
When you arrive follow the signs to the parking area. You can pit out of your vehicle but please park close together in an orderly manner as we have a lot of vehicles to accommodate. The riding of motorcycles is only permitted at walking pace in the designated laneways. If you ‘hoon’ in the paddock then you’ll be asked to leave! The other important pit rule is NO LITTER, we are very fortunate to able to use the property and if we leave it in a mess we’ll lose it.
Registration (Saturday 7:00am to 8:30am)
Who can ride the event?
If you are an adult rider you must have a driver’s license for one of the following motorcycle classes:
* R – Any motorcycle;
* R-E – A LAMS approved Motorcycle (a motorcycle with engine capacity not exceeding 660cc and a power-to-weight ratio not greater than 150kW/t); or
* Motorcycle Learners Permit – A LAMS approved Motorcycle (a motorcycle with engine capacity not exceeding 660cc and a power-to-weight ratio not greater than 150kW/t), displaying L plates;
Details at: http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/licensing.asp
Make sure you bring your drivers licence, bike registration papers (Note: “No licence or Rego – No Ride”!) and Motorcycling Australia (MA) licence if you have one.
Machine Examination (Saturday 7:00am to 8:30am)
Adult riders must have your riding number on your bike and present your bike, crash helmet, boots and rego papers at machine examination. We DO CHECK your frame and engine number and No Papers – No Ride! This is a fairly long event and can be very demanding on your bike, so please make sure it’s in a clean and first class mechanical condition. A loose spoke can quickly turn into a collapsed wheel, ruin your ride and leave you waiting for ages in the bush until we can tow you out or the recovery vehicle arrives!
Check and repair loose spokes and wheel bearings, fit a decent chain & sprockets and plug bar ends BEFORE you get to the venue. Don’t turn up with a bike in dodgy condition as we would hate to turn you away after driving so far!
And make sure your bike has a full tank of fuel!!
Helmets will also be checked, so make sure it has an AS1698 or equivalent sticker, fits properly and is not damaged.
Riding Equipment & Clothing
Make sure you carry a basic tool kit and a spare plug. Carry plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and take some nibbles too. Once cleared through machine examination you will wheel your bike to the parc ferme. Once in the parc ferme you will not be permitted to remove your bike from that area until you start the event.
Minimum clothing is an AS1698 or equivalent approved helmet, gloves, goggles, motorcycle boots, nylon or leather trousers and a riding shirt or jacket. Full protective gear, including body armour /neck brace is strongly recommended. Please note that as the event is being held in DEC controlled State Forest tear off lenses are not permitted and only roll-offs or other non-disposable systems can be used.
Riders Briefing (Saturday 8:45am)
There will be a compulsory Riders' Briefing before the event commences for all adult riders. Details of course arrows, signs, safety requirements and other information will be included in the briefing.
Start (Saturday 9:00am)
Adult riders: There will be no set starting order, except that all main ‘Capel 200 Loop’ riders will start before ‘Novice Loop’ riders. Riders will start in rows of 6 at one minute intervals, So when you’re ready to go just make your way with your bike to the starting queue in the parc ferme.
The main ‘Capel 200 Loop’ trail is approx 65 km long and the ‘Novice Loop’ is approx 18km long. The terrain is hard pack, dirt, sand and gravel with several water crossings. One lap of the main ‘Capel 200 Loop’ will take an average ability rider about 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours to complete. Optional ‘Enduro’ sections are available for riders looking for something more testing. Bikes must be capable of completing at least 70 kms on a tank of fuel, as there are no refuelling points on the trail.
The course will be signed with blue or red arrows stapled to trees to point the way and course signing and procedures will be explained at the Riders Briefing.
This is NOT A COMPETITIVE EVENT and it is very important that all riders pace themselves and ride safely and within their ability.
Safety Sweep Riders
Sweep Riders will circulate among the riders to assist where necessary. If you would like to volunteer as a Sweep Rider please contact the Event Coordinator.
Qualified First Aid Officers will be in attendance. If a rider requires transportation to hospital an ambulance will be used.
Recovery of Broken Down Bikes
Bikes that break down will not generally be recovered from the trail until the end of the day, but may be recovered at other times if safety permits. Riders or other people attending the event ARE NOT TO ENTER THE COURSE TO TRY AND RECOVER BIKES. Recovery vehicles will be provided and ONLY the event organisers will be permitted on to the course to recover bikes.
Portable toilets will be provided. Please observe the LADIES ONLY toilets and keep them clean and tidy. If you have any spare water it would be appreciated if you could top them up during the day.
Camping & Accommodation
Free camping is available on Friday night. Camping is only permitted in the designated areas. There are toilets on-site, but no showers. Depending on conditions there will be a communal bonfire. No other fires will be permitted. Noisy, disruptive or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave!
There is plenty of accommodation in Capel, Peppermint Grove Beach, Donnybrook, Bunbury and Busselton. Just contact the local Visitors Centre for details.
Whilst the organisers have put a great deal of effort into setting up and running the event they may require some assistance with minor jobs on the day. They are all volunteers, so if you hear a call for volunteers please offer your assistance.
Rubbish & Litter
The event base is private property and must be respected. So please take all your litter and rubbish away with you. It is essential that you respect this requirement if we are to be able to use this property for future events.
We will have the barbie fired up and on site catering will be available at the event on Saturday from breakfast time.
Alcohol and Smoking
All MA motorcycle events have a NO alcohol and smoking policy. Please respect this policy, and remember … smoking is stupid too!
Dogs are not permitted under any circumstance. Riders who bring dogs will be asked to leave the area.
All riders, spectators and other people attending the event are required to act in an orderly way, with respect for all organisers, volunteers and others attending the event. Abuse, both verbal and physical, and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and exclusion from the event will result. We encourage a safe and friendly environment. Family and friends are welcome and we are all there to have FUN. Children are welcome but you are responsible for their behaviour.
If you have any questions or require further information (after you’ve looked at the website www.iarc.com.au ) please contact the Event Coordinator, Rob Harvey, on 0419950731 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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