Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Twist in Motorcycle Endurance Sport-Touring

The Motomarathon Association will debut its first satellite start in Macedon, NY at the 2012 Empire State Motomarathon, set for September 13-16th. The satellite start allows Western New York motorcyclists to join fellow endurance riders, who will begin the long-distance tour from the main starting point in downstate Fishkill, NY.

“Motomarathons often start in population centers, then reach to a distant location to loop out of a twisty-rich environment,” said Motomarathon Association Founder John Metzger. “Given the often extreme distance disparities from starting points, we’ve considered adding satellite start locations for this type of ride, and are going to try it out for the first time at the Empire State Motomarathon.”

With the addition of a satellite start in Macedon, the event will now accommodate riders not just from the Southeast Tri-State region, but from the reaches of Western New York as well. Riders completing the entire Empire State Motomarathon will have the opportunity to earn the same number of checkpoints regardless of their starting location.

Concurrently at 8:00 a.m. on September 13th, Routemaster Joe Majsak will direct the primary start from Fishkill (at the Quality Inn & Suites, 849 NYS Rt. 52), and Routemaster and veteran Motomarathoner Shawn Pearsall will manage the satellite start from Macedon (at event sponsor Filer’s PowerSports, about 20 miles east of Rochester on Rt. 31, at 1136 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd.).

Both groups of riders will "reach" from their respective start locations, converge along the way and end Day One at the loop base hotel, The Hungry Trout Resort, in Wilmington, NY. Days Two and Three find all riders bagging checkpoints on the same upstate routes.  On Day 4 riders will return to their respective finish points in Fishkill and Macedon for final check-in.

The Hungry Trout Resort is sold out. Overflow rooms are available 1.5 miles down the road at Steinhoff's Sportsman Inn, 5570 NYS Rt. 86, Wilmington, NY, 12997, (518) 946-2220. Ask for the Motomarathon rate.

Motomarathons are four-day, self-guided motorcycle events where riders are in the saddle an average of 8 hours/day. Routes and checkpoints are kept secret until the night before. Participants complete a series of self-recorded checkpoints using digital cameras to photograph their badge numbers at designated landmarks.

For more information or to register for the event go to www.motomarathon.com and select Register Now or contact Caty Metzger at motomarathon1@gmail.com or at 303.621.5356. Walk-ons are welcome.

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