2014 Touratech Rally News
Interested in the world of rally racing? Looking for an opportunity to ride with a four-time Baja 1000 Champion and veteran Dakar Rally racer? Join us at the 2014 Touratech Rally near Plain, Wash., and take part in the first ever Rally Navigator Experience with Quinn Cody.
An expert navigator and accomplished motorcycle rally racer, Cody will be teaching a class on rally roadbook navigation as well as hosting a rally navigation ride during this year’s Touratech Rally.
Rally racers use paper “roadbooks” rather than GPS units to navigate the terrain designated by the event organizers. Touratech and Quinn Cody have prepared a roadbook using “Rally Navigator” software for participants to use while navigating the back roads and trails in the Central Cascades.
“I am looking forward to working with Touratech and Rally Navigator to create a rally experience that can be shared with everyone. This is a perfect opportunity for guys to get a taste of rally navigation for the first time,” Quinn Cody says.
The Rally Navigator Experience will take place Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28 in conjunction with the Touratech Rally in Plain, Wash. Cody will teach a class Friday night covering many topics including:
- Navigation Equipment Basics
- Roadbook Prep and Interpretation
- Riding and Reading
- Recovering from Navigation Mistakes
On Saturday, participants will have a chance to try out their new skills while following a custom prepared roadbook on a ride through the Central Cascade Mountains. The route is built with navigation training in mind, so expect a few rally tricks along the way and terrain that is ADV bike friendly for intermediate and advanced level riders.
While rally racers use expensive equipment like motorized roadbook holders, adjustable odometers, and compass heading repeaters to navigate, Touratech also has an option for narrow 2” format roll-charts for riders without all of the complicated equipment. If you have a 2” endure-style roll-chart holder, GPS and an odometer that you can reset to 0.0 then you can come ride with the rally guys!
About the Touratech Rally
The Touratech Rally is your chance to ride some of the best ADV and Dual-sport motorcycle routes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as attend a handful of clinics and classes including Backcountry Cooking, Adventure Bike Suspension, Ergonomics & Bike Setup and Motorcycle Tire Repair. Puget Sound Safety will be on-site offering two different off-road skills development training courses for an additional fee. Come join the Touratech crew for a weekend of riding in the mountains and good times around the campfire.
About Quinn Cody
Quinn Cody is an accomplished off-road motorcycle racer. He is a four-time Baja 1000 champion, three-time Baja 500 champion, the only rider to ever win the Vegas To Reno solo, and was named the 2011 Dakar Rally rookie of the year. Quinn currently resides in Southern California and competes in a number of rally racing events around the world, including the Dakar Rally and last year’s inaugural Baja Rally.
About Rally Navigator Software
The roadbooks for this event are provided courtesy of Rally Navigator, a company who is committed to making it easier to create roadbooks with their intuitive and easy to use software. Based on Google Earth, Rally Navigator uses intuitive design to quickly create Roadbooks by either importing GPS tracks from an actual ride or virtually creating a route by tracing detailed satellite images of roads and dirt tracks. Wherever the rider needs turn instructions, a waypoint is created with a single click. Rally Navigator automatically captures segment distance, CAP heading, GPS location and draws a basic image of the intersection, called a “Tulip Drawing.” Simple drag and drop icon placement and drawing tools finish out the details for each waypoint.
Click here to learn more about the 2014 Touratech Rally.