How many of us really know what an Iron Butt Rally is? According to the Iron Butt Association (yes there really is an association) The Iron Butt Association (IBA) is a US-based organization dedicated to endurance motorcycle riding with a claim of over 60,000 members worldwide who tout themselves as the “World’s Toughest Riders.” … Entry into the Iron Butt Rally is by lottery only and every lottery entry must be an Iron Butt Member first
The Iron Butt Rally takes place every two years, in the odd-numbered years. You have to travel a specified amount of miles in a specified amount of time and at the same prove you made every checkpoint along the way.
This year it started on June 17, 2019 and ended on June 28, 2019, which included 11,000 miles in 11 Days. There were 102 entries, seven of those had passengers and only 71 motorcycles finished the rally. Here is a complete list of the final standings.
Wendy Crockett of Rapid City, South Dakota has become the first ever Woman and Mom to win the Iron Butt Rally . She put 12,989.9 miles on her faithful 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300 that has a over 200,000 miles on it. She achieved a score of 154,086 during the 11-day event. Points are accumulated via checkpoints for various parameters and tracking verification’s, with bonus points available for additional verification such as photo evidence.
Wendy, formerly owned and operated Cyclesmiths in Kernville, CA but now resides in Rapid City, SD and is a mechanic at Sturgis Motorsports. I would imagine she could take care of anything she may encounter along the way.
Wendy was no stranger to the Iron Butt Rally though, she had completed 4 prior according to Iron Butt Website. Looks like her first year was 2009 and she finished 26th. Then 2011 finished 15th, 2013 finished 3rd, and 2017 finished 7th. What an inspiration to all of us Women.
What is the longest ride you have ever rode? Mine is 604 miles and I slept good that night. I would like to try an iron butt, but would have to work my way up one of these smaller ones offered by the IBA:
Saddlesore 1000 (1,000 miles in 24 hours)
Bun-Burner (1,500 miles in 36 hours)
Bun-Burner Gold (1,500 miles in 24 hour
If there is anything more you would like to know about the 2019 Iron Butt Rally I am pretty sure you can find it here.
Lets congratulate Wendy on her outstanding achievement and how proud us woman riders are of her accomplishment.
Source: ironbutt.com, motorcycle.com, rideapart.com
Photo credit: Iron Butt Association