Do you REALLY want to ride the ISDE?

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This is SMOODY. Good news out of my meeting at AMA. They will support a women's team for the ISDE. This year!

They will take 3 women, this is above the normal number of men. No men will be bumped.

But, you have to QUALIFY. There must be at least 3 women to show up and finish at least one of the two, two day qualifiers.

Round #1 - McAuthor, OH. May 26/27
Round #2 - Idaho City, ID June 2/3

Even if you don't think you can go to France this year, we need to make a good showing at the qualifiers to prove to AMA that there are really good women riders.

From what I understand you need only ride one round (Your regional series). You have to send AMA a Letter of Intent and $30.00 well before the first round.

If you are truly interested, please respond back to this post and pass the word.

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Great News! I would be most interested in working on fundraising to help get women riders to the ISDE. (If that sort of thing is necessary.) What a great chance for women riders.
SMOODY...How many women do you know about, who would be considered to have the skill/ability to qualify?
How is the AMA going to publicize this information?
When is the ISDE?
 

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Okay, so as a trail spode, I am willing to help out (I may look silly as heck but, if you need women to show up & ride, I can be there)! Idaho City is doable but what do you mean by this

Originally posted by smoody:
From what I understand you need only ride one round (Your regional series). You have to send AMA a Letter of Intent and $30.00 well before the first round.
How do I find out about where/when/who on the regional series here? Is this something on the AMA website or would it be on like the Northwest Motorcycle Assoc. site?

Also, what if I send in my letter of intent and then find out I can't make it to say the Idaho qualifier - the only one feasible. Will that make the AMA look unfavorably at the women's class?

Also, are there any bike restrictions as far as size? Can I ride my CR500 in the women's class or do I need to borrow something smaller?

As far as fund raising, I'm willing to help out there too - don't have any experience with it but what the heck - I follow instructions pretty well!!


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Y'all know that team Washington sent an all woman team to ISDE a few years back? Lori Taylor, Lisa Gibson and Carol Williams. If you're serious about pursuing this ISDE thing, email me and I can forward your note to Lori and Carol.
 
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bbbom,

There is not a size restriction but your bike does have to have a working head light, tail light, spark arrestor and silencer to name a few. I am not sure if you have rigged your 500 to do this. If you are interested I might recommend a lighter bike because you have to finish 130 + ground miles and I personally would find the 500 to be too much bike and too heavy. I did ride Boise last year and it was long!! They had a section where they decided not to whack the weeds at about mile 30. The weeds or should I say tall willow things grabbed my camel back hose and ripped the end off. I had no water for the next 100 miles except what I was now sitting on. Smoody and I have contacted a couple of women who are willing to ride but we would welcome more.

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I only live 1/2 hour from Idaho City. I know nothing about ISDE though. I do know that my dad took a first up there one year a while back. I have rode the trails up there on my dirtbike and I found many of them to be extremley challenging, epsecially with the altitude squeezing your lungs, the bushes & branches snagging you, the tree roots bouncing you off the trail, the ruts catching your tires while trying to climb a 95% grade on loose dirt and then getting wedged between 100 ft tall tree trunks in hairpin turns. Can ya tell I'v had a lovely time up there? I've raced mountainbikes up there too and I beleive we raced on some of the same trails as the motorcycles but we only had to do about a 30 mile loop. Beautiful country up there. I can come cheer you all on but I dont know that I could handle 130 miles of that stuff! Athough it sure gives you something to be proud of if you can ride up there!
How long does it take to complete 130 miles?
 
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SL99,

Last year I started at 11:00 and finished at 6:45. It was long and you are right about most of the terrain. There was this really nasty hill that had a lot of rocks, downed tree limbs that got really chewed up by the first riders. I made it on the 3rd try after a long prayer. When I got to the top I had to just take a second to watch the rest of the men struggle and curse. One guy even ended up down off the side is a gully and I saw absolutely no hope for him. Right after that we had to go across and off camber section with loose dirt. Needless to say my rear tire fell off and I had to spend several minutes getting it back up on the trail. Then you get to this section where some smart allec put 10 pairs of tree pruners. Quickly you realized the joke was on us. All I could see was the willows whacking me in the face and this was only 30 miles into the race. The middle section was pretty mild and then the last 20 miles had some steep hills. All in all I liked the terrain. Colorado generally has more hills and more rocks so it was relatively mild compared to some of the races I do here. We would love to have you come give us some support. We will let you know who is going and how you can find us.
 

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Wow, sounds like a blast!! :)

MACE, thanks so much for the info & having Lori contact me. I'll have to figure out which events we can make & see what it's like.

Girlrider, we can add the lights to my 500 pretty easy for $300 or so and it has the sparky & silencer.

The terrain sounds similar to what we ride and I didn't like the KLX300, XR250, XR400 or KX250 but fell in love with the CR500 on it. Actually, my CR500 is lighter than all those bikes, except the KX250. But, the only way to know is to do it! Heck, I'll try anything once!!



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SL99,

The ISDE stands for the International Six Day Enduro. It is an international race where you ride for 6 days straight about 120 miles each day. You have to compete on the same bike and if it breaks or you need to change any parts the rider is required to do it, even at the end of the day. In other words my mechanic or friend can only stand there and hand me tools. They cannot do any of the work. The bikes must meet certain requirements such as a head light, brake light, spark arrestor and ecology tires. This year it is in France. You can find more information on the AMA website.
 

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I live about 10 miles from McAurthur, if anyone wishes to qualify there you'd better be prepared, this is a pretty rough course, last year it poured rain and was around fifty degrees, trails were extremely muddy, this is our normal weather pattern for this time of year here in ohio, but to anyone who's going I wish you luck, I'll be there to watch some friends start, and if they make it to any of the gas stops I'll be there too.

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Girlrider - You make the ISDE sound like a trailride for six days... well, maybe it is for you ;)

I had the fortunate experience of being a spectator at the '94 ISDE in Tulsa. Let me tell you, the physical and mental exhaustion really takes a toll on the riders. A lot of very fast riders dropped out by the 4th day.

Basically FIM World Enduro rules are used. The AMA Qualifier Enduro rules are similar. The AMA rules are usually published in the Feb. issue of the AMA magazine.
 
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Woodsrider,

What is it I said that makes you think that I think it is a 6 day trail ride. NOT!!! I know several people who have gone. One year when Mark Heines went he was peeing blood by the 4th day. I know just how hard it is. I am a distance runner who has finished several hill climbs where you run 15 + miles with over 5,000' vertical gain so I know you have to train hard. That is also why you will find me running and in the gym 5 days a week and in the summer when we don't have snow my husband and I ride at east 3 nights a week and race on the weekends. Now I did say that the Qualifier I did last year had some terrain that was not as hard as some that we do here in Colorado but it was long and demanding! I have watched several of the ISDE's on tape including the one in Tulsa so I have a good idea of what to expect. However, if 3 women go then I am sure they will realize it is even more demanding than they thought but I know they will all be up to the challenge.
 
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Trialwench here .. SMOODY, you guys ought to get someone to start sending press releases to publications like cycle news that the AMA is going to field a 3 woman team at the ISDE. This is HUGE news and it should be published. It'll also help get more interested parties in the mix for riding, fundraising, etc. Perhaps ROger should do that? I think it's great! If I wasn't so consumed in trials and the women's TDN team, I'd ride a qualifier! But just thinking of riding 100 plus ground miles a day, makes my "Very bad" wrists (in need of surgery) - HURT LIKE THE DEVIL!!