ABR Challenge 2016

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ABR Challenge 2016

Post by Fordy » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:08 pm

I think it's high time the ABR Challenge was resurrected. I've got a new bike and I want an excuse other than commuting to ride it (thumbs)

The general consensus before was that castles were what you wanted to ride to, so here's a list I made earlier trying to balance the views posted 2 years ago.

England
1 Alnwick Castle
2 Skipton Castle
3 Stokesay Castle
4 Lincoln Castle
5 Kenilworth Castle
6 Farleigh Hungerford Castle
7 Arundel Castle
8 Bodian Castle
9 Rochester Castle
10 Norwich Castle

Wales
1 Raglan Castle
2 Powis Castle
3 Chirk Castle
4 Conwy Castle
5 Caernarfon Castle
6 Aberystwyth
7 Cilgerran Castle
8 Laugharne Castle
9 Dinefwr Castle
10 Caerphilly Castle

Scotland
1 Tantallon Castle
2 Crichton Castle
3 Glamis Castle
4 Dunnottar Castle
5 Cawdor Castle
6 Urquhart Castle
7 Dunvegan Castle
8 Doune Castle
9 Blair Castle
10 Bothwell Castle

Ireland
1 Dunluce Castle
2 Enniskillen Castle
3 Ballinfad Castle
4 Thoor Ballylee Castle
5 Blarney Castle
6 Kilkenny Castle
7 Carlow Castle
8 Tullynally Castle
9 Trim Castle
10 Carrickfergus Castle

Here they are on maps:

England
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Ireland
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Scotland
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Wales
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The rules are simple; post a picture of your bike and the castle up to gain points. Or the glossy brochure on your bike, or your bike by the nameboard in the car park.

The ranking system is:
01-09 Page
10-19 Squire
20-29 Knight
30-39 Master & Commander
40 Grand Master

I'm going to need some help to make this happen.
1. Can admin set up a new folder in ABR Meets and Rallies for ABR Challenge 2016.
2. Participants then set up their own topic in the ABR Challenge 2016, perhaps 'Forum name - Bike name'.
3. Participants will be expected to score themselves. We're all adults and if you cheat you're only cheating yourself ;)
4. I haven't a clue how to sort out the artwork for the banners, volunteer please.
5. I suggest a locked topic is setup in the ABR Challenge 2016 folder with the banner artwork and instruction on how to post it into signatures.
6. Maybe the magazine can award the winning rider with some ABR merchandising? Although the reward is the taking part (thumbs)

Who wants to do this?

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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by V_King » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:19 pm

I am in (thumbs)

imho Wales route could be greatly improved, avoiding main boring roads.

I wonder if anybody could improve Scotlands' and Englands' routes as well using their local knowledge?
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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by Spurgus69 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:46 pm

Great idea, I'm retiring in 9 weeks and was looking for excuses for going riding. Will it run like the Around Britain Rally where you have 6 months to gather your points. What's put me off doing the ABR is living in South Wales once I've done the Welsh clues I'd have to travel out of Wales just to start again. At least with what you are suggesting there are plenty of castles in Wales to keep me going over several rides.
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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by sprintster » Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:04 pm

A good idea,I did the Scottish section of the Round Britain Rally last year so I might do this instead.Just a suggestion though,if you changed Blair Castle for say Balmoral Castle a)you wouldn't have a boring ride up the A9 and b) you could include it in a route for Dunnottar or Cawdor castle.

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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by Nicoli » Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:05 pm

I will see which ones I can pick up in Ireland on my trip in April :)

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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by 92kk k100lt 193214 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:10 pm

Excellent ideas.

I did read the comment about the routes and like that they are marked out as you have done.

But since anyone can choose their own routes one could take the motorways as marked or simply take some non motorway routes.
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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by Treadtrader » Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:24 pm

I've set up a 2016 topic and moved this to it.

Any help I can be just pm or email me.

Great to see someone making an effort to get us on our bikes, thanks Fordy. (thumbs)
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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by loudpedal » Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:32 pm

I'm in for the Ireland ones for sure.

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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by Fordy » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:00 pm

V_King wrote:I am in (thumbs)

imho Wales route could be greatly improved, avoiding main boring roads.

I wonder if anybody could improve Scotlands' and Englands' routes as well using their local knowledge?
Maps are only to save people looking up where all the locations are, and to see that they're pretty evenly spaced out. They're not routes to follow, 'cos your right they're rubbish! Get there whatever way suits you.

The usual annual challenge rule was it ran until the end of the year.

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Re: ABR Challenge 2016

Post by steve_h80 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:10 pm

If your oop north don't miss Hermitage Castle!

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