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Tour of Idaho 2021 Challenge Point Rules

Photos: Martin Hackworth

Everyone is welcome to use the information on this website about the route the Tour follows in any manner they please. Most of you reading this will be a lot happier if you just go ride and have fun and forget about participating in the Tour. But for those of you who want to participate in the Tour of Idaho, best of luck, and welcome to a wonderful motorcycle adventure community. Here's how the Tour works. It is recommended that you use your browser to creade a .PDF file of this page to take with you.
White Knob

Tour of Idaho participants must attempt the route in small groups of no more than three - without any support. No friends, family members, significant others or erstwhile Tour riding partners anywhere close to the route. No help with navigation or anything else via phone call or any other form of communication. If something breaks or goes wrong you can't call someone to bail you out if you intend to continue. Tour riders have 10 trail days to finish but are allowed (and very strongly advised) to take a day off in Pocatello. No other off days are allowed1.

No support is a core principle of the Tour.
You are not permitted to ship anything to a location along the route or prearrange fuel drops. You may not prearrange or call for any assistance. While it is perfectly acceptable (and advised) that you patronize businesses along the way, you may not seek assistance with supplies or maintenance beyond what any other Tour rider following the rules could avail theselves to.. You must either carry everything that you intend to use with you or purchase it along the way. Put simply, no outside help and no supply drops. If another team is on the route at the same time as your team you should take care to minimize any interaction. Overlapping tracks will invite scrutiny. Put simply, you cannot engineer an advantage for your own team that would be unavailavble to any other team following the rules.

Tour participants are expected to ride all of the trails along the current route using only our 2021 waypoints and maps. Each of our ten waypoint files (one per day) generally has around 100 waypoints. You may add up to 300 waypoints of your own distributed anyway that you like over the 10 days. You are not allowed to create route files or use tracks to navigate. You are to navigate from waypoint to waypoint, using maps and gps units with base maps, but no routes or tracks. .

Tour participants are required to provide beacon links for live tracking and to submit a gps track file within 72 hours of finishing the Tour. The minimum resolution for PLB tracking is 10 minute intervals. Two minute (or less) is even better if your data plan allows for that. Any PLB track with greater than two minute resolution could, in a pinch, be used in place of a gps track.

Each of the ten Tour riding days contains several challenge points. All challenge points must be verified with a selfie (or other type of photograph that places you at the spot) posted to our Facebook group with the hashtag #tourofIdaho2021. This should be done as soon as possible but definitely no later than the evening after they were taken unless a data connection is not possible (which can happen in a few places).

Each day also has an optional challenge section. A challenge section is not the same thing as a challenge point, the former being optional while the latter are not. Soloists are not required to complete any challenge sections. Groups are required to complete a number of challenge sections equal to the number of riders in the group. Once you begin a challenge section you must either complete it, turn around and return to the original route or leave the CS along an approved variant. There's no bailing out in the middle of a challenge section unless along a route designated for that purpose.

Tour of Idaho checklist: Tour participants must 1) join the Tour of Idaho Facebook group, 2) consent to individual beacon tracking (the Garmin/DeLorme InReach SE is highly recommended) - this means one beacon per team member and 3) must submit their complete track log for inspection within 72 hours of finishing the route - one track per team member.  
Lake Channel
For Tour purposes, a team is a group of up to three riders who begin the Tour together and share resources (including lodging). A soloist is a rider who begins the Tour alone and does not share any resources, including lodging, with another individual, rider or not.

In the (not uncommon) event that a rider begins the Tour as a member of a team, but becomes a soloist due to a partner(s) dropping out, that rider must follow the route for soloists beginning the next trail day. Further, their former partner(s) must completely retire from the Tour (waiting at the finish is permitted). For example: Two riders begin the Tour as a team. One rider drops out after day one. The remaining rider becomes a soloist beginning trail day two and must follow the solo route from that point forward. The remaining rider is eligible to continue provided that they do not interact with or benefit from the efforts of the retired rider before Sundance (no interaction, period). The same rule applies to any team of three that becomes a team of two, i.e., they must follow the two member team variations beginning the next trail day, and not interact with the retired rider in any way before Sundance. . 

The challenge points for each day are listed below. Use these, plus the maps, the photos in the detailed route description and route files for locations and coordinates. We'll show you how they tally at the end of the list.
Kane Creek
Challenge Points are listed below. Please note that ** denotes a CP required of two member teams and *** of three member teams.
Day One  (6x, 7y, 8z)

Utah/Idaho border (near 1Dxyz1)
Weston Peak Rockslide (1Dxyz15)
Oxford Peak (1Dxyz23) - this involves a short hike
Kents Canyon/Fenceline** *** (1Dyz1)
Elkhorn Crest/Fenceline*** (1Dz11)
Robber's Roost at the Portneuf Crest (1DxyzRR)
Inkom Pass (1Dxyz104)
Tour Flagpole 
Day Two  (6xyz)

Scout Mountain (2Dxyz17)
Deep Creek Crest (2Dxyz40)
Sublett Range Crest (2Dxyz64)
Lake Channel Entrance (near 2Dxyz106)
Gasten-Beattie Well or Mosby Well
Big Southern Butte (2Dxyz138)
Deep Creek
Day Three   (6xy, 7z)

Arco Pass (between 3Dxyz8 and 3Dxyz9)
Wet Creek Basin (near 3Dxyz26)
Stewart Canyon/Corral Creek Pass (near 3Dxyz40, 41)
Wildhorse LO (3Dxyz49)
Burnt Aspen/Kane Creek (near 3Dxyz54)
Cliff View (near 3Dxyz68)
Big Peak Creek *** (Boulder-choked creek crossing before Big Smokey just southeast of 3Dz8)

Wildhorse LO
Day Four   (8xy, 9z)

Paradise Peak Pass (just north of 4Dxyz6)
Salmon Headwaters (4Dxyz12)
Grand Prize Gulch/West Fork Pass (4Dxyz24)
Castle/Merriam view (near 4Dxyz29)
Little Boulder/Big Boulder Pass (4Dxyz31)
Railroad Ridge (Tour high point near 4Dxyz38)
Thompson/Cinnabar Meadow (near 4Dxyz54)
Elevenmile/McKay Creek Divide *** (near 4Dz1)
Ramshorn (4Dxyz75)
Day Five  (8xyz)

Twin Peaks Lookout (5Dxyz8)
Eddy Basin View (near 5Dxyz14)
Furnace Creek View (between 5Dxyz19 and 5Dxyz20)
Van Horn Peak (near 5DxyzVHLO)
Alder Creek View (the boulder field below 5Dxyz23)
Corral Creek View (before 5Dxyz27)
Taylor Mountain Pass (between 5Dxyz29 and 5Dxyz31)
45th Parallel (5Dxyz39)
Furnace Creek
Day Six  (8xyz)

Wallace Lake View (6Dxyz5)
Ulysses Lookout (6Dxyz20)
Indian Peak (6Dxyz23)
Ridge View (the monument on the ridge between 6Dxyz29 and 30)
Granite Mountain Lookout (6Dxyz43)
Lick Creek/Sheep Creek Divide (6Dyz62)
Thrill-a Sidehill-a (anywhere near 6Dxyz74 - 75)
Stein Mountain (6Dxyz85)
Divide Trail
Day Seven  (5x, 6yz)

Divide Trail (near 7Dxyz7)
Blue Nose Lookout ** *** (7Dyz7)
Nez Perce Pass (7Dxyz25)
Burnt Knob Lookout (7Dxyz35)
Red River view (7Dxyz39)
Anderson Butte (between 7Dxyz60)
Marlin Springs
Day Eight   (5x, 6yz)

Pete King Creek ** *** (intersection with Walde Creek)
Walde Lookout - you must climb up to the lookout (8Dxyz6) 
Fish Butte (8Dxyz18)
Fish Butte Trail (photo to the right)
Castle Creek Lookout (8Dxyz31)
Scurvy Lookout (8Dxyz42)
Day Nine  (6x, 7yz)

Lunde Ridge Switchback (near 9Dyz1) 
Quartz Creek View (near 9Dxyz22)
Hellar Divide (between 9Dxyz30 and 31)
Heart Lake View (9Dxyz34)
Cliff Lake View (between 9Dxyz35 and 9Dxyz36)
State Line Trail ** *** (9Dyz9)
Ryan Hotel (Wallace)
Cliff Lake
Day Ten  (5xyz)

Moon Saddle (10Dxyz10)
Spyglass Peak (near 10xyz26)
Jacknife Peak (near 10Dxyz35)
Hoodoo Mountain (10Dxyz54) 
Sundance Lookout (near 10Dxyz73)
Depending upon your route (x, y or z), there are between 63 and 70 challenge points along the ten days of the Tour. These may be either augmented or abated by any of the following:
  • Deviation from Tour route (-1 for each significant infraction).*
  • Using any electronic device to ask for assistance in navigation (-1 each infraction)** 
  • Riding an extra (non-required) Challenge Section (+1 each)
  • Riding bonus routes (+1/2 to +1 each)
The following infractions may result in a DNF
  • Pre-arranged support or support from a retired rider 
  • Use of tracks our routes
  • Support vehicle anywhere along the route***
  • Caching gas, water, oil, filters, tires, clothes or any other supplies along the way****
  • Misrepresenting your effort
  • Rest day other than Pocatello
  • Riding a clearly closed trail *****
  • Failure to submit a reasonably complete track file within 72 hours of finishing
  • Significant D1 variations from the described route
  • Failure to reach the flagpole by midnight on D1 
* Something that indicates a serious inability to navigate, a significant departure from the route. .

** You may use your cell phone or beacon to send status messages and upload challenge point photos but not to ask for navigation or physical help (including recovering lost items) - with the exception of communicating with the Tour coordinator. You may check in with family and friends at any time as long as the purpose of that communication is not to solicit assistance of any kind.

*** Shuttle to the beginning of the Tour and shuttle from the end are excepted from this rule. 

**** Scrounging for the same supplies is not only allowed, but encouraged. You should contact the motorcycle shops along the way in advance for any motorcycle needs.

***** Ignorance doesn't count, but there may be other mitigating circumstances we'll consider. 
Under no circumstances should any Tour rider use a trail that is marked closed. If a trail is officially closed (for fire, erosion or any other reason) it is not required, and no off route penalty will be assessed. The only expectation is that you rejoin the Tour route as soon as possible and not use the detour specifically to gain an advantage that would not be available to everyone else within the rules. You can make up the lost CPs with bonus sections or extra challenge sections. Riding a closed trail, for any reason, is a likely DNF. Not being able to properly interpret a trail sign is not the same thing as an officially closed trail.

Occasionally a trail, though not officially closed, becomes impassable due to blowdown, landslides or extensive flooding. You are going to end up sawing trees and doing some moderate occasional trail maintenance while on the Tour, but no one expects you to spend all day getting 10 miles due to an anomalous event. In the event that a trail is impassable you are permitted to retreat and find the shortest way around to rejoin the Tour route. Please note that an off route penalty may or may not be assessed in this instance, depending on circumstances.

You may also miss a trail or waypoint due to navigational errors. Except for D1, where the route must be ridden exactly and in the alloted time, there is some allowance for this along the Tour.
It's a long way from start to finish and lots of things can go wrong. You will receive an off route penalty only for serious errors (you are already dinging yourself for time) but you may make these up with bonus sections and extra challenge sections.
Whether due to official or unofficial closures or navigation errors, teams must make up lost challenge points and off route penalties. This may be accomplished by: A) riding an extra challenge section (1 point each), B) riding bonus sections. Both D1 bonus sections (a and b) are worth 1/2 of a point each as are the two D4 bonus sections north of HWY 75 (c and d). All of the rest are worth 1 point each. Hhiking out to Salmon Mountain on D7 is also worth 1 point.

The Tour of Idaho is not only a tour of trails but of people as well. The following are all places and people you should get to know. At least four of the eight ancillary challenge points are required. You must accumulate these as you ride the Tour - not before or after. Please note that these points may not be substituted for a regular challenge point.

Soloists need 63 CPs + 4 ancillary CPs = 67 points to finish. Two member teams need 67 CPs + 4 ancillary CPs = 71 and two challenge sections to finish and three member teams need 70 CPs + 4 ancillary CPs = 74 and three challenge sections to finish. If you follow all of the Tour requirements and accumulate the number of challenge points required for your team size2 you will be awarded a finisher number at the end of the season.

1 - In the event of an emergency bivouac, i.e., an unplanned overnight stop due to a mechanical issue, trail issue (such as washouts or excessive sawing), all that is required is for the rider or team to resume travel as soon as possible and make every attempt to resume the Tour intervals. Just being tired probably doesn't count, and an emergency bivouac cannot be used to gain any advantage over others who maintain the required intervals.

2 - In the event that a team's becomes smaller the required point total will be pro-rated from the point at which the reduction in size officially takes effect - the next trail day after.
Van Horn

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