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January Press release.


Britain’s biggest rally event is set for August. What has been termed as the Festival of the International Six Days Enduro is in fact a celebration of the hundred year history of the ISDT/ISDE. It will be the most important event in the UK off road rally calendar in 2013.

Touratech the World’s largest manufacturer of Adventure Touring equipment is backing the event and will be present at the Carlisle start and finish area.

The first ISDT, later changed to the ISDE, was held in Carlisle in August 1913, one hundred years later Carlisle welcomes rally competitors to the city centre start area for a four day event. There will be a three day forestry rally in the Kielder & Kershope forests with each day starting and finishing at Carlisle Castle. A celebration programme is being produced by Carlisle City Council which has recognised the importance of this event.

On the last day, which is exactly the same day of the month as the first day of the first ISDT, one hundred riders will ride the same course as the original first day. The Centennial Ride competitors will have lunch at Keswick where the old timers dined.

The Centennial Rally has classes for adventure, genuine trail, sports and classic ISDT/E type bikes. The course will be three days of forestry tracks, two days of which will be three laps of a challenging course, the other day will be a single one hundred mile lap, the longest rally lap in Britain. Total distance is around four hundred miles.

The Centennial Ride which follows the original one hundred and twenty mile gravel roads, now surfaced, will include machines and riders that have a connection with the history of the ISDT/E.

No celebration of this type would be complete without a get together and this will take place on the Saturday evening at the Swallow Lynton Hotel, where bargain price accommodation is available, the hotel is a short distance from the start and finish area.

There will be plenty to see near the start and finish arch where manufacturers and traders will have displays of their latest products. Further information is available at www.bigbikerallychallenge.co.uk where the regulations and entry form will shortly be posted. Go to touratechuk.co.uk for information or to request a catalogue.