The Iron Butt Association has a long list of rides that long distance riding enthusiasts can accomplish. To become an Iron Butt member, one must do a minimum ride of 1000 miles in less than 24 hours or 1500 miles in less than 36 hours. That minimum accomplishment gets you the next consecutive Iron Butt membership number and lifetime membership with a group of people who have accomplished the same.
After that first ride, there are increasingly difficult rides to master. Some say that one ride is enough for bragging rights, others can’t get enough. You can apply for multiples of the same ride, or move on to the longer and more difficult challenges.
Each ride is an accomplishment for the individual. None of these rides are races and all can be accomplished within the confines of all laws. There is no recognition for finishing a ride in less than the maximum allotted time. Basic math tells you you that 1000 miles in 24 hours requires only 46.6 mph over 24 hours. 1500 miles in 36 hours requires only 41.6 mph. Even 1500 miles in 24 hours requires only 62.5 mph average speed. It’s not about speed, it’s about minimizing stopped time.
IBA certificate rides I have accomplished:
Saddlesore 1000: 1000 miles in less than 24 hours. I have certified 12.
Saddlesore 2000: 2000 miles in less than 48 hours. I have certified 2.
Saddlesore 2000 Gold: 2000 miles in less than 36 hours. I have certified 3.
Bun Burner Gold: 1500 miles in less than 24 hours. I have certified 5.
In state rides: Any ride completed completely within the confines of a single US state. I have done 1 each, Saddlesore 1000s, in Texas and New Mexico and 1 Bun Burner Gold in Texas.
50CC Gold: San Fransico, CA, to New York City in less than 50 hours. I have certified 1.
There are a lot of rides that can be certified through the IBA. The big list is here. Here are some that are on my bucket list for the next few years:
I intend to do more Saddlesore 1000 and Bun Burner Gold rides.
Great Lakes Gold: Circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in less than 50 hours
National Parks Tour Gold: Visit 25 US National Parks in one year, must include Maine, Washington, California, Florida and Alaska.
100CCC: From the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic ocean and back again in less than 100 hours.
10 in 10: 10,000 miles in less than 10 days.
48 States Challenge: Visit each of the lower 48 states in less than 10 days.
Why? Why Not? Insanity: Why, Arizona to Why Not, Missouri in less than 24 hours (1500 miles).
4 Seasons Award: Ride any certifiable ride on each of the two solstices and two equinoxes – must be four consecutive events.
Heaven to Hell: From the top of Pikes Peak or Mount Evans in Colorado to Badwater in California.
Earth to Moon Adventure: From Earth in Texas to Moon in Pennsylvania.
Various Interstate end to end rides. Miles and times vary by the ride.