CFW's first 1000-IN-24 endurance ride was run in August of
1985. With a committee numbering about 10, we set about planning
this thing about which we knew absolutely nothing about. As
we sat around the table brainstorming, it very quickly became
evident that this was going to be a huge undertaking.
We had to consider things like start time, end time, route,
degree of difficulty of the route, accident liability, participant
safety, and a host of other things that we as individuals had
never given a second thought to whenever we hit the highway
for a road trip.
We decided to play what we figured would be "safe". We developed a route which encompassed seven states in and around our home state of Colorado. For those of you that don't have an atlas handy, the states were Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.
An issue of major concern was how to keep this from becoming
a cannonball-run type of event. We didn't want the participants
to throw safety and caution to the wind for the sake of being
the first to cross the finish line. After much discussion and
the loss of some hair, we decided to take the following approach.
We would announce at the riders meeting that the endurance run
was not a race for a race's sake. We would give each entrant
the total complement of event paraphernalia (hat, shirt, pin
and in later years we would add then remove a belt buckle) when
they checked in to begin the event. The speech would go on to
say that once they left the staging area, we didn't care if
they rode the event or returned home to finish their night's
sleep. However, the only way they would be considered a finisher's
and receive a finisher's award, (supplied by our sponsor at
the time Lakewood Honda Ltd.) was to check back into the finisher's
area and, after verification, have ridden a 1,000 miles or more
in the allotted time. Another benefit offered to finishers and
non-finishers was the feed sponsored by Lakewood Honda and held
sometime after the event. Notification of the dates for the
event were sent to participants via U.S. Mail.
Well, times have changed and so has our sponsor. Fay Myers Motorcycle
World is our current sponsor and is committed to upholding the
standards established by Dave Weinstock (former owner of Lakewood
After running this event for 29 successful years we have come
to realize a few things. The first given is, that no matter
what you say to people, they figure out that someone has got
to be the first one back to the finish. That means there will
always be someone who will try to be the first. Another thing
is that endurance riders must be willing to take responsibility
for their own actions.
The safety record of the event is outstanding. In 29 years
of running this event, we proudly boast of an extremely low
accident rate of less than 1% for the total number of participants
entered. Part of our commitment to safety includes a tech. inspection
of each participating motorcycle prior to leave time. We check
for worn tires and make sure that all signaling systems are
operative. In the pre-event package we send to each participant
we stress the importance that both their machine and they are
in good mechanical and physical condition before embarking on
In 1994, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the event and
we commemorated the occasion with a special edition belt buckle.
And in 2009 for our 25th anniversary we had a special challenge coin minted. Over the years we have standardized many aspects of the event.
One such standard is the time of year the event is run. It's
always held the third weekend in August. We also run the event
rain or shine. Bad weather adds to the challenge. The leave
time more often than not has been between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00
a.m. on Saturday morning. If that window changes you will be
notified prior to the event. Once you sign in you can leave
anytime during the two hour window. The staff will clock you
out when you indicate you are ready to begin your journey. You
must return to the staging area within 24 hours of the time
when you were clocked out to be considered a qualified finisher.
The staging area will be at Fay Myers Motorcycle
World (9700 E. Arapahoe Rd. Greenwood
We will resume the ride in 2016. The 2015 1000-IN-24 was scheduled for August 15th
and 16th. For the 31st annual, the entry fee was set at $55.00 per rider and $110.00 per couple and
would have included a pin, shirt, and hat. The shirt, would have displayed this year's
route map on the back.
Again for the 11th year in a row we will offer the riders a
chance to earn an IBA (Iron Butt Association) "Saddle Sore
1000" certificate at a reduced price if they complete the
route in the allotted time and with the required mileage.
For this year (2015) however, we ask riders to contact us and set up an appointment with Bill Gillespie at this email for IBA qualification. The forms will be available at the start of the ride. See the
IBA website at: Iron
Butt for more information.
Included in your entry, once again in 2015, riders who complete the 1,000 miles in 24 hours also will receive a certificate of achievement from the Motorcycle Endurance Riders Association (MERA). The MERA "1000 plus in 24" certificate is being provided to all qualifying 1000-in-24 participants free of charge by MERA.
If you think you would like to see a lot of the Colorado and maybe some of other neighboring states country
side in a short period of time or maybe you're just curious
about being able to ride a 1,000 miles in a 24 hour period,
join us and enter in the US's longest running event of it's
Here's the 2015 route map we originally planned for the ride. Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop(overall .jpg file), Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop, stage 1 (.jpg file), Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop, stage 2 (.jpg file), Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop, stage 3 (.jpg file), Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop, stage 4 (.jpg file).
We plan to renew the ride in 2016 and it will start between 2:00am
and 4:00am, there will be the usual inspection
of your motorcycle for safety.
The Stats and other information from last year's ride are here: Stats
The Route 2015
Chama/Rabbit Ears Loop
Start and end: Fay Myers Motorcycle World, 9700 E Arapahoe
Rd, Greenwood Village, CO.
Leave parking lot, turn right (North) on Dayton St. northbound to Arapahoe Rd./CO-88 0.1 miles.
Turn left on Arapahoe Rd. westbound to I-25 0.4 miles.
Turn right onto I-25 southbound ramp.
Continue on I-25 southbound to Exit 52 Walsenburg.
Turn right onto I-70 Business Route to US-160.
Turn right (west) on US-160 to US-285 at Alamosa.
Turn left (south) on US-285 to CO-17 at Antonito.
Turn right (southwest) on CO-17 to New Mexico Border.
Continue on NM-17 to US-64 at Chama, NM.
Turn right (west) on US-65 to US-84.
Turn west on US-84 to US-160 at Pagosa Springs, CO.
Turn right (east) on US-160 to CO-149 at South Fork.
Turn left (north) on CO-149 to US-50 at Blue Mesa Reservoir.
Turn left (west) onto US-50 to CO-92 at Spinero.
Turn right (north) onto CO-92 to CO-65.
Turn right (northeast) onto CO-65 to Road 45 1/2.
Turn right (east) onto Road 45 1/2 to I-70 at Debeque.
Turn right (east) onto I-70 Exit 87 at Rifle.
Turn left (north) onto CO-13 to US-40 at Craig.
Turn right (east) onto US-40 to CO-14 at Rabbit Ears Pass.
Turn left (east) onto CO-14 to I-25 at Ft. Collins.
Turn right (south) onto I-25 to Exit 197/Arapahoe Road/CO-88.
Turn left (east) onto SR-88/Arapahoe Road to South Dayton St.-0.4 miles.
Turn right onto South Dayton St. to Fay Myers Motorcycle World-65 yards.
Turn left into Fay Myers parking lot.