2014 Roadkill Rally
Deep in the heart of Texas (sorry), a small group of intrepid scooterists competed in the inaugural edition of the Roadkill Rally, a combination endurance event and scavenger hunt that took place Saturday. Riders collected points for finding things and completing tasks. And wearing costumes. Event organizer Chuck Smith has the details after the jump.
Winner Chris Jacob saw his many hours of preparation pay off, walking away with the 1st-place trophy by collecting over 1000 points. He relied on hand-written route sheets and map printouts… he didn’t need no stinkin’ GPS! Chris also wisely took advantage of alternate routing that allowed him to ride faster, with less time spent on lower-speed roads.
Second-place finisher Morgan Mahana garnered almost 800 points on her Aprilia Scarabeo 500. Morgan was the only rider to wear her costume for the entire ride (Don’t worry, she gears up while riding —Ed.). Pulling into a rural town dressed as Cloud Stryfe from Final Fantasy IV—complete with GIANT sword—takes a special kind of special! 🙂
Each rider completed the ride within the seven-hour time limit. All riders competed in the Jack Rabbit class, the highest-displacement of the four available classes.
Riders stopped at historic locations, such as the brewery above, to collect points.
The 10 days before the event saw torrential downpours, flooding and weather that was just not rider-friendly. Understandably, many entrants assumed the crappy weather would continue and withdrew. The nine riders who participated were rewarded with near-perfect riding weather. —Chuck Smith
Winner Chris Jacob shows off the trophy.
Final Results (team, name(s), scooter, points)
1. Solo – Chris Jacob (Vespa GTS), 1039 points
2. Solo – Morgan Mahana (Aprilia Scarabeo 500), 789
3. Team Fuqit – Kristen Harrison (Vespa GTS), Joshua Rouw (Vespa GTS), Patrick McGranaghan (Kymco People 300), 661
4. Team Alamo Scoots – Siri Castillo (Vespa S 150), Kymco Zx (Piaggio X9), Wayne Dunaway (Genuine Buddy 150 [naked]), David Lopez (Ice Bear Ruckus clone w/ GY6 150), 482