Whats the plan then? Does it start at lunch time Saturday and finish 24hrs later? Do we have a camping area as a group so we're all together? Can you have two riders on the course at the same time from the same team? My first year and I know nothing!
Some people arrive as early as the Thursday but most begin arriving on site from about midday onwards on Friday.
By this point the early arrivals will usually have taped off a prime trackside camping spot and erected a few Retrobike banners, flags and a small marquee; the idea being that we all camp more or less together.
The race/event starts at high noon on Saturday and finishes at high noon on Sunday.
One rider from each team lines up for a Le Mans style start with about a mile or so of running around a short loop back to your bike in the arena area. You then mount up and head out on your first lap.
It's a relay style event, so only one member of each team should be on the course at any time. Changeovers take place in the arena and the baton is a snap on style wrist band. The idea is of course for each team to complete as many laps as they can within 24 hours.
Half laps, unofficial changeovers by the RB campsite and other Sinnett strategies are to be avoided as they are both illegal and ultimately pointless.
The tradition is that each team captain normally provides a motivational breakfast prior to the event on Saturday morning, with optional abuse and motivational punches throughout the race. The captain also decides the running order, single, double or even triple lap strategies, sleeping arrangements and stupid catchphrases.
Within the RB area we'll have a barbeque, concours event, cask of ale, giant Jenga, and a black tie presentation on Friday evening. (So bring along a suit)
There will also be various sets from mixmaster DJ Bernard and Disco Daj with a Jean-Michel Jarre-esque light show throughout and guest appearances from Mick Dundee, Leo Swayer and the Logchopper will no doubt also occur.