IBA Daytona Party
DAYTONA 2014 - Annual IBA Party
The Iron Butt Association's most beloved event - The Bike Week Dinner - will once again be held in Jacksonville, Florida, March 12 - 15, 2014.
THAT IS NOT A MISTAKE - March 12 to 15th is "late" by Daytona standards as once again NASCAR pushed the date of the Daytona 500 back one week impacting the traditional Bike Week time line.
The dinner will be held in JACKSONVILLE, Florida, approximately 80 miles north of the Daytona race track, on Friday, March 14, 2014. Dinner check-in begins at noon in the hotel lobby.
Dinner will be served Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. We are going to serve a buffet style meal of tossed green salad, Italian pasta salad, Waldorf Salad, Green Beans Almandine, Red Bliss potatoes, steamed mixed vegetables, rice pilaf, sirloin beef tips, roast chicken and assorted desserts. This should offer flexibility for everyone to come and go and not be fenced in waiting to eat. As usual, a cash bar will be available. We will do a short presentation at 8 p.m., however the goal of the two day party is to get a chance to meet fellow long-distance riders, share stories and farkling tips (bring your cameras!), make new friends and get caught up with old ones – what more could you ask for?
We have blocked every room in the hotel for those attending the party, at $71 per night including a full cooked breakfast. The hotel does NOT charge for parking or Internet usage. Once your registration is complete, we will forward you the link to obtain the negotiated room rate available only to attendees. You may only make your reservation through the provided link – NOT through the corporate number or website – so please wait to receive the link if you want to be sure to get a reserved room.
We will continue our tradition of creating a unique SaddleSore ride for attendees of the Jacksonville party. For 2014 we’re pleased to announce the Southern Swing 1000. Taking advantage of the slightly later Daytona date, we are heading NORTH this year, with a great loop around Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, Routemaster Jim Bryan has put together an intense ride around the south and we know you’re going to love it (and hate it!). Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
For those wanting to get on the Interstate and grind out some big carefree miles, we will also be hosting a BBG ride on Thursday. Details will be released late Janaury.
Note: This ride is open to IBA Bike Week Party participants only. In addition to being a fun option for current IBA members, it's a great opportunity for potential IBA members to earn their first certificate, personally presented to you by IBA President Michael Kneebone at a special presentation at 5 pm in the Comedy Club off the hotel lobby and then join us for the festivities at our annual dinner. Trust me, you do NOT want to miss out!
IBA staff will start arriving at the hotel Wednesday, March 12th because we just can't get enough socializing! We pay for the use of the facilities, so even if you do not want to eat, everyone must pay to enter. Everyone who wishes to attend must register BEFORE February 25, 2014. Remember: Space is limited!! We had an overflow crowd last year; this year we will sell out, so to avoid disappointment we suggest you register as soon as possible. Only Iron Butt Association (IBA) members, their guests or those registering to do a certified ride-in may attend the party. Space is limited and once we are out of room, well, we are out of room....
To reserve your entry to the party you will have to register on-line and pay via PayPal (which will let you pay via Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express and of course, Paypal), $51.14 US per person. Please do NOT send cash or checks to the IBA as your registration will not be able to be confirmed. Please drop Lisa a note if the account name for Paypal is different from the name you use to register.
The registration web page can be found at:
If this is your first visit to ironbuttrecords.com you will have to create a new account. If you are not sure of your IBA number or you are doing your first SaddleSore before the party, enter 999 in that space.
If you have problems or questions when registering please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org Your confirmation letter, along with exact directions, the hotel room reservation link and contact information, will be emailed to you after you register. These are not computer generated and it may take a few days to receive this email; we appreciate your patience. No worries though - as long as you follow the registration link in a reasonable time after you get the letter, there will be a hotel room available for you if you've registered and paid for the event. Once the main hotel sells out, overflow rooms will be available across the street at the same rate and including breakfast. Your dinner ticket(s) will be available for pick up at the door - nothing will be snail mailed to you.
I look forward to seeing each of you again at the party in Jacksonville!
DAYTONA PARTY REFUND DEADLINE
The refund deadline is February 15, 2014 - our deadline to turn in space and meal commitments to the hotel. After that there will not be any refunds. Please understand that your funds will go to support the party for those riders able to attend.
Friday night Party AND Southern Swing 1000 space is limited! In order for us to accommodate as many people as possible there will be no last minute admission at the door. We pay for the use of the facilities, so even if you do not want to eat, everyone must pay to enter. Everyone who wishes to attend must register BEFORE February 25, 2014, and since we expect the party to fill quickly, we suggest you register as soon as possible. Only Iron Butt Association (IBA) members, their guests or those registering to do a certified ride-in may attend the party. Space is limited and once we are out of room, well, we are out of room....
Southern Swing 1000
The Southern Swing 1000 will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Starting from IBA Headquarters in Jacksonville at 5:45 am (45 minutes before sunrise). The Southern Swing 1000 will be a challenging ride through small back roads across the south leading to some unique southern-style spots you probably have never visited before.
TECHNICAL RIDE DOCUMENTATION INFORMATION
The Southern Swing 1000 ride will be documented by photos of key landmarks (camera or smart phone with camera required). At the start on Thursday morning, riders will receive a unique Southern Swing 1000 rally flag. If you are new to documenting rides via flags, please visit:
How to set up your rally flag in Rally Flag 101
The route will be provided in various formats, as well as GPS co-ordinates on February 20th so you will have time to set-up your GPS. While the route is fairly simple, using a GPS will simplify following the route and finding the required check in locations.
Everything needed for the ride will be provided by February 20, 2014. The 5:30 am riders meeting on the morning of the ride should be brief.
Southern Swing 1000 REFUND DEADLINE
Because this ride requires a certain level of administrative and product support, the refund deadline is February 6, 2014. After that, there cannot be refunds. However, if weather is not cooperative on the day of the ride, or you can not otherwise make the start line, you may complete this ride up to two years later (including later Bike Week events) and apply via snail mail; your Southern Swing 1000 fee will cover the cost of the certification and other ride items.
Riders who start but unable to finish on the 13th or 14th, may also complete the ride at a later date and snail mail their documentation in for certification.
Please understand that if you cannot makes the start line, your funds will go to support the ride for those riders able to attend.
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