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Documentation Guidelines




Documentation

The documentation that is required by the Iron Butt Association (“IBA”) is the difference between completing a long and difficult ride and completing a long a difficult ride that is certified by the most prestigious group of long distance riders on the planet - The Iron Butt Association.

You cannot buy an Iron Butt membership.  Every rider who is a member completed at least one IBA ride and got it certified.   When you meet an IBA member on the road you know he/she not only is one of the world’s toughest riders but has the documentation to prove it.   Join us.

Guidelines
  • Get home safe.  This our most important requirement.  Live to ride another day even if this ride did not go as planned.  Most of us have been half done with a long ride we spent hours planning and spent hundreds of dollars executing only to see it would fail.  Live to ride another day.
  • Ride safe.  If it becomes known you were riding in a reckless manner, even after the fact, a certificate could be revoked and your membership in the IBA rescinded.
  • Prove that your ride met the requirements of the ride for which you are applying for certification.
  • Comply with all rules of the ride as described on the “ride page”. 

In the real world we all deal with the unexpected.  You come to an important turn-around in Wyoming and the station is closed and the pay-at-the-pump will not give a receipt.   There is no other open businesses in sight.  Document you position as best you can. 
  • Most smartphones have the option of including “location” in the form of latitude/longitude as metadata in a picture. 
  • Take pictures to prove you bought fuel and of the business with the address (if possible) in the frame.  Do what you can to prove you were there at a particular time.
  • It is your job to prove you were where you claim to have been.


Traditional Documentation Method


This method is available to everyone and for all rides.
This method MUST BE USED by first-time applicants for IBA certification

Witness Statements

You need a witness statement (click here for the form) for the beginning and end of the ride.  Some rides, notably “Gold” or “Insanity” level rides, require the statement be signed by two witnesses.

Who Can Witness?
For ordinary rides, such as the SaddleSore 1000, virtually anyone who is not also on the ride can be a witness.  Your spouse, child, or neighbor--anyone.   Gold-level and Insanity rides have more specific requirements, as stated above, and some rides have even more specific requirements  that are detailed in the rules on the ride pages.

Make sure your witness understands what he/she is doing and will respond to a telephone call or letter asking for verification.  A witness that does not respond to our inquiry is not a witness. 

Trip Log

Provide a written explanation of every stop.  Click here for the form.

Remember to document any stop for fuel and other stops that exceed 15 minutes on our trip log.

Receipts

Provide dated-business-receipts (“DBR”) to prove your claim.  Often these receipts are for buying fuel, but ATM receipts, meal receipts (McDonalds receipts are usually good), or any other computer generated receipt will work.  Be sure the receipt has the time, date, city and state clearly visible.  Without these four pieces of information, your receipt is not a good receipt.  If there is ONE—and only one-- element of information that is incorrect, you may correct it on the receipt.

Start of Ride

The time on your first DBR starts your ride so make absolutely sure it is accurate and legible.  There should be no incorrect elements on this receipt.



Intermediate Stops

BE CERTAIN to get proof at any ‘corners’ or detours from a point to point routing from your start to your destination.

No matter the fuel range of your motorcycle, the IBA requires you stop at least every 350 miles (560km) for a DBR.   Check you DBR.  City?  State? Time of day?  Date?  All correct?

End of Ride
The time on your last DBR officially ends your ride or “stops the clock”.  There should be no incorrect elements on the receipt.  Relax.  Get some rest and then find a witness or two.

Map

Provide a paper map (photographic copies are acceptable) of your stops.

Problems?

Provide a written explanation of any problems you encountered. 

For example; “I was stopped for 33 minutes behind a road closure but on I-95 near VA MM 8”

Application Form

Complete the application form.  Click here for the form.  

FINALLY, send it to:

Iron Butt Association
 P.O. Box 9450
Naperville, IL 60567-9450 USA

Please make your check payable in US funds to the "Iron Butt Association". Please note that we do not make any money on this ride, this is our approximate cost of administrating the Saddlesore and Bun-Burner program. NOTE: If you are located outside the United States or Canada and obtaining a check in US Funds is difficult please send e-mail to kneebone@ironbutt.com for possible alternate payment methods.

Have a scanner and want to try ELECTRONIC APPLICATION?  Visit IBA Electronic Application Guidelines.

This verification process takes 3-4 months so be patient - please.