"Nesting" IBA Certifications
by: Tim Masterson
The challenge of Iron Butt Association certified rides has always
attracted me to see just how far I can go. Especially, the multi
day rides where I can combine, or "nest" events to get multiple
The IBA ride rules allow for certification of a shorter mileage event
within a longer ride. For example, when I rode the
Border-to-Border-to-Border Insanity back in 2009, I did the first leg in
under 24 hours to qualify for the Border-to-Border Insanity.
Similarly, during my 48 States in 10 Days challenge I also certified
3,000 and 5,000 SaddleSore events.
the wide-open spaces of North America and Australia, this policy (or
these tips?) only applies to North American and Australia
are other cases where "nesting" events are not allowed. The basic
rule for multiple certificates on the same ride is that if one ride, by
definition, is completed within another, IBA will only issue a single
certificate. For example, everyone who completes a Bun Burner
GOLD (BBG-1,500 miles in 24 hours) has, by definition, completed a
Saddlesore 1000 (1,000 miles in 24 hours) and a Bun Burner 1500 (1,500
miles in 36 hours). So IBA would issue a certificate for the BBG
but NOT for the SS1000 or BB1500. On the other hand, you can
complete a Bun Burner 1500 (1,500 miles in 36 hours) without
necessarily completing a Saddlesore 1000. But if, while riding a
BB 1500, you do ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours, you MAY apply for both
the SS 1000 and BB 1500 certificates, and both will be issued.
Applying for multiple certifications within a larger event is also a
very cost effective way to boost your long-distance riding
resume'. The IBA certification fee for adding a ‘nested’ ride is
less than half the cost of doing it by itself. And, considering
you're already spending money on fuel, food and lodging for the longer
ride, nesting the smaller ride is a huge savings.
The record keeping is also simplified. In most cases, required
witness forms for the longer event can be applied to the shorter
event(s). The dated business receipts and log entries can also be
used for the nested event. Add a SpotWalla link and the
certification process for multiple events gets even easier.
When applying for a nested certification within a longer event you must
tell the verification team specifically that you are claiming the
shorter event. In the cover letter for the cert package put in a
remark that clearly states your request. For example; "During
this 50cc Quest coast to coast challenge I rode the first 1,500+ miles
in under 24 hours and claim Bun Burner Gold credit. I have
included the added fee for certification of the BBG along with my 50cc
Get the most out of you precious long-distance ride time and LD money
but combining IBA certifications when possible. Make every IBA
Challenge an hard riding adventure.