Winter Solstice 1000
Winter Solstice BBG
Version No. 1.0
revised: December 1, 2016
2016, Iron Butt Association, Chicago, Illinois
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The winter solstice this year will be at exactly 4:44 am Central
Standard time. That is the instant when the earth’s axis is
rotated 23.5 degrees from the sun. So December 21 is the shortest
day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the longest day of the
year in the southern hemisphere.
The Winter Solstice Rides are part of the Four Season Ride Group.
There is a certification for rides that are done at the Winter
Solstice; spring Equinox; Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox.
If you complete all four rides, you also receive the
Four Seasons certification.
Read the rules for
the iconic SaddleSore 1000
on the Ironbutt
Association site. The rules for this ride are similar and you
will get valuable background information.
You may submit your ride documents via snail mail according to the rule
link above, OR, FOR THIS RIDE ONLY, you may submit your documents
elecronically through this link.
Of course, if you are a premier member, you can
always submit your applications to the premier certification mailbox.
Remittance Fee: Special certificate only--$35.00
There are no spcial merchandise items for this ride
DBR - Dated Business Receipt
A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION
on it. Check it - do not assume it is correct. A receipt
with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless. Check and
The ride must be completed in:
Winter Solstice 1000--24 hours
Winter Solstice BBG--24 hours
Normal SaddleSore rules apply. This
ride can be done anywhere in the
You must be riding sometime during December 21. That means that
you can start your ride on December 20 and finish on December 21; or
start on December 21 and finish on Decemer 22; or do the entire ride on
If you want to be a 'purist', then you should plan your ride so your
are riding at 4:44 am CST, the instant of the Winter Solstice.
Your official time is determined by the starting
and ending receipts. PLEASE check these documents and make sure
the clock and date is correct!
is strongly recommended but not