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12 Ides 1000

12 Ides 1000 Gold

12 Ides 1000 Insanity

Version No. 1.1
Date last revised: January 26, 2017

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In the ancient Roman calendar, the Ides of a month occurred near mid-month, and every month included an Ides. The specific date of the Ides varies among months, as follows:
  • The 15th of the month for March, May, July, and October
  • The 13th of the month for each of the other eight months of the calendar year
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.

Documentation:  Send copies of your certificates for the qualifying Ides rides along with your ride application. If you have not yet received a certificate for one of your claimed rides, please note that in the application.

Fee:  See fee page


A qualifying Ides ride is ANY SaddleSore 1000 which occurs during the Ides of a calendar month.

You must be riding at some point during the Ides of a month. You may start the day before the Ides and finish on the Ides, or start on the Ides and finish the next day, or ride entirely on the day of the Ides.

12 Ides 1000 - You must complete a qualifying Ides ride in each of the 12 calendar months. Your rides need not occur in consecutive months; your rides may span multiple years and need not occur in calendar month order.

12 Ides 1000 Gold - You must complete a qualifying Ides ride in each of 12 consecutive calendar months. Your rides may occur in a single calendar year, or may span two consecutive years, but must occur in a continuous 12-month period.

12 Ides 1000 Insanity
In Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, the emperor was warned to "Beware the Ides ..."

In addition to the rules for the 12 Ides 1000 Gold, the 12 Ides 1000 Insanity award has these requirements:
  • Your qualifying Ides rides must start in cities whose initial letters spell out "BEWARE THE IDES", in order; example: Barstow (Nov/2017), El Paso (Dec/2017), Waco (Jan/2018), Ames (Feb/2018), etc.
  • Your qualifying Ides rides must finish in cities whose initial letters spell out "BEWARE THE IDES", in order (same example as for starting cities)
  • You may reuse cities for starting, or for finishing, or for both starting and finishing
  • Since the quotation contains 13 letters, you must complete a 13th qualifying Ides ride during the Ides of any one of the 12 consecutive calendar months. This requires a pair of rides, one finishing on the Ides of a month, and the second starting on the Ides of the same month (adequate rest is recommended between the two rides). You may choose any month for this pair of Ides rides, within the required continuous 12-month period.

  These are certificate-only awards. There is no additional merchandise for these awards.