Organizers of BAJA RALLY, the competitive rally-raid competition powered by RALLY COMP, have unveiled details to give non-competitive motorcycle riders, UTV drivers and overland enthusiasts access to the same routes, itineraries and safety protocol previously allowed to professional and competitive racers only.
Four new categories have been opened that allow the opportunity for virtually anyone who can ride or drive to participate and share the same week-long odyssey as the pros, but at a more casual and relaxed pace. Instead of challenging other racers for speed against the clock, participants in the new categories will face their own adventures while challenging themselves and the terrain in a safer, controlled environment.
Four New Non-Competitive Categories
- DUAL SPORT MOTO: 250cc-700cc (2-Strokes OK), Headlight, Taillight, knobby tires, spoked wheels
- ADVENTURE MOTO: 700cc and up, Headlight, Taillight, knobby tires, spoked wheels
- UTV SAFARI: Open Category
- OVERLAND SAFARI: Open Category
- Using GPS or roadbook navigation
- RALLY COMP System & Tracking included in entry and required for safety
- Specially Designed stages and bailout zones for ADV 700cc + bikes
- Non-competitive riders and drivers remain separated behind competitive categories
- Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to navigate the same rally stages
Imagine riding or driving through Baja California for 3-6 days alongside an organized competition but without any of the pressure or added risks of racing. The creators of BAJA RALLY have partnered with RALLY COMP to introduce a brand new and safer way to experience the BAJA RALLY. It might be comparable to a high-end tour but with the added security of a safety team and protocol that is normally out of reach for any commercial tour.
Adventure Sport GPS is a hybrid category of traditional off-roading blended with a cross country rally-raid. We’re giving you GPS tracks and a RALLY COMP. You can also use a paper or electronic roadbook if you want to. It’s not “cheating” if you’re not competing. You’ll be guided to a departure zone at 10AM everyday, well after the competitors have begun their day. You can keep to yourself or ride with your friends. Either way, you ride or drive or go as slow (or as fast) as you are comfortable with.
Don’t worry, our safety protocol using the RALLY COMP device and tracking system will keep you safe the entire time and help you avoid hazards along the way with an “open arrow and distance to” each of several dozen safety waypoints placed in strategic locations. You simply ride or drive at your own pace. As you approach potential hazards like ditches and big ruts, your RALLY COMP will give you an audible buzzer alert to slow you down. Once you clear the hazard area, you can get back to focusing on the trail in front of you. If you happen to get yourself more than a mile off-course, our safety staff will send you a text to your RALLY COMP via Iridium satellite.
Adventure Sport GPS was developed as a safe and simple gateway for UTV drivers and motorcycle riders to bridge the gap into roadbook rally navigation. Because this option gives you all of the safety of a legitimate competition with our Moto-Medics and sweep teams, it’s a much safer way to participate in an off road rally-raid because you’re not racing against anyone or the clock.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to complete the entire stage route each day?
No. It’s optional.
Each stage of the BAJA RALLY is designed with specialized “bail-out” spot(s) that are manned by safety staff, allowing all participants to shorten their total distances.
Why does the Adventure Sport GPS category start at 10:00AM everyday (i.e. Late Start)?
Participants in the Adventure Sport GPS category are not racing or competing against the clock for trophies or prizes. The competitive categories (Rally-Raid with road book navigation) begin their stages at 7:00AM.
Non-competitive participants in the Adventure Sports GPS category have a “Late Start” to keep them separated from (and behind) the competitive racers.
What if I crash or I’m slightly off course? How will the safety team locate me?
The BAJA RALLY Safety Team will receive an alert if your bike or vehicle comes to a sudden stop, is inverted or is stopped for a prolonged period. We can see your exact GPS coordinates as you are being tracked. The RALLY COMP device and platform is an extremely sophisticated system based off the Iridium Satellite Network. The organizer is constantly monitoring the whereabouts of every competitor and participant at intervals of 3-6 minutes. Competitors and the organizer exchange 2-way personal texts and customized messages whenever necessary.