2017 Team Lyle Minnesota


2017 Team Lyle Minnesota

August 26, 2017

The 7th Edition of the Team Lyle Minnesota 8 hour Rally (TLMN) will be held on Saturday August 26th at Moon Motorsports in Monticello, MN.

The TLMN rally is a great event to dip your toe into the world of Iron Butt style motorcycle rally riding. This Team Strange event is a perfect introduction rally for the rally curious with plenty of challenge for rally veterans.

You create your own 8-hour ride. We supply a rally book of points-scoring destinations for you to select from. In most cases the unique bonus locations are located in small towns or along low volume motorcycle friendly roads. A successful rally rider will select bonus locations from the rally book which when combined make a highest point-scoring ride within the 8-hour time limit. You will not be able to get all or even most of the bonus locations - a rider must choose and route their 8-hour ride wisely.

At each bonus location, riders will do one or a combination of the following tasks: answer a question related to information only available at the bonus, take a photograph of a specific nature, or pick up a cash register receipt and/or an item to document your visit to the location. Reading comprehension has been known to undermine many a good ride – pay close attention the bonus instructions, they are NOT riddles, but words like “when” or “what” can be critical to receiving credit for a bonus.

GPS coordinates are NOT supplied. The instructions for each bonus n the rally book will enable riders to find the bonus locations with the help of a State of Minnesota highway map. A well-prepared rider will have a Minnesota map, pens, highlighters, a calculator, and Post-It flags to mark bonuses and route(s) on the map, and to calculate your route score, time, and distance. Riders will need a digital camera or a phone capable of capturing clear photographs as may be required per the bonus instructions. A 3MB (1024x768) file is a good indicator of the minimum (for clarity) photo size.

We will not be keeping camera cards. We plan to look at the photos on your device to score; we will also have a laptop with SD card reading capability (a slot to plug in the card) available as a backup and the scoring table. Any USB cable connections that may be requred to read your device must be provided by the rider.

Rally staff will be on hand at to check in riders at Moon Motorsports in Monticello, MN by 6:30 AM Saturday. We will have coffee and pastries available in the morning. There will be a brief riders meeting at 7:45 AM with the rally books handed out as quickly as possible. Riders will have about an hour to plan routes prior to the rally clock starting.

Riders will be free to leave at 9:00 AMm and  the rally runs to 5:00 pm. If a rider is not checked in by 4:59:59 PM, they will be classified as a DNF. No grace period will be accorded to riders; you’ll need to plan your ride carefully.

Team Strange Uniform Rules apply to this event and must to be reviewed and understood by all entrants. All rider behavior rules must be adhered to during the entire rally. The camera rules per *11. Digital Camera Usage* do not apply; we simply need to be able to determine via your presented photograph that you have met the bonus criteria.


Old friends will unite and new friends will be made. New riders will meet a welcoming and great group of motorcycle people who LOVE to ride their motorcycles and have great time doing so – we always have room for more to join in the fun!

The cost is $35 per rider or $50 if entering with a passenger. The proceeds of this rally will be directed to Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting Pancreatic Cancer research.

Registration will be handled by Ride Master. Registrations must be received by August 25, 2017. There will be two rider classes available with trophies awarded to the top three scores per class. The Rookie class is for new rally riders, and the Experienced class is for seasoned rally riders. Riders may bump up in class, but not down, with the approval of the Rallymaster. As we did last year, the top Rookie and top Experienced riders will earn a FREE entry into the 2018 Minnesota 1000 Rally.

After the rally, we will have the Come and Take It BBQ food truck at Moon Motorsports for riders and volunteers tp purchase Texas-style BBQ and Mexican food.

It is STRONGLY urged that riders seeking a hotel room for either Friday (8/25) and/or Saturday (8/26) - book early.

There are four hotels near Moon Motorsports, These hotels book fast in August due to other events in the general area. Rogers or Albertville, Minnesota, are the next closest options and are within 20 miles.

The AmericInn Motel
Local # 763-295-4700
118 E. 7th St, Monticello, MN 55632
This hotel is freshly renovated and appears to be a good choice.
Rated 7.1 of 10 - “Good” - Kayak

Days Inn
Local # 763-295-1111
200 E. Oakland Dr, Monticello, MN 55632
Rated 2.7 of 5 – Expedia (seems a risky choice)

Super 8
Local # 763-295-4303
1114 Cedar St., Monticello, MN 55632
Rated 3.9 of 5 – “Good” Expedia

Chelsea Inn & Suites (Best Western)
This hotel requires a two night booking on August weekends
Local # 763-271-8880
89 Chelsea Rd., Monticello, MN 55632
Rated 4.2 of 5 – “Very Good – Best option for Monticello” Expedia

It is recommended that you try online booking for better hotel rates, but act fast, do not underestimate the unyielding summer draw of the greater Monticello area.

Hope to see you in August!

The Team Lyle Rally-by-Committee RallyMasters:
Connie, Randy, Paula, Jim, and Lisa

Who's in?


Thanks to our host and sponsor:

Moon Motorsports - 3613 Chelsea Rd - Monticello, MN 55362


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