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P2D 2008

Early registration for the Paris-to-Dacre dual-sport ride opens this weekend for experienced teams.

The 750-km event, which takes place June 25 – 27 in southern Ontario, mimics what used to be called the "Paris to Dakar" rally (now it’s simply the "Dakar") and allows competing teams to experience something like the strain of the actual Dakar rally, but only for one day.

Sign-up for experienced teams opens one minute past midnight on Saturday morning, March 6 at rallyconnex.com. Sign-up for new members opens March 20.

No single entries will be allowed, only teams of three to five members.

Incidentally, the second bail in the P2D will now be known as the "CMG Option." Rally Connex wishes the CMG team good luck in making it past this point in their future attempts.

Rally Connex conducts a number of dual-sport rides each year and offers routes for both knobby-tire and street-tire type riders. A Spring Training Tour will be held at Bowmanville, Ont., on May 9, with some lessons on using GPS, bike set-up, and riding technique included. Participants will then follow a GPS route to the off-road training centre and go through some technical sessions. Lunch is provided, then riders return to the start point by another GPS route.

All sizes of bikes are welcome.

Training day is held on Mother’s Day. Funds raised will go to a favoured team in the 2010 Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.

Rally Connex will also conduct a British Columbia event this year. The B.C. Fly Ride Fly Tour runs July 2 – 12 and goes from Blairmore, Alb., to Penticton, B.C.

Participants’ own motorcycles will be shipped out to the starting point, where the riders will attend the World Enduro Canada Rounds one and two (as spectators, of course) before setting out on July 5. At the end of the ride, they’ll see more enduro action as rounds three and four take place near Penticton, B.C.

See www.rallyconnex.com for more details on these and other Rally Connex adventures.

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