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The 24hr is the pinnacle event of the seven round SA Reliability Trials Series (SART) this being round 4.
Since its beginning in 1924 this historical off-road event has lived up to its name as a test of rider stamina and machine reliability. The trial is held annually on the second weekend of July and it rotates the starting point between the country towns of Kapunda and Eudunda each year.
The trial supports solo & sidecar machines which must remain roadworthy throughout the event, and a competitor can be penalised or excluded for any defects along the way, or at the finish. Competitors are not allowed to receive any outside assistance while competing
There are 12 competitive off-road sections on the 200km plus course (where the racing is done) these are linked with easier transport stages (transport stages can also become difficult to negotiate depending on the weather conditions) where competitors must travel in order to race in the competitive sections. Competitors travel over the course 4 times and race in 48 competitive stages over the 24hr period. They can experience a diversity of natural terrain and weather conditions, which can include mud, deep water, bulldust, rocky creek beds and hills , clay tracks, scrubland & sand, in sunshine, rain, fog or frost. Temperatures can fall as low as -5° in the early hours of the morning and into the mid to high teens during the day or vary 5° or 6° from one end of the course to the other.
Each rider receives their riding number by way of a random draw, Expert Solo, Expert Sidecar & Rally are separated from the rest of the open Clubman Classes for safety. Each rider is released at one minute intervals, and ride to a pre determined schedule based on their starting number. The rider with the least amount of total accumulated points lost over the 24hr period, including any penalties imposed, becomes the winner.