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The event took place 40 miles southwest of Des Moines in Winterset Iowa, the birthplace of legendary actor John Wayne. Rally central was tucked away under the new canopy of old hardwoods with riders setting up campsites in the campground next to the city park.


Attendance was great for a first of its kind of event promoted only via social media. Rally goer Shawn Bartz was pumped, “Seeing all those Africa Twins in one place was pretty spectacular!” Riders from eight states took part in the weekend’s events. Although billed as an AT rally, a few other marques joined in the ADV rider community and camaraderie.

Mother Nature shined on the riders for a great ride into the rally on Thursday and Friday with picture perfect skies and temps in the mid-70s. Friday night delivered some rain to keep the dust down for the 200 miles (150 miles of gravel) planned ride for Saturday. However, as midwest weather frequently does in the spring, thunderstorms blossomed out of the southwest and chased the group ride down, forcing some to curtail about 50 miles of gravel from the ride.

After Saturday night’s catered meal was the awards ceremony—and anything but typical rally. Due to the tremendous outpouring of support from the ADV vendor community, it was more like a gigantic ADV piñata where every rider got a new farkle for their prized ride.


On Sunday, as riders packed up and made plans for one final ride, one thing was abundantly clear: This first of a kind event was a huge success and all the efforts of its organizer Tobin Bennett paid off. Receiving rally goer testimonials only further solidified the success. “As a new person to the adventure bike world, I felt welcomed and accepted by everyone. Tobin organized a great mix of relaxation time and hair-raising moments. It was a blast! I’ll definitely be back for more,” said Thomas Paul. From Frank Woodsman, “I was really impressed with the rally! Tobin did a great job putting it on. I had a great time and made several new friends! Thanks so much from WOODZMAN ADVENTURES!”

Huge movements start from small actions. The First Annual Africa Twin Rally started a movement that will no doubt continue to gain momentum. With the contagious motivation of its founder and organizer to the unbelievable support from its sponsors, the AT Rally has begun its journey to become a truly special event.

More on this at: https://advmotoevents.com/reports/africa-twin-rally-2017-report
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Re: 1st Annual Africa Twin Rally, Des Moines, Winterset, Iowa, USA
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2017, 12:39:19 »
It was bit far for this year :)
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Re: 1st Annual Africa Twin Rally, Des Moines, Winterset, Iowa, USA
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2017, 07:27:30 »
It was bit far for this year :)

Next year maybe ;)
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Re: 1st Annual Africa Twin Rally, Des Moines, Winterset, Iowa, USA
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2017, 21:38:04 »

Next year maybe ;)

waiting for you complete report  VCIF_ThumbUp  ;)
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Re: 1st Annual Africa Twin Rally, Des Moines, Winterset, Iowa, USA
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2017, 09:34:31 »
James will pop over for VIM20 next year, Jyrki!  ;D
Afterall... We do had some Canoocks at VIM Alpine in Zams, and a Kiwi at VIM18 & 19  ;D

On topic: wonderfull. It does remind me how our annual meeting VIM has started back in 1999! The power of social media...  VCIF_ThumbUp
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Re: 1st Annual Africa Twin Rally, Des Moines, Winterset, Iowa, USA
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2017, 11:30:03 »
It was bit far for this year :)

Next year maybe ;)
You never know...
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