If you’d like to give cross-country rally racing a go, you’ll need to figure out roadbook navigation. Still used in most major rallies around the world, roadbook is a simple but highly effective method of navigation, providing you with much more route information than a GPS device.

In essence, the roadbook is your road map. There are three sections in the roadbook: first one from the left indicates your distance, the middle section tells you your direction, and the third section has extra information about the route – speed limits, danger, cliffs, rocks, uphill or downhill, and so on.

The roadbook scroll is placed in the roadbook holder. Using the switch on your handlebars, you scroll the roadbook manually.

The tripmaster (in my case, an Ico device on top of the roadbook holder) tells you your distance, which corresponds with the first section in your roadbook. When the Ico shows, for example, 37.7, and your roadbook indicates that at 37.7, you have a left uphill turn, you’ll turn left at kilometre 37.7 heading uphill.

Sometimes, the Ico reading may be slightly off: for example, you arrive at your 37.7 left turn, but your Ico says 38.0. If you’re 100% sure you are at that 37.7 turn, adjust your Ico accordingly using the switch on the handlebars.

If you get lost, simply backtrack to the last place where you know where you are, re-adjust your Ico, and start again. If, after turning left at 37.7, you got lost, head back to where that left uphill turn was, adjust your Ico back to 37.7, and start again.

Marking your roadbook helps you read it quicker as you are riding along. Most people use green for turns, red for danger, and so on. It’s completely up to you how you mark yours.

Here’s a basic explainer video of how to read roadbook, put it in the roadbook holder, and use it on the tracks:

 

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