For the first time, a woman has won the Iron Butt Rally. This year’s winner, Wendy Crockett of Rapid City, South Dakota, rode her 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300 with over 200,000 miles on it to victory. To win, Wendy traveled 12,998.9 miles in 11 days and accrued 154,086 points.
Wendy has competed in the Iron Butt Rally 5 times. She is a very experienced motorcyclist. She’s not just a rider, she lives a full motorcycle oriented life.
At one point she owned and operated Cyclesmiths in Kernville, CA. Now, she lives in Rapid City, SD and is a mechanic for Sturgis Motorsports.
With all that experience on tap, Wendy was able to beat 101 other motorcycles. Interestingly, 7 of those motorcycles had a passenger on board.
Beginning in 1984, the rally is an eleven-day endurance event covering 11,000+ miles. To win, riders accumulate points by making checkpoints to a different daily destination.
Having a strategy is an important part of the Iron Butt. Checkpoints have varying point values and it’s up to the rider to determine the best checkpoints in accordance with their strategy. Ultimately, a rider must cover at least 1,000 miles a day and choose a route that will help them to accrue the most points possible.
Congratulations to Wendy on completing and winning the 2019 Iron Butt Rally.