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Idec Sport, the unbeatable trimaran in the Jules Verne and the Route du Rhum

In 2015, Francis Joyon took over Idec Sport, formerly Groupama 3 and Banque Populaire VII, holder of the Jules Verne Trophy in 2010 and the Route du Rhum in 2010 and 2014. On board, he achieved new records, the Jules Verne Trophy in 2017, which he still holds. The following year, he won the 2018 Route du Rhum with only 7 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of François Gabart, making him a legend. This article is part of a feature on one of the most successful trimarans in history.

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Building the multihull for the Jules Verne Trophy

After a record-breaking summer 2015 under the name Lending Club 2, Francis Joyon has recovered his trimaran Idec Sport . Arriving in Vannes in early September 2015, the boat entered the yard at Multiplast . Even though the official handover was on September 15, Ryan Breymaier (the skipper of Lending Club 2) and Francis Joyon got a little bit of a head start.

Once in Vannes, the equipment and sails were dismantled and the Lending Club tickets were removed. The minor work following the use of the boat for the record campaign has been taken care of by Lending Club. Francis Joyon , for his part, has identified the improvements to be made in preparation for the Jules Verne Trophy . "The trimaran has been re-configured for a round-the-world race and the hostile seas of the Deep South.

Protection systems for the helmsman and the crew member who is at the winches watching the sheets have been installed. "I find that these posts are too exposed for the seas of the Deep South where it gets very wet. They need to be better protected for watches in those seas, with facilities to hold on and not be swept away by the waves ." explains Francis Joyon.

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A watermaker and a system for drying boots and oilskins were installed, in order to carry less equipment and save weight. The small mast was adapted and two new sails were installed.

After three weeks of express refit at Multiplast (it was in this same yard that the trimaran Groupama 3 had been built), Idec-Sport âeuros all dressed in red - was launched on October 2, 2015. Put in the colors of Idec Sport, the boat has undergone a major refit, having accumulated 25,000 miles under the name Lending Club 2.

In addition to the work mentioned above, improvements were made such as a removable propeller shaft and a real navigation station inside. After the installation of the centerboard and the rudders, the boat went to Lorient, to be masted.

A word from the architect

"Spindrift 2 and IDEC SPORT will both enter the Jules Verne Trophy stand-by next autumn. The battle between the two crews will be exciting to follow. On the one hand, there will be an overpowered boat and on the other, a "moped" led by a reduced crew . The hypothesis of a victory for IDEC SPORT is quite possible. Light and maneuverable with its small rig, this boat is at ease in the transition zones. It will be able to do well in the descent and ascent of the Atlantic. IDEC SPORT , on the other hand, will be handicapped below 10 knots, but these are marginal conditions on the scale of a Jules Verne Trophy . In the Southern Ocean , if both boats encounter the same conditions, the differences will be minimal. IDEC SPORT is a safe boat on which we can shoot with complete confidence. That said, Spindrift 2 has been very well optimized and will be a formidable competitor.

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On paper, it will be faster than when it was in the colors of Banque Populaire V. Beating the 45 days of BP V is possible for IDEC SPORT and Spindrift 2. The bar is high, at a level where the weather is becoming preponderant. At the start of a Jules Verne Trophy , we have a fairly clear vision of the weather situation until we round the Cape of Good Hope and enter the Southern Ocean . After that, it's all unknown. The record is often decided on the way back up the Atlantic, so there is a certain amount of luck involved explains Xavier Guilbaud, architect at VPLP.

The Idec Sport trimaran in 10 essential points

1 âeuros The sails the trimaran has 5 sails : The mainsail , a gennaker which is used downwind and three flat sails of different sizes on the front called J1 J2 and J3. The headsails are mounted on furlers, which means that a roller allows them to be rolled around their stays. This is a wise precaution with a small crew , as it is easier than with sails on halyards that would have to be lowered and/or raised at each change.

2 âeuros The foils on each side float, port and starboard, there is a foil or "water wing." This profiled surface, whose immersion depth can be adjusted, provides dynamic lift. In other words, it allows the boat to be lifted off the ground at certain speeds This is the great revolution in sailing boats in recent years. The gains in performance are enormous compared to a boat without these load-bearing appendages.

3 âeuros The central drift : Multihulls do not have a keel . So to avoid "skidding" on the water and moving forward like a crab, IDEC SPORT - like all the big multihulls - is equipped with a long central daggerboard which ensures what the architects call the anti-drift plane.

4 âeuros The mast : IDEC SPORT is configured with its "small" mastâeuros¦ which is still its 33.50 mètres high. The big one was 6 meters higher, but it was necessary to take a reef (reduce the mainsail ) as soon as 20 knots of wind. Triple advantage according to Francis Joyon: equal or even better performance, high mainsail , less risk of breakage, and above all two tons saved compared to the big boat.

5 âeuros The winch columns they are also known as "coffee grinders" and allow you to increase the effort (several speeds) and therefore to turn more easily the winches which are used to trim or ease the halyards and sheets. In addition, they can be used by two crew members, face to face, to combine efforts. The system is obviously disengageable. There is a column on each side of the boat .

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6 âeuros The winches for the port and starboard maneuvering areas on each side of the roof cap, there are two huge winches. They are mostly operated by the columns called "coffee mills" because of the enormous forces exerted on them (often several tons of traction). Just in front of them are the pianos or the ropes which are used for everything: hoisting or lowering the sails, reefing, raising, lowering or adjusting the appendages, etc. It should be noted that these four large winches can also be operated by a simple crank for the rare cases where the tension is lower. There is a fifth winch in the center of the cockpit.

7 âeuros The cap of roof it protects the sailor from the spray, allows the man on stand-by to rest and prevents the water from going down inside the central hull of the boat where the minimalist living quarters of the IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran are located.

8 âeuros The rudders these three appendages are the "shovels" that allow IDEC SPORT to be steered. There is a large central one, but also one on each side float. This prevents the boat from stalling when it starts to rise on its foils and is more efficient when one float is in direct contact with the water.

9 âeuros The starboard helm : On the previous IDEC trimarans, there was only one steering wheel, in the center. On this larger one, there is one on each side. On the right side of the boat , the starboard helm is the "steering wheel" used to steer the trimaran when it sails on starboard tack, when the wind comes from the right of the boat .

10 âeuros The side bar on the left side of the boat , the helm is used to steer the trimaran when it is sailing on a tack. That is, when the wind comes from the left of the boat . The helmsman thus faces the sail .

Victory in the Jules Verne Trophy

On December 16, 2016, Francis Joyon set off on the Jules Verne Trophy with a crew of 5 sailors: Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet , Bernard Stamm , Sébastien Audigane and Alex Pella . Slower at the start, they gained miles throughout the course, passing some of the major capes several days ahead. The last short-handed round-the-world race dates back to Bruno Peyron's record in 1993. Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:49 a.m. after 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds, Francis Joyon and all his team win this beautiful victory . Although attempted several times by other crews since 2017, this record still belongs to him.

Victory in the Route du Rhum

A legend is born... While François Gabart on Macif is one of the big favorites in this 2018 Route du Rhum, it is Francis Joyon who is entering the legend . The two sailors were neck and neck throughout the crossing of the Atlantic, with François Gabart leading at the finish. But it was a breathtaking 6-hour finish around Guadeloupe that reshuffled the deck. Francis Joyon wins this 11th edition of the Route du Rhum with a race time of 7 days 14 hours 21 minutes and 47 seconds to complete the 3542 mile course at the speed average speed of 19.42 knots. He also set a new reference time by improving the race time of the 2014 edition (won by Loïck Peyron ) of 46 minutes 45 seconds. Aged 62, he finally enters the history of the race as it is his 7th participation.

An incredible gap âeuros the smallest in the history of the race since the 98 seconds of the first edition âeuros that makes this 40th anniversary of the race in the legendâeuros! A remake of the Birch/Malinovski duel in 1978âeuros!

The other records...

After the Route du Rhum, Francis Joyon continues to break records, including a campaign in Asia in 2019 . He comes back to this edition of the Route du Rhum 2022, because he likes adventure and maybe the weather will give him a nice surprise...

From Groupama 3 to Idec Sport, the story of a legendary trimaran

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FRANCIS JOYON AND THE MAXI-TRIMARAN IDEC SPORT BACK ON THE DISCOVERY ROUTE

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Francis Joyon , supported as usual by his faithful teammates, Bertrand Delesne, Bernard Stamm, Antoine Blouet and Christophe Houdet, will be donning his record-hunter’s suit at the  beginning of October , in an attempt to  beat the reference time set in 2013  by Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli’s maxi-trimaran Spindrift on the Route de la Découverte.

A course dear to the heart of the title holder of the Route du Rhum, who has twice held the reference time on this same distance between Cadiz and San Salvador in the Bahamas single handed. Francis and his solid maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT, launched in 2006, will leave their home port of La Trinité sur mer around September 21, heading initially for the region of Malaga and the South of Andalusia where his faithful partner  GROUPE   IDEC  (18 years of common history) is initiating an ambitious logistics and industrial park with positive energy.

Francis and his gang “The boat is ready”  whispers  Francis , always looking after his maxi-trimaran.  “We worked on the appendages, which had suffered a lot during our Asian Tour, hitting a large number of unidentified floating objects. We are very attentive to her ageing. We react to any appearance of cracks. It is true that the use of the “small” mast, without affecting performance, has considerably reduced the stress on the platform. We are still looking for more simplicity in the maneuvers and we continue to find here and there some tricks. We take advantage of the end of summer to go out regularly. My son Corentin, permanent on the boat since the 2018 season, will not be with us. With Antoine, Christophe, Bernard and Bertrand, I will have a happy crew who know the boat perfectly to accompany me.”

“The record is sharp!” Six days, 14 hours, 29 minutes and 53 seconds to cover 4,481 miles  on a direct route!  “This record is very sharp,”  agrees Francis.  “More than 25 knots average! We’ll need an excellent weather window to improve it. And a bit of luck too, as we know the weather conditions in the Bahamas are often very unstable. This Discovery Route is a fabulous, magical route, full of history. It is the route followed by Christopher Columbus. The islands are fascinating. I disembarked there once at the end of one of my solo records. The population was adorable. This route is full of promises of beautiful glides, of fabulous horizons. We are working on the smallest details of the weather scenarios with Christian Dumard, because global warming is a very real phenomenon that can be measured by the statistical increase in the frequency of hurricanes in this area of the Caribbean. The oceans are getting warmer, and provide fuel for the storms.”

Stand-by in Cadiz in early October Francis intends to leave Brittany around  September 21st , in order to start his stand-by in the last days of the month, for a departure at the beginning of October, true to his legend as a sailor who does not like long stand-by. IDEC SPORT will moor for a few days in Algeciras, then in Malaga before heading for Cadiz and Puerto Sherry, and will accompany the Public Relations operations organized by the  GROUPE IDEC , which is very much involved in an ambitious  logistical  and  industrial project  in  Andalusia .

Europe’s first XXL park with positive energy GROUPE IDEC  is launching the development of a new XXL logistics and industrial zone in the south of Andalusia, covering more than 300 hectares:  Puerto Seco in Antequera . Its ideal location at the crossroads of all the continents and its direct access to the largest transport networks make it a strategic crossroads of exchanges. This park is being developed to allow the integration of a great mix of activities and services and assets with high added value to create a rich and varied space. The energy issues are also an integral part of the project since it aims to be energy self-sufficient and to limit its carbon footprint.

This approach is greatly appreciated by Francis Joyon and can be found on board the maxi-trimaran, which also bears the colors of IDEC ENERGY, the subsidiary of the GROUPE IDEC dedicated to the creation of innovative energy solutions.

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The IDEC SPORT maxi trimaran is back racing. Francis Joyon left Hong Kong this morning at 08:00:47 hrs UTC and is on his way to London in the framework of another record attempt:

the Tea Route, for which the reference time has been held since 2018 by the Italian, Giovanni Soldini and the crew of the Maserati trimaran, who completed the voyage in 36 days, two hours and 37 minutes.

To beat the record, Joyon and his crew have to finish in London by 11:36:58 on Sunday 23rd February.

The fourth Act of the IDEC SPORT Asian Tour, the Tea Route is without doubt the longest and hardest of the races. A voyage of around 17,500 miles lies ahead of the IDEC SPORT red maxi-trimaran, which won the last Route du Rhum when sailed solo and is still holder of the Jules Verne Trophy for the crewed round the world record.

Moderate conditions for the start

Francis Joyon never likes to hang around on stand-by waiting for the ideal weather opportunity. With countless records under his belt, he has often proved that his intuition was enough to achieve his goal.

Soon after returning to China by plane last week and following on from some pleasant PR operations with the Chinese in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Francis and his crew of four, Antoine Blouet, Christophe Houdet, Bertrand Delesne and his son, Corentin, decided to cast off on Saturday morning and cross the start line for this new adventure in the IDEC Sport Asian Tour, an attempt to beat the Tea Route record between Hong Kong and London. The start took place in moderate conditions, with the monsoon generating 15-knot NE’ly winds along the coast of China.

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An initial phase that looks interestingly complicated

“The weather opportunity is not that extraordinary, but it suits us.” How many times have we heard Francis say those words as he sets off to tackle a record that he ends up beating? He is off to the open seas again on this return voyage back to Europe in record mode with a crew. On the way out, there were three stages in the trip – Mauritius, Ho Chi Minh City and Shenzhen, but this time, he will be doing the trip in one go with the trade winds cooperating on paper, but that may not be the case.

The studies carried out over the past few hours by Christian Dumard, his weather assistant, reveal a number of hurdles, starting with the crossing of the Equator around Singapore, and the passage through the Sunda Strait joining the Sea of China with the Indian Ocean, where there is usually the worrying combination of calms and strong head currents. The start of the race is likely to be slow according to Francis and his men, who believe they will reach the south of the Malaysian Peninsula in just over four days.

Maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT in Hong Kong - photo © Théodore Kaye / Aléa / IDEC SPORT

A tricky Indian Ocean

In the Indian Ocean in December there were powerful NE’ly trade winds, which forced IDEC SPORT to extend the voyage by almost 1500 miles sailing down close to the coast of Australia, but now there are rough seas with a series of low-pressure systems disturbing the steady flow.

The situation changes quickly and Francis with his enthusiastic crew who understand the secrets of the maxi-trimaran, which has won the Route du Rhum three times and holds the Jules Verne record, hope to reach the Cape of Good Hope within the record time set by Giovanni Soldini. They are going to have to pray to the wind gods that the cyclones off the coast of Mozambique do not upset their plans.

Speed and dealing with transitions are going to be key in the Indian Ocean, which should be fascinating intellectually and physically demanding. They are going to have to watch out for the Agulhas Current at the southern tip of Africa. Combined with the westerly winds, it could force IDEC SPORT to come to a halt, similar to that experienced by Lionel Lemonchois’s maxi-catamaran, Gitana 13 back in 2008, when he successfully completed the record.

There is plenty to keep them busy after that with the South and North Atlantic, where in both cases they will have to get around huge high-pressure systems. “Rounding Saint Helena by the north and east looks like being the best solution for the moment,” explained Christian Dumard. “This means sailing along the coast of Namibia.” Then they face the Doldrums, Azores, the Bay of Biscay, the Engliish Channel and the Thames Estuary… so many episodes to come in the great adventure that lies ahead for Francis and his men.

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The 29.7m (97ft) ocean racing trimaran IDEC has been an outstanding offshore performer in the very capable hands of Francis Joyon. Since launching in 2007 she has set three world records; a solo circumnavigation in 57 days, six hours, a 24-hour solo run of 666.2 miles averaging 27.75 knots and a solo transatlantic in five days, two hours.

Specifically built to regain the single-handed around the world record from Ellen MacArthur, IDEC has been designed for solo sailing with a successful balance between power and safety.

The lightness and simplicity in the layout and systems chosen by Joyon combined with the seaworthiness and performance of the Irens design have produced a truly remarkable yacht.

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She is the current holder of both the round-the-world Jules Verne Trophy and the Route du Rhum transatlantic single-handed yacht race.

She is 103′ of lean, mean sailing muscle.

She is the amazing IDEC Sport Trimaran and last week (5 December 2019), she sailed into HCMC, Vietnam which is where we build Rapido Trimarans at Triac Composites' factory.

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Rapido was lucky enough to have an informal tour of this incredible trimaran and above is a short video prepared by Rapido (Note, Rapido Trimarans and Triac Composites do not have any official or unofficial relationship with IDEC Sport Trimaran ).

Wow! Three knives with a massive sail carving up the world’s oceans! What a weapon!! What a thrill!

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Chinese sailor Guo Chuan is planning to go through the North East Passage in the 97ft trimaran that Francis Joyon sailed round the world

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What’s the ideal yacht for attempting to set a record transiting the North East Passage?

You might think a steel yacht, or aluminium perhaps, something that resists crushing by ice, a sturdy craft equipped sensibly, if not beautifully, with a pilothouse or other shelter on deck.

You mightn’t think: the best yacht would be a round the world racing trimaran.

But Chinese sailor Guo Chuan did. He has just bought has bought Francis Joyon’s 97ft trimaran IDEC. Surprisingly, he didn’t buy it to better Joyon’s lone round the world record – or at least not for now – but to set a record, the first officially recognised speed record, for going through the North East Passage.

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Guo Chuan and Francis Joyon

Guo Chuan, former Volvo Ocean Race crew and the first from his country to sail solo round the world, took over the Nigel Irens-designed trimaran in La Trinité sur Mer last month and will train with Joyon throughout April before renaming the yacht Qingdao.

The project follows nearly two years’ research on the feasibility of attempting the North East Passage from Murmansk to Providenya. The World Speed Sailing Record Council has agreed to adjudicate on the first attempt of this world record challenge, skippered by Guo Chuan with an international crew from the UK, France, Norway and Russia.

After attempting to set a North East Passage record, Guo plans to sail along the maritime silk road from China back to Europe. His team says: “Guo has no plan to sail round the world with this boat yet, but we do have plans for the next three years.”

But going through the North East Passage is not guaranteed in one year. The route can often be impeded by ice, with every possibility of having to spent two seasons making the long journey through the Bering Strait. The map below shows the remoteness and length of this most difficult ‘sea voyage’.

Who is Guo Chuan?

Guo, 50, is an aeronautical engineer who got the bug for sailing back in 2000 when he joined friends from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for a day on the water. In 2008 he was picked to be the media crewmember on the Irish-Chinese Volvo Ocean Race entry Green Dragon and in 2012/3 he set a record as the first Chinese person to sail solo round the world, sailing a Class 40.

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The North East Passage

The passage from Novaya Zemlya or Franz Josef Land to the Bering Strait was first completed in 1878 by Swedish scientist Nils Adolf Nordenskjöld in the ship Vega.

The first modern yacht to do so was Apostle Andrew, skippered by Nicolai Litau from the Moscow Adventure Club in 1999, who sailed from Murmansk back to St Petersburg.

It is now commonly used by the people of Russia as the shortest water route between Russian ports in Europe and the Far East, and this passage offers a saving of 5,000 miles. It is, however, carefully guarded, and taking a Russian crew is often a precondition of gaining the necessary permissions.

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IDEC Sport Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Matra’s Last Le Mans Win With 2024 Livery

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IDEC Sport will race in 2024 in the colours of Matra in the 50th anniversary season of the brands last overall win at Le Mans when the Matra MS670C took the third consecutive win for the factory team with Henri Pescarolo and Gérard Larrousse.

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The LMP2 squad revealed the new livery for their #28 Oreca 07 Gibson, produced in partnership with Matra, this morning. On this occasion, the managers of the two brands, Patrice Lafargue and Grégory Trebaol, as well as IDEC SPORT drivers Paul Lafargue, Reshad de Gerus and Job Van Uitert were present. The same livery will also adorn the tem’s Michelin Le mans Cup Ligier JS P320 for Patrice Lafargue and Dino Lunardi.

Paul Lafargue was personally involved in the creation of the livery: “We started from the 70s, with the famous blue, which we wanted to be modern and deep. We therefore opted for the metallic side. There is also the white line on the side and the white cockpit, which we could see on the Matras of the time. There was green, red and yellow to differentiate them, we chose gold. It’s a tribute to victory, to medals, to trophies. To apply these choices, we were divided, we were thinking of something modern, which can be found in LMP2, or retro to respect the history of Matra. We decided to have a good mix. I think the car will perform well on the track. I like the result, it’s still classy and I’ll be proud to ride in it. The objective was not to surprise, but to rekindle a flame. We just want to update and evolve the brand to bring it back into current endurance.”

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Emilie Rambonona, Deputy Managing Director of Rebirth: “We wanted to recapture the spirit of the Matra team during the three victories of ’72, ’73 and ’74. We took the emblematic blue, which we associated with gold, which is synonymous with victory. It’s sober, like Matra, which focused mainly on performance. We have a heritage, so it gives us ideas, and we capitalize on it. The main message is that we want to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Matra’s last victory at Le Mans. We already feel enthusiasm, internally, within Rebirth, but also externally with all the stakeholders with whom we work.”

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Patrice Lafargue, President of the IDEC Group and IDEC SPORT driver: “Basically, we only thought about the LMP2, and then finally we decided to include the LMP3 and to give it the same design as its big sister. I was already very excited to have a car from the team badged Matra, with all the symbolism that implies. But that means that I too will be racing under the colours of this beautiful brand and that’s a real source of pride. I think it’s superb and I can’t wait to present it to everyone who supports IDEC SPORT. »

Grégory Trebaol, CEO of Rebirth and owner of Matra: “It’s great to see the cars with our colours. We announced the partnership with Rétromobile and there it became very concrete. History meets current events. Even if there is still room to develop this adventure even further, we can say that 50 years after the last victory at Le Mans, Matra will be back in the European Championship and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I am convinced that this presentation is the start of a beautiful communion with the fans.”

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They say this place you're lookin' for It's a little off the track Don't know the number of the road But I can tell you where it's at You know there isn't no pavement there A few rocks that might give you a scare I used to know it like the back of my hand When I was just a boy

Idaho. if you don't live there, chances are you're limited to how much time you have to ride there. Us too! That's why we put together the Idaho Bucket List Dual Sport Tour.

Above photo: Part of the 2012 Sasquatch Dual Sport Tour in Idaho. And yes that's Bruce Graham's Sportster 1200 outfitted with Avon Gripster 80/20 tires. Worked great off-road.

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Our first observations during the tour were that the roads are well marked throughout Idaho, and there are many interpretive signs along the way to help you learn the history of the area in detail.

The tour begins in McCall, a small inviting resort town on the west side of Idaho. Nice restaurants, all types of accommodations and great views onto Lake Payette. For campers, the state park camping facilities on the north end of town are state-of-the-art. And since day one offers two loop options, there's no need to pack up and leave until day two.

Photo: the fire overlook at Horse Mountain near Hells Canyon.

Day one provides two options to visit Idaho's Hells Canyon Scenic Overlooks. The south option takes riders out to Horse Mountain and Sheep Rock, while the north option takes riders to The Seven Devils and Hells Gate overlooks, then provides a back road route back to McCall that includes a don't-pass-this-up stop at a hot spring.

If you're an iron man you can attempt both routes in a single day, or if you have more time you can do them both over two days.

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Photo: Taken at 10,400 feet on Railroad Ridge, several riders are seen with the 13,000 foot Chinese Wall behind them.

The afternoon portion features a ride to the top of the world as you make your way up Railroad Ridge to 10,400 feet for a look at the 13,000 foot high Chinese Wall. This is the highest elevation you can take a motorcycle to in the State of Idaho, though very few people do it. The road up is a steep two track and includes 100 feet of fist sized rocks to navigate. Only intermediate and experienced riders should attempt this. The best way to navigate these five miles is in first gear at a steady speed of 15 mph. Anything faster will cause excessive shifting which can lead to stalling. Anything slower will cause a tip over if speed is not maintained through the more rugged sections. Eyes up, arms relaxedit's time to rumble!

Then it's north for an overnight stop in Salmon.

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Photo: Interpretive sign noting the location of the Magruder Massacre along the Magruder Corridor.

The final leg of the day is on the Elk City Highway out to Kamiah (kam-ee-eye). This road is an awesome stretch of pavement that puts US12/Lolo Pass to shame. You'll love it!

The stop at Kamiah provides two nights in the same place so there's no need to pack up to move on until day five.

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Interpretive signs along the route tell the story of Lewis & Clark's expedition in this area.

A section west of The Smoking Place Camp is lovingly referred to as the' boulder pit' or 'bike eater'. Smooth granite rock jets out at heights of up to 1.5 feet, making it tricky to navigate. If this makes you uneasy, get off the bike and work as a team with another rider to walk each bike over this section one by one.

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Photo: Summit Grade Road with the Clearwater River below along the Nez Perce Reservation.

You missed the inaugural Idaho Bucket List tour, but you can still get out and ride it. The tour book includes maps, turn by turn directions and listings of restaurants, accommodations and motorcycle shops along the route.

To get the tour book and GPS routes and tracks, CLICK HERE now.

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