The HISS events have been going from strength to strength this year but we are of the believe that unless you’re moving forward you’re standing still, and if you’re standing still then you’re falling backwards …
So during the summer we’ve been in ‘thinking caps’ mode and we’re devised two new HISS ‘formats’; HISS Challenge and HISS Big Tread that will run alongside the original idea, which will now be called the HISS v1, and after talking through these with the guys and gals at the HISS here in Catalonia in September we’ve decided to go ahead … (thumbs)
[b][strike]HISS v1: [/strike][/b]this is the time honoured, known and loved HISS at our summer base, Camping Collegats here in the Catalonian Pyrenees. There’s no change here apart from the date, which is in June next year. The ‘HISS v1’ maintains the ‘Veterans’ loyalty bonus scheme of 50% discount – remember that since January 2016 there are no ‘new’ Vets!
[b]HISS Challenge:[/b] this will be happening at a completely new location to the south and east of Teruel. As the name suggests the emphasis is on ‘technical’ trails, of which there are many more in the new zone than both the former Aragon HISS trails and in the Pyrenees! The venue is at a ‘new’ camping – it’s only been open for three years – which not only has bungalows and motel style rooms for those who don’t ‘do’ camping but also has a function room for our exclusive use during the HISS. This has tables, whiteboards. etc. for planning, holding briefing sessions, etc. as well as some kitchen facilities and secure place for charging phones, camera batteries, etc.
[b]HISS Big Tread: [/b]again at a new venue, another camping with bungalows and a function room. This one is located within the old Aragon HISS territory but, like the Challenge site, is only fifteen minutes from the A-23 motorway that runs from Zaragossa to Valencia. As the name implies, the idea is for a HISS specifically geared up for large bikes and less emphasis on ‘technical’ trails. The big difference is that as well as having new trails in a much extended area, the HISS routes will include road sections so that riding days make the best of both worlds – the area has some of the very best roads in Spain – that is to say, the World! (thumbs)
As before the format of the HISS is essentially the same: no teams, no competition, no prizes, etc. just lots of fun …
The other change, reflecting the cost that so many people face trailering or vanning their smaller bikes to Span, is that the HISS v1 and HISS Challenge events will run back to back, so that folks can do the two together.
[b]Dates for your diaries:[/b].
HISS v1: June 12 – 16th at Camping Collegats, La Pobla de Segur, Lleida
HISS Challenge: June 19th – 23rd at Camping Casa Fausto, Formiche Alto, Teruel
HISS Big Tread: September 11th – 15th at Camping Las Corralizas, Bronchales, Teruel
NB – all sites have also offered participants a discount. Details to follow.
[b]Fees:[/b] £150 per bike/rider, passengers, loved ones, children and dogs – yes, we’ve had these! – come free.
As mentioned above the new HISS events do not attract the Veteran’s discount but there will be a 10% discount for riders attending the v1 and Challenge together as well as a 10% discount for couples with a bike each – note that only one discount applies!