Hoka Hey Winner Says He’s Collected His Prize Money

The winner of the controversial cross country adventure race, Will Barclay of Highland Florida, has told Quick Throttle magazine that the prize money has been wired to his account and the organizers lived up to their end of the agreement.  The jet pilot Barclay said that a lot of the controversary is just individuals who are whiners.

"I have some very strong opinions as to why things like this are happening more and more, not just in this or this country, but all over the world. It has to do with people just not accepting personal responsibility. People I call the “whiners” who want everything to be perfect all of the time without risk and without problems. That’s just not realistic. It’s not the way the world works. Maybe we can wish for it once in awhile but it’s just not the way things are or are supposed to be."

Barclay said his sister used the internet and Facebook and helped him stay abreast of other competitors. "I was able to get cell phone calls and text messages. My cell was held on a bracket and while it was tough to make calls I could easily get them along with text messages which I could also read as I was riding. So yes, I knew about the road sign controversy and all the negative chatter on the internet blogs. When my friend Alex was injured in AZ. My sister let me know. She even told me there was a group of riders 12 hours behind me and they think they are in the lead. Lots of great stuff."

On the Hoka Hey Facebook page, this press release was issued last week.

William Barclay just took the polygraph in New York City. After hours of questions and yet again another drug test, for sedatives, has passed. William Barclay will receive a wire transfer of 500,000 dollars from Pioneer Bank and Trust of Rapid City, South Dakota directly to William's bank account.

The Hoka Hey organizers issued a press release earlier that read;

The organizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge announce the establishment of a new escrow account under the name of The Medicine Show Land Trust Escrow Account which is held at Pioneer Bank and Trust  in Rapid City, SD. The account now holds the $500k purse which will be paid to the Challenge winner at 7:00pm on the 11th of August at the Broken Spoke Saloon Campground on hwy 79 near Sturgis.

The announcement of the official winner of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is pending the results of a polygraph test which is scheduled to be conducted in New York City on the 28th of July. The polygraph test is being preformed by International Investigation Group, Ltd. with offices in New York City,Long Island, Westchester, Los Angles, Boca Raton, FL, and London. I.I.G. has worked on many notable cases including Tiffany jewelry store robbery for Lloyds of London,AIG Insurance Co. in a $120 million dollar bank fraud case, and the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing investigation. This firm has been featured in: NY Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, CNN, CNBC, Glamour Magazine, and the Tyra Banks Show.

The Medicine Show Land Trust hoped to bring awareness to several veteran and native american causes through the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge. In fact, the Pine Ridge reservation was one of 33 Indian reservations that the Challenge route traveled through in an attempt to draw attention to the many Americans who live without running water in their homes.

The organizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge would like to say thanks to all the people who supported the Challenge and helped to spread this message of unity and compassion to people around the world. Indeed, participants in the Challenge will be proud to know that the added awareness has already brought a response to this desperate need and that on the 20th of July a private individual hired AI Sewer and Water Company to put in the very first of many water lines to go in on Pine Ridge reservation.

In appreciation to Chief Oliver Red Cloud for opening his home and feeding the Challengers that visited Pine Ridge and the Red Cloud family for helping take care of the Challenge participants, the orginizers of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge would like to invite everyone to join them at the Broken Spoke Saloon to watch as we pay the $5ook to the worlds greatest long distance rider.

Barclay crossed the finish line with Frank Kelly of Prosperity, SC, and the two intended to split the pot but Kelly later disqualified himself after admitting he missed a checkpoint.

Barclay says he isn't sure if he'll defend his title in 2011, since he's been asked to be on the Board of Directors for the Challenge.

Web Staff


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  6. The only apologies owed to anyone should come from those who misrepresented the event or made underhanded agreements with the intent to either defraud others or sustain the credibility of the event. Participants who were unwittingly cheated were simply victimized.

    PGC9, perhaps you should have waited a few weeks before you posted your comment. You might have failed to notice that there were NO winners in the 2011 event – not even your boy Will.

    Still no response from Will himself regarding all the 2010 inconsistencies pointed out above? He will have to be one heck of a wordsmith to make any such response sound credible.

    Why can't people see this event for what it is? The ride is real but the event and its organizers are less than genuine. This also goes for those who lied to protect the ill-gotten sanctity of the event, while at the same receiving payola. Nothing but empty promises and dishonest claims. Make your own inferences regarding identities.

  7. The GPS is on the bike not the rider .Same bike different rider did you think about that ? He won again this year did he get paid ?? No ! No one did .SCAM

  8. UR,
    Your either really bored or really stupid. Did you follow this years challenge online with GPS trackers? Maybe you rode it…naaaaaaa. You could have tracked Will everyday as he won again. I think you owe him a very large apology.

  9. To the unconvinced rider, i just rode 270miles on 5.706 gal avg 50 mph, could have made it 300 if i didn't chicken out. On a 2008 ULTRA See all the believers in Mesa. Hoka Hey!!!

  10. You had "no real reaction" when $500,000.00 had been wired into your bank account? Really? You must be one helluva poker player. But then that probably goes without saying.

    You claimed that upon buying your H-D only 2½ weeks before the challenge that you rode it up the east coast to Vermont and back, and made some bike modifications? Designing and building the five gallon water tank for your back seat must have taken quite a bit of time by itself. Add in the iPod charger, cell phone charger, turn signal changeout, and passing lamp trim rings, and you must have really been pressed for time.

    I’d sure like to see the spreadsheet you claimed to have built to analyzed critical areas of long distance riding. I’ve done many, many long distance rides, and I’m not sure what such a spreadsheet could contain, other than a packing and to-do list.

    I’ll welcome your response and explanations.

  11. Too many other things don’t add up, either. No legitimate rider would abandon his loaded motorcycle right before the start of this challenge. Since the challenge was open to only H-D bikes, the decibel level at the starting line must have been deafening. How could all those bikes, just outside the hotel room as you claimed, leave town without you even noticing it? You’re claims are not credible Mr. Barclay.

    It’s also odd that you have apparently never ridden even a single Iron Butt Association ride, yet both of you were able to ride this one so successfully. Also, convenient that you fly private jets in the Middle East, making verification very impractical. So you fly a Gulf Stream "pushing the speed of sound", eh? The max airspeed of a Gulf Stream G650 is only Mach .925. Gulfstream Aerospace makes other aircraft, but none have greater airspeed than the G650. Not exactly pushing up against it, is it?

  12. In your interview you indicated your wheels were rolling for all but 10 of those 194 hours. Assuming you could burn every drop of the 6.0 gallons your bike’s stock fuel tank held, and you made 34 mpg (the mileage achieved by Rider Magazine in November 2008 for the same model and year as your bike), you would have needed to refuel about 45 times. You indicated that your fuel stops were always less than four minutes each. Giving you the benefit and assuming only three and one half minutes for each fuel stop, refueling consumed 157.5 minutes, leaving just under 443 total remaining minutes for sleep, buying maps on at least three separate occasions, getting your tires replaced, buying/replacing 5 headlight bulbs, getting a downloaded map, stopping to rinse eyes of chemical burns, etc. Either you are Flash Gordon or your time estimates won’t hold up to mathematical calculations.

  13. You claimed that you and Frank joined up shortly after leaving Fairbanks, and rode the remaining distance together. Homer is 579 miles away – that's two or three fuel stops away for an unmodified H-D Electra Glide Classic without an auxiliary fuel cell, and plenty of opportunity for two riders to get separated, so you had no viable reason to believe you and Frank would be arriving at the finish line simultaneously, as you claimed.

    The interviewer indicated that the race organizers weren't allowing the two riders to cross the finish line together, but your response said that Beth had no problems with allowing two riders to cross together. So which is it?

    You said you went through five headlamp bulbs – malarkey! Did you anticipate this and therefore initially pack these, or did you stop somewhere to buy each of them, one at a time as necessary? Carrying reasonable spares is prudent, but since NOBODY packs five extra headlamp bulbs, how about some proof of purchase? How long does it take to replace the headlamp on that bike?

  14. And you left with a total of eight gallons of drink onboard? BS! Have you any idea how big and heavy the filled 5-gallon container alone would be, and how it would slosh once it started to be depleted, greatly affecting handling? Given that a gallon of water weighs 8.35 lbs, your eight gallons would weigh 66.8 lbs, plus the weight of the container. While not extraordinarily heavy, the fluidity of water would be very difficult to manage as it continually shifts. I wonder how you strapped that baby down to your H-D.

    Never stopped to use the bathroom, eh? Even with the eight gallons of onboard drinks? I can believe that you could have worn a roll-on catheter, but you would still obviously have to expel solid waste a few times throughout the challenge. Either that or you really are full of crap.

    It’s also convenient that you were "homeless" so nobody could do some investigation (like validating several facts with the neighbors).

  15. You claimed to replace your the tires due to “maintenance”, but didn’t say where. Having ridden somewhere under 9,147 miles means that either your tires wore excessively and prematurely or you started on significantly worn tires. No serious rider would either have started with significantly worn tires, knowing they would need to be replaced before reaching the finish line, or casually taken the time during the "race" to get tires replaced unless a catastrophic event occurred. Produce verifiable evidence that your tires were replaced during the ride, such as a dated receipt that indicates location.

    And I also doubt your claim that you, "…spent 3 hours riding back and forth trying to find [a road shown in your atlas]". Nobody would waste that kind of valuable time. After about 15 minutes of looking, wouldn't a reasonable person seek other resources?

  16. The interview stated, "…but in Colorado on I-93 near Jasper it was just incredible." Mr. Barclay, certainly you checked your atlas before you concocted that answer. I-93 is not in Colorado, nor is there a town of Jasper in that state. I-93 is in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and there is no Jasper either on that interstate or in NH or MA.

    You claimed the route was about 8,300 miles, but that you rode an additional 747 miles for reconnaissance and u-turns. At the average speed of 47.15 mph as you now claim, those 747 additional miles would have cost you 15 hours, 51 minutes. If this isn’t pure malarkey then I’d say your self-purported inbred sense of navigation failed you miserably.

  17. Mr. Barclay, you've got a lot of explaining to do if you want your "win" validated for general public acceptance. Even a full year after the ride, your story stinks. I believe your "interview" is either a complete fabrication or you have embellished and/or lied throughout it. I suspect the first. Not a single question appears in the interview for which you didn’t have the perfect, self-aggrandizing response.

    It's much too coincidental and convenient that you were immensely conditioned for riding in high-altitude rough terrain (in Nepal, India, etc.), super brilliant, a physical specimen, need virtually no sleep, have an innate sense of cardinal direction, etc. This stinks from the very beginning.

    The more one studies your responses and the entire situation, the more one becomes convinced the challenge was a grandstanding hoax. Oh, I don’t doubt that the ride occurred, and I know that many legitimate riders competed. But I wouldn’t doubt that there was a little "hush" money paid to you for your “win.”

    Enough already. Having read one of your interviews, I noted a few things that were quickly and easily debunked.

  18. Kudo's to you Will. Some people in these times never cease to amaze me, ( Ameri-
    cans ?)
    I am glad you won & surprised you haven't told the whiners to kiss your ass !
    Enjoy your winnings & run it again next year.

  19. Wow,

    Hork –
    1. The route was about 8,300 miles. I logged 9,147 because I did a lot of road recon and Hoka Hey U-turns to stay on route, I did every drop of the route, some of it more than once.
    2. I did it at an average of 47mph. 9147 miles / 194 hours. Where did you come up with 55mph?
    3. Ask anyone who has done distance riding? Why don’t you ask Marc Story from Australia or Ben Hudak or Alex Hood of Jeff Mosby all of whom were riding with or near me at various stages of the challenge including well into the challenge and all of whom know that I did it honestly and completely.

    James King:
    1. What admission that I received help? The fact that I was sent messages of support and that others made calls on my behalf to arrange for the bike to be serviced in Wyoming?
    2. Refused to answer what questions? When? I have nothing to hide and would enjoy airing any truths you might like. Would also be happy to buy you a cup of coffee and talk in person. Are you big enough to admit your error if I document the payout for you?

    Polygraph examinations for some sensitive government posts can take days. I have never had one before but I spent well over three hours with this guy and I would challenge anyone to lie to him. BTW I did not win by speeding. I won by riding smart. I am sure that I could have done it faster if I had known then what I know now about my performance when I am sleep deprived. I am sure that I could have finished sooner if I had slept a bit MORE. I would have gotten lost less, backtracked less, and ridden fewer miles.

    It has been gratifying to see the negativity fade over the past couple of months. The ride DID happen, They DID pay out, charities are benefitting and will continue to. Next year will be even better, but as I said to the crowd after supporting a charity ride for Camp Boggy Creek, “If they fix all the problems that the `Hoka Hey had this year, it will be ruined”

    Let’s Ride. I am.

  20. Barkley….Whiners…Ya right…your wife * family might be out a life….this no good for nothing organization will not even take the time to call a wife that lost her husband…how low does that get…how can anyone trust anything this organization says…I still think this whole thing was a scam….until I see a deposit slip showing how much money was put in your account I will not believe a word.

  21. I rode it. I am telling you all, without a doubt in my mind, Will and Frank DID NOT DO THIS the way they said. It’s not possible. Mathematically that is. Do it. Someone argue this with me. The route was over 9,000 miles. Many of them were in 55 and less zones. They did not do the route. That simple. You cannot average 55 mph over this event. 40 is more likely given stops etc. Even that would be fast, and in this land of make believe that is being spouted, without gas stops, and no sleep….at all, they cross just slightly ahead of their claimed time. Jim D told me during a conversation in Homer that he knew they didn’t do it. From his mouth….there were 3 of us there that heard it. He said they didn’t have the mileage, and they knew the winner crossed 10 days, not 8 days after leaving Florida. Please, ask ANYONE who has done distance riding. ANYONE!! Ask the guys who have completed the Iron Butt (the 11,000 in 11 days). You cannot do county roads and achieve this. What does it take for common sense here?
    Did Will get paid? I don’t care if he did….he did not win. Why am I the only one that sees this truth?
    And Frank, no offense, but I have a confirmation from someone at a checkpoint that talked to you that you told them you were doing the best you could, but you knew you were off route. That is also a fact. They recognized you in the Homer paper and laughed saying you had said you weren’t on route. Sorry man, doesn’t hold water. Any of it.

  22. I was a rider in the HHC. My coin # is 220.

    Like all the other Riders, I was at first very supportive of the HHC…especially right after the race ended.

    But recently I have started to to agree with the concerned people, the one who were posting on facebook, that the whole HHC thing is one huge screwed up mess. And now, I don't believe anything I hear from the HHC.

    After reading the things on line, especially Will Barclay's admission that he received helped him during the race, I am convinced that something is really wrong and someone is lying. I also do not believe the $500,000 was paid out to Barclay. Based on all the inconsistancies and lies, I think Barclay cut a deal and received something closer to $50,000. Has anyone seen a wire confirmation to Barclay?

    One thing is for sure, Barclay has refused to answer my questions about the race and he does not sound or act like a winner, in fact he acts more and more like a coward, or worse…a RINGER.

  23. Along with MANY still unresolved questions concerning HHC2010 (including the obvious question posed by Frank Kelly above), is where was the money prior to the escrow account being set up AFTER then end of the Challenge? Law requires prize money of an event like this to be secured, with public disclosure, prior to the announcement if the event and registration of entrants. This was never provided, despite NUMEROUS requests for such proof.

    Not to mention, the description of this event, on its own website and blogs and at the rider meeting in KW, fits every state's description of what an illegal road race would be. Yet both Durham's claimed in public interviews that officials in every state they travelled had been contacted and agreed the Hoka Hey was a "challenge" and not a "race."

    I have received replies from the Highway Patrols of both Florida (start of race) and South Dakota (home state of the Durhams, and one of the key checkpoints). Both highway patrols said they had never been contacted and were not aware of the Hoka Hey, would not have condoned it, and that any motorist passing through their state would be expected to abide by all motorist laws. just another of many contradictions.

  24. I have a bit of heartburn with alot of people saying I was disqualified or that I disqualified myself, no such thing happened. My name is on offical checkpoint sheet. The reason I was told by Jim “Red Cloud” Durham that Will was the winner and we couldn’t split the pot is that the Hoka Hey Organizers said that there could only be one winner and in their “photo finish” Will’s tire was a couple of inches ahead of mine. I haven’t seen the picture yet. I was told from Jim “Red Cloud” Durham that if Will didn’t pass his polygraph then I was next in line to have to take it. I am not sure where this info is coming from but someone is getting lied too.

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