ABOUT THE RALLY
The Big Money Rally (“BMR”) is a unique motorcycle rally that begins each year at midnight on January 1st and runs until noon on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th for 2018). Unlike most rallies, the BMR is not an endurance rally; rather riders in the BMR have many months to collect bonus points.
Many top finishers log tens of thousands of miles collecting points during the nearly five month duration of the rally. On the other hand, many other riders are content to stay much closer to home. The fun part is that the BMR offers an entertaining experience for every type of rider.
Several weeks before the start of the rally, participants are able to download the Rally Pack including GPX files. Often, additional bonus items and meet up events are released throughout the BMR.
The BMR bonus listing is made up of two types of bonus themes; Word Match and Picture Match.
– Word Match Themes: In these themes, a word or short phrase is given that the rider must find on a BMR eligible permanent sign of the riders choosing.
– Picture Match Themes: In these themes, the rider travels to a specific location and matches a sample picture that is provided by the rally.
One of the unique aspects of the BMR is that bonus submissions are sent while still at the bonus location to Rally Headquarters via an email from your smart phone. Almost all submissions in the BMR require your bike, your placard, and the bonus material to be in each picture. The submission is posted and will show on the BMR website submission pages within a couple of minutes and is scored as soon as a scorer is able to review the submission. Although scoring is not guaranteed to be near real-time, scoring of the submission is often done within just a few minutes. In fact, scoring is often completed prior to the rider leaving the bonus location.
The real time posting of all bonus submissions on the BMR website allows for another one of the fun and unique features of the BMR – Bonus Poaching. Other riders will be able to see where you’ve found a particular bonus, just as you will be able to use other rider’s bonus locations as scouting material for your own ride.
The BMR has a special, dedicated App that is available and can be used to submit bonus photos. Although use of the App is not mandatory, it makes submitting bonus photos much easier and will automatically include time stamp information that is required in some of the bonus themes. The App has been created by a third party and is available for both iPhone and Android for a small charge.
Because of the near real-time scoring, rally participants know their placement status within the rally at all times. There is no waiting until the end of the rally to find out how you did. You’ll find yourself visiting the Scoreboard often.
BECOMING A FINISHER
In order to be considered a Finisher in the BMR, a rider needs to score at least 144 points. This works out to approximately 1 point per day during the rally. No minimum miles ridden is required. The BMR is a winter and spring rally, so depending on location, there may be many days during the rally that are not suitable for riding.
END OF SEASON BANQUET
The BMR tops the event off with an End of the Season Banquet where many BMR riders come together, have good food, and exchange great comradery. Attending the banquet is not mandatory in order to participate in the BMR, but it’s always a good time!