Newsletter 2019.12.22 -*Taking Inventory*

As we approach the final week before BMR2020 ..A few important things are provided below to help us all prepare for a successful event.:

* In the coming days there will be a revised bonus listing. Please note:
  • The criteria on the Methodist Church theme will be changing. The change should make riders happy and the change is due to positive and constructive feedback from riders.
    • "Methodist Church" will be changing to "United Methodist"
  • There will be at least one more theme released in the next revised bonus listing. And, as stated earlier, new themes will continue to be released in the weeks ahead.
* Here is what you should have accomplished at this point:
  • Know where to find bonus listing on the website and check periodically.
  • Ideally, you're receiving this and other newsletters. They can be found on the website, but if you're getting the newsletter proactively ...even better. If you're not receiving, not, check spam folder or reach out and we'll do whatever is necessary.
  • !! You should have multiple submissions to the website and be familiar with the app if you plan to use the app. Keep in mind the app is optional, but the overwhelming majority of riders find it useful. The smart rider knows how to post with and without the app.
  • Placards: Consistent with all past years, placards will be available sometime after Christmas and before Jan01. Placards will only be created for riders that have gone through all the needed criteria, AND HAVE posted to the site.
And the ever-present reminder:
If you are a returning rider and you have not been able to post and or get the new app, please raise your hand. If you have not attempted to post, you are strongly encouraged to do so.
If you are a new rider, we have you in the queue to be set-up and we will be in touch, but don't be shy to raise your hand, at the time of this newsletter we believe all riders have been contacted.

ALL PARTICIPANTS are encouraged to post to the site and post often. .

Previous Newsletter(s) Below:

Bonus Listing 2019.12.15a Revision

!!A very simple but very important revision has been made to the bonus listing. Please make note:
  • The code prefix to the "AP" theme has been changed to "FA".
  • Said another way, the AP theme is now the FA theme and changes have been made in this release. Nothing else changes, just the prefix to the bonus code.
  • There have also been a few obvious spelling corrections to codes AF222, FA255, FA751
If you are a returning rider and you have not been able to post and or get the new app, please raise your hand. If you have not attempted to post, you are strongly encouraged to do so.
If you are a new rider, we have you in the queue to be set-up and we will be in touch

ALL PARTICIPANTS are encouraged to post to the site and post often. .

Bonus Listing 2019.12.11a Released

Now available to view/download on the BMR website.

This year's bonus listing will be a dynamic document. Updated often. The themes released before the rally start were chosen for specific reasons. * The DR theme (aka gas and tires) has traditionally been an important theme in the rally and you might be wise to anticipate the same this year. We have given you all DR theme bonuses in advance so you can best plan for the coming 3443 hours starting Jan01

* The AP/PA themes are essentially the same theme. These bonuses will take work in both planning and riding so we want you to have them in advance. Big thanks to BMR favorite veteran Don Stadtler for his creation of this fun theme.

* The multiple random church themes are essentially the same with different name/denomination. You can sure go crazy with this theme and it is BMR's hope that this new component to BMR will take people away from Strip-Mall signage and instead to more enlightening bonus objects. The fun here is YOU the rider get to choose your own bonuses, but with that comes the responsibility of choosing signage and executing great pics for the scoring team.

We have a strong number of veteran riders already signed up for BMR2020. If you haven't posted numerous times, you're behind and need to make the effort so that you're ready and prepared come January 01. If you're having problems or issues, raise your hand now and not later. (BTW yesterday we purged all posts so only recent posts are shown)

If you are new rider and are missing information or have questions or are just confused, raise your hand. This event doesn't not do a good job of proactively training new riders, BUT, *many* of us are eager to help and mentor you. It is your responsibility to raise your hand.

If you're planning on participating in BMR2020 but haven't signed up, please do as soon as convenient. As the rally approaches, staff resources to get new riders on-boarded fills up fast. Also, feel free to encourage your friends both real and virtual to sign up, share as you see fit on your favorite forums or groups.

Countdown To BMR2020

A few weeks ago we did a soft open for BMR2020 registration. Many veteran riders and few new riders have signed up. Thank you for doing so, it helps greatly to have many riders in the system and ready to go early.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED in participating in BMR2020 but have not paid/registered. Now is a great time to get in the mix, as waiting until the final days is never optimal.

At the very least you should have upgraded to the new phone app and sent multiple submissions to the site without issue. You are encouraged to send MANY submissions. No one cares how many pics of your ugly cat you post. Feel free to use any bonus code (make up a number) or send as PP submissions. The important thing is to make sure that you're comfortable posting to the site.

You will be receiving details and instructions of what to do next. Thank you for being a part, thank you for coming in the mix early.


Do you see the light?

Focus on the rider. That is what we're doing this year as we create bonus themes and invest in the BMR infrastructure. We always try to improve what we have in place and slowly roll in new functionality. There are a lot of moving pieces to this event ...as we continually work to create a great event for riding enthusiasts -and this year we're particularly excited about the rally.

What you can expect in BMR2020:

  • HUGE bonus listing which will have thousands of destination bonuses. Likely the largest bonus listing in BMR history and considerably more than last year. The themes this year are inspiring, straight forward and fun.
  • Additionally, the "Gas & Tires" Theme is returning, and again it will compliment the weekly 3-day rallies that have become a popular part of BMR.
  • And of course the meat and potato staples that we all expect from BMR will be on the table as well.
  • 3,443 hours in length. Wow!, one of the longest BMRs ever! Start date = January 01; 2020
  • Camaraderie. Bonus listing and partnerships with other organizations will create great opportunities to share your moto-bike fun and enthusiasm. We will continue to bring riders together at a common place and time. If you have ideas, please raise your hand.

Behind the scenes (techy stuff we've invested in):

  • Improved bonus submission flow and architecture including new Exchange servers.
  • Improved architecture to comment and share submissions on the website. We anticipate this will help riders better share their fun -and to a certain extent even integrate to personal social media.
  • Improved newsletter email send architecture ...which should help newsletters make it to your inbox.
  • Improvements to the BMR smartphone apps. Justin Long continues to apply his skills and wonderful contributions to BMR and you'll be the recipient of some great enhancements to the apps. And a reminder, the apps can be nice tools, but as always they are not mandatory!, they are optional.

Action Items (yes YOU)

  • If you are a BMR2019 alumni, -You are already in the new system and ready to go.
    * Start by Paying and doing Registration
    * Meanwhile, you are ready to post and play with the new apps and new site. Please don't be shy to do so, in fact if you want to play before you pay/register, feel free to do so.
    * Let us know if you have any issues with the new apps etc.

  • NOTE!! Your app login is your BMR key YOUR PIN IS NO LONGER REQUIRED!
  • KEEP YOUR UNIQUE KEY IN A SAFE BUT ACCESSIBLE PLACE!!! You never know when you may need it!!
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  • If you were not a part of BMR2020 -We need to get you set-up in the system.
    * Start with payment and registration.
    * We will contact you with next steps after we receive your payment and registration.
  • ALL: Please aggressively play with the smartphone app and test play repeatedly. We want/need lots of testing to filter any any potential glitches. Thank you for the hundreds of pics of your ugly cat, keyboard and shag carpet, we don't care how uninspiring your pictures are, just send them!!

Help Wanted:

  • Graphics and such. If you've got some basic graphic design skills, or want a place to learn/and engage ....let us know, as we can use some help with logos, banners, etc etc.
  • Social Media. If you are savvy with FB, Twitter etc (we're not). We might be looking for the right person to help BMR gain exposure in the right areas. The ideal person will understand and apply basic strategies, best practices and apply KPI's relevant to our goals. BMR is ripe to engage and share our riding passion to a wider audience via social media. And, we've got many tools in place to engage. But we want the right person leading this important component. If that person is you, let's chat.


  • November15(ish) Registration opens. To help avoid bottlenecks, discounts for early sign-ups.
  • December 15(ish) Initial bonus listing released.
  • December 28(ish) Placards released
  • January 01 00:00 Start of BMR2020
  • May 23 12:00 (noon) RenoTime end BMR2020
  • May 23 BMR2020 Finisher Banquet; Location TBD
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