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Introducing BMR2020

Yep, we're doing it again. BMR2020 will be our 9th consecutive BMR.

Big thanks to the many great people who support this grass-root event in various ways. Dozens of volunteers, hundreds of riders, many thousands of bonuses and over a quarter million bonus submissions -all scored in near real time.

These numbers don't happen by themselves, we're fortunate to have really great people in this event, thank you for being a part.
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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!
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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.
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  • 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:

  • Bonus theme creation and fine tuning. We have outlines of many BMR2020 themes that need a leader to help get them bonus-pack ready. The ideal candidate will have common sense, organizational skills, and some free time. Additionally, basic competency with google, google maps and basic spreadsheet skills are a big plus.
  • 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.

Time-Lines:

  • November15(ish) Registration opens. To help avoid bottlenecks, discounts for early sign-ups.
  • November15(ish) Sample/practice themes in place to test/practice and hone your submission skills.
  • 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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