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Congratulations #★358 Greg Farmer!

The Three Day Rally that is held every week of the rally is a very important and fun component of BMR. FRI, SAT, and SUN of every week a mini-rally is held. Bragging rights and all points earned roll into the overall rally point total. We had many riders participate and many gave valiant efforts but it was Greg who put on the greatest show of hard riding and keen execution in the first 3DR, GREAT JOB GREG!

DR Theme Tally,

*DR theme is a crucial component of this year's rally and everyone should be looking at it hard to incorporate into you weekly riding plans. No coincidence that the DR bonuses are valid FRI SAT SUN of every week to play in with the Three Day Rally (3DR).

Many riders participated in the DR theme in week one and they're all tracking ahead of schedule to earn the HUGE 450point kicker that goes to all riders who earn 18 of these. We saw some great efforts in this theme. Congrat's to all riders who earned a DR theme bonus week one. BTW, no one earned two!

Various Church Themes -Tally

* ★02 MoBob Bowman is leading the Baptist Church Theme, hence leading on a free lunch from Brent Cornell and Timmer Bowman

* ☼491.Gary.Whitehead is leading the Catholic Church Theme, hence leading on a free lunch from RenoJohn

* ★02 MoBob Bowman is leading the Methodist Church Theme, hence leading on a free lunch from Bob Rippy

* ★49 Gary Andrew is leading (by large margin) on the Seventh Day Adventist Theme, hence leading on a free lunch from #001 Roger Van Santen.

Not only is the THEME TALLY page a fun place to understand the rally, it is one of the many useful tools available to help you with future rides.

Activity Report is a good place to see action between any time window you want. Buttons in place for some obvious ones, but you can set any window you want in the URL.

Topics in the next Newsletter

* Consistent practices at the bonus location from top riders ...and why their bike is rarely between the camera and the bonus (hint, the bonus takes priority, not your bike).
* Funny (to scorers) when riders complain about a bonus when the bonus location was chosen by the rider! (hint, in most word match bonuses, riders get to choose their own bonus and location ...yet we hear them complain about fences, walls, locus, mud. Part of this rally is choosing word match bonuses that you can knock out easily when you arrive, when you choose poorly, you can only point the finger in the mirror. The one down the street from your house is often not the best location. Strategic riders find the best location and incorporate it into long term planning.

Redundant Things Of Interest Below

Another Year of Great Folks! See some of your peers!

There will be much more to report in the coming days, as the first three day rally takes shape, and we take inventory of how riders are attacking the various themes. Topic for next newsletter will include: In BMR Bonus Submission, when do you want your motorcycle between you and the bonus. The answer is rarely, and we'll talk about why this is.

Please note that all past and present newsletters are available on the BMR website under the Groovy Tab

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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!
  • 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.
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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!!

Time-Lines:

  • 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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