Amazing Activity In The First Week

  • 96 Active Riders
  • 3,260 Submissions Sent To The Site (and scored in near real time)
  • 7,166.86 Points Awarded

Certainly off to robust activity in this rally, especially considering the January start. Some remarkable efforts and brilliant routing already on display.

Kudos to riders for being active and sharp, kudos to the workhorse scoring team who kept pace with riders.

Note: The scoring team scored scored over 900 submissions on January 1st. Unbelievable. As a rider, you should already know that every submission you make, the top priority is to partner with the scoring for sharp concise efforts. It takes both sides of the scoring table to make such numbers possible.

Prioritize Accordingly.

Three primary things required in most all bonus submissions.

  • Bonus Object

  • Placard
  • Bike

Most riders recognize this and nod, yet many when they get to the bonus location, will fill their picture with the bike! ..while the bonus is secondary in the background.

Hey, we love your bike, but we didn't send you to that unique bonus to see it, we're more interested in a smart/sharp picture of the bonus OBJECT! ...And your bike/placard in the mix but secondary.

This is especially important with word match bonuses. You will find successful BMR veterans do a masterful job at this. Please make note!

Most anytime your bike is between the camera and the bonus object, especially on word match bonuses, ask yourself if there is a better way.

Not only is this important for the scorekeepers, but it is also a safety issue, get face to face with the bonus object, it keeps you out of the roadway.

The above pictures show great ways to partner with the scoring team, getting face to face with the bonus object and staying safe while composing your picture.

**Yes, I know what you're thinking: "If I had an ugly maroon bike like these three riders, I'd keep it far from the camera too". But even if your bike is not ugly maroon, please make note of these examples.

One of many riders who does a great job partnering with the scoring team, meeting rally criteria and staying safe is John Frick. Click button below to admire how he attacks a bonus.

Finally, you should be thinking of this when your scouting word match bonuses. Many riders choose bonus objects that are difficult and pay the price when they arrive at the bonus. , you'll find veterans don't do much of that, they scout signage where they can over-achieve.
KEEP IN MIND, in the majority of Word Match bonuses, it is YOU, the rider who chooses the bonus object. If it is difficult, behind walls, barb wire, and rabid dogs ...you can only blame yourself.
"Where am I going this weekend for my DR bonus?"
"Is it possible to get more than one DR bonus this weekend?"

The above two questions should be ever present in all rider's minds.

Various Church Themes -Tally as of this newsletter

* 613.Carl.Griffis 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

* 613.Carl.Griffis 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.

Redundant Things Of Interest Below

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.

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


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!!


  • 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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