Your pictures matter!
We are on pace to see well over 15,000 submission in this rally. Hourly we see many great efforts but we also see poor and lazy efforts.
Evaluate your personal goals and make sure that they parallel our expectations. Riders who send in poor-effort pictures are being asked to improve, …and if need be: Raise their hand for help.
A reminder about the BMR
This event is 100% the product of generous contributions by people who appreciate this event and selflessly give time and talent.
The scoring team consists of a few brilliant people who balance:
- Providing you with the best event possible.
- Giving proper attention to their own real-life obligations and needs.
There is no reward or paycheck, instead they get the satisfaction of helping you the rider enjoy what many believe is a great event.
Your appreciation toward the scoring team is judged with prejudice by your efforts and your attitude. You are at the scoring table 24/7 for 144 days.
Poor efforts by riders adversely impact this event in many ways. Potentially even affecting the ability to keep pace and deliver on the BMR’s goals and objectives.
Are you making the required effort? Here are clues that may help you take inventory of your BMR-Goodness on the signage themes.
* Are you riding as close as possible to the bonus and making a conscious effort to fill your image with the required signage?
* Are you adequately planning and routing to locations where you can attain the criteria?
* Are you doing the obvious, -like submitting from the same side of the street as the bonus?
* Are you stopping short of the bonus to take a distant picture when you could ride or walk to immediate proximity of the bonus?
* Are you evaluating various options, -such as getting off the bike and walking to the bonus with a strategic shot that includes your bike in the background?
Your answers should be: Yes, Yes, Yes, No, Yes. If not, you need to modify your efforts.
Q: When do scorekeepers “Zoom In” and look at the larger picture?
A: Seldom. Riders are expected to fill enough of the picture with the meat of the bonus. Zooming in should not be required.
Q: On signage themes, when do scorers make an exception and “Zoom-in” to look at the larger image?
A: When the rider has demonstrated in their picture that they have busted-their-ass to get the best picture possible.
When riders make obvious efforts to secure the best picture possible, the scoring team will make note. Poor efforts by riders will earn equal efforts from the scoring team.
**THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT MAKES A BMR scorekeeper eager to provide you with points and respect.
+ Rider could have settled for a lazy shot from the shoulder of the road, perhaps even earned points. Instead the rider made a great effort:
a. Rider parked off the highway in a safe location
b. Rider got off the bike, put himself in a safe location where he could take the time to properly compose a winning picture.
c. Rider made a nice effort to get the bonus criteria (“Department”) and did a nice job getting a solid proportion in the picture ..balanced out with adequate placard and bike.
A+ grade on the above. This rider not only earned points, but also earned respect from the scoring team.
Below is what makes a BMR scorekeeper shout out “W.T.H(eck)! This picture is lazy, it’s insulting to the scoring team and just plain sucks. If you feel those words are harsh, please know that those are the words going through the minds of the scoring team when they see such poor efforts:
Rider chose to waste his own time + the time of the scoring team.
+ Rider stopped short of what we suspect was the bonus (storefront signage)
+ Rider then walked even further away from the signage
Rider could have secured a winning picture by riding all the way to the signage filled up a significant portion of the picture with the meat of the bonus and secured points and respect.
If you are not willing to make the effort to meet our criteria, or you are not capable of meeting the expectations, you are encouraged to find an event better suited to your wants, needs and goals.
We don’t want to see anyone leave, we’ll work with those who wish to improve. The burden falls on the rider to raise their hand for help.
If this event is not a good fit for you -we understand and appreciate your departure as it will allow us to better serve the riders who wish to reach their personal goals and meet the expectations of this event. Those who quit and ask for a refund will instantly receive a refund and their score will go to DNFQ.
This event is unique, much of it on uncharted waters. **IT IS FAR FROM PERFECT** We work very hard to make it the best event possible, and we error on a regular basis and attempt to correct our wrongs. Those of you who are veterans have seen our growth and our challenges.
Our goal is to continue forward with this event past 2014, and that decision will be based on what grass-root contributions we get from both participants and friends of this event.
As a rider, the best contribution you can make toward this event is to take the time on each and every picture to deliver the scoring team what they require and deserve to provide you with points and respect. We're eager to provide both, we have plenty of both on-hand, but both must be earned.
Thank you for your attention to this important note.