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  • #59388

    Visian
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    [b][SIZE=48]Ride all over the Appalachians[/size][/b][/CENTER]

    The year: 2013 The date: June 16-22. The location: all over the Appalachians. The Adventure RAid is open to all riders on all brands of bikes, and all skill levels. [COLOR=”#FF0000″][B]YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A BIG DOG TO HAVE A BIG TIME.[/B][/COLOR] This event is fun, it is an excellent opportunity to learn, and a great way to make new friends.

    [B]”What’s an Adventure RAid?”[/B] It’s an adventure event that starts online this spring and continues through the Blue Ridge-to-Biltmore rally in June.

    [b]How do you ride an Adventure RAid?[/b]

    You can choose to ride solely to have fun, or to shoot for a win. To win the Adventure RAid, you must be:

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    [*]A good navigator that rides off the beaten path to the rally.

    [*]A good storyteller with photo and/or video skills being part of the picture.

    [*]An adventuresome rider through the wilds of the Appalchians along your way to Asheville.

    [*]A decent rider on the track, someone who doesn’t put their feet down.
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    [b]What’s the schedule of events?[/b]

    More information will be posted here in the coming days.

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    [*]There are two main parts to the event: 1) Riding to the event and 2) Riding at the Blue Ridge-to-Biltmore rally.

    [*]Register on the [URL=”http://www.bmwra.org/rally/terms.html”]BMW RA registration page[/URL]. Click the button that says you wish to ride in the Adventure RAid.

    [*]Go on Facebook, join the [URL=”https://www.facebook.com/groups/gsgiants/”]GS Giants group[/URL].

    [*]If you’d like to [URL=”http://www.gsgiants.com”]join the GS Giants club[/URL], do it! We have a ton of fun.

    [*]Once you’re registered, liked, grouped and joined you’ll begin receiving more information as the event nears.

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    [B]Volunteers needed[/B]

    Of course, none of this happens without volunteers, and volunteering is a big part of the fun.

    [B]Scorekeepers[/B] – good with a spreadsheet, and a good nose for BS.
    [B]Data Wranglers[/B] – collect riders’ pics, vids and proof points. You’ll need a laptop, we have the hard drive.
    [B]Event hosts[/B] – local expert who can show visitors a great time.
    [B]Ride leaders[/B] – sweeps, too… riders who can help others with less experience
    [B]Route planners[/B] – know the good local riding? Got GPS?
    [B]GS BS Geeks[/B] – know all the bizarre POIs?
    [B]Track setup and management[/B] – good with hand tools and picking up bikes?
    [B]Competition judges[/B] – you need a good eye, and a hydration pack.
    [B]Seminars[/B] – are you interested in giving one at either rally?

    Many volunteers come from the ranks of the [URL=”http://www.gsgiants.com”]GS Giants[/URL], a virtual club that formed at previous events and is growing like a, well, Giant!

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    More information coming here, soon.

    #63437

    BMWAdventurer
    Participant

    Hello Giants! I’m signing up for my 1st rally! Woo-hoo! Having trouble though. I don’t see the button for “I want to ride the Adventure Raid.” Also having problems with nothing showing up in the shopping cart on the BMWRA Rally Registration page and I have cookies enabled. I’ve tried on my Android tablet as well as my MacBook. Any suggestions?

    BMWAdventurer
    BMWRA Member #40072
    Kissimmee, FL

    #63449

    Visian
    Participant

    For those unaware, part of the Adventure RAid event involves the opportunity to ride and camp in a GS Gypsy Tour.

    These are typically a 2-3 day ride that starts on the Sunday ahead of the rally…. June 16th.

    You will have three options for starting points:

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    [*]North Georgia Mountains
    [*]Central Tennessee
    [*]Southern Virginia
    [*]
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    The map at the bottom of this post outlines the basic idea. From these starting points you can ride with friends along a number of adventurous routes, and camp out in the sticks (or be a wuss and stay in motels…). All three rides will meet up at a great spot not far from the rally.

    This year, these rides will be do it yourself, as in bring your own food and drink.

    More details on the where’s, when’s and how’s will be forthcoming… many have said the GS Gypsy Tour is the best part of the event.

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    #63453

    Visian
    Participant

    … one of several to choose from.

    If you’re slabbing it from the west on I-40, this one is for you.

    This ride gives you gravel right off of I-40, puts you out right in the middle of some of the best paved twisties in the country (we don’t mind you taking detours on your Adventure Detours, we recommend the Smoky Mountain Diner in Hot Springs) and then takes you on the original route between Asheville and the Spring Creek Valley…. Baltimore Branch Road.

    And, if you look closely, you can see a workaround to the stoplight hell surrounding the Biltmore entrance. 🙂

    psssst….. there are massive GS BS points available if you get your butt off the bike and hike a couple hundred yards to take a pic of the USGS marker at the top of Max Patch.

    :thumb

    #63455

    roadnwater
    Participant

    Is there a registration fee for the Raid and is it different if you are an RA or MOA member.

    #63459

    Visian
    Participant

    [QUOTE=roadnwater »]Is there a registration fee for the Raid and is it different if you are an RA or MOA member.[/QUOTE]

    The Adventure RAid is covered in your rally fee. Be sure to check the box during registration to indicate you’ll be riding.

    #63462

    mrdod
    Participant

    I cannot find “Click the button that says you wish to ride in the Adventure RAid.” on the registration page. Don’t want to register until I find it. Any help?

    #63465

    Visian
    Participant

    The event will start on June 16 as people meet up in one of three different locations. The idea is to meet up, make friends and ride together toward the rally. The event is open to riders on all brands of bikes, and all skill levels.

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    Camping together is an option. The ride has at least 1 “out there” camping location along the way.

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    This year, it will be a do-it-yourself affair… we’ll identify the meetup spot and recommend a few overnight options, but the food, beer and camping will be yours to arrange.

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    #63466

    Visian
    Participant

    The Adventure RAid is a great event for couples. And yes, there are rattlesnakes in eastern woods, too!

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    [SIZE=8][COLOR=”#808080″]Photo by Chuck Harshorn[/COLOR][/SIZE]

    There will be many opportunities to take Adventure Detours, to get you off the slab and into the woods.

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    [SIZE=8][COLOR=”#808080″]Photo by Chad Berger[/COLOR][/SIZE]

    You’re in for some really great riding.

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    [SIZE=8][COLOR=”#808080″]Photo by Chad Berger[/COLOR][/SIZE]

    #63467

    Visian
    Participant

    At the rally, you can ride the Adventure Track.

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    There will be mud.

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    There’s a special women-only ride planned.

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    #63468

    Visian
    Participant

    There will be trophies.

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    There will be good times. :yesnod

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    #63469

    Visian
    Participant

    There will be rides like this to the Biltmore for each of the three GS Gypsy Tours.

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    #63470

    ZiLg0
    Participant

    [QUOTE=mrdod »]I cannot find “Click the button that says you wish to ride in the Adventure RAid.” on the registration page. Don’t want to register until I find it. Any help?[/QUOTE]

    BUMP! … Yah what mrdod said!

    #63472

    Visian
    Participant

    Sorry for the inconvenience, but the RA is behind in putting the Adventure RAid button onto the registration form.

    Please PM me with your e-mail address and I’ll make sure you’re on the list.

    #63473

    Visian
    Participant

    Sorry for the inconvenience, but the RA is behind in putting the Adventure RAid button onto the registration form.

    Please PM me with your e-mail address and I’ll make sure you’re on the list.

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