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Old 07-16-2013, 12:50 PM   #16
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Womens GS Ride at the 2013 BMW Rally in Salem, Oregon - Get Your Adventure On!

Womens GS Ride at the 2013 BMW Rally in Salem, Oregon - Get Your Adventure On!

Calling all women GS riders going to the 2013 MOA Rally in Salem, Oregon!

If you are a woman or know a woman who wants to take her bike off pavement for the first time (or fairly new to this) we have a ride at the Rally for you!
ALL MAKE Dual Sport bikes welcome!

Ride will be led by Nick Beachboard-Dodson, member of BMWRO, from Corvallis, Oregon! Nick is the proud owner of Serenity, her 2007 F650GS, with over 12,000 miles in the saddle, just this past year!

There will be a brief instruction and intro info prior to heading out on the ride.

When: Friday 8am July 19th

Where: GS Giant tent at MOA rally

Who: Limited availability women only. All levels welcome. Ride geared to beginners.

Sign up: Text Nick @ 541.231.3719 or sign up at GS course if spaces still available.

The ride: The Willamette Valley if one of the most beautiful places to ride in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy views from the Coast Range all the way over to the Cascade Mountains! This well planned course will entail 70 - 100 miles of beautiful, smooth paved roads and beginner gravel roads with plenty of bail outs. Do some do all! All roads are close to the rally.

See you there!

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http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2880062

Here is a link to the ride route! If you have any questions, please let me know!
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:50 PM   #17
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Womens GS Ride at the 2013 BMW Rally in Salem, Oregon - Get Your Adventure On!

Womens GS Ride at the 2013 BMW Rally in Salem, Oregon - Get Your Adventure On!

Calling all women GS riders going to the 2013 MOA Rally in Salem, Oregon!

If you are a woman or know a woman who wants to take her bike off pavement for the first time (or fairly new to this) we have a ride at the Rally for you!
ALL MAKE Dual Sport bikes welcome!

Ride will be led by Nick Beachboard-Dodson, member of BMWRO, from Corvallis, Oregon! Nick is the proud owner of Serenity, her 2007 F650GS, with over 12,000 miles in the saddle, just this past year!

There will be a brief instruction and intro info prior to heading out on the ride.

When: Friday 8am July 19th

Where: GS Giant tent at MOA rally

Who: Limited availability women only. All levels welcome. Ride geared to beginners.

Sign up: Text Nick @ 541.231.3719 or sign up at GS course if spaces still available.

The ride: The Willamette Valley if one of the most beautiful places to ride in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy views from the Coast Range all the way over to the Cascade Mountains! This well planned course will entail 70 - 100 miles of beautiful, smooth paved roads and beginner gravel roads with plenty of bail outs. Do some do all! All roads are close to the rally.

See you there!

Cheers,
Nick

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2880062

Here is a link to the ride route! If you have any questions, please let me know!
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:53 AM   #18
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Awesome!

I hope everyone had a great time.....

Stay safe,

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Old 07-20-2013, 06:26 AM   #19
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have an excellent safe and secure time.... Stay blessed and happy. My all the wishes are with you
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:59 AM   #20
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The GS Giant says "thanks!"

Hi everyone!

Everyone had a huge time at The GS Giant event in Oregon. Sorry for taking so long to write, but I've been off the grid in places like Hells Canyon and the Lolo Motorway over the past week.

Over 150 people registered, and at least 30 other riders sign up during the event.

The four GS Gypsy Tours were very well attended, with rides starting from CA, ID, NV and WA. Over the past week I've ridden portions of the routes myself... great stuff!

The results

Mr. Claude Gagne from Quebec, Canada is The GS Giant for 2013.
Tad Haas was second for overall
Terry "Did I look pro?" Rance was third

Chad Yo s h i tomi of Alaska finished 1st on the GS Giant's Adventure Track
Felipe Maisonnave of Uruguay was 2nd
Brian Bennett of California rode a strong 3rd.

Big kudos go out to Claude, who showed what adventure riding is about. He rode the Gypsy Tour from Idaho, got the Hells Canyon GS BS points, volunteered at the event, rode very well on the track, and shared the love on-line with his friends.

The Volunteers

At the event, volunteers helped set up the show, build the track, lead day rides, shoot pictures, pick up bikes, judge the competition, put on seminars and clean up afterwards. I know I am going to miss someone, but BIG thanks go out to:

Nicole Beachboard - Route Maker and Ride Leader, Women-only ride
Linnea Alvord - Ride Leader, Women-only ride
Colleen Sepulveda - Ride Leader, Women-only ride
Steve Miller - Oregon Route Guru
Claude Gagne - Ride Leader, Opal Creek Day Ride
Jason Slutsky - Ride Leader, Opal Creek Day Ride
Russ Kruse - Track Judge and general help
Jim Kalahan - Track Judge and general help
Gary Nesmith - Track Judge and general help
Mike Cornett - Track Judge and general help
Jerry Matson - Scorekeeper
Dick Kreutzer - Scorekeeper backup
Coach Ramey Stroud - Training, Seminars, Track design
Clayton Anderson - GS Giants dude, sign up new members, make the mud, run the motorbike games
Matt Mahmet - GS Giants dude, general help
Randy Owens - GS Giants dude, CA Gypsy Tour kitten herder
Phil Anderson - general help
Larry Thomas - general help
Steve Swenning - Photographer
Lynn Camp - Photographer
Tad Haas and Gaila Guitierrez - Seminar
Dan Townsley - Seminar
Grant and Susan Johnson - Seminar
Erik Stephens - Seminar
Paul Guillien - Seminar
Harold Olaf Cecil - Seminar
Klaus Huenecke - Seminar

Certainly I've forgotten someone, and I apologize if I did, so please reply to this e-mail asap if you volunteered. I am working on an article for the BMW ON, and in Facebook and Forums and you need to be included.

Event photos

Speaking of articles, we need photos of the event. I've shot a few and we'd love to see your view of the event, too.

If you'd like to upload some photos, >>>please do it within the next 5 days<<< by clicking this link:

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/guest/wkvz7b/EventPhotos

To upload, drag photo files from your Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) to the area that shows up in your browser. Please upload only the original-size images, do not scale them to smaller sizes. After uploading, use the Comment tool to enter your information so that you can be credited when your photo is used.

VERY IMPORTANT

Please take a moment to thank our sponsors and prize contributors.

The GS Giant was sponsored by the BMW MOA and The GS Giants club. Please write to board@bmwmoa.org and communications@gsgiants.com to share your thoughts about the event. It is extremely important that they receive your feedback, so I would appreciate you taking a few minutes to do this.

And these fine companies donated prizes for The GS Giant event:

- Black Dog Cycle Works
- Giant Loop
- Happy Trail Products
- Klim USA
- Machineart Moto
- Puget Sound Safety Off Road
- Twisted Throttle

Please also take a moment to write and thank them for their generosity in donating prizes.

Well, keeping it as brief as possible here, I hope everyone had a good time and remembers to:

- Thank The GS Giant on his Facebook Page
- Join the GS Giants Facebook Group
- Join the GS Giants club at www.gsgiants.com and getcha a cool sticker
- Post about the event on ADVrider and in this thread here in the BMW MOA forum.

Hope to see you all soon out on the trail.

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Old 08-02-2013, 07:59 PM   #21
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I never did figure out what this was about. I checked the MOA web site and I read the articles in the ON magazine but it was all confusing. I was interested in joining one of the rides to Salem but I couldn't figure out how from the information I found. I just did my own thing to Salem and back.

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Old 08-10-2013, 07:51 AM   #22
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I never did figure out what this was about. I checked the MOA web site and I read the articles in the ON magazine but it was all confusing. I was interested in joining one of the rides to Salem but I couldn't figure out how from the information I found. I just did my own thing to Salem and back.

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Interesting. You did read the first post in this thread where it says:

How do you ride in The GS Giant?
You register for the BMW MOA Rally
You click the "I want to ride in the GS Giant" button as you register
If you've already registered and didn't see the button, send me a PM or email with your contact info
You get a scorebook a week ahead of the event
You download adventuresome routes to ride on the way to the rally
You meet up and camp on July 14 in CA, ID, or NV, or July 15 in WA
You ride to Salem, OR and meet up with everyone
You ride the Adventure Track and the rally


Well, nearly 200 other riders were able to sign up, ride, and have a great time. About 50 people joined the GS Giants club. There were thousands of posts, page views, photos and videos here, at the MOA forum, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. The Rally program listed all the events, times and locations. At the rally there were about 100 signs pointing people toward the event, each with a full schedule of events. We put out 2,500 brochures inviting folks to join in, again with a full schedule of events. We had a crowd of nearly 1,000 people watching the Adventure Track competition.

Perhaps you might have asked a question...


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Old 08-14-2013, 12:20 PM   #23
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Looks like the Giants had a great time in Oregon. I wish I could have made it.

See you in St. Paul next year.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:48 AM   #24
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So, here is what all happened....

Sorry for this taking so long, got home from OR late last week and have been working on the print article covering the event.

Here's what happened.

Giants from all points rode across the great Pacific Northwest, starting their GS Gypsy Tours from point in California, Idaho, Nevada and Washington, all with a common destination: Salem, Oregon.










Along the way, riders camped (or hoteled it?) together and had a great time making new friends











There were prizes to be won, earned through points for stopping at various GSBS Locations, shooting pictures and sharing them with friends. The scorebook contained routes, destinations and riding advice for riders of all skill levels.

















The rides were designed for larger enduros carrying camping gear, but every now and then a little extra adventure might get thrown in.



As the four rides converged, the rider-friendly Korner Post in Detroit Lake, OR was a spot to stop for lunch, and to prepare for the last Adventure Detour through the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area.




The swimming holes in Opal Creek were very cool


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A GPS was a handy thing to have, but it wasn't a requirement.




When the four rides met up at the BMW MOA rally, it appeared a lot of GS Giants had been out stomping around.






The BMW MOA made a pretty nice budget available for building a track to ride during the event. And the track was indoors, and lighted.





Riders took to the track for practice, training, and of course, to figure out just what lines to take during the competition.












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During the track competition, the action was intense
























Professional announcers Shawn Thomas and Dylan Lane really made for a great show




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There was a whole lot of other stuff going on...

Tad Haas and Gaila Gutierrez gave a great seminar about their yearlong roundabout.



And Dan Townsley (DRTBYK) gave two unbelievably well-attended GPS seminars.



Coach Ramey Stroud gave demonstrations of adventure sidecars






Of course, GS Giants were out in force...








The women-only ride was led by three great women riders: (l-r) Colleen Sepulveda, Nicole Beachboard and Linnea Alvord.











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Old 08-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #28
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What else can you say except "wahoo!"







The 2013 GS Giant is Mr. Claude Gagne...





Second overall, Tad Haas with Gaila Gutierrez



Third overall went to Mr. Terry "did I look Pro?" Rance




Winner on the track was Mr. Chad Yosh i tome, Anchorage, Alaska



Mr. Felipe Maissonave of Uruguay was second on the track.



And Brian Bennett, Sacramento, California, was 3rd on the track




From what I hear, everyone had a great time!







Me? My adventure started after the rally....




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Old 08-16-2013, 04:09 PM   #30
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Thanks Ian. Sorry I missed it touring can get expensive. I got next year all planned out. I hope the GS Giants can bring it. Still up for a GS Giants/Adventure Summits Grand Champion?
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