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    The GS Giant 2014 - It's kind of a BIG deal!



    It's kind of a BIG deal!

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    You've ridden the wilds of western Pennsylvania. The hoots and hollers of Arkansas and Missouri. Bigfoot's haunts in Oregon. Now try your hand at an adventure ride across the land with all the lakes... big, beautiful Minnesota.


    What is this? The GS Giant is a week-long adventure travel event held in conjunction with the BMW MOA International Rally. You can ride all or any part of the event. Most ride it for fun, but there is an element of competition. This year, we're doing an adventure poker run, and you pick up a card for your hand as you participate in the various parts of the event. All makes of bikes, all levels of skill are welcome.





    It all starts ahead of the rally with the GS Giant's Gypsy Tour!

    We're up to six group rides starting from various locations as indicated in the map below. You don't have to ride with the group

    • Each ride starts with a meetup on Sunday evening, July 20th
    • 2-day ride departs on Monday morning, July 21.
    • There will be multiple options for Monday night lodging
    • All rides will converge on Tuesday, July 22 at the St. Croix Haven Campground in the St. Croix State Forest about 1.5 hours northeast of the Rally.
    • We'll party that night and pound ground the next day, riding on excellent adventure roads surrounding the campground and on down to the rally.




    Gypsy Tours will start in:



    These are all make-your-own-arrangements deals.

    You can roll your own Gypsy Tour if you want. Just get out there and ride!

    The idea is to get one card at the beginning of each ride and another at the first night's camp. If you do something different, we'll figure it out at the second night, when everyone meets up in the St. Croix Forest.

    On Wednesday, July 23, you can spend most of the day riding cool adventure roads like the Gandy Dancer Trail, or throughout the local OHV areas, and then head down to the rally in St. Paul. There you will find a club camping area for the Giants.


    At the rally, there's more in store!

    Well, not everyone has an entire week to ride, and some folks live close to the rally. So you can add cards to your hand in these ways, too:

    • Show up early in the St. Croix State Forest, there's a ton of riding there
    • Post in social media as you ride on your own adventure - use the tag #GSGiant2014
    • Do a big ride around Minnesota and visit some very big POIs
    • Take a self-guided day ride (we'll have a Women-only version if we get a volunteer leader)
    • Take some training with the BMW Performance Center - these are sold out
    • Ride on the Adventure Track... practice or compete, or both



    If you have registered you will be receiving an e-mail soon with much more detailed information!

    The GS Giant is looking forward to seeing you there!


    OK, I still don't get what this event is all about???

    It's really not all that complicated. Here, watch this nice video from a recent GS Giant event.




    Registration is now closed.
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    For budgetary purposes, has the cost been established yet?

    And is there a place for a total n00b, with too much bike and no experience?
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    Quote Originally Posted by squiffynimrod View Post
    For budgetary purposes, has the cost been established yet?
    It is free. The Gypsy Tour is on your own nickel, everything at the rally is covered by your rally entry fee. There may be some formal training options at additional cost.

    And is there a place for a total n00b, with too much bike and no experience?
    The GS Giant wants you to get involved!

    All levels of skill are welcome and everything offers easy, medium and hard options. You get to ride with and learn from experienced riders, and as noted above in addition to extra-cost formal training options, there will be plenty of free time for informal training, such as practice on the track, easy day rides and seminars.

    Here's a video shot by a friend, who wanted to express what the event is like from the rider's perspective...

    ADVENTURE SUMMIT from Jon Beck on Vimeo.


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    Thanks for the info.

    I went to register and the online registration form is anti-Canadian
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    Sounds like good times-a-coming!

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    The crowd coming from Medora will have morning coffee, as long as we can find power. I'll haul the big pot and timer all the way to our Rally camping spot for the GIANTS.
    Ian, can we have power at the Rally camping area?
    Anyone with a favorite coffee roaster, bring along a pound.

    Bring coffee mugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle L B View Post
    Bring coffee mugs!
    you da man, Kyle!

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    cards

    how will scoring cards be verified?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIK View Post
    how will scoring cards be verified?
    Through a GS BS detector, how do you think?

    We'll have you collect way points on your GPS, or photos with Exif time/date stamp if you don't use a GPS.

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    I knew that ,but there are a bunch of GSSprouts that may not be aware.
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