It's been a long standing tradition - one that Rob was quite proud of - that the winners of the various categories of the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally were rewarded with BEER. But when our long standing sponsor was no longer able to jump aboard on our crazy adventures, we went out in search of a new one.
Keepin' Things Local
You have no idea how awkward it is to make a cold call to a potential sponsor and tell them about the rally - we never know how it's going to be received. Sometimes, the conversation doesn't go so well, but when we got on the phone with Scott from Railway City Brewing Co. out in St. Thomas, ON (just south of our London HQ) he GOT IT and we were thrilled when they jumped on board as a sponsor for this year's rally.
A Natural Fit
Have you checked out their website? With beers called "Dead Elephant Ale", "Double Dead Elephant Ale" "The Whitty Traveler", and seasonal specialties with equally cool names such as "Mov-amber ale" and "Hoptoberfest" we knew even before they did that this was the perfect fit!
So thank you Railway City Brewing Co. for jumping in bed with us before we even met face to face. Must be GOOD beer!
On the Route:
Details about the bonus route remain TOP SECRET and are only revealed to riders upon their return to Headquarters after a gruelling day of riding. We're excited about this one though!
There you have it folks - the points breakdown for the 2017 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally!
What are you waiting for? We've extended registration to June 10th - don't miss out on this amazing adventure!
It's official! The chosen charity for the 2017 MBSR is Big Brother Big Sisters of London & Area!
It was in 2015 when we connected with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the first time. We really wanted the charity portion of our rally to benefit the local community that we were swarming rally weekend. We reached out to the fabulous people at BBBS Guelph and began our fundraising efforts. The incredible MBSR15 riders raised over $16,000 for the Guelph chapter and it was amazing to see how that money could be spent changing the lives of young girls and boys in the local community on a real grass roots level. It was our experience with BBBS Guelph that made this year's choice for our charity a no-brainer.
We look forward to raising funds for the children of London and the surrounding communities. Our goal for 2017 is to raise over $20,000. This year's rally participants will have an opportunity to set up their fundraising pages upon registration. Stay connected with us through our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details on how you can contribute!
Plans for MBSR17 are well underway, and we are thrilled to announced that rally headquarters will be in London, Ontario on June 23-25, 2017!
What's new for 2017?
Super talented Mad Bastard alumni Gary Davidson has once again captured the essence of the rally with his incredible logo design for MBSR17. His tribute to Rob makes this logo particularly special with the incorporation of an image that may be familiar to some alumni from the first Mad Bastard Scooter Rally.
We are thrilled to be taking the rally to London, ON and are excited about our headquarters location for this year (which, by the way, we will not be disclosing as of yet - we can't give it all away in one day).
NEW REGISTRATION OPTIONS
For all the die hards (aka the #RealMadBastards) we have added the option of a HOLD MY SPOT registration. What exactly does this mean? Well, you know the dates of the rally now, and you know the HQ city, which means that if you are so inclined you can reserve a rider's spot in the rally with a $100 (refundable) deposit (see full details on the registration page. No need to know what class you're riding in, just sign up and we'll hold your spot!
Check out the official video from the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally from the amazing people at What A Ride! Check out their latest write up about the rally here!
It has been a difficult week for many people as we all come to grips with the fact that Rob Harris isn't here in this world with us anymore. So many beautiful tributes are being shared on social media and on the CMG website - a testament to Rob. He was really something. He was more than a Mad Bastard though, he was our friend.
As we work on completing the new Mad Bastard Scooter Rally website, it saddens us that the first blog post we write is about losing the original Mad Bastard.
Rob, we will miss you terribly. Your spirit will continue to live on through the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally. You will always be a part of it's past, and we will ensure that you will always be a part of it's future.
Rest in peace Rob Harris.
Don't miss out on watching Sarah Thomas Moffat's bitter sweet tribute to Rob below: