THE GEORGE A. WYMAN
Version No. 1.0, Date last revised: April 1, 2015
© 2015, Iron Butt Association, Chicago, Illinois and © 2015, The George A. Wyman Memorial Project, Inc., Southlake, Texas, USA
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The George A. Wyman Memorial Challenge Rides and Rules
George A. Wyman was the first person to ride a motorcycle across America. He made his epic journey on a Roy C. Marks designed “California” motor bicycle starting in San Francisco, CA on May 16th and ending 50 days later in New York City, NY on July 6th, 1903. Wyman rightly deserves recognition as
America’s first long distance motorcyclist and “The World’s Toughest Motorcycle Rider”, 1903.
The George A. Wyman Memorial Challenge consists of
two distinct rides certified separately. They apply IBA certification
requirements to the theme and spirit of Wyman’s 1903 transcontinental
journey by motorcycle. Each ride offers very different challenges. Both
share the same theme and basic challenge of riding from San Francisco
to New York City, during the Wyman memorial period of May 16th through July 6th. The
The George A. Wyman Memorial 50cc GOLD – San Francisco to New York
City, Under 50 Hours Extreme!
The Wyman Memorial 50cc GOLD rules and documentation requirements are essentially those of the IBA 50cc Quest Gold with the following additions:
2.The ride must start on or after May 16th and finish on or before July 6th
3.Riders are encouraged to obtain before and after the ride photos of rider & motorcycle at Lotta’s Fountain at Market and Kearney Streets in San Francisco, CA and at 1904 Broadway, NYC. (In the spirit of the 50cc tradition of riding to as close to the oceans as possible.)
LINK: IBA 50cc Quest Rules and submission instructions
The George A. Wyman Memorial Grand Tour – “Points Along the Way”
The Grand Tour – Rider’s Guide contains the chronological listing of 160 locations that Wyman specifically cited in his published narratives, were reported in “Bicycling World and Motorcycle Review” or are locations that directly supplement and enhance the cited points along Wyman’s 1903 route. For those using navigational aids, such as a GPS, there is a companion GPS Exchange (GPX) file containing all the Wyman waypoints. Links to these are below.
The Grand Tour is modeled on the contemporary
Fountain, where Wyman began his historic journey. Make a log entry in your Rider’s Guide or log for that location. Then proceed to the next Wyman waypoint on the list. Repeat this process until you reach New York City. As you ride east along Wyman’s route be sure to obtain enough DBR’s to support the amount of Wyman waypoints you claim to have visited. When you get to New York City get a DBR after visiting the Harold Square Hotel location to stop the ride clock. Find one of New York’s Finest to sign off on your finish witness form and be sure to tell the Officer about the hard riding adventure you just completed. When you get home prepare the paperwork and mail in the ride certification package.
As with all IBA certification rides it is the responsibility of the rider to prove they did the ride, by providing required and supplemental documentation. Properly executed start/finish witness forms and computer generated dated business receipts (DBR: city/state/date/time) are the best forms of documentation. We ask that you write the motorcycle odometer mileage on each DBR. This will aid the certification team in assessing your claim. When in doubt get more documentation. Supplemental documentation can include satellite marking/tracking, GPS tracks generated during the ride and in some cases photographs of the rider and motorcycle. See Frequently Asked Question (FAQ), below.
1.The ride must start in San Francisco, CA on or after May 16th and finish in New York City on or before July 6th of the same year, using the same motorcycle for all documented Wyman waypoints along the way. This is what George did.
witness requirements are same as IBA 50cc Quest Gold (This is, after
3.A DBR in San Francisco starts the Grand Tour clock. Wyman waypoints may be claimed only in chronological order. A DBR in New York City stops the Grand Tour Clock. Riders may choose any route between claimed Wyman waypoints as long as they are claimed in chronological order. (see the 3 exceptions, below)
4.The ride must include documented stops at the 516.1 Lotta’s Fountain Start location in San Francisco, CA and the 706.3 1904 Broadway location in New York City, NY in chronological order. A photograph of you and your motorcycle at these key locations is encouraged, but need not be submitted.
5.Your claims to have ridden to the Wyman waypoints are documented by recording date/time/ motorcycle odometer reading and supported by obtaining a dated business receipts (DBR) with the same name of the location (city, state). Supplemental documentation, i.e., SPOT or other satellite marking/tracking technology, or GPS generated track data made during the ride. A computer generated DBR is available at the vast majority of the points along the way. It is not necessary to obtain a DBR at every Wyman waypoint where one is available. The more Wyman waypoints you claim to have visited the more DBRs might be necessary to support your claim. See FAQ
6.Wyman waypoints where no DBR is available are claimed with date/time/odometer entries and are be supported by DBR of the preceding and following chronological waypoint locations where a DBR was available. A SPOT marker would be perfectly acceptable provided it fits chronologically. Photographs of the rider and motorcycle at off highway locations can also be used to support waypoint claims.
7.Two of the Wyman waypoints may be claimed during the same May 16 through July 6 Wyman Memorial period, either before, during or after your official start/finish DBR dates and times. Dated business receipts (DBR) from the museum is required to support your claim.
o 1959 – RIP George A. Wyman, final waypoint site at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA (DBR)
o 2000 – Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Museum (DBR), Pickerington, OH
ROUTING: You can select any route between Wyman waypoints that you claim in chronological order. The suggested route is the one that closely matches Wyman’s original route, down the old roads and highways that are close to the railroad tracks. Following these roads you will see many circa 1903 buildings and homes. Many of the US and state “Lincoln” highways were built upon the older horse and buggy roads that Wyman took.
Four Levels of Grand Tour Certification
Grand Tour (Finisher)– Properly document and claim a minimum of one of the “Points Along the Way” (Wyman waypoints) in each of the states along Wyman’s 1903 route as published in the Grand Tour Rider’s Guide. Riders must ride to, make a Date/Time/MC Odometer log entry, and obtain a supporting dated business receipt (City/State/Date/Time) at a listed Wyman waypoint in each of the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and New York. The one DBR in each state requirement is in addition to any Wyman waypoints in the city of San Francisco or New York City. (This is to discourage riders from seeking to complete the Grand Tour and 50cc Gold at the same time.)
Grand Tour BRONZE
Grand Tour SILVER – Meet minimum requirements above, properly document and claim at least 120 of the 160 Wyman waypoints as published in the Grand Tour Rider’s Guide.
Grand Tour GOLD – Meet minimum requirements above, properly document and claim at least 140 of the 160 Wyman waypoints as published in the Grand Tour Rider’s Guide
Grand Tour Publications and Forms
Grand Tour Rider’s Guide (PDF) – Chronological listing, in narrative form, of all the Wyman waypoints. It is optimized for print and all electronic devices that accept PDF.
Grand Tour Waypoints and Leg Routes(GPX) – GPS Exchange file containing all Wyman waypoints and the five Leg Routes of the Grand Tour. Riders may choose any route between Wyman waypoints, remaining in chronological order.
CERTIFICATE SAMPLES: GAW Memorial Grand Tour and 50cc Gold
NOTE: The GAW Memorial Grand Tour Claimed Points Along the Way form is a chronological listing of all 160 Wyman waypoints used to record the date/time/MC odometer entries at those waypoints you claim to have visited. This is the form submitted as part of the certification package. Please do not submit the Grand Tour Rider’s Guide.
Certification request submission checklist
____ Copies of the Grand Tour witness form
____ Copies of the Grand Tour Claimed Points Along the Way form with your claims waypoints
____ Copies of Dated Business Receipts in chronological order by date/time/odometer
____ Copies of to supporting documentation, photos (printed or JPG) and links to satellite tracking maps, or GPS generated track file.
____ Explanation of significant deviations from the basic Wyman route or lapses in time not riding the Wyman route during the ride between your start and finish dates. If you detour off the Wyman route to visit friends or family, or do a side trip anytime during the ride we would like to know to factor those times and miles into our verification calculations. Side trips or suspending the Grand Tour are permitted under the rules.
Also, please complete the following information for your certificate (it goes to the person that does the certificate and not the verification team):
Address to send your award to (since the certificate package is 10 by 14 inches, it is best to use a work or other address
with a large mailbox):
Contact phone number(s), best time to reach you:
If you have one, your
Have you completed an Iron Butt Association ride before: _____________________
Name you want on certificate: _________________________________________
(for example, Jonathan J. Smith, SR or John Smith)
Your age (only used for statistics): _______________________________________
Circle One (only used for statistics): Male Female
Did you do this ride with anyone else? Y/N If so, who:________________________
Finally, you must certify that what you are telling us is accurate:
I (print name): _____________________________, hereby certify that the statements in this application for certification are true to the best
of my knowledge and belief.
Signed: _________________________ Date: ___________
Send the package, along with a check for $50.00 US funds payable to Iron Butt Association to (PLEASE DO NOT USE A STAPLE ON YOUR CHECK) to:
Iron Butt Association
P.O. Box 9450
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions regarding The George A. Wyman Memorial Challenge
1.Q: Why are the Wyman Memorial 50cc Gold and Grand Tour route specified from San Francisco CA to New York City and only during the Wyman Memorial period of May 16th through July 6th?
A.Because that is the direction and when George A. Wyman did the journey. The purpose of the Wyman Memorial challenge is to pay tribute to the Wyman accomplishment by riding your motorcycle, west to east, following the route and visit the points along the way during same time of year Wyman did the ride.
2.Q: What are the start and finish witness requirements for the Wyman Memorial 50cc Gold and Grand Tour?
A.The starting and finishing witness requirements for the Wyman 50cc Gold and Grand Tour coast to coast rides are the same as for the standard 50cc Quest. The rule is repeated below.
“Find at least one police
officer, firefighter, judge, notary public or authorized Iron Butt
Association member willing to sign your witness form (sample attached).
You may fill out the witness section with the Police Station/Fire House
address. Ask the officer to supply his badge number and note it on the
witness form. Should you be unable to find a willing police officer
(please note that to date, this has never been a problem for any ride -
it is easier than it sounds) or you wish to start your ride from a
motorcycle dealership, the Iron Butt Association will gladly accept the
signature of any two dealership employees. If that is not possible, you
will have to find at least three (3) independent
3.Q: Can I do the Wyman 50cc Gold one way and the Grand Tour the reverse?
A.Yes, but only the event that starts in San Francisco and ends in New York City and completed during the Wyman Memorial period is eligible for certification. See question 1, above.
4.Q: Can I do the Wyman 50cc Gold and the Grand Tour at the same time starting in San Francisco, ending in New York City, during the Wyman Memorial period?
A.Yes, it is possible provided you document by log entry and a DBR, in addition to the San Francisco and New York City locations, at any of the listed Wyman waypoints in each of the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and New York. But would you want to? We strongly recommend do the rides separately and take at least 5 days to ride the Grand Tour.
5.Q: Must I complete the Grand Tour is one Wyman Memorial period or can I break it up between two or more years.
A.To be certified, you must complete the Grand Tour during the same Wyman Memorial period in which it starts. You must complete the Grand Tour on the same motorcycle, just like George. During the memorial period you may suspend the Grand Tour provided you finish on or before July 6th. Pick up where you left and make sure you get at least one DBR at a Wyman waypoint location in each of the required states along the way. Fully document and explain any extended times or distances which deviates from the basic Wyman route.
6.Q: If my motorcycle breaks down or I suspend the Grand Tour can I complete the ride on a different motorcycle?
A.No! You have to use the same motorcycle you started with for the entire Grand Tour. Just like George did. Refer to Wyman’s ride reports regarding the many breakdowns he experienced during his journey.
7.Q: Can I claim waypoint locations on the Grand Tour in any order?
A.No. Claimed waypoints are certified only in chronological date/time and odometer mileage order. Just like George did. The Grand Tour Rider’s Guide is the official chronological listing of the Wyman waypoints used for IBA certification. Each Wyman waypoint in the chronological listing is uniquely identified and numbered, (MDD.S) representing the month, day and sequence in which Wyman arrived at a particular location.
i.There are two exceptions. These may be claimed any time during the same Wyman Memorial period as your Grand Tour ride. They may be claimed before, during or after your official DBR start/finish date/time. They are:
1.1959 RIP George A. Wyman, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA
2.2000 AMA Motorcycle Museum, Pickerington, OH
8.Must I obtain a DBR at each Wyman waypoint in a city?
A.No. For example, your start DBR in San Francisco will suffice for all the Wyman waypoints in San Francisco. The same for the ending DBR in New York City which can be used to support your claim for all 4 NYC waypoints. Be sure to get the NYC DBR after you visit 706.4 Harold Square Hotel if you claim it after 706.3 1904 Broadway.
9.Q: Some of the points along the way have the same chronological number as others, but with the a small letter “i” appended. How are these different and claimed?
A.These are “Information” waypoints used to enhance the experience or to substitute for a location that is not available by paved highway. The may be visited and recorded before or after the same Wyman waypoint sequence number. We have placed them in a logical order if one follows the route from waypoint to waypoint in most cases.
10.Q: Can I claim both an “Information” waypoint and the one with the same sequence number?
A.Yes, for example, if you ride to the 526.2i Tacoma Station – Info location on Hwy 233 near Montello, NV, properly document that location, you may ride the mile or so down the unpaved road to the 526.1 Tacoma Station site, properly document it, and get credit for both. We want you to see it all, just like George.
11.Q: I have a satellite marking/tracking device. May I use it as supplemental documentation when claiming points along the way?
A.YES, and this is highly encouraged as a way to further document your claim when visiting the Wyman waypoints. A dated business receipt is the best documentary evidence, along with the date/time and motorcycle odometer log entry. Many Wyman waypoints are in remote areas along the route where DBR availability is scarce. Using SPOT or the Android app BubblerGPS Pro, in conjunction with a SpotWalla trip map is an ideal way to support your claim and to preserve your riding adventure. This will speed the claimed waypoint verification and certification process greatly.
12.Q: Some of the Wyman waypoints are located in areas without access to a dated business receipt. How do I document these locations?
A.To get credit for a claimed point along the way where a DBR is not available you should obtain a DBR at a nearby location, either a Wyman waypoint or other location along the basic Wyman route. Your claim will be evaluated based on the documentation for the preceding Wyman waypoint location where a DBR is readily available and the next DBR available Wyman waypoint location. A DBR from business near the location which lies between Wyman locations will suffice. If you did not obtain a DBR at the preceding location where one was available your claim is weakened. Using a satellite tracking markers will support your claim and their use can reduce the number of DBRs required to support your claim. We want to grant you all the Wyman waypoints you claim. EXAMPLE: You claimed (log entries) the Wyman waypoint sequence: 520.5 Reno RON to 512.1 Wadsworth RON to 522.1 Massie to 522.2i Upsal Offset to 522.3 Brown’s to
522.4 Lovelock Gas. In evaluating this Wyman waypoint sequence we would expect you to obtain a DBR from Reno, Fallon (between Massie and Upsal) and Lovelock. Without the Fallon DBR your claim would be weakened unless you had supporting documentation provided by satellite tracking or GPS generated track data.
NOTE: Additional questions not covered above may be directed to WymanMemorialProject@gmail.com
Put “Grand Tour Question” in the email subject line.