I hear you and I'd like to take a moment to address your comments.
Please keep in mind that this is the first time the IBA and the MOA are teaming up to offer a SS1K Certificate ride to the rally. We really have no idea how popular this will be but everyone agrees that there is a natural connection between MOA members, big miles and the Iron Butt Association.
The Iron Butt Association did not become the gold standard by being at all casual in the process that approves rides. Even for an event with a fixed route such as the Redmond 1000 each rider's package is verified by hand by a member of the approval team. While it may seem easy IBA staff and volunteers will have to approve each ride, prepare the certificate, check it for accuracy and put together the welcome package. As I said we have no idea how popular the ride will be but it is not inconceivable that we could have over 100 rides to approve in the period from the closing time to the pizza party, if not more.
The more routes we have, the more complex the verification process becomes. In other words, we want to manage the administrative logistics as best we can and standardizing three base routes is the best way to avoid potential rider disappointment. Although it might appear our decisions are capricious, they are actually based on what we learned from similar rides such as the 24 Hours to Tulsa (IBA National Meet 2008) and the Orange Blossom Special (IBA dinner Florida 2009).
As a rider who received a certificate for 24hrs to Tulsa I was amazed that even with pre approval of every route Bill Watt and his verification team was still up all night handling the same chores they'll need to accomplish in Redmond. As I'm not on the team I don't fully understand the process (black art ya know ) but to say they are thorough would be an understatement.
Registration will open at the same time as the rally pre-registration. I'd like to invite and encourage you to come up with a fun route to the rally from where ever you are. If you want to receive a certificate for the Redmond 1000 see if you can incorporate it into the route. If you are an IBA member already and you do your own route for approval by mail you will be welcome to the pizza party (space available) and you can submit the documentation for a certificate to be prepared after the rally.
I am very excited to be helping out. It is big fun to see folks receive their certificate and welcome package while they still have that "just climbed the mountain" feeling. If you decide to do back to back SS1K's as some suggested or any other combination ride that ends with the Redmond 1000 please let us know in April. I make absolutely no promises but at the very least it would be fun to be able to offer some special recognition for the extra effort at the party.
Thanks again for your comments and I hope to see you at the first IBA Pizza Party at the MOA National.