European Rider's Rally – May 16th - 18th 2014

The rally dates are set and hope you will mark your calendar to join us this year. Riders from all over the country gather to enjoy some of the best riding in Kentucky and Tennessee. There is something for everyone from curvy, smooth asphalt to rocky creek crossings. Camping is free on the banks of the beautiful Cumberland River and several fire pits are spread throughout the main camping area for folks to gather around and join in the fellowship. A steak dinner, excellent live music, and many door prizes add to the fun.

There are well maintained toilet and showering facilities (bring your own towel and soap) and a covered pavilion. For those traveling in RVs there is limited RV parking. Most people take advantage of the camping but for those who prefer hotels there are several to choose from with the closest being within walking distance. Make your reservations early as rooms fill up quickly. Both guided tours and self-guided routes are offered and GPS files will be available on this page.

Please consider taking advantage of pre-registration as there are great benefits. Registration is $55 or pre-register for $45! To be guaranteed a rally T-Shirt, you must pre-register. Pre-registration ends April 27th. For questions please contact the rally chair at ridersrally@bmwmcon.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Rally dates are set and hope you will mark your calendar to join us this year. Riders from all over the country gather to enjoy some of the best riding in the Southeast through the foothills of Kentucky and Tennessee. The natural beauty of this area was noted by naturalist and "Father of Our National Parks", John Muir in his famous Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf.

There is free camping on the banks of the beautiful Cumberland River which runs along quaint downtown Burkesville, KY. There are well maintained restrooms and showering facilities that will open starting on Thursday, May 16 for the early arrivals (bring your own towel and soap) and a covered pavilion with a fire pit. For those traveling in RVs there is limited RV parking behind the Agriculture Building with additional spots in the general camping area just past the restroom & shower facilities, look for the RV power pedestal.

Most people take advantage of the free camping but for those who prefer hotels reservations are available at the Riverfront Lodge (walking distance from the rally site) by calling (270)-864-3300. Register early for the Riverfront as the rooms there tend to fill up. Unfortunately, the Alpine Lodge will not be available in 2013. We have not used these hotels in the past but some we know of are The Best Western Albany Garden, Sulphur Creek Resorts, Burkesville, KY; Hendricks Creek Resort; Hendricks Creek Road, Burkesville, KY; The Old Coe House B&B, Burkesville, KY and the Dale Hollow Lake State Park.

Saturday morning the Eastern Star ladies will prepare an all you can eat $5 pancake breakfast that includes your drink. Prepared hot and it will start at 6:00 am for the early risers.

Ride maps and routes will be provided to all participants. Several club riders have been scouting both road and dual sport routes and we plan to have both new and old routes. The word is a special ride is in the works for Saturday! Watch for upcoming emails and check back as the details are confirmed.

Bloodworth Motorsports, our BMW dealer in Nashville, has agreed to provide a free lunch to all paid participants on Saturday. Both Saturday's lunch and dinner are now included with the registration fee. Bloodworth's has been a great friend of the Rally and we are excited they will be joining us again. As the premier BMW motorcycle dealer in the Nashville area they will also be sharing their knowledge with a "tech session" on Saturday. Details to come.

Friday night there will be live music in the outdoor band shell then Saturday night will be the steak dinner followed by more live music from one of the talented local bands.

Sunday morning is a wonderful free breakfast graciously provided by the Living Word Ministries that consists of eggs, biscuits and gravy, a breakfast casserole followed by a short service and Blessing of the Bikes before everyone heads home.

Cost: $40 to pre-register, $45 at the door -- $25 for day passes. Pre-registration by May 1 at 11:59PM guarantees you a rally shirt and pin, and four extra door prize tickets! We are in the final stretch of rally planning and Pre-registration has been extended until May 14, but those registrations received after May 1 cannot be guaranteed a rally shirt (due to the deadline for us to submit our order for shirts to the printer.) Pre-registrations received after May 1 will still receive a rally pin and four extra door prize tickets (for a total of 10 tickets). All on-line registration ends May 14 at 11:59 pm and mail-in registrations need to be received by the same date. Hopefully for those of last minute decision making, whether it is from family or work schedule conflicts, the extension will make it possible for you to Pre-register at the $40 fee and receive extra benefits. Rally fee $45 at the gate.

The Rally Includes:

  • Great riding in the Kentucky hills
  • Guided and self-guided tours
  • All day coffee and lemonade
  • Free music Friday evening.
  • $5 pancake breakfast Saturday morning
  • Free lunch Saturday
  • Free steak dinner Saturday evening
  • Free music on Saturday night
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning
  • Free camping on the banks of the Cumberland River
  • Extra door prize tickets for those who pre-register
  • Tech session on Saturday as part of your registration
  • Free rally shirt and pin guaranteed to those who pre-register
  • Open to all riders, all bikes
  • More to come

The rally is growing each year and is known for a great time, so come join us for great riding, great food and great music by the Cumberland River in Burkesville.

The BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville is the event host. Riders may register online and pay using PayPal or print out the registration form and mail it in with their check to be received by May 14, 2013. The mailing address is on the form. In the meantime, if any questions contact the rally chairman at rally@bmwmcon.org.

Registration

Pre-Registration is if you register online or post-mark your mail-in registration on or prior to April 27th at 11:59 PM. The price for the rally for pre-registration is $45. Pre-Registration guarantees you a rally t-shirt and a pin.

Regular Registration is if you register online or post-mark your mail-in registration after April 27th at 11:59 PM. The price for the rally for regular registration is $55. At the door pricing is also $55. Regular registration DOES NOT guarantee a t-shirt or a pin.

Day Passes are $25

Children 13 years of age and younger are admitted for free.

On-line registration ends May 13th at 11:59 PM and mail-in registrations need to be received by the same date.

The Rally Fee Includes:

  • Live music Friday and Saturday evening
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Steak dinner Saturday evening
  • Breakfast Sunday morning
  • Guided and self-guided tours
  • All day coffee and lemonade
  • Door prize tickets
  • Rally shirt and pin (guaranteed only if you pre-register)

Click HERE to register and pay on-line

Click HERE to print the Rally Form and mail in your payment

Lodging

Most people take advantage of the free camping but for those who prefer hotels, reservations are available at the Riverfront Lodge (walking distance from the rally site) and the newly renovated Alpine Motel. Both are shown in the map below. Register early as these fill up quickly!

Riverfront Lodge: 270-864-3300

Alpine Motel: 270-864-7100

Map

Other places to stay in the area are The Best Western Albany Garden, Sulphur Creek Resorts, Hendricks Creek Resort, The Old Coe House B&B and the Dale Hollow Lake State Park. We are not very familiar with these sites.

Click Here for a map to Burkesville, KY   GPS: N36 47.226, W85 22.139

Click HERE to view the Rally Schedule

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

If interested in being a vendor and/or making a door prize donation, please contact the rally chairman at rally@bmwmcon.org.

Here are a few routes from past rallies. Feel free to download; they are in gdb (Garmin) format.

  Route Description
Download Burkesville to Greensburg Loop
Download Burkesville To Makers Mark
Download Burkesville to Mammoth Cave
Download Burkesville to Red Boiling Springs
Download Burkesville to Rugby
Download Burkesville to Yahoo Falls
Download Makers Mark to Burkesville



Click HERE for information on the city of Burkesville and area lodging.


           

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Directions to the Rally and contact information

The rally site is a beautiful city park on the banks of the Cumberland river just east of downtown Burkesville.

GPS coordinates: 36.788219, -85.367361 Click here for a map

Contacts for questions:

Rally Chair - ridersrally@bmwmcon.org