2018 - Wyman Memorial Challenge "Rendezvous"

Ride in the tracks of America's first long-distance motorcyclist.  Experience the awe and challenges of Wyman's historic journey from San Francisco to New York City.  Rendezvous each evening and share the adventure with fellow riders along the Grand Tour.  Not enough time for the Grand Tour?  Ride the Wyman Memorial 50cc Gold challenge - San Francisco to New York City in less than 50 hours.

WHATThe George A. Wyman Memorial Challenge -  The Grand Tour event will feature a "Rendezvous" at the end of each riding day.   Grand Tour riders visit the Wyman waypoints at their own pace. At the end of the riding day riders are encouraged to 'Rendezvous' at a designated location to enjoy a meal and the camaraderie of fellow riders. See the details below.

Halcyon 250
"Across America on a Janus Motorcycle"  We are pleased to have Janus Motorcycles join the 2018 - Wyman Memorial Challenge, 'Rendezvous'.  One hundred and fifteen years after Wyman's historic 1903 journey, on single cylinder, 200cc motorcycle, Janus Motorcycles is duplicating this challenging ride.  Richard Worsham, co-founder of the company will be riding the Janus Halcyon from San Francisco to New York City.  The Janus Halcyon, single cylinder, 229cc, 5-speed motorcycle built in Goshen, Indiana.   The Janus Motorcycles is the hosting authority for the 624.3 Goshen Wyman waypoint.

Iron Butt Association certification is awarded to successful finishers for either of the events of the George A. Wyman Memorial Challenge:

  • Memorial Grand Tour - San Francisco to New York City riding waypoint to waypoint. Achieve Gold, Silver, Bronze or Finisher levels
  • Memorial 50cc Gold - San Francisco to New York City in under 50 hours, IBA Xtreme!
Note - The George A. Wyman Memorial Challenge is conducted under the strict guidelines set forth by the Iron Butt association.  Only a handful of riders from around the world have managed to solve the equation of time, distance and navigational complexities necessary to successfully complete the Grand Tour or 50cc Gold events.

WHERE & WHEN:  Riders rendezvous in the San Francisco Bay Area (Rendezvous hotel to be determined) the weekend of May 26-27 for the Memorial Day start.  Pre ride activities on Sunday afternoon, starting at 3 p.m. include presentations on...
Marti Wyman Schein
1902 'California'
  • Riding the Grand Tour - Waypoints and Routing Options
  • Wyman biography presented by Marti Wyman Schein (George's great-granddaughter)
  • 1902 California Motorcycle on display  
  • IBA Rules covering both the Memorial 50cc Gold and Grand Tour
  • IBA Witness form sign off and packet completion instructions
  • Q&A then no-host group dinner
The Rendezvous hotel is the Hampton Inn - Hayward located at 24137 Mission Boulevard, Hayward, California, 94544

RENDEZVOUS ALONG THE WAY - Riding alone or in small groups of 2-3 riders, visit as many of the Wyman waypoints desired.  At the end of each riding day, enjoy a meal with all Grand Tour riders and talk about the day's rid.  The rendezvous points are selected at locations that feature several motels to choose from.  Double up to save money at the motels.

HOW MUCH:  There is no fee to participate in the 2018 Wyman Memorial Challenge, 'Rendezvous' Grand Tour.  Members of the Iron Butt Association who desire ride certification pay the standard $50 IBA certification fee.  Express certification for all registered and finishing riders of the Wyman Memorial Challenge:  Grand Tour and 50cc.

SWAG:  Each finisher of the 2018 Wyman  Memorial Challenge, 'Rendezvous' will receive a customized IBA certificate, 1 Wyman Memorial Project short sleeve T-shirt, 2 Wyman Journey posters (one for you and one for your local motorcycle dealer), 1 Wyman Waypoint poster and 2 Waypoint stickers.  A limited number of IBA Wyman Memorial Challenge T-Shirts are available for optional purchase while registering on Ride Master.

"Rendezvous" T-Shirt:  Optional purchase while limited supplies last.

WHO TO CONTACT:  Tim Masterson, Event Coordinator - Send emails to WymanMemorialProject@gmail.com