Dot Watcher: Those who watch the progress of a racer represented by a dot on a map. Watch at the above links. Be sure to click on the ? mark in the upper left corner of the MAProgress race page. That will give you tips on the many ways to view the race and it's data.
2021 will have 3 dot colors to represent the 3 different Divisions. See Register for Division definitions.
NSBR Dot Watchers are unsupported endurance cycling's best Dot Watchers! Why? Because NSBR Dot Watchers respect the race and the racers by NOT offering support or handouts. They cheer, advocate our efforts, and support all road cyclists by giving them attention and space. They read the entire NSBR website. Whether by phone or in person, they know that racers can not accept support such as intelligence, sustenance, supplies, or shelter. Dot watchers can not give racers information such as other racers position/ speed/ past activity, resupply hours of operation or weather conditions/ forecasts. This is a serious unsupported race...racers must fuel, maintain, navigate, shelter, and move themselves. Any support should only be given in an emergency situation declared by the racer.
Caution: Dot watching in private has been known to lead to dot watching in public. This is to be celebrated! NSBR Dot Watchers are the racers greatest ally. Your cheer spreads the word to friends, strangers, and businesses that looking out for road cyclists is cool.
Message, call or show up with motivation, encouragement and cheers. Chalk up the route, wave a sign, ring that bell because cheers from friends and strangers alike brighten and inspire any racers mood in a BIG BIG way. In a sport where the athletes expect no award...the reward is hearing cheers and inspiring others. Thank you for inspiring the racers! We love your cheers! Sorry that we must keep moving.