The bonus points definitely added to the navigational challenge and I also think promoted 'competition' because the segments felt more bite size when you're chasing towards something in-reach vs 4 distance checkpoints over many miles.
The documentation requirements rubbed a few veterans of the event but these requirements were really no different than prior years - just enforced. Hopefully the iPhone/Android App for 2021 provides some relief.
Unfortunately the COVID detour around Canada rounded up the 2020/2021 miles to a solid 4500 but ~60 of the 160 riders are registered to ride scooters at or below 150cc. The majority of those are on the new Honda variants which should be interesting to see play out. Hopefully the event that follows this years revisits the 8 day short course format we had in 2012 and attractive to the vintage. I also miss them.