How to Register

Outta This World Before you register, please read “How to Get Ready for GOBA”

Quick jump to the topics on this page using the following links. Then, proceed to the REGISTRATION OPTIONS (just below the links):

To reserve your space on GOBA 2016, you can register in one of 2 ways:

–> 1. Online – You can register for GOBA 2016 online, using our secure server. Online registration accepts MasterCard, Visa, or Discover (credit or debit), and you can register multiple participants with one payment.

–> 2. By Mail – If you prefer to register by mail, download and print a copy of the registration form. This form can also be found in the 2016 GOBA brochure available by mail in January or in bicycle shops around Ohio in the spring.

Note that if you register by mail, you can pay for multiple registrations with one check, but you must include a separate registration form and signed waiver for each participant.

Fee Schedule For Fee Discounts: Please make note of the various deadlines indicated in the fee schedule below – register early and save!

Postmarked by 12/31/2015 Postmarked by 4/30/2016 Starting 5/1/2016, AND must be received by 5/18/2016
Adults (16 & over) $235.00 $245.00 $260.00
COP members (*1) $230.00 $235.00 $250.00
Children 6-15 $95.00 $95.00 $95.00
5 and under Free Free Free
Car camper fee (*2) [in addition to registration fee] $45.00 $45.00 $45.00
Cancellation fee (*3) $49.00 $49.00 $49.00(until deadline)

Notes *1. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits (COP) member discounts apply to adult (16 & over) members only. Not a member of COP? Why not join now and enjoy the GOBA discount. More information.

*2. Car Camping – Your registration includes free week-long parking in Hamilton. If you wish to bring a vehicle along with you each day, you will need to register as a “Car Camper”. Please see Car Camper Policies and Procedures and vehicle requirements before choosing this option.

Other fees:

Rider 28 Raffle $5.00 each chance, deadline April 15
T-shirt (2016) $19.00 each incl. tax & shipping (Availability not assured after April 30)
Jersey (2016) $60.00 each incl. tax & shipping. Order by April 15.
Photo DVD (2016) $30.00 each incl. tax & shipping

For details on t-shirt, jersey, and Photo DVD, see Merchandise

Registration: 5 pm EDT Wednesday, May 18, 2016. All registrations must be received no later than 5 pm EDT Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Online registration will close promptly at that time, and any mailed-in registrations must reach us before that time. When mailing, please ensure all waivers are signed and the fees are fully paid with a signed check or money order. Last-minute registrants may want to consider using FedEx or similar express delivery method, to ensure that the forms reach us in time. Note that registration will close on May 18, 2016, or when we reach our limit of 3,000 riders, whichever comes first.
Cancellations/Refunds: Postmark by May 18, 2016. Refund requests must be sent by certified mail and postmarked by May 18, 2016. Refunds will be granted up to that date, minus a $49 processing fee. No refunds after May 18, 2016, for any reason.
Fee Discounts: Please make note of the various deadlines in the fee schedule above. Register early and save!
Transfer of Registration: June 8, 2016. See below for details. Contact us if you have questions about deadlines. See bottom of page for contact info.

Transfer of Registration: You may transfer your registration to another person, only following these procedures: Original registrant sends to GOBA a certified letter stating the transfer of 2016 registration with name and address of new registrant (see bottom of this page for GOBA address). Enclose with the letter – a completely filled out registration form and waiver (by the new registrant) along with a check for the $15.00 transfer fee.

Deadline to transfer registration: June 8, 2016 (received by date, not postmark). If transfer materials are received by May 18, 2016, a full confirmation packet will be mailed to the new registrant. After that date, the new registrant will receive rider number in an emailed confirmation only. Sorry, this procedure cannot be done using our online registration. Please note, transfer request may be denied and the check returned if all procedures have not been followed.

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Membership: You too can become a member of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits and enjoy a GOBA discount as well as activities all year long. The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is owned and organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization, providing opportunities and education for outdoor recreation and activities. For more information on membership and activities click here, for the COP website.

Merchandise – Order when you register or afterward Your registration form includes options to order 2016 GOBA T-shirts, the 2016 GOBA Jerseys, and the Photo DVD from GOBA 2016 when you register. These items are also available for purchasing separately. See the Merchandise page for more information. Note that T-shirt and jersey availability are not assured after April 30.

Rider Raffle for Special Rider Numbers In honor of our 28th year, catch the fun by vying for Rider #28 or #2016!
Here’s how you can enter to win.

Rider #2016 Submit your registration postmarked by December 31st – that’s it! You will be automatically entered and there is no additional cost.

Rider #28 Look for this option on your registration form. Register by April 15 and include your donation for raffle chances at $5.00 each. Winner receives a prize package worth more than $350! Buying more chances = more chances to win! The package includes:

  • Free 2016 registration (we’ll refund your fee if you win)
  • An exclusive GOBA sweatshirt (size XL)
  • A massage during GOBA week
  • 2016 PhotoDVD
  • An official 2016 GOBA riding jersey

All proceeds from the raffle go directly to the Bicycle Development Fund to benefit Ohio bicycle-related projects. Drawings will be held in the GOBA office. Both winners will be notified within 4 weeks of the contest closings. GOBA will then void out the winners’ original rider number and will re-issue the new GOBA-28 or 2016 number.

After you register If you register online, you will receive an acknowledgement email with links to other forms you need to complete or options that you can reserve separately. Please read the email carefully. All registrants will receive a mailed confirmation with rider numbers of everyone in your household. Allow 2-4 weeks to receive your confirmation packet in the mail and open it immediately. You will need to complete medical information forms and mail them back as soon as possible. Car campers will have an additional form to complete and send back. Any costs associated with the following options are at your own expense.

Residence Halls for 2016: A limited number of rooms in residence halls will be available exclusively for GOBA participants 2 nights of the week. Click on the link to read the description, costs, and reservation details. Reservations are handled directly with the colleges, and not through GOBA. See details on Lodging page.


All registrations are for the entire week–no partial-week registrations. All participants must register, whether or not they are bicycling. Each registrant must agree with and sign the Liability Waiver and Indemnification Agreement (custodial parent or legal guardian signs for entrants under 18). Registrations are not accepted without payment. Incomplete or improperly filled-out applications will be returned without being processed.

Age restrictions In order to be a GOBA participant who rides on or is pulled by a bicycle, a child must reach their 2nd birthday by June 18, 2016 Note the age restriction does not apply to registered children in a car, accompanying other registered riders. Also be advised, GOBA volunteer support vehicles do not carry child safety seats.

For additional policies, see “How To GOBA” Note that our rider handbook, “The Way to GOBA”, is available exclusively online; contact us if you are not able to access it and need a copy mailed to you.

Contact Us

Ph. 614-273-0811

FAX 614-459-8044

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Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 1525 Bethel Rd., Ste. 100 Columbus, OH 43220