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You'll have plenty of opportunities to learn about the Wright Brothers, who built and flew the first successful airplane, and Neil Armstrong, who made a giant leap for mankind as the first man to step onto the moon.
GOBA cyclists can visit the Armstrong Air & Space Museum during our stay in Wapakoneta, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force when we're camped at Troy. Flights aboard a vintage biplane will be available at the WACO Air Museum in Troy.
Many other attractions lie along the way as we roll along a large loop from Sidney to Wapakoneta to Versailles to Troy, then back to Sidney.
In Sidney, the GOBA kickoff party will be held in conjunction with an arts festival. During our layover day in Wapakoneta, an optional ride will go to the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen. Versailles beckons with its French heritage and beautiful sculptures, plus a fine camping area at Heritage Park.
On GOBA you set your own pace while making memories with family, friends and up to 1,500 other riders. The itinerary is designed to showcase the area's treasures, both natural and man-made, for cyclists of all ages and interests.
Once again, GOBA will have four "mandatory" riding days and three layover days, giving you more opportunities to sightsee, do optional rides or just sleep in.
GOBA also gives you more choices on how far to ride. Want a challenge? Ride every day on fully supported routes, including an optional 100-mile century test, for a total of about 400 miles. Looking for less? Skip the three layover day rides and use our new, supported shortcuts on the four routes between host towns to reduce the distance to about 35-40 miles on each mandatory day, or about 150 miles for the week.
As always, outdoor camping is a fun part of the GOBA experience. We sleep in tents at schools, parks and fairgrounds while enjoying the hospitality of the towns we visit. Your registration fee includes luggage trucks that transport your gear as you bike from town to town, and modern shower trucks that keep the hot water flowing all week.
Don't like to camp? GOBA sells car-camper passes for RVs and trailers, and some of our overnight towns might rent indoor sleeping space on a gym floor. And there are multiple hotels within 15 miles of the four GOBA camps.
Don't have a tent or don't like setting up one? You can purchase "deluxe" and "community" camping services, with two levels of pampering. And all riders can purchase towel service or rent a chair.
Sign up now for GOBA before the early-bird deadline at midnight EDT on Dec. 31 to get the best price -- and automatic entry into the Rider 2020 contest for a free registration. Be sure to add GOBA jerseys, T-shirts and other valuable extras. And buy a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win a free registration and other perks as Rider 32.
Get ready to blast off on your GOBA adventure!
WATCH THESE VIDEOS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GOBA TOWNS
SIDNEY: Share a laugh with local GOBA coordinator Jeff Raible and Mayor Mike Barhorst as they tout all the ways to have fun in Sidney, which is the start/finish town for GOBA 32. Click here.
WAPAKONETA: A major museum highlights hometown hero Neil Armstrong’s step into history as the first human to walk on the moon. And, as Mayor Tom Stinebaugh tells us, Wapak has many other attractions and activities for GOBA cyclists. Click here.
VERSAILLES: Local coordinator Rodd Hale and his team are excited about GOBA’s third overnight stay in village history. The charming small town knows how to host a big party, such as the annual Poultry Days Festival and Versailles’ bicentennial celebration in 2019. Click here.
TROY: The city has been a hugely popular GOBA stop in the past, and 2020 will be no exception. Mayor Mike Beamish had a little fun in reminding cyclists that, like nearby Dayton, his city has a strong connection to aviation history. Click here.
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, an organization with a full range of non-competitive outdoor activities.