FEES, DEADLINES AND POLICIES
All registration is online and must be completed by midnight on June 9, 2024, or when we reach our limit of 1,500 riders, whichever comes first.
We no longer offer paper registration. The approximate time it takes to process a paper registration is about an hour and with limited resources AND less demand, it no longer makes sense to offer paper registration options. If you’re reading this on a screen, you can register online. If a friend is reading it to you and you don’t have access to a computer, have your friend register you. If you’re really stumped, call us and we’ll try to help.
A NOTE ABOUT 2024 PRICES – 5 MEALS INCLUDED!
GOBA remains one of the most inexpensive full-service bicycle tours in the country. We’ve increased our base cost by $20+ this year and will continue our model of providing up to 5 meals as part of your registration. Due to the isolated nature of two of our host communities, we’ve made the decision to include/provide up to 5 meals as part of your registration. There will be no significant restaurant or food resources for these two communities; its best for riders, GOBA, and the local provider, that we buy & guarentee a meal for our entire group of riders. Just like last year, we are tentatively planning to provide 2 dinners and 3 breakfasts; we’ve increase the cost of registration by $55 to subsidize these meals.
Registration fee options
NEW in 2024!
Based on our partnership with the Buckeye Bridge Ride to support Preble County 4-H Scholarships, we will be offering several new registration opportunities:
“GOBA +1” – Join GOBA a day early and participate in the Buckeye Bridge Ride on Saturday, 6/15/23. This will equate to 8 days of riding! Registering for “GOBA +1” includes the $30 Buckeye Bridge Ride registration cost (which will be passed through to the Preble COunty 4-H Scholarships) and will allow GOBA check-in and access to GOBAville facilities for camping/indoor sleeping) as early as Friday afternoon, June 14th.
“GOBA Weekend” is a weekend package for the GOBA-curious or folks looking for a nice weekend challenge. It includes 2 days of riding (the Saturday Buckeye Bridge Ride and the Sunday GOBA loop), access to GOBAville camp facilities, and up to 2 meals.
Early Registration discounts & deadlines:
- Early pricing valid until midnight, February 4th
- Standard pricing from February 5 – May 20
- Very Late pricing from May 20 – June 10
- These prices are indicated below as (Early/Standard/Late)
Here are the registration categories:
- Adult Traditional GOBA (7 days/5 meals incl) – $435/$485/$535
- Children ages 6-15 Traditional GOBA – $105 (no increases!)
- Children ages 2-5 Traditional GOBA – Free
- “GOBA +1” (8 days w Buckeye Bridge Ride & 5 meals incl) – $465/$515/$565
- “GOBA Weekend” (2 days/up to 2 meals) – $125/$155/$195
Notes regarding children: Each child ages 2-15 must be registered separately. Age is based on what a child’s age will be as of June 15, 2024. Children under age 2 may not ride on a bike or in a bike trailer on GOBA.
After you register, you will receive an acknowledgement email with links to other forms you need to complete — including a form for medical and emergency contact information. You may receive other emails that include links to add-on options that you can reserve separately. Please read all GOBA emails carefully.
Your rider packet — with bike number plate, wristband, tour patch, etc. — will be at check-in in Eaton.
Refund requests must be sent via email to email@example.com by May 19, 2024. Refunds will be granted up to that date, minus a $55 processing fee. No refunds after May 19, 2024, for any reason; rollovers to 2025 may be allowed.
Transfer of registration
You may transfer your registration to another person only by following these procedures: The **original** registrant sends an email to GOBA at firstname.lastname@example.org stating the intent to transfer a 2024 registration, subject to a $20 transfer fee. Include the name, home address and email address of both the original registrant and the person who will receive the transfer. The person who will receive the transfer must register himself or herself by June 2, 2024, and pay the $20 transfer fee. If the original registration rate was lower (e.g., “early-bird”), GOBA will give the transferee a discount coupon code to use during registration in order to get the lower rate. Once the transferee has completed registration, a full refund will be issued to the original registrant (the $55 processing fee will be waived). Please note, a transfer request may be denied if all procedures have not been followed, including notifying GOBA beforehand about the intent to transfer.
All registrations are for the entire week — no partial-week registrations except for the “GOBA Weekend” package. All participants must register, whether or not they are bicycling. Each registrant must sign (during registration proccess/electronically) the Liability Waiver, Indemnification Agreement, Permission to Provide Medical Treatment and Publicity Release (custodial parent or legal guardian signs for entrants under 18).
Registrations are not accepted without payment or a certificate.
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 15, 2024. Note the age restriction does not apply to registered children in a car, accompanying other registered riders. Also be advised, GOBA volunteer support vehicles (SAG) do not carry child-safety seats.
There will be no guaranteed refunds of payments for registration or camping services in the event of cancellation due to natural disaster, acts of God, acts of terrorism, epidemics or pandemics.