Event Dates – June 15-22, 2024

Indoor sleeping  – there will be indoor sleeping (and limited hotel) offerings every night on GOBA 2024. We are finalizing the options and will present them on the “Other Lodging / Alternative Lodging” webpages by 1/1/2025. You may purchase your ride registration now, and return later to purchase additional “add-ons.”

Please see the goba.com/important_dates page for details of registration deadlines. 



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. 


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 goba@outdoor-pursuits.org 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 goba@outdoor-pursuits.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.

Other terms
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.


The cost of optional extras is not included in the GOBA registration fee and must be paid online unless noted otherwise. To learn more about fees, deadlines and policies for Car-Camper Parking Passes and camper services, please go to the camper extras page.

T-shirts, jerseys
The GOBA registration portal offers options to order 2024 GOBA T-shirts for $20 and jerseys for $70. In order to meet production timelines, the  deadline to order in advance is May 20, 2024. There will be no refunds. 

Pre-ordered T-shirts and jerseys will not be shipped in advance and can be picked up at GOBA check-in starting June 15 at the camp in ??. Additional shirts, jerseys and other apparel MIGHT be available for sale during GOBA.

Check this camper extras page in early 2024 to see the jersey design and sizing charts. 

Camper services
Visit the camper extras page to learn more about deluxe camping, community camping, towel and chair services offered to GOBA riders.

Car-Camper Parking Pass
Your registration already includes free parking for your vehicle all week in Eaton. The Car-Camper Parking Pass is for participants who wish to bring their vehicle along each day into the other GOBA campgrounds. The vehicle fee is in addition to the participant registration fees. The driver and all occupants must purchase registrations, and the vehicle must display a Car-Camper Parking Pass throughout the week.  The pass is only valid in a particular camp for the nights that GOBA is camping there. Please see Car-Camper Parking

policies and procedures and vehicle requirements before choosing this option. Deadline to purchase the pass is May 19, 2024, and there will be no refunds after May 19, 2024.  

Rider Number 35 raffle
When you register, you can win a chance to receive Rider Number 35 in honor of GOBA’s 35th anniversary. Register by May 19, 2024, and add your nonrefundable donation of $5 per ticket. The winner receives a prize package worth more than $500! Buying more chances = more chances to win! The package includes:

  • Free 2024 registration (we’ll refund your fee if you win)
  • A massage during GOBA week (if a vendor offers the service)
  • A 2024 GOBA unisex short sleeve jersey

The drawing will be held at the GOBA opening ceremony on June 16th.

Rider Number 1 silent auction

GOBA Rider #1 will be auctioned to the highest bidder in advance of the GOBA Opening Ceremony on June 16th.  Bidding on, and securing GOBA Rider #1, is a wonderful way to acknowledge a special member of your family and provide support to keep GOBA alive. Send your bid via e-mail to goba@outdoor-pursuits.org.

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits membership

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is owned and organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that provides opportunities and education for outdoor recreation and activities.

COP is the largest outdoor recreation organization in Central Ohio, with over 1,500 members of all ages and backgrounds. You will be eligible to take part in activities such as bicycling, backpacking, boating, hiking and camping. You will also have the opportunity to organize trips yourself and develop these life skills in a fun, supportive environment.

One-year memberships cost $25 for seniors, $30 for other adults and $50 for families. A $500 lifetime membership also is available.

For more information on membership and activities, visit the COP website.