POPULAR FORMAT TO RETURN FOR 2020!

2020 ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

GOBA offers seven days of scenic cycling on paved, low-traffic roads. Support includes food stops about every 10-15 miles; SAG, mechanical and medical services; and pavement markings and maps (digital and paper).

A new format, introduced last year, proved popular and will return in 2020. Three of the four “mandatory” riding days will have supported shortcuts and all three layover days offer optional routes.

The routes will be announced in June. Here are some highlights:

  • FOUR “MANDATORY” DAYS: Riding on these days is required as we move from one overnight town to the next. Routes are about 50-55 miles, with shortcuts on three days that reduce the distance to about 35-40 miles. There will be no shortcut on the final day, as everyone follows a 35-40 mile route back to Sidney to retrieve their cars and begin the journey home.
  • THREE OPTIONAL DAYS: Cyclists can choose to pedal more miles or take a break and explore the host town. Layover day loops of about 50 miles will take riders to New Bremen (bicycle museum) on Monday and Dayton (Air Force museum or downtown) on Thursday. The optional ride on Friday is a 100-mile loop to Bellefontaine with a 50-mile cutoff.
  • TERRAIN: Flat to rolling, with some climbs out of river valleys and a few small hills near Troy and on the optional century route. A good workout, but nothing extreme.
  • MILEAGE FOR THE WEEK: Minimum about 150, maximum about 400.

The tentative itinerary (details will be added as they are finalized):

Saturday, June 20: Sidney
— Arrive early and explore the local trails. Enter the bicycling costume contest, ride in the parade to downtown, and enjoy a festival with arts, music and food.

Sunday, June 21: Sidney to Wapakoneta
— 50-55 miles, with about a 15-mile shortcut.

Monday, June 22: Layover day in Wapakoneta (optional loop)
— 50-55 miles, no shortcut. Includes New Bremen, home of The Bicycle Museum of America.

Tuesday, June 23: Wapakoneta to Versailles
— 50-55 miles, with about a 15-mile shortcut.

Wednesday, June 24: Versailes to Troy
— 50-55 miles, with about a 15-mile shortcut.

Thursday, June 25: Layover day in Troy (optional loop)
— 50-55 miles, no shortcut. Includes National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, or downtown Dayton.

Friday, June 26: Layover day in Troy (optional loop)
— 100-mile “century” ride to Bellefontaine, with a 50-mile cutoff loop.

Saturday, June 27: Troy to Sidney
— 35-40 miles to finish where we started. No shortcut.

Route details and mileages are approximate and subject to change. 

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MANDATORY SAFETY PLEDGE: All registrants must turn in a signed Safety Pledge form in order to pick up their packet. The second page of the form has the Event Liability Waiver, which also must be signed before you can receive a packet.  The combined pledge/waiver form will be available to sign at check-in in Sidney, or you can download it here to print, sign and take to Sidney. Thanks for your cooperation!

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SAFETY SHOW: The footage may be vintage, but the advice in this GOBA Safety Show video at https://youtu.be/lgOO_wT2Ri4 is just as relevant today as when it was filmed circa 1990. (Thanks to David Jeffords for digitizing it!) The Safety Show will be offered Saturday and Sunday during check-in at GOBA camp in Sidney before riders hit the road for the 32nd annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.