POPULAR FORMAT TO RETURN FOR 2022!

2022 ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

GOBA offers seven days of scenic cycling on paved, low-traffic roads. Support includes food stops about every 15-20 miles; SAG, mechanical and medical services; and pavement markings and maps (digital and paper).

A new format, introduced in 2019, proved popular and will return in 2022. Two of the three “mandatory” riding days will have supported shortcuts and all four layover days offer optional routes.

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

  • THREE “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 two 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.
  • FOUR 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 Versailles on Sunday, New Bremen (bicycle museum) on Tuesday and Gettysburg on Thursday. The optional ride on Friday is a 100-mile loop to the northeast of Troy 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 18: 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 19: Layover day in Sidney (optional loop)
— 50-55 miles, west to lunch in Versailles, with about a 10-mile shortcut.

Monday, June 20: Sidney to Wapakoneta
— 50-55 miles, with a 10-15 mile shortcut, northeast to include Lakeview on Indian Lake.

Tuesday, June 21: Layover day in Wapakoneta
— 50-55 miles, west to include Grand Lake St. Marys and New Bremen, home of The Bicycle Museum of America.

Wednesday, June 22: Wapakoneta to Troy
— 50-55 miles, south with a lunch in Piqua. Possible short-cut on the Great Miami River Trail.

Thursday, June 23: Layover day in Troy (optional loop)
— 50-55 miles, with a 10-15 mile shortcut, west to Gettysburg with sections along the Greenville Creek.

Friday, June 24: Layover day in Troy (optional loop)
— 100-mile “century” ride to the northeast of Troy, with a 50-mile cutoff loop.

Saturday, June 25: Troy to Sidney
— 35-40 miles to finish where we started. No shortcut.

Route details and mileages are approximate and subject to change. 

2022 CAMPGROUNDS

  • Saturday & Sunday nights, June 18-19: Sidney, Shelby County Fairgrounds – 655 S Highland Ave, Sidney, OH 45365
  • Monday & Tuesday nights, June 20-21: Wapakoneta, Auglaize County Fairgrounds – 1001 Fairview Dr, Wapakoneta, OH 45895
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, June 22-24: Troy, City Park – 200 Adams St, Troy, OH 45373

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FOOD STOPS

Food stops on GOBA are offered mostly in conjunction with nonprofit community groups as well as some restaurants. In some locations, there is not an “official” food  stop, but the route goes through towns where riders can find convenience stores, etc. for FOYO (food on your own). We try to limit the number of FOYO stops, though this year the pandemic and shortages of volunteers have led some community groups to turn down selling food and drinks, though they’ve been generous about letting GOBA set up portable toilets and a water station at their properties.

The food stop hours that community groups set are calculated on when a rider who leaves the GOBA camp between 7-9 p.m. might reach the stop if riding at an average speed of around 16-18 mph. Riders who leave before 7 a.m. and pedal fast might find that stops are not open when they arrive. Similarly, the closing time of each stop is based on the 5 p.m. cutoff time for support on the routes.

Best advice: Be sure to carry a little more food in your pockets and fluid in your bottles than you think you might need!

For a two-page pdf that lists the food stops in a grid, CLICK HERE. Also, the clicking on the food icons in the RWGPS maps also shows more details about each stop.

DOWNLOAD  THE GOBA MAPS – Coming June 10th!

DIGITAL NAVIGATION

Each day’s Ride With GPS files  for your bike computer or phone:

EASY-TO-PRINT PDFS FOR PAPER MAPS

SUNDAY:

MONDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

FRIDAY LOOP 1:

FRIDAY LOOP 2 (CENTURY RIDERS):

SATURDAY:

FOOD STOPS

PDF GRID THAT LISTS THE STOPS:

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.