NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS FOR 2019 AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WHEN REGISTRATION FOR GOBA 2020 OPENS NOVEMBER 25.
THE 2019 GOBA ROUTES ARE HERE!
The links on this page will take you to where your adventure lies. From a 2-mile parade route to the awesome 102-mile optional route, we have a adventure for you.
A couple big changes this year are our two-day layover in Port Clinton and the addition of sanctioned shortcuts that save between 10-15 miles on selected routes. The shortcuts have green arrows.
Due to unforeseen circumstances on the roads, we may have to detour from these maps. Be aware of GOBA arrows and, if needed, signs to follow for a detour. (We cannot paint arrows if the roads are wet, so we will use signs. Thank you for understanding.)
Please follow all traffic laws. Stop at every “STOP” sign, it could save your life.
It just might rain on us at some point. Be aware.
READY, SET … GOBA!
2019 ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS
The route maps on Ride With GPS are final as of June 14. There were no changes after the release of the preliminary maps on June 10.
Links to PDFs of the paper maps now appear on this page. Riders can be print the maps at home or save them on a cellphone for viewing even when cellular service is not available.
A limited number of paper maps will be available at the Information Booth in camp each day for riders who rely on them.
New for 2019 are an extra layover day and optional shortcuts on the town-to-town rides. Highlights of the routes include:
- SEVEN DAYS OF CYCLING: Four days are about 50 scenic miles from town to town, and three are optional riding days with 50- or 100-mile loops from camp. Riders who use the sanctioned shortcuts can reduce the distance of the town-to-town rides to about 35-40 miles while still visiting all food stops (but a couple of water stops along the long routes).
- TERRAIN: Flat and flatter, with a few small climbs out of river valleys. Check this page for elevation profiles after the routes are finalized.
- MILEAGE FOR THE WEEK: Minimum about 140, maximum about 400.
Saturday, June 15: Bowling Green
— Arrive early and explore Bowling Green. Ride in the parade to downtown for the bicycling costume contest and a party.
Sunday, June 16: Bowling Green to Fremont
— 54.7 miles on long route, 39.8 on short route. Lunch at the American Legion in Gibsonburg.
Monday, June 17: Fremont to Port Clinton
— 49.0 miles on long route, 36 miles on short route. Lunch at St. Paul’s church near Oak Harbor.
Tuesday, June 18: Layover day in Port Clinton (optional loop)
— A loop of up to 51 miles around the Marblehead peninsula. Lunch at Lakeside Chautauqua.
Wednesday, June 19: Layover day in Port Clinton (optional 50- and 100-mile loops)
— Loops of 51.4 and 102.1 miles. Lunch in downtown Fremont, with sit-down and grab-and-go options.
Thursday, June 20: Port Clinton to Oregon
— 50.0 miles on long route, 39.0 on short route. Lunch at Trinity church in Elliston.
Friday, June 21: Layover day in Oregon (optional loop)
— 50.3 miles. Lunch at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge visitors center.
Saturday, June 22: Oregon to Bowling Green
— 33.6 miles to finish where we started. Lunch at the American Legion in Luckey.
Route details and mileages are approximate and subject to change.
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. (A flaw in the online waiver makes it unclear who did and didn’t agree to the waiver online, thus the need for everyone to turn in a paper form.) The combined pledge/waiver form will be available to sign at check-in in Bowling Green, or you can download it here to print, sign and take to Bowling Green. Thanks for your cooperation!
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 from 3-9 p.m. Saturday and 6-8:30 a.m. Sunday in the Home & Garden building at GOBA camp in Bowling Green before riders hit the road for the 31st annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.