2021 ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS
WOBA offers seven days of scenic cycling on paved, low-traffic roads. Support includes food stops about every 10-15 miles; SAG and first-aid services; and pavement markings and maps (digital and paper).
The format for WOBA consists of seven days of loop rides from the towns we wake up in each day. All rides are optional, as we’ll have our vehicles with us all week and will be using them — not our bikes — to move from town to town.
- 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: Maximum about 400.
Food stops on WOBA 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 WOBA 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 WOBA 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.
Here’s the basic schedule for each day, June 19-26, at a glance:
SATURDAY, JUNE 19 — No ride today. Camp opens at noon in the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney for those who wish to stay overnight. The city is planning a Community Block Party downtown to welcome us.
SUNDAY, JUNE 20 — A 50-mile loop ride in the morning, starting and ending at the fairgrounds. We then hop in our car for the 25-mile drive to Wapakoneta. The camp at Wapakoneta High School opens at noon.
MONDAY, JUNE 21 — A 50-mile loop ride in the morning. We remain at Wapakoneta High School for a second night.
TUESDAY, JUNE 22 — A 50-mile loop ride in the morning, starting at ending at the high school. We then hop in our cars for the 38-mile drive to Versailles. The camp at Heritage Park in Versailles opens at noon.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23 — A 50-mile loop ride in the morning, starting and ending at the park. We then hop in our cars for the 23-mile drive to Troy. The camp at Community Park and Hobart Arena opens at noon.
THURSDAY, JUNE 24 — A 50-mile loop ride in the morning. We remain in Troy for a second night.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25 — A 50-mile loop ride (with a 100-mile option) in the morning. We remain in Troy for a third night.
SATURDAY, JUNE 26 — About a 40-mile loop ride in the morning. WOBA ends and everyone goes home.
Route details and mileages are approximate and subject to change.
• TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE WOBA ROUTE MAPS FROM RIDE WITH GPS, CLICK HERE.
DOWNLOAD THE WOBA MAPS
Each day’s Ride With GPS files for your bike computer or phone: https://ridewithgps.com/events/146795-woba-2021
EASY-TO-PRINT PDFS FOR PAPER MAPS
FRIDAY LOOP 1: https://goba.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/WOBA-DAY-6.1.pdf
FRIDAY LOOP 2 (CENTURY RIDERS): https://goba.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/WOBA-DAY-6.2.pdf
PDF GRID THAT LISTS THE STOPS: https://goba.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2021-WOBA-food-stops-flier-insert.pdf
MANDATORY WAIVER FORM: All registrants must turn in a signed Event Liability Waiver before you can receive a packet. The 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!
WOBA SAFETY PLEDGE
I hereby pledge to:
1. Obey all traffic signals and Ohio and local traffic laws.
2. Stay on the right half of the road when passing and as far to the right as practical for all other times.
3. Announce and signal all turns.
4. Announce “Stopping” when I intend to stop, and move completely off the road after stopping.
5. Wear a helmet at ALL times when on my bicycle, even in the campgrounds. 6. Allow adequate distance when following behind other bicycles.
7. Take downhills with caution.
8. Walk single file far right when walking hills.
9. Point out or announce hazards to cyclists behind me who may not be able to see them clearly.
10. Be courteous to motorists, knowing that their impression of bicyclists can be shaped by my actions.
11. Ride no more than two abreast, and single file in presence of passing traffic (bicycle or vehicle).
12. Obey directions from GOBA officials and local authorities.
13. Stay on the designated route.
14. For riders 15 and under, stay within sight distance of my parent/guardian.
SAFETY VIDEO: 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!)