Quite likely the last Minardi-run DCC GOBA SAG service
By Kay Wert Minardi, GOBA SAG coordinator
Columbus Outdoor Pursuits is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure with a return to central Ohio, and the Dayton Cycling Club will again offer a GOBA SAG service. COP describes the terrain of the June 17-24 family bicycle tour as “mostly flat to rolling, and hillier terrain on the optional 100-mile loop.” The minimum mileage for the week is 271, and the maximum is 431.
GOBA riders will gather Saturday, June 16, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware. On Father’s Day, riders will travel 54 miles to London, where Monday will be a layover day with an optional 60-mile loop. Tuesday’s ride to Circleville will be 48 miles long. A 54-mile trek to Lancaster follows on Wednesday. Thursday’s layover day will offer optional 50- and 100-mile loops that will include the Hocking Hills. The ride to Newark on Friday will be 51 miles, and the tour ends Saturday with a 48-mile return to Delaware.
The DCC’s GOBA SAG service involves a rental truck that carries participants’ luggage and supplies from town to town, and a minivan that makes daily runs for drinks, ice and snacks. The DCC pays the GOBA registration fees of a full-time truck driver and a full-time van driver. If you are interested in driving the truck or van, contact Mark Minardi at (937) 760-3993 as soon as possible. We really would like to train somebody to take over as the DCC GOBA SAG coordinators and drivers.
This service costs $50 for DCC members. Everyone who wishes to participate must join the DCC, which costs $10 for a junior (through age 17), $20 for an adult, or $30 per family (two spouses plus their junior dependents). To join or renew, go to DCC membership (Note that the expiration date for current DCC members is April 30). Your payment guarantee space on a 24-foot rental truck for several small bags of gear plus a lawn chair.
Participants must register separately for GOBA (see http://goba.com/wordpress/) and send us their GOBA numbers upon receipt.
The DCC SAG service can accommodate up to 100 people. We accept applications in the order received. No reservations without payment. You may register before knowing your DCC or GOBA numbers, but we need to know these numbers as soon as you receive them.