Are the rides supported?
The Velo de Femme, the Giro di Paso and the Bike Train to Start Farms are the only fully supported rides with rest stops. Our group rides usually have at least one ride leader on them. All other routes are self guided and self supported. However you are never far from wineries, towns or other services and many of these are marked on our cue sheets.
Is there mountain biking at the Rally?
The Rally is primarily geared towards road biking but we do provide route information for a selection of mountain bike rides. There are excellent off road trails for mountain bikers in the Paso Robles area if you are prepared to ride or drive to them. MTB rides are something we hope to incorporate into the Rally in future years and we would love your suggestions for this or help planning routes.
Are there gps routes available online anywhere?
Yes, for the 2016 rally we will be issuing routes online
Are the routes marked?
Only the Giro di Paso and Velo de Femme routes are marked. The cue sheets are very detailed and easy to follow.
Are there any easy routes for families?
Yes, we have a number of shorter, easy routes for families with small children.
Are there any really challenging routes?
Yes! There are lots of way to challenge yourself at the Rally? Either on a long hill, long route or short steep hill. Ask our route advisor on Friday evening.
I only want to come for one day. Can I do that?
We price the Rally very reasonably to encourage as many people as possible to take 4 days to enjoy all Paso Robles has to offer. Unfortunately we cannot offer 1 day only registration except if you would like to just complete the Giro di Paso or the Velo de Femme. This are available as stand alone ride registration options.
Why has the price increased?
This year we have changed registration to eliminate a third party registration system. This means that you do not pay any additional registration fees. As a result the overall price you pay has actually reduced this year. Hurray!
Can I pay by check?
Yes you may pay by check but you must still register using the online registration system. Please use discount code PAYBYCHECK and send a check made payable to CCSD within 1 week. Please mail to, CCSD, 1286 University Avenue, #268, San Diego CA 92103.
Why does the price of registration increase in March and April?
Planning an event is much easier if people register early. We like to reward those who register early with a discounted Rally fee.
I'm coming to the Rally but not riding. Do I still have to register?
Yes. The Rally registration includes many activities, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Pasta Feast, Wine tasting, Social activities etc. If you are attending Rally activities you do need to register for the whole Rally. There are a limited number of spots for those who live in the Paso Robles, Templeton and Atascadero areas to attend the evening celebrations only. These tickets may be purchased at the door on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening.
Can I just register for the Velo de Femme?
Yes, you may just register for the Velo de Femme as a stand alone event.
When do the fairgrounds open to campers?
The fairgrounds open at 8am on Thursday. Please note this is before the Rally officially starts and the shower truck will not arrive until Friday morning. There will be restrooms available though and we highly recommend Action Wipes for this scenario.
Is there RV camping as well as tent camping?
Yes, you can bring in RV’s of any type. We do recommend arriving early though (Fri morning at the latest) to secure a suitably sized camping spot.
Are there electric hookups?
Yes, there are electric hookups for RVs, campers or tents. These can be paid for at registration on site. 10 dollars or 20 dollars for the whole Rally period.
Are there water hookups?
In a few places, there are water hook ups as well. Arriving early helps you to secure one of these.
If I arrive late, will there still be camping sites?
In past years, the entire camping area of the fairgounds has never been completely filled with campers. However, later arrivals will not be able to choose from among the more desirable camping locations. In the past, campers have arrived as late as Sunday and still found space to set up camp.
Are there shower and bathroom facilities for tent campers?
Yes, portable, hot, powerful showers are brought onto the fairgrounds specifically for the Rally. The fairgrounds has a large number of flush toilet bathrooms and sinks.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately no. Pets are not allowed on the fairgrounds in fairness to other campers and families. We can give you information on a kennel in Paso Robles which can board your pet during the Rally. Otherwise, we respectfully request that you leave your pets at home or select accommodation nearby where pets are accepted.
How does the Velo-Give work?
Velo-Give is a way for you to donate used (or new) cycling gear to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Donated products will be on sale all weekend to Rally participants and all proceeds will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
What happened to the Velo Swap?
The Velo Swap has been replaced with the Velo-Give. The Great Western Bike Rally is a community focused event and in that respect we want to give back where we can. The Velo-Give is a great opportunity to do this. Please google Challenged Athletes Foundation. You will be inspired!
What products can I donate?
We'll accept anything with a value! Bikes, gear, clothing, accessories etc. We ask that any cycling clothing is in good condition. Used cycling shorts are not accepted. Cycling equipment should be in working condition or clearly labelled if it is in need of repair. Helmet should be in good condition and should not have been subjected to abuse, crashes or other damage that could affect the integrity of the helmet.
Where do I deposit products to donate?
Please bring them to The Hub on Friday afternoon or evening. There will be a tent clearly marked as the Velo-Give tent.
Are there things for families to do?
Yes! We encourage families to come to the Rally and offer a terrific family rate that includes parents and their children 18 and under. Many families come to the Rally as it is a non-intimidating atmosphere for kids to learn about riding. We have a kid’s safety rodeo and kid’s games in which we give away awards on Sunday night. Several of the rides offered are good for families, especially the Star Farms Ride where the kids spend the entire day swimming in a lake as the parents sit on a sandy beach drinking smoothies. Nothing better than that!
How do I register for the Time Trial/Bike Rodeo?
Just turn up at the right place at the right time. No need to register in advance.
When will my wine/cheese/farmers market goods arrive at the fairgrounds?
We'll pick wine and cheese up at the end of the day on Saturday and Sunday and bring them to the fairgrounds asap. Farmers market produce will be picked up by 1pm on Saturday and brought straight to the fairgrounds.
I can’t get a hotel reservation, what should I do?
We recommend that you do not wait until the last minute. Paso Robles is a wine-tasting destination and rooms get booked up on holiday weekends. Your options are as follows if you do not plan ahead. If you can't get a hotel try the following: 1) Keep calling for cancellations 2) Get a room outside Paso Robles; Templeton, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and Cambria are all in close proximity and have a lot more rooms available. You can drive to the fairgrounds in the morning to ride, bring a change of clothes with you and shower and change on the fairgrounds ready for the evening’s activities.
I don’t ride, but my friend wants me to attend. What is there to do?
Plenty! Downtown Paso Robles has great restaurants. shops, wine-tasting rooms and craft breweries. In the evening, the Rally has plenty of activities to do with your friend. We can always use volunteers during the day, and this is a terrific way to meet other people attending the Rally.
I'm flying in to the GWBR. Can I ship my bike to the Rally and have someone store it until I get there?
Unfortunately the fairgrounds cannot receive shipments on behalf of the Rally but our wonderful partners at Best Bike Zone can. Contact Steve (Steve at bestbikezone.com) and ask for details of their bike receiving, building and shipping service.
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