Are the rides supported?
The Velo de Femme and the Bike Train to Star Farms are the only fully supported rides with rest stops and on the road support. The Sunday Funday ride has a lunch stop for riders taking part. Our group rides usually have at least one ride leader on them. All other routes are self guided and self supported however you may stop at any of our welcoming route partners and grab refreshments, wine, beer or a tasty lunch.
Is there mountain biking at the Rally?
We currently offer just one MTB ride with ride leaders, however there are some great MTB routes about 40 minutes drive from the event. We are happy to help you plan a day visiting these.
Are there gps routes available online anywhere?
Yes, all our routes are online and released before the event each year.
Are the routes marked?
Only the Velo de Femme route is marked. The cue sheets for all other rides 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 Paso Robles Cycling Festival? 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 event 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 at this time.
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 as the event gets closer
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 Paso Robles Cycling Festival but not riding. Do I still have to register?
Yes. The event registration fee includes many activities, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Pasta Feast, Wine tasting, Social activities etc. To gain access to the Paso Robles Cycling Festival you must purchase a full entry. 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. Please contact us for more details on this.
Can I just register for the Velo de Femme?
Yes, you may just register for the Velo de Femme as a stand alone event. Please contact us for details on this.
What if I need to cancel after I have registered?
We do not offer refunds for cancelled registrations. We do however offer the opportunity to pass on your registration to a friend at no extra charge, or move your entry to the following year for a small admin fee. Please contact us to arrange this.
When do the fairgrounds open to campers?
The fairgrounds open at 9am on Thursday. Please note this is before the event 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, there are RV spots in the Carnival Lot (see camping map) plus other areas around the Paso Robles Event Center where an RV can be parked. We recommend you arrive as early as possible to get the choice of spots. It is not possible to reserve a specific site.
Are there RV hookups?
There are 60 full RV hookups in the Carnival Lot (water, electric, sewage). You must purchase a full hookup camping reservation to be able to use these. Elsewhere in the fairgrounds there are other electric and water hookups for RVs (no sewage). Purchase a partial hookup add on for these spots. Specific sites cannot be reserved in advance - arrive and find the site that works for you.
If I arrive late, will there still be camping sites?
In past years, the entire camping area of the fairgrounds 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 event. The fairgrounds has a large number of flush toilet bathrooms and sinks.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, dogs are allowed as long as they are not a disturbance to others or aggressive to others, and must be kept on a leash at all times. All dog waste must be picked up immediately. Owners not complying with these rules may be asked to leave.
How does the Velo-Give work?
Velo-Give is a way for you to donate used (or new) cycling gear to benefit our charity of choice. Products will be on sale all weekend to participants and all proceeds will go to the our charity of choice for the year.
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 Paso Robles Cycling Festival and offer a terrific family rate that includes parents and their children 18 and under. Many families come to the event as it is a non-intimidating atmosphere for kids to learn about riding.
How do I register for the Time Trial/Bike Roadeo?
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?
Wine will be brought to the fairgrounds by Sunday late afternoon. Some wineries (taking part in the Saturday tasting event) bring them on Saturday evening. 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 event. Can I ship my bike and have someone store it until I get there?
Unfortunately the fairgrounds cannot receive shipments on behalf of the event but our wonderful partners at K-Man Cycles can. Contact them here: https://www.kmancyclery.com/location-1
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