Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When is the ride?
Bike Around the Bay 2017 is October 21-22, 2017.
Where is the ride?
The ride will start at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, TX. There, riders will follow the east side of Galveston Bay and finish at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. The second day will start at Moody Gardens, will follow the west side of the Bay and will finish back at Royal Purple Raceway.
Click HERE for maps of the route.
What are the start and end times?
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Location: Royal Purple Raceway
2525 FM 565
Baytown, TX 77523
Start Time: 7:30 a.m.
Route closes at 6:00 p.m.
Note: At the start of Day 1, cyclists will ride over a portion of I-10 which will be closed off for the initial group of riders. If riders are late, Support and Gear (SAG) will transport the rider to the first breakpoint.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Location: Moody Gardens
1 Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77554
Start Time: 7:30 a.m.
Route closes at 6:00 p.m.
NOTE: Riders will have a police escort over the Galveston Causeway. Riders are prohibited from crossing the causeway without this escort.
How long is the ride?
Bike Around the Bay is a fully supported two-day, 170-mile bicycle ride. The mileage for both days is as follows:
Day One: 96.3 miles
Day Two: 76.1 miles
Total: 172.4 miles
The Century Ride returns for its second year in 2017! Riders will be able to ride an extra 3.9 miles to make their Day One ride a full century. This “century loop” is located on Bolivar Peninsula right before the ferry that will take riders to Galveston Island. Prominent signage will let riders know when the loop is coming up.
How much is registration for the ride?
Registration fees apply to both one-day and two-day riders.
Early registration (April 17 – June 30, 2017) is $40.
Regular registration (July 1 – September 15, 2017) is $75.
Late registration (September 16 – October 22, 2017) is $100.
Late registrants are not guaranteed a Bike Around the Bay t-shirt.
Participants also have the option to become a Virtual Rider. Registration is $25 ($18 is tax-deductible) and includes a Bike Around the Bay t-shirt and the ability to win fundraising prizes. There is no fundraising minimum for Virtual Riders.
What does the registration fee include?
The registration fee includes:
- Access to the Bike Around the Bay route with on-road breakpoint stops approximately every 10-17 miles
- Marked routes with emergency support
- Baggage transport from the start at Royal Purple Raceway to Moody Gardens and back to the finish at Royal Purple Raceway
- Secured overnight bike storage at Moody Gardens on Saturday
- Secured overnight parking of vehicles at the start and finish on Saturday
- Mechanical bike support and repair throughout the two days
- Support and Gear (SAG) along the route on both days
- Medical support team traveling with the tour on both days
- Lunch on both days
- Dinner at Moody Gardens on Saturday (additional dinner tickets may be purchased for friends and family online or on-site)
- Printed route maps
- A Bike Around the Bay t-shirt
- Complimentary one-year membership to the GALVESTON BAY FOUNDATION
How does the one-day option work?
Riders have the option of riding one day or two days. One-day riders are welcome to ride either Saturday or Sunday, and will need to let staff know which day when they pick up their bib number at packet pick-up.
NOTE: One-day riders who will be riding on Sunday only are responsible for their transportation to the start at Moody Gardens and from the finish at Royal Purple Raceway.
One-day riders have the option of purchasing a bus ticket that will take them back to the start at Royal Purple Raceway from Moody Gardens either on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The ticket is $35 and includes transportation back to the start for one cyclist, their bike and luggage. Reservations for bus transportation should be pre-purchased online as availability is limited. Depending on availability and space, tickets may be purchased at the event.
DURING THE RIDE
Where can I find route directions?
There will be route markers clearly displayed along the roadways with occasional flaggers at selected turns for additional support.
What kind of route markings, cones, and conditions should I expect?
The entire route will be marked with directional signs, traffic cones, and barricades. Selected intersections and turns will have flaggers to alert the rider of the correct direction. Selected state highways will be closed and possibly coned to provide the utmost safety to rider and vehicle traffic.
What are the route breakpoints?
There will be breakpoints and one lunch stop on both ride days at approximately 10-17 mile intervals. These breakpoints will provide water, sport drinks, snacks, porta cans, and other support.
What about Medical, Emergency, and Security services?
There will be trained medical personnel at the start, breakpoints, and overnight. Certified Police officers will accompany the bike tour. Difficult highway crossings and intersections will be controlled by police officers. Sunday morning travel over the Galveston Causeway will be by policy escort ONLY. Cyclists will not be allowed to cross the causeway without the ride’s escort.
What Support and Gear (SAG) assistance can I expect?
There will be SAG vehicles sweeping the route to provide support to riders that cannot complete the day’s ride. These vehicles will be equipped to transport riders and their bikes to the next breakpoint.
What can I expect if there are poor weather conditions?
The ride will continue even in the face of inclement weather, including rain, wind or heat. In extreme weather conditions, the route will be temporarily closed.
Will transportation be provided back to the start location on the first day?
For a fee, transportation will be provided from Moody Gardens to Royal Purple Raceway after Day One. Riders may choose to travel back on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or, depending on availability on space, may be purchased at the event.
When is packet pick-up?
Packet pick-up dates and locations can be found HERE.
What is included in my rider packet?
All riders will be issued a “rider number”. The packet includes a numbered bib, luggage tag, wristband, and bike tag. Riders are required to attach the numbered bib to their clothing while riding. The wristband allows riders to receive refreshments at breakpoints, food at lunch, and dinner at Moody Gardens. The bike and luggage tags must be attached if the rider uses our transport system and secured bike compound.
I can't make any of the packet pick-up dates. Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes, if you are unable to make any of the packet pick-up dates, someone else may pick up your packet for you. However, we will only release the packet if the fundraising minimum ($250 for two-day riders and $175 for one-day riders) has been met.
We also will have packet pick-up available at the starting line on the morning of Saturday, October 21. Riders may pick-up their packet there, but are highly encouraged to attend one of the packet pick-ups to avoid any lines on the day of the ride.
What is the fundraising minimum for Bike Around the Bay?
All registered cyclists are required to meet a fundraising minimum prior to picking up their rider packet. The minimum is $175 for one-day riders and $250 for two-day riders. Virtual Riders have no fundraising minimum, but do not participate in ride weekend.
While riders are required to reach this amount in order to participate in ride weekend, we strongly encourage riders to continue fundraising beyond this date!
Where do the funds from Bike Around the Bay go?
Bike Around the Bay is put on each year by the GALVESTON BAY FOUNDATION. All funds go to support the conservation, education, advocacy, and research programs that the Galveston Bay Foundation utilizes to preserve and protect Galveston Bay.
For more information about the Galveston Bay Foundation and the programs supported by Bike Around the Bay, please visit www.galvbay.org.
How do I turn in my donations?
Donations may be made online at www.bikearoundthebay.org. On the homepage, supporters can search for a specific participant. The search will pull up that participant’s personal page. From there, they can click the “Donate” button and contribute that to that participant’s ride.
Checks may be mailed to the Galveston Bay Foundation at:
Galveston Bay Foundation
1100 Hercules Avenue, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77058
Please make all checks payable to the Galveston Bay Foundation and be sure to include your name and “Bike Around the Bay” in the Memo field. Riders may also use the donation form to make sure their supporters receive a tax acknowledgement. All donations are tax deductible.
What happens to my donations if I am not able to participate in Bike Around the Bay?
All donations are non-refundable and non-transferable. All donations go to support the Galveston Bay Foundation and its programs to preserve and protect Galveston Bay.
Do you accept matching gifts?
Yes! Matching gifts are a great and easy way to increase your fundraising. Many employers will match the donation of their employees. Please check with your employee to see if they have a matching gift program. For questions about matching gifts and fundraising, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (281) 332-3381.
What is the Participant Center and how do I access it?
The Participant Center contains several tools that let you track your fundraising progress, reach out to supporters and teammates, and much more. To access your Participant Center, log in in the top right corner of www.bikearoundthebay.orgwith the username and password you created during registration.
I forgot my username and password. What do I do?
Usernames and passwords are case sensitive. If you forgot your username or password, click the Login button in the top right corner of www.bikearoundthebay.org. There, click “Forgot User Name?” or “Forgot Password?” to reset your information.
What can I do in the Participant Center?
In the Participant Center, you are able to:
- Check your fundraising progress and see who has contributed to your ride
- Set up and customize your personal page, which supporters will see when donating
- Send emails (we have templates already in there for you to use) to friends and family asking for support, to thank those who have donated already, and to email teammates.
- If you’re part of a team, check the team status and see messages from the team captain.
Principles and Policies
Stay Alert. Stay Alive. Your bicycle is a vehicle. When you cycle on public roadways in any country, you assume the same rights and responsibilities, and are subject to the same laws and local ordinances, as the driver of an automobile.
Participants are required to follow the following principles and procedures:
- Helmets are required. You must properly wear an ANSI, Snell or ASTM approved helmet while on the ride.
- Group riding. Riding in a group is very different from riding by yourself. Your riding behavior affects not only your life, but others' lives as well. Your actions on your bike will affect others. Remember there will be riders of all skills and abilities on the ride. Keep safe distances from other riders at all times!
- Unsafe riding is foolish. You should never ride in such a way as to endanger the lives of others. The ride is not only non-competitive, but it is a context of community and support that does not tolerate unsafe riding behavior. Unsafe riders will be removed from the ride.
- Distractions. The use of earphones, radios, or cellular phones is not permitted while riding. Riders need to remain alert at all times.
- Drafting. Drafting is the act of following closely behind another cyclist. Drafting can be dangerous, especially for inexperienced cyclists. Drafting is discouraged on the ride at any time, regardless of cycling experience. The ride is not a race. You will be sharing this experience with cyclists who are not familiar with drafting and you will endanger your life and limbs and theirs if you draft. Please keep a safe distance from other riders at all times.
- Alcohol and drugs. This is absolutely not permitted while on the ride, including breakpoints and lunch.
- Obey traffic signs and signals. Cyclists must ride like motorists if they want to be taken seriously. Doing so is the safest behavior. When approaching a stop sign or red light, you are required to come to a complete stop and proceed only when safe to do so. If a certified law enforcement officer waves you through an intersection, you must continue as directed by the officer. Follow lane markings and do not turn left from the right lane. Obey all traffic signs!
- Never ride against traffic. Motorists are not looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. Many other hazards threaten the wrong-way rider.
- Use hand signals. Riders who use hand signals to tell other road users what they intend to do is the safest method while traveling with other vehicles and cyclists.
- Ride in a straight line. Whenever possible, ride in a straight line, to the right of traffic but about a car door's width away form parked cars.
- Always pass on the left. Motorists and cyclists will never expect you to pass them on their right, so do not! Always pass on their left, giving them at least three feet of clearance. Announce "passing on left" when approaching another cyclist.
- Maintain your bike in good working condition. Keep tires properly inflated and make sure your bike is in top notch condition before starting this bike ride.