Bo Bikes Bama FAQ

Yes, the minimum age to ride is 10 years. Anyone under the age of 18 is required to ride with an adult.

Yes, all riders are required to wear a helmet at all times on the ride.

Yes, all riders need to provide their own bicycle for the ride. View Bike Rentals for a list of Trek-preferred retailers with road bike rental fleets available within a 150-mile radius of Auburn Arena.

If you are participating in the Ride from Home option you may check out this page to find the Trek Bikes Dealer nearest you. If they do not have a rental fleet available they may be able to help you find a rental bike option in your area.

Each rider will receive the following items in the mail in advance of the ride: one (1) Bo Bikes Bama t-shirt; a rider number to be worn during the ride; a wristband to be worn the day of the ride (grants you access to rest stops and post-ride lunch); and a Bo Bikes Bama sticker. In-person riders will also receive light snacks and refreshments at every rest stop; a meal at the end of the ride; and mechanical support for simple repairs to your bike (this support is available at the ride start and at the rest stops).

Per a standing contract, Bo cannot sign any sports memorabilia. Several signed items will be included in the online auction. Bo will be available on a limited basis to sign Bo Bikes Bama merchandise after the ride. No guarantees for an autograph, or photo, can be made.

Photos will be posted on the Bo Bikes Bama Facebook page as soon as they are made available by our photographers.

Any rider who does not start with the group will not be considered part of the ride. Our law enforcement officers, course marshals and SAG drivers must support those riders who begin with the group and will not be available to support those who start late. In the same fashion, any rider who intentionally goes off course for any reason is no longer considered part of the ride.

Parking is available at and around Auburn Arena. Parking is limited so please carpool with fellow riders if possible or ride your bike from your accommodations. The site map is available for viewing here.

Your own bicycle, in good working order; your helmet and other riding gear; the materials you will receive in your rider packet (including your rider number, pins, and wristband); water bottles for your bike; spare tube(s); sunscreen; and sunglasses.

No. While there will be law enforcement officers present to patrol and monitor the course, the roads WILL be open to traffic and you should ride as you normally would— stopping at all intersections, staying to the right, and obeying all traffic laws, unless specifically directed otherwise by an officer or course marshal.

The ride will happen rain or shine. However, weather conditions will be closely monitored for severe weather threats and the ride will be delayed or canceled in the event of dangerous conditions. In the event that the ride is cancelled, registration fees will not be refunded.

No. Bo Bikes Bama is a charity bike ride, not a race. We strongly encourage all participants to approach the ride as a relaxed cycling event in which they can get to know their fellow riders and raise money for a good cause, rather than a competitive event.

While Bo Bikes Bama is not a race, we do enforce cut-off times for the sake of safety and our volunteer efforts. If you are not able to make one of the cut-off times, you and your bike will be taken back to the finish by one of the SAG drivers. Please evaluate your cycling abilities when signing up for the ride and choose the most appropriate distance.

Riders are required to make it to the rest stops by the times outlined below to ensure the safety and efficiency of the ride.

60-mile ride
Ride begins — 7am
Rest Stop at Mile 14 — Cut-off is 8:45am
Rest Stop at Mile 34 — Cut-off is 10:45am
Rest Stop at Mile 51 — Cut-off is 12:30pm

20-mile ride
Ride begins — 9:45am
Rest Stop at Mile 10.5 — Cut-off is 11:30am

RVs can park in the hayfields along S. Donahue Dr., directly across from the School of Nursing Building. No fees, no reservations. You can stay overnight in this area. No overnight stays are allowed in any paved Auburn University lot. For a list of area RV sites, please click here.

A Bo Bikes Bama t-shirt is included with all ride registrations. When registering for the ride, you may purchase additional Bo Bikes Bama gear. If you want a t-shirt or other merchandise but do not plan to attend the in-person ride, please register for the at-home option to support the cause and get your gear.

Additional merchandise will be for sale in-person the day-of the ride (both before and after).

All traditional bike types are allowed at Bo Bikes Bama, including e-bikes. We encourage you to review the routes and rest stop cut off times prior to registering.

Allowed:

  • Road, gravel, and mountain bikes
  • E-bikes (pedal-assist)
  • Tandem bikes
  • Recumbent bikes


Not Allowed:

  • Fully motorized bikes
  • Riding in the aero position/use of aero bars

If you ride a non-traditional bike that requires more space on the road than normal or have another unique bike/equipment question, please contact us to discuss.

No, we do not ask that you submit anything if you choose to ride from home. We simply ask that you enjoy the day on a ride (or hike, run or other activity of your choosing) and post about your day and why you ride using hashtags #bobikesbama and #whyweride.

For 2023 we are not offering day-of registration; please register for the ride online before the cutoff date.

A variety of Bo Bikes Bama merchandise will be available for sale before and after the ride at Auburn Arena. Cash and credit or debit cards are accepted.