Best of the Bay"BOB", OctoberOct 6th, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

How does the Team Discount work?

We do not offer team discounts at this time.

What if I register for one route and then decide I want to do the other route?

BOB double century riders can optionally choose to ride the BOB century plus route. However, CTC credit will not be given for the BOB century plus route, and there will be no refunds.

What if it rains?

The rides will take place rain or shine, and will not be rescheduled.

BOB double century riders can optionally choose to ride the BOB century plus route. However, CTC credit will not be given for the BOB century plus route, and there will be no refunds.

Is there public transportation to the start?

Both BART and AC Transit service Castro Valley.

On the day of the rides, the earliest BART train arrives in Castro Valley anywhere from 6:10 am to 7:18 am depending upon your point of origin. While these times are adequate for the BOB Century riders, they are not adequate for BOB Double Century riders who have a mass start before 6:00 am.

Please see the BART website for additional information.

On the day of the rides, the earliest AC Transit bus (line 32) arrives in Castro Valley between 6:30 am and 7:00 am. As with BART, these times are adequate for the BOB Century riders, but are not adequate for BOB Double Century riders who have a mass start before 6:00 am.

Please see the AC Transit website for additional information about transit line 32.

What if I have mechanical issues?

Your bike should be in top mechanical shape before attempting these routes. The routes have SAG vehicles and professional mechanics at certain rest stops. You should carry a spare tube and a pump. If not, the SAG vehicles carry spare tubes and a floor pump.

For more serious mechanical issues, a SAG vehicle may transport you to the nearest rest stop where there may be a mechanic. Call the emergency number located on the bottom of the route sheet.

If you have a medical emergency, first call 911, then call the emergency number located on the bottom of the route sheet.

What's the support like?

On both routes, we offer extensive SAG support and multiple rest stops. Private SAG support is prohibited. Each rest stop provides nutritious food and nutrient replacement products in the form of powders, gels, and bars.

How early can I start on Saturday morning?

BOB double century: There will be a mass start for all riders at 5:00 am.

BOB century: Riders can start as early as 6:30 am, and must be on the road before 8:30 am.

When does the course close?

BOB double century: The course closes at midnight.

BOB century: There is no cutoff time for the BOB century route.

There are also cutoff times for each of the rest stops. If you fail to arrive at a rest stop by the cutoff time for that rest stop, you will not be permitted to continue the ride. For riders that do not arrive at Robertson Park by the cutoff time for the park, we will provide SAG rides back to the United Methodist Church.

  • Rest Stop 1 - Island Picnic Area - 7:30 am
  • Rest Stop 2 - United Methodist Church - 9:15 am
  • Rest Stop 3 - Mt. Diablo - 1:00 pm
  • Rest Stop 4 - Las Trampas Regional Wilderness  -  3:00 pm
  • Rest Stop 5 - Sunol-Ohlone Park - 5:30 pm
  • Rest Stop 6 - Robertson Park - 8:30 pm
  • Rest Stop 7 - Crow Canyon Extra Mile Convenience Store - 10:15 pm

Can I get a refund or transfer my registration?

We do not offer refunds or transfers for any reason.

How does ride check-in work?

All riders must check in at either:

  • Castro Valley Cyclery on Friday night, October 5, between 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm.
    20515 Stanton Avenue
    Castro Valley, CA 94546
  • 510-538-1878
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  • United Methodist Church on Saturday morning, October 6
    • For BOB double century: 4:00 am - 4:45 am, with a mass start at 5:00 am
    • For BOB century: 6:30 am - 8:00 am

BOB double century riders are required to check in at all rest stops. For Triple Crown recognition, riders must prove that they visit each rest stop.

BOB century riders are not required to check in at rest stops.

Should I bring lights?

BOB double century: Lights are mandatory for before sunrise (7:04 am) and sunset (6:50 pm).

BOB century: Lights are mandatory for before sunrise (7:04 am) and sunset (6:50 pm).

Are you going to transport gear?

We will not be transporting gear for 2018.

Will the routes be marked?

Both routes will include road marking and/or signs. It is possible that we will use human directionals, when appropriate.

Will the ride organizer provide energy supplements?

We will offer products by Hammer Nutrition.

Can I volunteer to support the rides?

Please send an e-mail or call either of the individuals listed on Contact Us.

If you have any other questions

Please send an e-mail or call either of the individuals listed on Contact Us

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