August 13, 2016
Touring Bicycle Ride
12,25,34,45 MILE ROUTES
Brown County State Park
North Entrance/State Rd. 46
Nashville, Indiana 47448
(includes cool "goat" coffee mug and lunch)
Pre-registration is due by
August 7, 2016
Event Day Registration:
Event Day Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.
"Goat" Coffee Mugs are not guaranteed to event day sign ups
"The Goat Ride" is a funding ride for
Brown County State Park.
Friday night packet pick up and warm up ride: We have rented the shelter for Friday, August 12th, the day before the Goat Ride. We will be offering a 25 mile ride (marked route) to warm up for the next day. NO SAG service is provided for the Friday night ride. This is just an "on your own" ride. Start time for the ride on Friday is 5:00 p.m. We will be at the shelter from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. for packet pick up. Jerseys and t-shirts will be available for sale.
The Routes: There are four routes which vary in length and difficulty. Riders can do this event "The Easy Way" or the "NOT so Easy Way"!! Each route is clearly marked and loops back to the registration tents located by the swimming pool inside the north entrance of Brown County State Park. Lunch and snacks/water/gatorade will be served under the tents throughout the day. Riders can complete as many of the routes as they wish and will receive a completion coin for each route that they finish. Some of the routes are more difficult than others but all wind through beautiful southern Indiana! You like hills? We got HILLS! Preview the routes. Maps and wristbands for re-entry to the park will be issued on event day to each rider. "The Witch" is one of the routes - YIKES! The name says it all! But the 25 mile "Baby Bear" will suit pleasure riders just fine! Depending on your route choices, The Goat Ride is appropriate for both recreational cyclists and endurance riders looking for a tough workout. We would recommend, however, that you be able to complete at least a 25 mile ride on your own without difficulty in order to sign up for this event. Make sure you have proper gearing on your bike for the bigger climbs or ya might be walkin'! Can you complete ALL the routes?: This will be the fifth year for The Goat Ride! Ride attendance was right at about 250 riders last year. We had 79 men & women that were able to complete all four of the routes which total 116 miles! who were they? Special momento coins will be presented to folks in 2016 who can complete all the routes and their names are recorded on the next year's t-shirt. Folks attempting all 4 four routes are encouraged to start prior ot 8:00 a.m. Registration will be open as early at 6:30 a.m. so you can get on the road!
Mass start for 116 Milers: We start a group at 6:30 a.m. of people who would like to attempt all 4 routes (116 miles) and want to participate in a mass start. The order of the routes for this group is Witch (45), Big Bear (34), Firecracker (12), and Baby Bear (25). Although The Goat Ride is not a race it might be fun for some of you to start with the group and meet up with some other riders that are attempting all 4 routes.
T-shirts: T-shirts are $20.00 and are custom printed with all the names of the riders who have finished all 4 routes (116 miles) the last five years. When you pre-register for the ride you will be asked if you wish to purchase a t-shirt. We will also have a limited number of sizes in t-shirts on hand on event day for sale.
Brown County State Park: Beautiful! Brown County State Park is a wonderful place to visit. Hiking, swimming, tennis, and horse back riding are all available. Overnight camping is available at two very nice campgrounds inside the park. Call 812-988.6406 for reservations. Make reservations early! There are also many campgrounds and hotels outside of the park in Nashville that offer good rates and services. The park offers showers at the swimming pool for $2 for sweaty riders!
Lunch: Lunch will be served in the park from 10:30-1:00 p.m. Yummy! Snacks, gatorade and water will be available throughout the day. We'll have the grills going, the water iced down and a shady spot waiting for ya!
SAG Stops: The main SAG stop is in the park at our shelter where lunch and registration is held. In addition we will provide one Aid station on each of the 25, 34 and 45 mile routes (no aid station on the 12 mile route). Aid stations are located at the The Butler Winery, Helmsburg and the Gatesville Store. The Aid stations are simple - self serve gatorade, water and food available. We will have entertainment and a bigger selection of snacks and food at the main SAG stop in the park. There will also be roaming SAG vehicles out on the course which can provide light mechanical support and a ride back in if a rider is stranded for any reason. There are stores, gas stations with bathrooms and the like along each route and these public stops are noted on your route maps. Some of them are very quaint rural establishments that are SURE to entertain you in many ways!
Is it a race?: No. Start at your leisure and travel at your own pace. We don't guarantee SAG service after 3:00 p.m. If you are still out on the course at 3:00 p.m. that is fine but we just can't guarantee any SAG service after that time. Most folks that are attempting the 116 miles are not in by 3:00 p.m. and that is fine. We hang around until 5:00-6:00 p.m. to make sure riders are in off the course.