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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Individual Arrival and Departure

Travel MethodsScheduling and TimingBaggage TransportationBicycle Transportation


It will be your own responsibility to transport yourself, your baggage, and your bike to the start and from the end of the event.

The logistics of how you do this can be a BIG planning factor, particularly in terms of transportation in each town and also your own personal schedule.

There are pros and cons for each travel method in regards to you, your baggage, and especially your bicycle, and these considerations are particularly important if you will be travelling a long way to get to or from the event. We strongly recommend researching each available transportation option in order to select the one that will best meet your needs.

Travel Methods
Here is the majority of ways you can arrive at and depart from our events:

Method (click for
more information)
Can Unboxed, Fully
Assembled Bicycles
be Transported?
Notes
In a car
Yes
Either in your own vehicle and
parking it, get dropped off/picked
up by someone else, or with
someone else in their vehicle
Ride on your
bicycle yourself
Yes
Can be difficult to also carry lots
of baggage for a multi-day event
On a local light duty
passenger train
Yes
(with restrictions)
Fully assembled bicycle restrictions
generally include times of travel
and/or bicycles allowed per rail car
On a local
municipal bus
Varies
(with restrictions)
When bicycles are allowed, fully
assembled bicycle restrictions
generally include the number of
bicycles per bus
In a taxicab
Varies
Transportation of unboxed, fully
assembled bicycles depends on
the type of taxicab and the driver
Fly in
No
All bicycles must be boxed
On an Amtrak train
Only on certain trains
If fully assembled bicycles are
not allowed aboard, all bicycles
must be boxed
On a Greyhound bus
No
All bicycles must be boxed
On a MegaBus bus
No
No bicycles can be transported,
fully assembled or boxed

Scheduling and Timing
You will need to make sure that your travel schedule (including travel times between locations in town) properly accounts for such considerations as:

  • The ride starting time
  • Your expected ride completion time
  • Delays in completing the ride due to such things as fatigue, bicycle mechanical problems, or medical situations
  • The check in time of our transportation service
  • The expected arrival time of mid route pick ups and drop offs for our transportation service
  • The business hours of in town facilities and services, such as the supporting bike shop
  • Additional considerations if you are shipping your bicycle on your own
  • The departure and arrival times of local and long distance public transportation
  • Possible delays on local and long distance public transportation
  • Delays due to traffic or weather

Baggage Transportation
You will be able to transport your baggage with you on any travel method you choose, although it may be easier to transport your baggage on some travel methods more than others depending on how many bags you have.

Bicycle Transportation
The biggest consideration of transporting your bicycle is whether you can transport it fully assembled or if it has to be boxed in a separate shipping container. This particularly important before the start of the event so your bicycle can be properly reassembled and is ready to ride before the start of the event.

We strongly recommend travelling with your bicycle fully assembled if at all possible because you will absolutely know that it is ready to ride before the start of the event and you can avoid disassembling and reassembling it entirely. If you must travel with your bicycle boxed you will need to have it disassembled and boxed before you leave and also have it unboxed and reassembled when you arrive.

Travelling with Your Bicycle Fully Assembled
You can travel with your bicycle fully assembled on the following travel methods (click for more information).

Travelling with Your Bicycle Boxed
If you travel on most long distance public transportation carriers, you must transport your bicycle boxed in a separate shipping container.

  • Click Here for more information about long distance public transportation carriers.

Click on one of the links at left for more information about planning your individual arrival and departure.

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