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32nd Annual OATBRAN Ride

September 24, 2023 - September 30, 2023

Further Ride Details:

Tour Training and Preparation (and SAG/Bike Limitations):

You and your bike should be in good shape before you attempt this ride. We average 80 or so miles per day. This tour should not be your training ride, but a culmination of your training effort throughout the year. Be sure to have your bicycle checked by your local bike shop prior to your departure. If needed, OATBRAN participants may ride a SAG wagon forward to the next rest stop or night’s destination. Our SAG (and bike transport) capabilities are generally limited to standard single rider bikes, which can be mounted on a standard roof rack; any participant who wants to ride a bike that is not compatible with this limitation (i.e., tandem, recumbent, etc.) must obtain our concurrence prior to the event (E-mail tgft@bikethewest.com).

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Safety/Bicycle Rules of the Road:

It is imperative for your safety, and the safety of all cyclists participating in OATBRAN, that the bicycle Rules of the Road are followed. Please review your “SPIN – Safe Pedaling In Nevada” pamphlet in your welcome packet to familiarize yourself with Nevada’s Rules of the Road. TGFT Productions/Bike the West reserves the right to expel participants unwilling to ride in a safe manner. Nevada State Highway Patrol monitors the ride and puts in many hours to assure a safe and enjoyable experience for all riders. Remember, they will issue tickets to those who violate the Rules of the Road. This applies to both bicyclists and motorists.

Rest Stops/Meals:

Rest stops and lunch will be set up daily on the course, approximately 20 miles apart. It is important to drink water at regular intervals, before you feel thirsty, to prevent dehydration. Lunch will feature fresh fruits, pasta and potato salads and make-your-own sandwiches. A variety of breakfasts and dinners are prepared and served by local area service clubs and nonprofit organizations from each of the host communities. From pancake feeds to outdoor barbecues, you’ll sample the true flavor of Nevada. Please indicate some of your food preferences and/or any special dietary needs, gluten free, non-dairy, or allergies; whenever reasonable we like to accommodate the needs of all riders but riders with special needs should be prepared to bring any special foods which they may require. Please call us to discuss any special dietary concerns you may have.


You are limited to 60 lbs. total luggage, and no bag over 35 lbs. All of your luggage must be marked and kept together for loading, unloading and transporting. All luggage will be self loaded and unloaded at the overnight locations. We suggest that you do not bring valuables and it is your responsibility to assure that anything breakable is adequately padded and protected. DO NOT tie pieces together or use plastic garbage bags or ice chests as luggage. It may be helpful to put your clothing inside a plastic bag in case of rain. There is a nearby laundry facility at the motel Eureka. Please pack light! Thank you in advance from our crew!

$2000.00 Total Fee (Registered and Paid-in-full by August 27, 2023)

A Late Fee of $200 may apply for late registration and/or late payment. A 10% Discount will apply for Returning OATBRAN riders.

Includes: 6 Nights — with overnight accommodations, based on double occupancy (single occupancy available +$350). Security Vehicle parking for the week at Lake Tahoe (at the Bally’s Lake Tahoe Casino Resort Valet Parking). Ride limited to 40 riders.

  • 17 meals — from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on return day – plus all food & beverages at 19+ rest stops and daily after ride snacks & beverages
  • OATBRAN Ride Jersey/Water Bottle
  • OATBRAN welcome packet & goodie bag
  • Prizes, awards and an “I Survived” OATBRAN T-Shirt at the end of the ride
  • Full Sag and Tech Support
  • Return transportation
  • A memory stick of over 500 images, shot daily throughout the tour, by famed
    Nevada Photographer, Larry Burton, offered at a nominal fee.

Changes, Updates, and Coming Attractions:

Sometimes we have to make minor changes to the ride to deal with changes in circumstances, so our attorney says we have to give you the standard caveat: Ride details subject to change without notice. Please check this webpage periodically to get any changes or updates to the ride details. Also, we’ve normally given a 10% discount to Returning OATBRAN riders not just because we like seeing them again, but also because of the help they give to the crew and the new riders; Also, if you are interested in being part of our crew to work and ride at a 50% discount (limited availability), please email tgft@bikethewest.com.


Hotel lodging is available at the Bally’s Lake Tahoe Resort prior to the start and at end of
the tour. Make arrangements directly by calling 800-648-3353. Identify yourself for a pre
or post OATBRAN room package reservation.


Reno-Tahoe International Airport is your gateway airport served by most major carriers. Ground Transportation is available on the South Tahoe Express or by rental car at the airport.

Bicycles can be shipped via UPS to Tahoe Sports Ltd., located one block from our host hotel. The shipping address is: 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Ste. 7, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Call 530-542-4000 for details. Their staff will receive it, unpack it, rebuild it and do the same for shipping back to your home for a nominal fee. Tahoe Sports Ltd. may also have rental bicycles available — call them if you are interested in renting a bicycle for OATBRAN.


As for weather, generally it is perfect. Overnight lows are generally in the upper 30’s and daytime highs are generally in the 70’s. Skies are mostly clear to partly cloudy, and winds are generally prevailing tailwind. However, we’ve experienced headwinds, rain, overnight snow, morning temperatures well below freezing, and highs into the 90’s, so be prepared for any type of weather.

Partial Ride Option:

For participants with schedule problems, we may be able to provide the option to ride only some days of the ride (at a reduced rate to be determined depending on the particulars). Anyone riding only part of the ride is responsible for their own transportation to their start point and/or from their finish point; we only provide regular return transportation from the normal end of the ride at the Utah border back to Lake Tahoe (or to your start point on the route). Please note that there are neither buses nor any other form of public transportation along (or near) the ride route.


September 24, 2023
September 30, 2023