FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride?
The Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride (TOBR, for short) is a one-day, cycling fun-ride in and around the Lake Mills area (Wisconsin) to benefit Tomorrow's Hope. There is a registration fee for each participant with proceeds going directly to Tomorrow's Hope, where the funds are used to foster health-related research, education and support activities that have a direct impact on local individuals touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses.
What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee includes full route support (including SAG Wagons) during the ride, snacks and hydration at the Rest Areas, basic medical support at the brewery and more! All participants will also receive a commemorative t-shirt, two drink tickets good for beer (must bring ID), root beer, soda or bottled water as well as a full meal (vegetarian and gluten-free meal options available) and live music at the Post-Ride Celebration.
What time do we start?
50 mile route = 9:30 am
25 mile route = 10:30 am
We utilize a graduated start to better plan for traffic control and so that everyone has the opportunity to finish in time to enjoy all of the post-ride activities! Times listed are tentative; registered participants will receive official start times shortly before the ride!
Where and when is registrants' packet pickup?
All packet pickup, starts and finishes occur at the brewery (1025 Owen Street, Lake Mills). Packet pickup can be done on Friday evening (6 to 9 pm) or Saturday morning (8:30 to 10:30 am).
How long do we have to finish the ride?
You should match your skill level to the distance you plan on riding. If you average 12 mph, the 25 mile route will take you around two hours to finish, while the 50 mile route will take you nearly four hours. You can start timing yourself on practice rides to find your average time. Remember, we have a crew that can bring you back to the brewery, if needed, but please select a route that matches your skill level.
Note: Route support will end at 2:00 pm.
What do I need to bring to ride?
Always wear a helmet while riding. If visibility is limited, a flashing red light on the bike is a good idea (especially as our event is rain or shine). Having a bike mirror is very helpful in seeing behind you to keep you safe. Bike shorts/pants and gloves are highly recommended for your comfort (you can thank us later). Bring two bottles; one with water and one with a sports drink to stay hydrated and your cellphone for emergencies -- but never talk and ride. If you can, ride with your buddies. It's safer and more fun!
Can kids ride in the TOBR?
Short answer is YES! Children and adults under the age of 21 can be registered to participate, however, it must be along with a parent or legal guardian. Anyone under 21, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times during the event (due to licensing, such is the nature of the law in Wisconsin).
Can friends and family join me at the Post-Ride Celebration?
Yes, we’d love to have them! If your friends/family would like to eat with you, meal tickets will be available for sale at the event for those not registered ($15/each).
What happens if I can’t finish?
Circulating the route are volunteers who will pick up you and your bike and return you to the brewery, if needed. Please note: route support will close at 2:00 pm.
What happens if I get a flat, a chain breaks, etc.?
It's a good idea to carry a spare tube and a pump or CO2. You can prepare for this by practicing changing a tire prior to the ride. But don't worry - there will also be mechanics on the route that can help you if needed.