Frequently Asked Questions

Q - When is the Tour?

A- Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Q - How much is it?

A - Registration varies by date. Please refer to the Registration page for current fees.

Q - When can I register?

A - Registration will open on December 20, 2018.

Q - How do I register?

A - Instructions are available at

Q - How does the Team Discount Work?

A - This year we are offering a discount of $5 per rider for teams of 8 or more. The team captain should email to get a discount code for registration. Please only distribute the code to your team members; do not post the code on your team website or social networks.

We welcome teams with both individual and family registrations; family registrations will receive the same total discount as individual registrations. Team members do not have to ride together or do the same route. Each team member should register and choose "Team" for the Payment Method when prompted, as shown in the screenshot below:
Teams that do not reach the minimum team size will be asked to pay the full registration fee.

Q - Do I get an information package?

A - About a week before the event, a packet with route sheets and wrist bands for each rider will be mailed to those who have registered and paid by March 25, 2019. Each Rider must wear a Tierra Bella wristband for SAG services, admission to the rest stops and for the hot meal service following the ride. Riders who do not receive their packet by mail will need to pick it up on the day of our event at the Gavilan College Student Center between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM.

Q - How many riders are accepted?

A - Registration is limited to 1,500 riders.

Q - How late can I register?

A - See Registration page.

Q - Can minors register?

A - Minors must be registered on the application of a paying adult (age 18+) who is their parent or legal guardian. The minor must also carry a signed medical release and ride in the company of parent or guardian.

Q - Can I transfer my registration?

A - If you are registered and paid you can transfer your registration to another person without cost. Please email with the name of the new rider and your registration ID and have the new rider complete a new registration online, checking "transfer" for the payment option. An email will be sent to the new rider validating the transfer.

If this procedure is completed three weeks prior to the event, the new rider will receive the route sheet and wristband credentials in the mail. If a transfer is not made at least two days beforehand, please have the new rider bring a paper copy of the authorization to the help desk on the morning of the ride to fill out a registration and pick up these materials.

Q - Can I cancel my registration?

If you must cancel your registration, please email with your registration information. Cancellations will be refunded minus a per-rider cancellation fee depending upon the date.

Cutoff date Per-rider cancellation fee
Before January 22, 2019 $10
Before February 26, 2019 $15
Before March 23, 2019 $25
March 23 and after No refunds (transfers still accepted)

Q - Where is the Tour held?

A - All routes start at Gavilan College, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020. Please follow our staff to Tierra Bella's assigned parking lots. Gavilan College enforces California Vehicle code with respect to marked handicap parking spaces - violations are subject to fine.

Please double-check your GPS directions - Gavilan College recently added a new campus on Bailey Road - for the curious, you'll enjoy passing this campus on mile 73 of the 100 mile route - but show up to the main campus on Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy to start the ride.

Teams arriving in more than one vehicle should plan to meet at the start. Cars arriving one behind the other may be directed into different parking lots in order to get everyone parked quickly and out on the course.

Q - What routes are there?

A - The routes are:

All routes end up back at Gavilan College.

Q - What time may I start riding?

A - Please plan to start your ride according to the following schedule:

200K (122 miles) 7:00 to 8:00 AM
100 Mile 7:00 to 8:00 AM
100K (62 miles) 8:00 to 9:00 AM
35 Mile 8:00 to 9:00 AM

The course closes at 5:00 PM. Riders must start and finish during this interval. Rest stop cut-off times listed on the route sheet will be strictly observed.

Q - What is the latest time that I can start riding?

A - 9:30 am. If you start later you risk finding rest stops closed.

Q - If I sign up for one route can I change my mind on the day of the ride?

A - Yes. Routesheets for all routes will be made available.

Q - What kind of bike will I need?

A - We recommend a well-maintained multi-speed bicycle.

Q - Do you have mechanical/bicycle repair support?

A - We have mechanical support from volunteer mechanics and local bicycle shops (details subject to change).

Q - Is there a hot meal at the end of the tour?

A - Yes, it is served to riders wearing their Tierra Bella wristband in the Student Center at Gavilan College, 11am to 5:45pm. We have made arrangements with our caterer to extend the meal time from prior years. Additional meals for non-riders may be purchased during registration. Please note that Gavilan College enforces a no-alcohol policy on campus.

Q - Are there campgrounds or motels nearby?

A - Check the following links:

Note that neither RV parking nor overnight camping are allowed at Gavilan College the weekend of the Tierra Bella.

Q - Are showers available after the ride?

A - No, you may be able to make arrangements with the motel at which you stayed overnight.

Q - Is there SAG support?

A - Yes, all routes are patrolled by SAG vehicles. When the course closes at 5pm any riders still on the course will be picked up by SAG and transported to Gavilan College.

Q - When is the next Tierra Bella?

A - April 18, 2020

Q - How can I volunteer for Tierra Bella?

A - Please visit our Volunteer's Corner.


We hope we've been able to answer all of your questions about the Tierra Bella Tour. But if you still need some information, please consult our FAQs or contact us:

Clothing Questions - Email:
General Questions - Email: Phone: 1-408-255-7957
Registration Questions/Issues - Email:

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