Frequently Asked Questions

Q - When is the Tour?

A- Saturday, April 1, 2017.

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, 2016.

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, who will be responsible for paying the discounted registration fee for all team members, 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.

Each individual team member should register to ride, choosing "Team" for the Payment Method, and entering the team code. Team members do not have to ride together or do the same route. However, their fees must be paid by the Team captain who will receive a bill for the combined fees before the Team member's registrations are complete.

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 13, 2017. 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 2,000 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 two 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 17, 2017 $5
Before February 14, 2017 $10
Before March 15, 2017 $15
After March 15, 2017 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.

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 - 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, 12 noon to 5pm. Meals for non-riders may be ordered in advance when you register.

Q - Are there campgrounds or motels nearby?

A - Check the following links:

Note that camping is not 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.


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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