FAQs

1. Will everyone ride as a group? Other than starting as a group at the start of each days ride, the riders will probably not be together. The intent is always good to ride as a large pack however some cyclist are more spirited and tend to ride at a higher pace than others. You are encouraged to ride at your own pace if you want, however you are also encouraged to ride together and enjoy the fellowship of new friends. You are also encouraged to enjoy the scenery and stop when you wish to take a break or snap a few pictures. In the past there have usually been three main groups of cyclist that ride at different speeds so it should be easy to fit into one of the groups depending on your level of fitness or riding interest. Our best advice is to just have fun.
2. What should I bring? A bicycle helmet is required. Other items to bring include money for meals that are not included (lunches and Thursday’s dinner); a few snacks for along the way (though SAG usually has plenty to keep you fueled up); tent, sleeping bag and pillow for camping if you have chosen to do so; and don’t forget rain gear; (Though you can usually count on sunny days with cool mornings and warm afternoons in early October in Kentucky); and also be sure and bring a towel with appropriate soaps and shampoos. All of your gear will be transported for you from Frankfort starting the second ride day (Friday). Please let us know if you have any special needs to consider. You will also need to bring enough cycling clothes to get you through four days of cycling, and a few items of clothing to lounge around by the campsites. You should also carry an extra tube(s) with you and any personal items you may need on the way. You are encouraged to bring along a camera to save those GABRAKY memories. (GABRAKY staff will be along to take pictures of riders throughout the ride and will make those available to you after the ride.) Oh, and last but most importantly… don’t forget your bike.
3. What if I can’t do 4 days of cycling? Options are available for riding 1 day (Thursday) only, or 3 days (Friday through Sunday). Please keep in mind that the 3 day ride will begin in Frankfort thus you will not traverse the entire state of Kentucky.
4. How will my luggage be transported? Luggage including tents, etc. will be transported in a couple of different vehicles starting Friday morning depending on your need. Luggage may be placed in the provided vehicles Friday morning in Frankfort. Camping gear and/or luggage may be left in the vehicles overnight if you choose to get hotels in any of the locations. Luggage should be limited to one small-medium duffle bag plus your camping supplies.
5. How will I know the route? Queue sheets will be provided for each day. These and electronic maps are available under the Maps section of this website for anyone wishing to preview the route. Also, the route is marked before, at, and after each turn with a “G” and an arrow. Many of the riders are past GABRAKY cyclist and will be more than glad to assist with any directions during the ride. Please do not hesitate to ask.
6. What if my bicycle breaks down or I’m unable to continue the ride? At least 2 support vehicles will accompany the cyclists along the entire route. Mobile mechanical support will be available from various bike shops in Kentucky for all four days of the ride. There will be support vehicles that can pick up a bike if you need a shuttle during part of the ride. We will be providing you a list of contact phone numbers for ride leaders and support vehicles in your registration packets. Cell phone coverage may not be available in some areas along the route, however there will always be a support vehicle sweeping the ride for your safety.
7. Where will I find food along the route?  The registration fee includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and dinner, Sunday breakfast and and Sunday brunch at Lindsey Wilson College cafeteria. The SAG vehicles will have water and energy type snack foods at designated SAG stops approximately every 15-20 miles apart. A few designated stops are at country stores so we will have use of their restrooms. We ask that you purchase minimal item(s) from the store at these locations in return for use of their facilities. Please be sure and let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
8. Is camping mandatory? No it is not, but it is encouraged. Part of the fun of these state ride tours is getting to meet the other riders. Cyclists have told us that they enjoy getting a chance to get to know the other riders in informal settings (off the bicycle). Who knows you might even meet a friend for life. For the camping fee you will be given access to shower facilities. You will be responsible for the setup and dismantling of your tents, and getting them to the vehicles for transport to the next location. Transport vehicles will be located close to the camping areas.
9. What if I choose not to camp? If you just don’t think you can handle sleeping in a tent for a few days then there are hotel options. It is up to you to arrange your hotel reservations and transportation to and from the hotels. Transportation may be provided by some of the hotels and B&B’s but you will have to ask them.  General Butler State Resort Park and Dale Hollow State Resort Park are encouraging you to try them out for a day before and/or after the GABRAKY ride.
Here are some available hotels for the various days:
Wednesday, October 2, Carrollton — for cyclists who plan to arrive at the starting point the day before the ride.
General Butler State Resort Park (866) 462-8853
Best Western Executive Inn (502) 732-7027
Super 8 Carrollton (502) 732-0252
Days Inn (502) 732-9301
Thursday, October 3, Frankfort
Capital Plaza Hotel (502) 227-5100
Holiday Inn Express (502) 352-4650
Hampton Inn (502) 223-7600
Days Inn (502) 875-2200
Fairfield Inn & Suites (502) 695-8881
Friday, October 4, Bardstown
Best Western General Nelson (502) 348-3977
Bardstown Parkview Motel (800) 732-2384
Saturday, October 5, Campbellsville
Holiday Inn Express (888) 465-2727
Best Western Campbellsville Inn (800) 770-0430
Swan’s Landing B & B (270) 465-9439
Sunday, October 6, Dale Hollow
Dale Hollow State Resort Park (800) 325-2282
10. Can I register online? Yes, the GABRAKY 2014 registration form can be submitted online via Active.com. If you prefer you can print out the paper registration form and mail it along with your payment to Save The Grand Theatre, INC. 210 Washington Street, Frankfort KY 40601.
11. How do I get to start of the ride, and how do I get back to Frankfort at the completion? Shuttle services will be available to Carrollton from Frankfort for bikes and riders if needed. Shuttle services are also available from Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park to Frankfort. Please indicate and pay for these shuttle services at the time of your registration. A lot of past riders have chosen to provide their own transportation to and from by being dropped off or picked up. Believe it or not we even had one group of riders “The Fat Boys” from Louisville, KY that chose to ride GABRAKY backwards (YKARBAG) for the days preceding the beginning of the official ride so they would have vehicles at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park. We salute their challenging efforts!
12. Why do I come back to Frankfort at the completion of the ride? Well it’s obvious of course. Besides being the state’s capital city we are also the home of The Grand Theatre and the base for the GABRAKY operations. We’re all about helping to “Save The Grand!”

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