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HomeGII's Backyard Boogie 2023

August 11-13

Registration Closed

We would like to welcome you back to GII’s 2nd annual Backyard Boogie. Although our inaugural event last year was a great success, we listened to everyone’s feedback so that we can make this one even better.  For this year’s event we are aiming to accommodate more of the community by providing more activities for all levels of cyclists and ages 6 and up.

Friday, August 11
Cycling Symposium
Watkins Park
Kettering, MD

This day will include a meet n’ greet, cycling clinic for adults, a children’s clinic (ages 6-12), 10 or 20 mile bike route, Strava segment competitions, a kid’s bike ride, and the Bike-Off. Lunch is included this day with the price of admission.

Saturday, August 12
Boogie Ride Day
Capitol Technology University
Laurel, MD

Bike rides ranging from 20- 100 miles will be offered as well as a family fun ride.  There will be Strava segment competitions throughout the longer routes.These rides are all supported by a SAG car on well marked roads, as well as free refuel stations throughout. The rides will begin with a mass start according to the route you chose to ride. After the ride, everyone is welcomed back to the venue for our Backyard Lawn Party. Here you will be able to enjoy live music, food trucks, and local vendors.  Awards will be given out for the Bike-off winners and winners of the Strava segment competitions from both days.

For this year's band, we will be featuring DC's own Suttle.  They are guaranteed to cap off the end of a great ride in the perfect way.


Sunday, August 13
Race Day
Melford Town Center
Bowie, MD

GII is hosting the Backyard Boogie Race.  USAC licensed racers will compete around a course in a circuit race. Medals will be awards for all racers who place 1st-5th place as well as cash for certain events.  For those who wish to race, they can sign up at Bike Reg. Any racers who wish to also participate in the first two days of the Backyard Boogie, a discount code will be offered once they register for the race.   Come and cheer on your friends and favorite teams. There will be food trucks and other activities.  Spectating this race is free for everyone.


Lodging and Things to Do

There are hotel room blocks available that must be booked prior to July 11, 2023. For hotel information and a list of things to do while in town, please go HERE

Event Sponsors
Here are our 2023 Backyard Boogie event sponsors helping to make sure we are able to have a successul event:
ai Solutions
Cricket Wireless
Center Pocket
Capitol Technology University
St. John Properties
Squirt Cycling Products
Skratch Labs
The Adventure Park at Sandy Springs
Stans No Tubes
Conte's Bike Shop
Jafe Cycling, LLC
To be an event sponsor please click here for more details.

Vendors & Community Partner Displays
Here are some of the vendors you will see at the 2023 Backyard Boogie (new vendors will continue to be added):
The Kneading Well
Kings Rule Together
Wagon Wax
Monica Creates Daily
Caribbean & American Melting Pot
CookieLyn Company Catering
Sincerely Fitness
Manna Nutrition
J&B Chicken
Tacos R Us & More
Posh Cycling & Fitness
Roc Tha Body Designs
BTC Jewels

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the “Bike-Off” that’s going on Friday?

Think of field day back when you were in school.  The bike-off consists of friendly competitions that will include a track stand competition, tire changing competition, sprint competition (men’s and women’s race separately), and a relay race (teams of 4 can sign up). Registered people will be invited to sign up for Bike-off activities close to the event date. 

I’m only coming out on Saturday, are there different prices?

The Backyard Boogie registration covers the whole weekend, which gives registrants the option to pick and choose what they want to do, or do everything. Included in the price are all of the activities listed, plus a meal on Friday (vegan options available), educational activities, giveaways, prizes, fully supported rest stops during the Boogie Ride, marked roads, live entertainment at the Backyard Lawn Party, SAG for all rides on Friday and Saturday, and more.  

I’m racing on Sunday so I don’t plan on doing the Boogie Ride…but I still want to come!

Once a racer signs up to race in Sunday’s Backyard Boogie Race, they will receive an email for a discount code to purchase a Backyard Boogie Event ticket.  We don’t want the racers to miss out on the fun-packed weekend.  The name on the event ticket must match the name on the race entry and will be verified during the event check in. 

What if I have a problem during the bicycle ride and cannot finish?

The rides throughout the weekend include SAG (Support and Gear).  We will have several SAG vehicles follow along the cyclists throughout the course to help out if there is an issue preventing cyclists from finishing.  Responsible cyclists are expected to know how to and be prepared to change their own tires if needed.  

Will there be other cyclists that I can ride with?

This year we will begin the rides as a mass group according to the routes that you choose.  At the start time for your ride, everyone that is riding your route will be with you so you can find others that you can ride with.  There will be SAG vehicles riding the course to make sure no cyclists are left behind. 

Are kids invited to this year’s event?

Yes! We want to make sure we help grow the next generation of cyclists. We will have activities that focus on kids from Kindergarten to 12 years old.  Friday’s event will include clinics for them as well as a short ride.  Saturday we will have a family ride that will accommodate kids on a closed course.  Finally, on Sunday  we will have a short kids ride during the race (age 8 and under).  Kids 9 and up who want to race can register at Bikereg and give it a try. 

What if it rains?
This event is happening rain or shine.  Should we encounter inclement weather, we will do our best to modify events such as reordering activities or shifting start times and/or routes. 

After last year’s event I still wanted to hang out each day, are there any plans this year?
We've designated places to go each day so that the fun can continue.  Check out this link for details: Things to Do Locally

Ticket Pricing

GII Member Discount June 1-June 30: $55
General Rate June 1-August 4: $65
Children 12 years old and under: Free

Event T-Shirt orders: $20 

No event tickets will be sold after August 4.
To get the GII member rate, you must log into your account while registering.
To guarantee a t-shirt, you should order online. T-shirts only on sale online until July 20. Limited supplies will be sold onsite at a higher rate. 
Countdown to the GII Backyard Boogie
Countdown to the GII Backyard Boogie