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August 9-11, 2024

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We would like to welcome you back to GII’s 3rd annual Backyard Boogie.

Friday, August 09
Watkins Park
Kettering, MD

This day will include a casual 10 or 20 mile bike route with Strava segment competitions. Upon return we will host the annual Bike-Off.  

Saturday, August 10
Boogie Ride Day
Capitol Technology University
Laurel, MD

Bike rides ranging from 20- 100 miles will be offered.  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. There will be group start times for each route. After the ride, everyone is welcomed back to the venue for our Backyard Lawn Party. Here you will be able to enjoy the DJ, live music, and local vendors. This year, food will be provided during this event, included with your ticket price.  Awards will be given out for the Bike-off winners and winners of the Strava segment competitions from both days.


Sunday, August 11
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 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 and we encourage you to come out. If you've never been to a race, this will be truly exciting to witness.


How fun is the Backyard Boogie really?
Check out the recap from the previous years!
Backyard Boogie 23 Recap
Backyard Boogie 22 Recap

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. 

How do I sign up to race on Sunday?

If you want to particpate in the race, please register at  If you do not have a race license, you will be requried to purchase a one day license for $15. Racers without a license may only participate in Novice/ Category 5 races. 

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 information to obtain adiscount 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. You must register for the race prior to purchasing an event ticket for the discount.

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?
The rides will start 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?

The event is open to people of all ages.  Keep in mind that the routes do travel on occupied roads.  Be sure that your child is knowledgeable on road safety for bicycle riding. 

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 will identify designated locations to go after the events on each day.  Check out this link for details: Things to Do Locally  It will be updated as we approach the event date.

Ticket Pricing
Early Bird Rate April 1-30: $50
GII Member Discount May 1-May 31: $55
General Rate May 1- Aug 2: $65
Children 12 years old and under: Free

Event T-Shirt orders: $20 

No event tickets will be sold after August 2.
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 30. Pre-ordered shirts will be handed out onsite at the Backyard Boogie only. They will not be mailed out. Limited supplies will be sold onsite at a higher rate until they are gone. 
Countdown to the GII Backyard Boogie
Countdown to the GII Backyard Boogie