Cascade Bicycle Club presents the 30th Annual
Ride from Seattle to Vancouver BC and Party
Nearly 3,000 cyclists will ride the scenic roads
from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. on Aug. 5, 6 and 7
Who: Cascade Bicycle Club
What: 30th Annual RSVP – Ride from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. & Party bicycle event
When: Two start days from Seattle:
Start 1: Friday, Aug. 5 through Saturday, Aug. 6
Start 2: Saturday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 7
Where: Multi-day, 188-mile ride begins at the University of Washington’s E1 parking lot near Husky Stadium in Seattle and ends at the Coast Plaza Suite Hotel in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
Share the road advisory: On both Friday and Saturday, 1,400 bicyclists will depart from the University of Washington Husky Stadium area between 6 and 7 a.m. Cyclists will head north on 35th Ave. NE and SR 522/Bothell Way NE before entering the Burke-Gilman Trail at Logboom Park in Lake Forest Park. See route map for the first 7.5 miles out of Seattle. (UPDATED 7/29)
They will continue traveling north for a total of 106 miles, passing through the following communities: Bothell, Woodinville, Clearview, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Arlington, Mount Vernon, Bow and Bellingham.
Cyclists will spend the night in Bellingham, then cross the border into Canada and pass through the following communities in British Columbia on their way to Vancouver: Lynden, Fort Langley, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby. The second day’s distance is 86.5 miles.
Day 1 rest stops are scheduled for mile 36.5 at Machias Station in Snohomish County and mile 75.3 in at the Centennial Elementary School in Mount Vernon.
Day 2 rest stops are scheduled for mile 43.6 at the Lion’s Hall in Fort Langley and mile 66.4 at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody.
Event participants are advised to ride safely and courteously and are required to follow all traffic laws.
Details: On August 5 through 7, Cascade Bicycle Club will host its annual Ride from Vancouver B.C. and Party (RSVP) bicycle event. This exclusive event is capped at 1,400 riders and sold out this year within 24 hours of opening.
In response to the ride’s popularity, which has grown steadily since its inception, Cascade added a second RSVP event, dubbed RSVP2, for the first time this year. RSVP2 riders will follow an identical route but will depart from the Seattle start line one day after the first wave of RSVP riders. This arrangement will allow nearly 3,000 bicyclists to enjoy the beautiful scenery and intimate rider experience for which the RSVP is popular. Registration for both events is closed.
History: RSVP was held for the first time in 1980, when the eruption of Mount St. Helens made for uncertain road conditions in southwest Washington, disrupting the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP), Cascade’s cornerstone event. The event lapsed in 1982 and was canceled in 1986 due to The World’s Fair Expo in Vancouver. This year, therefore, marks the 30th anniversary RSVP event.
The current ride bears little resemblance to the original bike tour, which spanned three days and had merely 40 participants, but RSVP remains a popular alternative to the 10,000-rider STP for many riders, who prefer the ride’s smaller size, experienced riders, limited road support and challenging route.
About Cascade Bicycle Club
The RSVP event is produced by and benefits the Cascade Bicycle Club, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 14,000+ member, nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, serving more than half a million cyclists in the Puget Sound community. The club is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, 28 professional staff and thousands of volunteers. More information about Cascade Bicycle Club’s advocacy, commute, education and riding programs is available online at www.cascade.org or by calling (206) 522-3222.
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Media contact: M.J. Kelly
Director of Communications and Marketing
Cascade Bicycle Club
(206) 853-2188 / (206) 522-3222