By The Staff of The Chronicle
After a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, Cascade Bicycle Club has announced a full schedule of events and rides for 2022, including the return from Seattle to Portland.
The 206-mile Seattle to Portland presented by Alaska Airlines (STP) — the largest and most iconic group cycling event in the Pacific Northwest — will return July 17-18, according to Cascade Bicycle Club.
Founded in 1979 and attracting up to 10,000 participants a year, STP is “a celebration on two wheels that draws participants from across the region and the country”, with runners testing their fitness while raising funds for initiatives Cascade Youth Cyclists, bicycle advocacy and programs that serve Cascade’s 9,000 members and cyclists throughout Washington State, Cascade Bicycle Club said in a press release.
Participants also support other nonprofit community organizations with which Cascade is committed to providing food and services along the STP route.
The return of STP and the resumption of Cascade’s other major cycling events is “great news and a great morale boost” for Washington’s cycling community and for the state’s tourism and outdoor recreation economy. said Lee Lambert, executive director of the Cascade Bicycle Club.
“We invite cyclists from all over Washington, the Northwest and across the country to join us in July for the most special and anticipated STP ever,” Lambert said.
“Come have fun, make new friends, and help us make STP – and our entire season of events – the most exciting and festive in Cascade Bicycle Club’s 52-year history.”
Cascade’s big ride season kicks off in February with the return of Chilly Hilly to scenic Bainbridge Island, and continues through the spring, summer and fall with day-long events including the Ride for Major Taylor, the summer century Flying Wheels and the Kitsap Color Classic. .
Multi-day rides and tours include the Ride Around Washington (RAW), Ride From Seattle to Vancouver and Party (RSVP), Lake Chelan Tour Lite, plus two Seattle Bike-n-Brews events and the Woodinville Wine Ride.
“We have rides for everyone, from fitness enthusiasts wanting to pedal 100 miles in one day, to families looking for a joyous ride through Seattle,” Lambert said.
Participants in Cascade Bicycle Club rides and events support the organization’s advocacy, education, equity, and community-building mission of bringing people together to experience the joy of cycling, advocating for a state of Washington safe and fair and to build confidence and leadership by teaching cycling skills. at all ages,” Cascade said in a press release.
Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation’s largest statewide cycling nonprofit, serves cyclists of all ages, races, genders, income levels and abilities throughout Washington, Cascade said. “We teach the joys of cycling, advocate safe places to ride, and produce world-class rides and events.”
See Cascade’s 2022 event schedule below:
• Seattle Bike Swap, February 13
• Chilly Hilly, February 27
• Cascade Training Series, April 9 to July 9
• Ride for Major Taylor, April 24
• Lake Chelan Tour Lite, from April 29 to May 1
• Gig Harbor Tour Lite, May 6-8
• Seattle Bike-n-Brews, May 14
• Flying wheels, June 4
• Seattle Bike-n-Brews North, June 18
• Emerald City Ride, June 25 or 26, to be determined
• Seattle to Portland presented by Alaska Airlines, July 16-17
• Seattle Night Ride, July 29 (date TBD)
• Ride Around Washington, from July 31 to August 6
• High Pass Challenge, August 15 (date to be determined)
• Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and party, August 27-28 (if the Canadian border closes, the ride will be from Redmond to Bellingham and back)
• Woodinville wine hike, September 11
• Kitsap Color Classic, September 25
• Walla Walla Tour Lite, from September 30 to October 2