If you’re a member in good-standing with the Cascade Bicycle Club, then you can jump into online registration this morning (Tuesday) beginning at 10 a.m.
Simply log into Cascade Bicycle Club rides for 2013 and check your preferences for the upcoming rides. If you haven’t signed in previously, you’ll need an account.
Registration for the general public opens at 10 a.m. Feb. 5.
Unlike last year’s inauguration of the World Bicycle Relief Red-Bell 100, there don’t appear to be any new rides scheduled for 2013 that require prior registration (the Seattle Brews Cruise has a later registration date). And all the old favorites are making a comeback.
Several rides always sell-out, often during the members-only phase of registration. Here’s the link to Cascade membership if you want to ensure a spot.
Once again, Cascade is holding a members-only lottery for RSVP1 (that’s the Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party that rolls out Aug. 16-17), but it’s doing something a little different. In addition, Cascade is selling 250 members-only “buy it now” tickets to RSVP1 for $250 each. Both the lottery and “buy-it-now” opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 8.
The RSVP1 lottery closes Jan. 15. After lottery winners are notified on Jan. 17, members-only registration opens for RSVP2 (Aug. 17-18) at 10 a.m. Jan. 29. The general public (nonmembers) can sign up for RSVP2 beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 5.
Here’s the list of the major 2013 Cascade bike rides
Chilly Hilly (bike ride around Bainbridge Island) — Feb. 24
Flying Wheels (century rides in Snoqualmie Valley ) — June 8
Red-Bell 100 (Redmond to Bellingham) — June 29
Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP) — July 13-14
Ride Around Washington (RAW) — Aug 3-9
RSVP1 — Aug. 16-17
RSVP2 — Aug. 17-18
High Pass Challenge — Sept. 8
Kitsap Color Classic — Sept. 29
There are other major events on the Cascade calendar this year:
Bike Swap — Feb. 10
Seattle Bicycle Expo — March 9-10
Bike to Work Breakfast — May (date to be announced)
Seattle Brews Cruise — May 5
Bike to Work Day — May 17
Cyclefest — July (date to be announced)
Ride Around Washington
The week-long bike tour of Washington celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2013 with a ride down the eastern side of the Cascades from Lake Osoyoos near the Canadian border to Maryhill State Park in the Colombia River Gorge.
Starting at Curlew Lake State Park, the cyclists visit Tonasket, Chelan, Leavenworth, Sportsman State Park near Yakima, Bickelton and Goldendale. The Leavenworth visit is a layover day for cyclists who want to relax and take in the tourist attractions or make some local cycling excursions.
Registration for RAW is usually limited to about 200 bicyclists, so it pays to register early. This one is expected to sell out as it repeats a popular route from 2006.