[STP is sold out as of Feb. 18, 2014. A few more tickets can be earned, and others will be auctioned off. See Cascade Bicycle Club blog.)
Plan to register early if you want to ride in the STP (Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic), RSVP (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party!), or other popular rides presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club in 2014.
Those bike rides are already on people's minds as 2013 comes to a close and the registration process is looming in the next few weeks.
Members always get first crack at registration for the Seattle-based club's major ride events of the year, so you might want to consider paying for a new or renewed Cascade Bicycle Club membership (individual memberships will increase to $40 -- up from $35 before Jan. 1 -- on Wednesday).
"While spots cannot be guaranteed, members have a big jump on the general public in securing a spot in Club major rides," said Anne-Marije Rook, director of communications for Cascade.
Again in 2014, Cascade is spreading out the registration schedule over several weeks. And for the second year, the club is offering a premium-priced "But It Now" feature at a cost of $200 for those interested in RSVP 1. The feature will be extended to those interested in RSVP 2. These spots will be available for purchase immediately; RSVP 1 is expected to sell out before non-member registration opens.
Here’s the Cascade registration schedule. Mark your calendars:
10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7 — Members-only “But It Now” for RSVP 1 and RSVP 2.
10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 — Members-only registration for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, STP and RAW.
10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 — “Buy It Now” ends for RSVP 1 and 2; members-only regular price registration opens for RSVP 1 and 2, and Seattle Bike ‘n’ Brews Cruise.
10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 — General public registration opens for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, STP, Bike ‘n’ Brews, Ride Around Washington (RAW), RSVP 1 and 2.
10 a.m. Tuesday, April 1 — Registration opens for High Pass Challenge and Kitsap Color Classic.
2014 Cascade calendar
Here’s a list of dates for the upcoming Cascade rides and events in 2014:
Seattle Bike Swap — Feb. 9, 2014 100 vendors offer new and used bicycle related goods for sale. 9 a.m. til 2 p.m. at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 225 Mercer St.
Chilly Hilly — Feb. 23, 2014 The year’s first big ride loops around Bainbridge Island for 33 miles.
Seattle Bike Expo – March 1-2, 2014 Technically not a ride, but it’s a huge event and it’s all about cycling. Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91, Seattle [consider Elliott Bay Trail (Terminal 91 bike path)].
Commute Challenge — May 1-31, 2014 Teams raise points by participating in Bike to Work Month.
Bike to Work Breakfast — May 6, 2014 Celebrates Bike to Work Month with breakfast and networking at the Sheraton Hotel.
F5 Bike to Work Day — May 2014 (to be announced) Dozens of bike commute stations are set up around Puget Sound to encourage those who bicycle to work.
Seattle Bike n Brews Cruise — May 2014 (date to be announced) Launched in 2013, the urban Seattle bike ride visited a couple of brew pubs.
Flying Wheels Summer Century — May 31, 2014 A ride through rural eastern hills and valleys or a prep ride for Seattle to Portland Classic. Starts at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
World Bicycle Relief Red Bell 100 — June 28, 2014 This one-day ride from Redmond to Bellingham is a fund-raiser for World Bicycle Relief and Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation.
Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP) – July 12-13, 2014 More than 10,000 cyclists ride the 200 miles to Portland in one or two days. Starts at University of Washington. This one sells out early.
Cyclefest — July (no Cyclefest for 2014) The biggest stage of the Tour de France is shown on an outdoor screen at Seward Park. Other activities as well. Coincides with Thursday bike races at the park.
Ride Around Washington (RAW) Aug. 2 – 8, 2014 A week-long supported bicycle tour that visits a different part of the state every year. Limited to about 200. 2014 route to be announced.
RSVP – Ride from Seattle to Vancouver (B.C.) and Party! Aug. 15-16, 2014 The two-day ride rolls out from University of Washington, spends the night in Bellingham, and concludes in Vancouver. 188 miles.
RSVP 2 Aug. 16-17, 2014 A second ride that was added after the first became too crowded.
High Pass Challenge (HPC) – September 2014 (to be announced) This one-day ride gains more than 7,500 feet of elevation over 114 miles in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
BikePACParty– September 2014 (to be announced) A dinner for staff, volunteers and donors to support the political action committee.
Kitsap Color Classic — Sept. 21, 2014 Begins with a ferry ride to Kingston for a tour of various towns on the Kitsap Peninsula.
Annual Membership Meeting -- October 2014 Club meeting and vote.
Cascade Bicycle Club also offers daily rides that are open to both members and non-members.