Washington state’s reputation as a rainy destination is proved false every summer and fall as blue skies greet bicyclists coming to the Evergreen State.
You’ll notice that the week-long and across-state rides below are scheduled during that sunny period.
The Cascade Bicycle Club and Adventure Cycling Association, both nonprofits, schedule the bulk of the longer state rides in the state. (Both Cascade and Adventure Cycling offer more rides than shown here.) The Rotary Clubs in northeastern Washington, as well as Idaho and British Columbia, schedule the annual WaCanId Ride around the Selkirk Mountains in the fall. The Rotary Club of Redmond also presented the annual Redspoke charity ride from Redmond to Spokane every year, but it looks like that event has been retired.
Also, an annual Northwest tandem rally is scheduled in Idaho in 2019. It should return to Washington state in 2020.
2019 multi-day Washington rides
Cycle Washington — Presented by Adventure Cycling Association, the fully supported bicycle tour encompasses the forested western part of the state as well as the more arid eastern half. Dates: Jun 22, 2019 – Jun 29, 2019
Ride the Willapa — An overnight mass bike ride from Chehalis to as far as Pluvius on the Willapa Hills Trail for a metric century (shorter options available). 2019 marks the fourth annual ride on the trail. Choice of camping at Rainbow Falls State Park or Willapa Hills Farm. Date: June 22-23, 2019
Washington Cascades — This van-supported Adventure Cycling Association bike tour visits the Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens, Lake Chelan, and North Cascades National Park. Dates: Jul 06, 2019 – Jul 20, 2019
Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP) is the largest multi-day cycling event in the Northwest. More than 10,000 bicyclists take one or two days to ride the 200 mile course from Seattle to Portland. Registration is early; this one fills up. Dates: July 13-14, 2019
The 2019 Ride Around Washington (RAW) — Covering about 65 to 70 miles per day. Presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club. Dates: To be announced (Check Cascade website for details as they become available. Limited to 230 cyclists.)
Climate Ride — Raises funds and awareness for climate research. No Washington state ride in 2019. Check website for other rides in California, Utah, and elsewhere.
Pacific Northwest and Gulf Islands — Adventure Cycling Association presents this self-contained bike tour explores the cross-border regions of the Puget Sound, including the Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula and the Galloping Goose Trail in Canada. Dates: Aug 11, 2019 – Aug 23, 2019
Washington San Juan Islands — An inn to inn bicycle tour of the islands in Puget Sound presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 07, 2019 – Sept. 14, 2019 and Sep 15, 2019 – Sep 22, 2019
WaCanId Ride — A 370-mile, fully supported bike tour on the International Selkirk Loop encompasses parts of Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. 23,000 feet of elevation gain; route encompasses mountains, lakes, rivers and a long ferry ride. Presented by Rotary Clubs of the Selkirk Loop. Dates: September 9-14, 2019
RedSpoke sends cyclists 300 miles from Redmond to Spokane. The fully supported bicycle tour, limited to 100 riders, climbs the Cascades and catches prevailing tailwinds across the state. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Redmond. Registration is open. Dates: Ended