Cascade Bicycle Club announces major 2012 rides and events; new registration policies

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A bicycle club's plot to get people off their butts and onto their bike saddles next year became clear as the Cascade Bicycle Club announced its slate of rides and events for 2012.

To avoid a repeat of this year's online server meltdown at registration time, Cascade is instituting a lottery for RSVP and RSVP2 (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party) and staggered registration for other rides.

That should make club members, as well as their employers, happy. People waited online 2 to 4 hours on registration day only to be kicked out of the system. Cascade says it doesn't want a repeat of that experience.

Here are the events, dates and registration information (where appropriate):

Seattle Bike Swap — Feb. 12, 2012: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 225 Mercer St., Seattle.

Chilly Hilly — Feb. 26, 2012: Loop ride around Bainbridge Island, rain or shine.

Seattle Bike Expo — March 10-11, 2012: More than 300 exhibits on bicycles, bike gear and bike travel. Returns to Smith Cove Terminal. Multiple speakers on stage.

Bike to Work Day — May 18, 2012

Flying Wheels Summer Century — June 9. 2012: Various distances; starts at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Members-only registration opens Jan. 10, 2012.

Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP) — July 14-15, 2012: 200 miles in one or two days for 10,000 cyclists. Members-only registration opens Jan. 10, 2012 (this one sells out).

Cyclefest and Bikemania — July (no date yet), 2012: Tour de France party at Magnuson Park with outdoor showing of Tour's Queen Stage.

Ride Around Washington (RAW) — Aug. 4-11, 2012: Week-long bike tour. Members-only registration opens Jan. 10, 2012. (this one sells out)

RSVP — Aug. 17-18, 2012: Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party. Members-only lottery registration open from Jan. 11-27, 2012.

RSVP2 — Aug. 18-19, 2012: Same route as RSVP, just one day later. Members-only lottery registration open from Jan. 11-27, 2012.

High Pass Challenge — Sept. 9, 2012: A 114-mile ride through the Gifford Pinchot Wilderness Area, with 7,500 feet of elevation gain. Registration opens March 27.

Kitsap Color Classic — Sept. 30, 2012: Various routes around the Kitsap Peninsula. Registration opens March 27.

Cascade says the lottery for RSVP and RSVP2 will be a random draw, so there's no advantage to registering the first day. Up to 6 current members can sign up per entry, to ensure family and friends get on the same ride.

If you're not a member, public registration for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, STP and RAW opens on Feb. 7, 2012.

More information about the registration process is available at Cascade.

Based in Seattle, the Cascade Bicycle Club is the largest such club in the nation. It is a one-stop shop for daily small group rides, mass bicycling events, bike education and advocacy on the local and state level.

Photo above from 2008 STP.

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