New Puget Sound bike ride launches in 2012

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Bicyclists who want to say they’ve pedaled around the Puget Sound will have a new opportunity this year.

The American Lung Association is launching the Ride Around the Sound on Sept. 15 as a one-day charity bike ride that ends in West Seattle.

The new bike ride is not to be confused with the long-time popular RAPSody (Ride Around Puget Sound), a two-day ride that benefits the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. That’s scheduled for Aug. 25 and 26 this year.

Replaces Trek Tri Island

The Lung Association’s Ride Around the Sound pledge bike ride replaces the long-running three-day Trek Tri Island bike tour that visited San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands for a Friday through Monday adventure.

That tour was canceled after 2011 due to declining interest difficulties arranging the bicycle tours with ferry schedules.

The new ride offers four mileage options. As all options finish with a ferry ride from Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula to West Seattle, the route options start at different locations along the course.

The 100- and 88-mile rides start at South Seattle Community College; the 75-mile ride starts at Normandy Park, and the 45-miler starts in Tacoma. The ride features five rest stops and breakfasts at all starts and dinner at the finish.

The charity ride is being organized by Good Sport Promotion, which also runs the Seattle and Portland centuries, among others.


Meanwhile, don’t forget the two-day Ride Around Puget Sound, RAPSody, that encircles the south sound.

The 170-mile bike ride starts and ends at the Tacoma Community College and includes rolling hills, 30 miles of paved bike trails and plenty of scenic views.

The fully supported ride provides overnight camping in Shelton.

The benefit for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington is presented by B.I.K.E.S. of Snohomish County, Capital Bicycle Club, Cyclists of Greater Seattle, Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club, and West Sound Cycling Club.

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