Sunny skies for STP bike ride

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Some 10,000 Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic riders left Husky Stadium under clear skies this morning and it should stay like that all the way to Portland, whether they arrive tonight or Sunday.

STP cyclists rolling along Lake Washington in 2011.

STP cyclists rolling along Lake Washington in 2011.

Temperatures should get to the upper 70s this afternoon in Chehalis and Centralia, about the half-way point for those doing the 200-mile ride in two days. predicts slightly warmer temperatures on Sunday.

The STP keeps growing in popularity. Now in its 34th year, the event presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club sold out by Feb. 14, the earliest ever.

Most of the bicyclists — 8,187, come from the state of Washington, while Oregon is represented by the second-most bicyclists at 1,216. The remaining come from 43 other states and five other countries.

The bicyclists are provided with food and a bank of portable toilets at rest stops every 10 to 20 miles along the course. Cascade estimates it will serve 35,000 sandwiches, 35,000 snack bars, 11,000 fig bars, 17,000 fresh-baked cookies, 17,200 servings of bananas, 10,000 servings of oranges and 12,000 servings of grapes.

Here’s hoping that tacks on the pavement, right hooks, left hooks and door prizes are kept to a minimum this year.

Have a safe ride everyone!

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