RSVP 2019 is just two weeks away!
In just two weeks, riders will take part in one of the most beautiful rides Cascade Bicycle Club has to offer -- Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party, or RSVP! There is still time to register up until August 11, but hurry as spaces are limited and we are almost sold out.
This two-day ride starts on Friday, August 23 and takes riders along some of the most scenic roads and trails western Washington has to offer. Along RSVP, folks will pedal by views of Skagit Valley Farmlands, the rolling Cascade Mountains and will take in views of the crystal blue Salish Sea via the famous Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway. As always, this ride ends in Vancouver, BC with an RSVP-only bike lane crossing the international border!
Riders who finish the 187-mile trek on August 24 will end at David Lam Park for the third year in a row, where riders will receive a free meal and friends and family can join to take in the beautiful view of the waterfront. If your legs aren’t spent at the end of the journey, we recommend hopping a water taxi over to check out Vancouver’s iconic Granville Island, where you can explore pop-up shops, arts and cultural events, and take in the water from a different view.
One of Cascade’s many partnerships that helps make this bucket list journey possible is with Canada’s Ride2Survive. Ride2Survive is an all-volunteer organization that donates all of its proceeds from its bike rides every year to cancer research.
“At first, we started as a generic cancer fundraiser, as a few of the first riders 15 years ago were cancer survivors,” said Kerry Kunzli, Ride2Survive President. “As we progressed, we came to the conclusion (that) we wanted to work for the future, and the only way to do that was to fund research that would help generations down the road.”
For the last three years, the group has helped coordinate the logistics on the Canadian side of the border for RSVP, easing an administrative challenge while helping their club continue to give back to cancer research.
“Being a local cycling club in BC brings local knowledge to help ensure the RSVP route is well laid out and safe, “ said Kunzli “Our team of volunteers at each stop are enthusiastic members of the cycling community and as such, provide the RSVP participants with helpful local information to ensure they have a safe and fun stay in Canada!”
If you’ve signed up for RSVP and find yourself wondering, “How do I prepare for 187 miles?” don’t fret, we have you covered! Cascade offers tons of Free Group Rides around the region to help you train and prepare.
Don’t think you can make it this year but want to gift a ride to your friend, family member, or colleague? You can gift it by going here: https://www.cascade.org/cascadegifts.
As always, thank you for supporting Cascade -- the nation’s largest statewide bicycling organization, working to help people of all ages and abilities to discover the joys of bicycling.