Events season may be coming to a close, but there's much more ahead

We’re nearing the end of September, which means our final major riding event, the Kitsap Color Classic, is just around the corner. If you like a leisurely fall ride, join us on September 22 to pedal through the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula as we welcome the colors of fall. With three different route distances to choose from, plus a fun ferry ride, it’s an annual favorite not to be missed. 

Even though our 2019 major riding event season is drawing to a close, the planning for next year’s line up is just beginning—and that starts with a comprehensive review of the year gone by. Event planners at Cascade will be dutifully examining registration procedures, timelines, food orders, rider feedback, calendars, and so much more. 

There are so many considerations that go into the creation of a successful events season. Each major riding event has its own unique set of opportunities and challenges, and Cascade event planners start early to guarantee that everything comes together on time. 

What does planning look like? Cascade’s events team is busy with all of the behind-the-scenes steps that bring each riding event together. In the coming months you might find them:

  • Setting dates
  • Securing finish line hotels
  • Applying for city and county permits (most permitting requires a year’s notice)
  • Working with designers to develop ride logos and other event artwork
  • Updating ride details on our website
  • Fixing equipment, cleaning the storage warehouse, and ordering new supplies
  • Researching new routes

And much, much more. 

Many of our major rides involve in-depth planning with community partners and local governmental jurisdictions. To plan the 2020 Chilly Hilly, for example, our staff will soon be working with the Washington State Ferries system to prepare for the morning when riders will excitedly ferry over to Bainbridge Island. They’ll also work with the City of Bainbridge Island, the local police department, the parks department, and various local nonprofit groups to help coordinate the finish line and annual chili feed, which benefits other Bainbridge Island community groups—and feeds lots of hungry riders!

There’s a very similar narrative forming for the STP, RSVP, and many others. So no matter which major ride you’re looking forward to in 2020, rest assured that Cascade staff is already planning to make it an epic, enjoyable riding adventure. 

Feeling the cooler weather excitement of Chilly Hilly just around the bend? Check back this fall as we announce the date for our February season opener and many other major rides. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the upcoming season. 

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