2017 Route Map

This is the finalized 2017 route.  You can use this link along with your official route map.  Printed maps with additonal information will be included with your packet.  Turns will also be marked in chalk with the official STP stencil. 
Ride with GPS link (can export GPX or TCX files)
*Last minute changes often happen.  Better to download as close to the event as possible.


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Food stops

There is lmited water at the start line fill up before you arrive, but there will be water on hand as well.  There is no food at the start line.  Eat before you arrive so you're fueled and ready to ride.

Food along the course is chosen for its nutritional quality, carbohydrate and potassium replacement, taste and quantity. The ride food is not meant to be a meal, but food that will keep you going without filling you up. If you have special food needs, please plan accordingly and have a few bars or snacks that you KNOW you can eat. Food stops also provide water, portable toilets, mechanical and medical assistance.  

We ran a test program of gluten free salads last year and they flew off the shelf!  We have doubled the number available and hope you like them!

Featured food:

Spanaway- Gluten free Southwest Chicken Salad
Lexington- Gluten free potato, chickpea, and kale pesto salad (cold)
St. Helens- Gluten free chef's salad, mixed hard greens and veggies, hard boiled egg, tomato, cheese, olives, (with turkey optional)

Wilcox Family Farms will once again be onsite at the McKenna Elementary School mini-stop distributing free samples of their 100% organic and cage-free hard boiled eggs. Wilcox Farms is a fourth generation family business that continues the tradition of sustainable farming by providing the Northwest with quality, local egg products.

Clif will once again be at Tenino Community Park to provide free bars and samples of other products to riders. 

Official STP Food Stops/Medical Stations

*Free food available at all official food stops.  Food is for registered riders only, so please be considerate of those in the event trying to make it 205 miles to Portland!  Personal Support Vehicles are discouraged on course and are not allowed at our official food stops.  Please make plans to meet your PSVs at places that are off route.

Open times: 5:45 - 9:30 a.m. 

Staffed and sponsored by REI 

Medical tent staffed by Kent Firefighters Local 1747

Open times: 6:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Staffed by and benefitting Spanaway M.S. Athletic Department
Medical tent staffed by Pierce Co. Medical Reserve Corps

Open Times: 8:30 A.M.- 7 P.M.

Staffed by and benefitting Centralia/Chehalis Chamber of Commerce

Medical tent staffed by Lewis Co. Medical Reserve Corps and Providence Centralia Hospital

Saturday open: 12-6 P.M
Sunday open: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Staffed by and benefitting Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso
Medical tent staffed by WA State Chiropractic Assoc. and Cowlitz Co. Fire District 2


Saturday open: 1:30-7 p.m.
Sunday open: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Staffed by and benefitting the St. Helens High School Band

Medical tent staffed by St. Helens Medical Reserve Corps and Columbia River Fire and Rescue


Saturday open: 3-9 p.m.
Sunday open:  10 a.m. -7 p.m.

Please note:

80 miles- Tenino Mini Stop- Not a free food stop, but does have medical support
Provided by Thurston Co. Medical Reserve Corps and Thurston Co. Fire District 12

Mini-Stops and Services

Mini-stops are located approximately halfway between each food stop and feature food for purchase. Mini-stops are staffed and sponsored by local community organizations that use them as fundraisers. They offer mechanical support, portable toilets and first aid kits (no over the counter drugs and no medical staff) and are not associated with Cascade Bicycle Club. Below is an approximate list of the mini-stops and the groups involved. 

What's available
0 Start UW E-18  Cascade Bicycle Club  Water and Nuun Performance Bicycle  
10 Mini-Stop Seward Park No Host Water only Trek Store-Southcenter First Aid kit only
REI Rest Stop
REI Headquarters- Kent
Free food, water, and Nuun
Kent Firefighters Local 1747
41 Mini- Stop Grayland Park- Puyallup Puyallup Rotary Club Food for purchase The Bike Doctor First Aid Kit only
Rest Stop
Spanaway Junior High
Spanaway Junior High
Free food, water, and Nuun
Gregg's Cyclery and Velofix
Pierce Co. Medical Reserve Corps
72 Wilcox Farms Mini-Stop McKenna Elementary Yelm FFA Alumni Free hard boiled eggs, plus food for purchase Montlake Bicycle Shop

First Aid Kit only

89 Clif Bar Mini-Stop Tenino City Park Tenino HS Basketball Food for purchase,  Velofix

Thurston Co. MRC and Thurston Fire Dist. 12

Rest Stop
Centralia College
Centralia College Athletics/Cenralia-Chehalis Chamber
Free ice cream, water, Nuun, choc. milk for all riders, Free food for one day riders 
Performance Bicycle
Lewis Co. MRC and Providence Hospital
109 Mini-Stop Chehalis Recreation Park Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Food for purchase Performance Bicycle

First Aid Kit only

123 Mini-Stop Winlock (By the Egg) Winlock Community Org. Food for purchase Joe Sandschulte

First Aid Kit only

129 Mini-Stop Vader (SR- 506 & 603) Vader Lions Club Food for purchase Velofix

First Aid Kit only

140 Mini-Stop Castle Rock High School Castle Rock HS Food for purchase

Saturday: Performance Bicycle

Sunday: The Bike Doctor

First Aid Kit only

Rest Stop
Lexington Riverside Park
Altrusa International- Longview/Kelso
Free food, water, and Nuun
Performance Bicycle
WA State Chiropractic and Cowlitz Co. Fire Dist. 2
164 Mini-Stop Goble Tavern Rainier Eagles Food for purchase

Sat: Performance Bicycle

Sun: Montlake Bicycle Shop

First Aid Kit only

Rest Stop
St. Helens High School
St. Helens Band Boosters
Free food, water, and Nuun
St. Helens MRC and Columbia River Fire and Rescue
189 Mini-Stop Scappoose Barlow Bikes- St. Helens Food for purchase Barlow Bikes

First Aid Kit only

Holladay Park- Portland
Cascade Bicycle Club with Portland Wheelmen 
Free meal for registered riders
No Mechanic



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Route Support

Ten thousand bicyclists ride STP every year; almost all finish. Kaiser Permanente STP presented by Alaska Airlines provides mechanical support, food, first aid, water and toilets every 20 miles. Personal support vehicles (PSV) are strongly discouraged because they create additional hazards for the cyclists, as well as local traffic.

If you insist on riding STP with personal support, please make sure your PSV driver knows to follow the instructions for personal support vehicles. Personal support is not allowed to follow the cycling route, and by registering for the STP you have signed and agreed to comply with the ride rules set by the organizers. You are endangering riders and heavily affecting the small communities we ride through. Please be respectful of the other 9,999 riders who want to enjoy a low-traffic ride.  


Our volunteer support team is the best in the business.  Twelve support vehicles will patrol the route to pick up riders unable to continue. These vehicles will circle the course until the last rider finishes each day. The support vehicles will shuttle stranded riders to the nearest point where services are available. The support vehicles are not personal "taxis." If you are not able to continue due to mechanical or physical reasons, you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation to your final destination. The support pickup service requires patience and has limited capacity; you may have to wait some time before you're picked up.

Please respect the fact that if you continue on the course after dark you are forcing volunteer drivers to continue after dark.  All riders should be trained and ready to complete the course within the hours of daylight.  There is plenty of it in July!  If you cannot finish before dark you will be offered a ride or a boost.  We encourage all riders to accept the suggested support offered to them. 


Each major food stop and mini-stop provides mechanical support for your bicycle. Supporting bicycle shops provide free labor but charge for parts. Come prepared to pay for bicycle repairs that you may need on the route. Many bike shop mechanics will take MasterCard/VISA as well as cash or check. 


The Cascade Bicycle Club Outriders are a team of well trained and experienced Cascade Bicycle Club volunteers and ride participants.  They are well versed in Cascade events and are available to help with minor mechanical issues, help you fix your flat and answer any questions you may have about the route, food stops or cycling in general. They are wearing the green, white and black OUTRIDER jerseys. Feel free to flag them down if you have any questions or need assistance in any way. They are ambassadors of good cycling etiquette and safe riding. They may remind you that single file is safer or warn you of upcoming hazards on route.  Please understand they are there to keep everyone safe on the road to Portland. Your riding habits affect others, and it is not fair to cut someone else's trip short when most crashes can be prevented with safe riding skills. Feeling overwhelmed by group riding? Want to know how many miles to the next rest stop? They are there to help!


Each year up to 100 cyclists (ski patrol, medics, firefighters, police officers, nurses and doctors) volunteer to ride Kaiser Permanente STP presented by Alaska Airlines as members of the Safety and Medical Team. These volunteers are identified by red safety jerseys, vests or helmet covers. The Safety and Medical Team will ask riders to refrain from unsafe or discourteous riding practices. Please remember that prevention is key!  Drink small amounts of water often, use chamois cream, and practice safe riding!  Most incidents can be avoided with preparedness.

Want to be a medical rider?  Please email [email protected]


The five major STP food stops and the finish line will be staffed with medical volunteers provided from local fire rescue, hospitals and MRCs. All the other mini stops on the route will have first aid supplies available for riders, but will not be staffed. If you have a medical issue on route that needs immediate attention, please flag down one of the Goldwing Support motorcycles or one of the official STP support cars.


The Gold Wing Touring Association (GWTA) will be on route with more than 100 motorcyclists who patrol the route equipped with radios and first aid kits. GWTA responds to mechanical problems and minor medical situations. They can radio for help in situations requiring medical assistance or rider transport. If you need assistance, give the "thumbs down" signal to a GWTA motorcyclist. To signal your appreciation, give the "thumbs up" sign.

Their other major role on route is to mark detours, unforseen hazards and help direct traffic in emergencies untill officials arrive.  Please follow their direction and know that a detour without an official STP mark or a Goldwing in place is NOT an official route detour.

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​Personal Support Vehicles (PSVs)

STP riders are well-supported with plenty of food and mechanical support and DO NOT NEED A PSV. Despite this fact, we continue to see an excessive number of PSVs on the cycling route, leading to unsafe and unpleasant riding conditions.

Support Vehicle Etiquette 

  1. Avoid the cycling route at all times.  Only drive the route if you are needing to pick up your rider. Cell phones work well over 90% of the route.  For the other 10% riders can flag down Goldwing motorcycle support or a marked support vehicle in order to get them to a rest stop with cell phone service to call their support driver.
  2. Do not pull your vehicle into official rest stops.  There are 10,000 riders trying to safely navigate these rest stops, and only official STP support cars are allowed to pull into these locations.  Please follow the driving directions and determine meet up spots with your riders in advance. 
  3. Do not eat the food at official rest stops. Please feel free to stop at mini-stops where community groups are selling items to raise money for their organizations. It is great to give back to them as they graciously host the ride once a year!  The food at official STP rest stops are for registered riders only, so please leave that food for them.  
  4. If your rider calls for support please have them walk to a safe place fully off the road.  It is much easier to pick up a cyclist in a designated lot on the opposite side of bicycle traffic.  Try not to turn right in front of the cyclist's route whenever possible.
  5. Give riders three feet and only pass when safe.  STP is a steady stream of cyclists and that is why we ask that you stay on I-5 wherever possible and you do not follow the cycling route.

Please see our Ride With GPS route for drivers with suggested meet up points.  Written directions to meet up points can be found here.