The Route

Course Hours

7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Time Cut Offs

For most of the route roads will be local access only for vehicle traffic in cyclists' direction of travel (and fully open to vehicles traveling in the opposite direction). Some points along the route, including the SR 99 Tunnel and the I-5 Express Lanes will be entirely closed to vehicle traffic and open to riders for a set period of time. To support this rolling closure certain parts of the route will be subject to time cut offs: 

  • Access to SR 99 Tunnel - Opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 a.m. All riders must be out of the Tunnel by 9:20 am

  • Access to I-5 Express Lanes - Opens at 7:15 a.m. and closes at 9:30 a.m. All riders must be off the I-5 Express Lanes by 10 a.m.

Give yourself some extra time to make these time cut offs. These are hard closures and there will be no exceptions.



  • 12 miles
  • Some hills, the Tunnel has a 5% grade going in and out
  • Start line open from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

This route begins on E. Frontage Rd. S. just west of Pyramid Alehouse. Riders will pedal through the SR 99 Tunnel heading north, which will be fully closed to cars. Riders will then pedal through Fremont past Gas Works Park (food stop) to the access the I-5 Express lanes heading south to downtown, exiting at 5th and Cherry and then heading south on 5th Ave. through the International District, then back to the finish at Pyramid Alehouse. 

Route Support

Vehicle Support

SAG cars stationed along the Emerald City Ride route are volunteer coordinated and staffed. They are available to help with minor mechanicals or transport you to the next mechanic if your bike is beyond their ability of repair. They are also there to get you back to the finish line if you are unable to continue due to a non serious injury or mechanical issue.  

In the case of an emergency or serious injury all support drivers will call 911, they do not transport riders to the hospital. 

Bike Support - Cascade Outriders

The Outriders will be in their white and green Cascade Outrider jerseys. They are experienced volunteers and have ridden many if not all of Cascade's events. They are available to help with minor mechanical issues, help you flag down a support vehicle, or answer questions about the route, event logistics, and riding in general.  They may remind you of Cascade event rules and safe riding practices, please be respectful as they are there to keep our event safe.  Wave hello as you see them along the route! 

Mechanics on Route

A mechanic will be onsite at the start line. 

First Aid Locations

A first aid locations will be at the start line. Medical riders wearing red medical jerseys will be riding with you on the route.  All support vehicles will have basic first aid kits and will be able to support with minor injuries.