RSVP Ride Details

Event date: 
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 5:00am to Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

Registration  •  Start line  •  Mid-point  •  Finish line

REGISTRATION

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 10 a.m. - Members-only registration opens
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 10 a.m. - General public registration opens 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 11:59 p.m. - Deadline to purchase packet mailing and cutoff for paper forms
Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, 11:59 p.m. - Online registration closes, all names must be presented to the border patrol for vetting at this time. No exceptions, no late registrations allowed.  
Sunday, Aug. 12 2018, 11:59 p.m. - Online transportation and add-on purchase closes

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 - No day-of-event registration

Want to train with others and finish strong? The Cascade Training Series - (CTS) is designed for you. Find out about CTS and register for CTS

Online Registration Pricing

2018 Pricing available Dec 1

Volunteer to get a bib

Volunteer 24 hours with Cascade and earn a free event registration. 

Additional Items

Paper registration

Paper registration forms must be received by Tuesday, July 25 or sell out, whichever comes first. Paper registration includes a $15 surcharge. Form available at the start of general registration, if not already sold out.  Save money, register online. 

Day-of ride

RSVP does not have day-of-ride registration.  Please register online before the event sells out or the registration close date. 

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Ride from Seattle to Vancouver & Party registration. To request scholarship aid, please click here and complete the form. Scholarship application closes Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Packet pickup

  • Visit the rider packet page for details. 
  • Please note we will not be mailing the riders packet.  All packets must be picked up unless optional packet mailing is purchased.
  • Riders receive a packet consisting of an official ride souvenir, bib number, bicycle number, and finish line party tickets. The registration fee provides food stops, baggage transport to Bellingham and Vancouver B.C., bib number, route guide, route markings, and souvenir.

​2018 ride details will be updated jan 1

START LINE

Location:

UW E-18 Parking Lot

Schedule:

5 a.m.- Lot opens (no overnight parking prior to the event)
5:30 a.m. - Packet pickup and luggage drop-off opens
6-7:30 a.m. - Start line is open. Please be prompt -- food stops and other groups along the route are coordinated with these departure times.

Baggage Waiver:

Due to heightened security procedures at the Border crossing, each rider will need to bring a printed, signed copy of the baggage waiver to hand in at the start line when you load your bag. The baggage waiver was included in your rider packet, and can also be downloaded here.

Getting There:

Bike

Just a few extra miles? No problem! The University of Washington is off of our gem of a trail, the Burke-Gilman Trail. You can get to the Burke from north/south/east or west. Exit the trail near the light rail station for an easy crossing of Montlake Boulevard.

Take Light rail

On the day of the event trains will run every 15 minutes between 5- 6 a.m. and every 7 minutes between 6-8 a.m.  Bicyclists are welcome to bring their bicycles onto Link trains to get to the RSVP start line at Husky Stadium. A maximum of four bicycles are allowed on each car. Find more details. Questions? Email [email protected]

Drive

From I-5 N/S take the SR 520 exit #168B onto SR520, eastbound. Take the first exit off SR520 for Montlake Blvd E. At the light take a left onto Montlake Blvd E. Stay in the right lane as you go over the Montlake Bridge and pass Husky Stadium. The start line and drop off will be in the E18 parking lot on your right. You must enter the lot at the south end. Once in the lot follow the signs to either the drop-off area or overnight parking.

Parking
  • Cost: $20 for a 3-day pass; must be purchased online with registration or from Cascade booth at the start line.
  • Lot opens at 5 a.m.
  • Drop off is free
  • Cars must be out by Sunday evening
  • Parking in E-18 only, enter the parking lot on the South end via Wahkiakum Rd. If you run into a gate arm you are at the wrong entrance. 

Carpool

We suggest carpooling as much as possible. Rideshare is a great way to do that. Membership is free. Log on to find ride matches here https://erideshare.com.

MIDPOINT

Please see the Mid-Ride lodging page for accommodation recommendations and details.

You have ridden your way to the northernmost city in the contiguous United States!  There is not an official midpoint location for RSVP, however, there are plenty of services available to riders in Bellingham..  Baggage trucks drop luggage at three different locations.  Sherpa service is available at an extra cost if you would like your bags transported to a different location.  See the Mid-ride lodging page for details. 

Also back by popular demand, the expert massage therapists from Washington Sports Massage Team will be at the Days Inn in Bellingham from 1-8 p.m. to soothe your weary riding muscles. Massages are only $18 for a 15-minute massage (cash and credit accepted). This is WSMT's twentieth year working on tired muscles.

New this year Mobile Massage Squad, a team of licensed massage therapists providing massage services to the Seattle Metro area and special events in the region, will also be providing Post Event Massages for the RSVP Cyclists at Home2Suites by Hilton, Friday August 18th from 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Their Post Event Massage Menu includes techniques specifically designed to speed the cyclists' recovery after the first 108 miles from Seattle to Bellingham. 15 - minutes $30 or 30 - minutes $60 (cash or cards accepted). See the Mobile Massage Squad bus and canopy in the parking lot of the hotel.

New this year we will also have an official mid-ride party at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham. They will be offering an onsite bike corral, bike repair station, and happy hour pricing for riders all day (show your rider bib to receive discounts). The all ages Garden Bar and BBQ will open at 2 p.m. with free live music by The Copacetics starting at 6 p.m and Reggae music by Blessed Coast Sound from 9 p.m. to midnight ($2 cover). 

 

FINISH LINE

Location:

David Lam Park

Schedule:

Finish Line Open: 2-10 p.m.
Food, Music, and lots of fun!  

*The beer garden opens at 4 p.m. due to parks regulations. 

Getting There:

Bike Loading:

New this year!

Load your bike from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Finish Line party

Bus Loading:

Buses load the day after the Finish Line party Sunday, Aug. 20

9 a.m. at David Lam Park

Bike Parking:

Ther will be a bike corral available during finish line hours, but no overnight storage.

*Do not leave bikes unlocked and unattended.  Bike theft is high in Vancouver, BC.  Do not leave bikes in or on top of your car overnight. 

RSVP bike corral 

  • There will be no overnight bike corral.  
  • If you have purchased transportation with Cascade Bicycle Club you will load your bike at the Finish Line.  
  • If you are transporting your own bike please secure it in your hotel overnight.  Do not leave bikes locked outdoors, in cars, or on car racks overnight in Vancouver.  Bicycle Theft is a major problem in the Vancouver Metro Area.

Showers:

  • Showers will be available at Roundhouse Community Centre adjacent to David Lam Park until 6 p.m. (Last shower at 5:45).  There is a $5 charge to use the facilities (Cash only in USD) please bring your own towel and toiletries.  

Parking:

Map to finish line here

Finish line parking map here

On-Site:

  • Food Trucks- Your food ticket is on your rider bib!  Don't forget it as they are not replaceable.
  • Merchandise- Due to border restrictions merchandise is not available for sale at the finish line, but samples will be available to try on and orders can be made.
  • Entertainment- DJ and Live music, schedule TBD

Mobi Bikes - Free 24 hour pass!

For those of you taking our return transportation, we’ve partnered with Mobi by Shaw Go, Vancouver’s Public Bike Share Program, to give you access to a bike after you’ve loaded yours onto our truck. Mobi Bike Share is offering RSVP riders a free 24 hour pass, which includes unlimited 30 minute trips around the city. To redeem this offer:

  • Go to www.mobibikes.ca, Choose a plan

  • Choose 24 Hour Pass

  • Create your profile

  • Enter your promo code (case sensitive): casbc17 for 24 Hour Pass

  • Enter your payment information (to cover charges for trips longer than 30 minutes)

  • Start riding right away using your User Code.

More information on the Mobi Bike Share, docking station locations, and redeeming this offer available here and here.

 
Contacts: 
Cascade Bicycle Club
206-522-3222
Important customs information

U.S. citizens crossing from Canada into the United States via land travel need to present either:

  • A passport, a passport card, a WHTI-compliant document, or
  • An Enhanced Drivers' License

Rules have been changing monthly, so be sure to consult the US Department of State website and the Homeland Security website for current border-crossing information.

Canadian customs inadmissibility

Some people are inadmissible—they are not allowed to come to Canada. Several things can make you inadmissible, including involvement in criminal activity or organized crime and human rights violations. You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons.

Criminal inadmissibility

If you have committed or been convicted of a criminal offense, you may not be allowed to enter Canada. For more details check out the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

UW E-18 Parking Lot
4100 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA 98105