The Route

Course Hours

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Route Options

This year, you can ride a 25-mile, 35-mile, or 53-mile loop on the Kitsap Color Classic. These loops are great for recreational riders, yet can be challenging to ride hard and fast (yes, that means a few hills). Select the route that you know you can finish (or that your e-bike battery's charge can withstand).

Hansville (1.5-2.5 hrs)

Some hills, mostly rolling. 

Shorter than the 33-mile Chilly Hilly, the hills are also less intense in their grade. Overall, there is less climbing to do. Like the Chilly Hilly’s Wyatt Way two-step climb (the last hill on the route), this 25-mile Hansville loop also features an extended climb up NE Little Boston Rd with an adjacent protected bike lane for folks who plan on taking more breaks. It’s not the steepest hill, but it’s the longest climb. Need a pick-me-up after the climb? Stop by the Gliding Eagle Market for a coffee, owned and operated by the Port Gamble S’klallam Tribe, conveniently located at the crest of the hill.


Poulsbo/Port Gamble (2-4 hrs)

Some hills, mostly rolling

This 35-mile Poulsbo loop is comparable to the Chilly Hilly distance, but it features more climbing. What sets it apart are the towns along the loop. Port Gamble features restored early 1900s buildings, including a general store and historical United States Post Office. Take it easy through town and soak in some of the ambiance before you zoom off. Your next stop is Poulsbo, which is the supported midpoint stop for this loop. Full of Scandinavian-American charm, don’t miss the bakeries in town. Finally, head through the town of Suquamish, just one of the towns on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and home to the Suquamish Tribe. A quick detour off the loop will take you to the Suquamish Museum, the Chief siʔaɫ (Si’ahl) gravesite, the Suquamish Veterans Memorial, and the House of Awakened Culture. 

Combination Hansville + Poulsbo Loop (2.5-6 hrs) 

Order is: Hansville to Poulsbo then to the ferry 

This 52-mile loop route combines the two routes above and features rolling hills and climbs. Riders who challenge themselves on this route will get to enjoy all of the bakeries and cultural sites mentioned above, with the added sense of accomplishment from climbing more than 3,700 ft.  

Food Stops

Food Stops by Route

  • Mile 2.6 - Kitsap Bank

  • Mile 22.3 - Kitsap Bank

Poulsbo/Port Gamble

  • Mile 2.6 - Kitsap Bank

  • Mile 20.7 - Liberty Bay Park

Combination Hansville + Poulsbo Loop

  • Mile 2.6 - Kitsap Bank

  • Optional Mile 22.3 - Kitsap Bank (adds 2 miles to loop to visit rest stop) 

  • Mile 38.3 - Liberty Bay Park

Food Stop Descriptions/Open Times

Kitsap Bank
Open 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Riders on the 25-mile Hansville loop will be able to stop here at the beginning and end of their ride. Riders on the 35 and 53-mile loops will only hit it at the beginning of their ride without backtracking. Located in the parking lot of the Kitsap Bank at the intersection of Hwy 104 and Hansville Rd. Light snacks, water, portable restrooms, and a mechanic from Night Owl Cycling are all available.

Liberty Bay Park
Open 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Positioned halfway through the ride for riders on the 35-mile Port Gamble/Poulsbo loop and two-thirds through for riders on the 53-mile combined loop, this rest stop is located right on the water under the gazebo at Liberty Bay Park in Poulsbo. Portable restrooms, water, and light snacks are all available. Velofix will be on-site to help riders with mechanical issues.

Route Support

Vehicle Support

SAG cars are out on the Kitsap Color Classic route and are volunteer coordinated and staffed. They are available to help with minor mechanics or transport you to the next mechanic if your bike is beyond their ability to repair. They are also there to get you back to the ferry 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, but they do not transport riders to the hospital. Support drivers are also not there as a taxi service for tired legs. Please plan to ride the route appropriate to your abilities and finish the route you choose to take.

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, so please be respectful, as they are there to keep our event safe. Wave hello as you see them along the route! 

Mechanics on Route

Training Rides

Cascade Bicycle Club offers an extensive Free Group Rides program that can help you get ready for your favorite weekend event. You can design your own personal training program by selecting the daily rides that fit your schedule and ability.