2011 ride updates: 2011 Seattle Century is July 30, non-profit looking to boost STP team

The Seattle Century, the annual 100-mile ride around the city and surrounding areas, is July 30. The ride, which starts from Magnuson Park, will tour “Puget Sound, Lake Union, Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, Burke Gilman Trail, Lake Sammamish Trail, Carnation, Duvall, Bothel, Redmond, Issaquah, Bellevue, Mercer Island, and an optional loop to Snoqualmie Falls,” according the ride website.

Advance registration is available through July 27, and you can pick up a $10-off coupon from any area REI or Gregg’s Cycles stores. Ride costs $70 for advance registration (not including the $10-off the coupon). Proceeds from the ride will benefit Bike Works.

Ride STP for Cascade AIDS Project

If you are riding the Seattle to Portland Classic this year (the ride July 9-10), the Cascade AIDS Project is looking for more riders to help raise money for the cause. From CAP volunteer Benjamin Gerritz:

Founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1985, Cascade AIDS Project is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  The mission of our organization is to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma.  CAP is on the web at www.cascadeaids.org.

This year, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), a non-profit located in Portland and serving the communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, will be joining the 10,000 riders participating in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic and has formed the 3,001st team- Team CAP.  We are trying to promote joining our team to raise awareness and to raise funds for vital services.  http://www.cascadeaids.org/ride4cap/

Didn’t sign up for the STP before it sold out? You have until June 10 to place the winning bid on this ebay auction for the final available spot on the ride. If you don’t have the cash to donate that much money to the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Fund, there MAY be some spots opening up June 13, according to the Cascade blog. But they got fast. Or, of course, you can volunteer.

From Cascade:

2) Wait and see. If you’d prefer to take your chances, you can wait until June 13 at 10 a.m., when STP registration may or may not reopen to the public  with registrations that have been returned. Last year, those returned registrations sold out in just six minutes, so mark your calendars! (Remember, any rider wishing to take advantage of the Group Health STP refund policy has until Thursday, June 9 at 11:59 p.m.)

3) Volunteer! We save a few STP registrations for dedicated volunteers. If you have time to spare this spring, you can earn a registration by clocking 24 hours (or more!) working at Cascade events or in the office. Members can check their Cascade Courier newsletter, and anyone can contact Diana Larson for details about volunteer opportunities.

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3 Responses to 2011 ride updates: 2011 Seattle Century is July 30, non-profit looking to boost STP team

  1. Al Dimond says:

    I could be missing something here, but… it looks like the century ride is planning to ride the Burke all the way from Seattle to Bothell on July 30. Isn’t that when the construction is going on?

    • Andreas says:

      I tweeted them about this and they said “We are still working on this, not sure yet. Are you a regular rider in that area and do you have any route suggestions?”

      Sadly I’m only a once-every-few-weeks rider in that area, so I had no advice to offer. If you (or anyone else) has any good ideas, tweet @SeattleCentury.

  2. Todd Holman says:

    I ride this frequently. The detour works and is not all that bad contrary to belief. Yet, I admit to having created my own detour. My route is unique and does ride alongside Sand Point and 522 for a period so I’m not going to recommend it. It’s a bit harrowing in a few places, plus I’d hate to be the one promoting a new route for a whole gob of bikers to follow — especially in some of these neighborhoods. I’m quite sure it’s not what those folks had in mind when they signed the mortgage papers. But independents like me love it!

    It should be interesting to see what the committee decides to do. The way I view it is that since I’m not in a race, who cares if I take the “official” route anyway? It’s all fun and for a good cause. If any of my fellow bikers want to sign up and then jump a bus and go drink beer for the biking hours and then show up at the finish line — dishonest as it may be — I could care-a-less. However, you can count me as one who will be out there riding the full length.

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