The 35th Annual Seattle to Portland Classic bike ride leaves the Husky Stadium parking area Saturday morning as 10,000 people start a 202.4-mile journey to Stumptown.
The ride, which was once a time trial, has become something of a legend. People come from all over the world to participate. It’s by far Cascade’s biggest event of the year, and has been sold out for months.
Some people do the ride in one day, while others sleep in Centralia, Napavine or Castle Rock to break the ride into two days.
If you aren’t riding, you can still swing by the starting line or find a spot along the route to wave and cheer everyone on. Riders will start in waves every ten minutes or so starting around 4:45 a.m. and going until 7:30 a.m. Below is a map of the start in Seattle. You can find a more detailed map in this PDF or you can get GPS data here:
10,000 cyclists will be coming through your community this weekend for the 35th Annual Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. The Group Health STP is the largest bicycle event in the region with 10,000 riders, a quarter of whom will tackle the 200+ mile course in a single day.
The route begins at the University of Washington and traces beautiful back-country and low-traffic roads down to Portland, where riders and their will families celebrate at the Holladay Park finish line festival.
Full route available at www.cascade.org/STProute
Not only is the STP a fun and challenging ride for cyclists, the event leaves an indelible positive impact on the communities through which it passes. Group Health STP riders strive to be courteous and give back to the communities hosting us.
Fundraisers along the route help support charitable organizations and clubs like Human Response Network and the Tenino High School basketball team.
STP facts (2013 data):
• STP riders come from 45 states and 6 countries; 8,100 riders from Washington and 1,200 from Oregon • 62 cyclists have ridden STP 20+ times; 309 have ridden 10+ times
• The first STP was a time trial race from Seattle City Hall to Portland City Hall. It was won by Jerry Baker, who has ridden every STP since.
We thank drivers along the route for their extra care and patience this weekend as we visit your community. We look forward to sharing the road with you.