Cascade announces 2023 events, including long-awaited returns of RSVP and the Emerald City Ride

Person biking in the I-5 Express Lanes on the ship canal bridge with her arms out wide.

The first Emerald City Ride.

Cascade Bicycle Club this week released its first full-strength events schedule since 2019. The 2023 season will see the return of two major rides that have been sadly missing in recent years: The Emerald City Ride and the Ride Seattle to Vancouver and Party (“RSVP”).

The Emerald City Ride launched in 2016 as an annual opportunity to bike on area freeways, a tradition that dates back to the 1970s but was mostly forgotten in the late 1980s. The date and route for the ride is not yet announced, but it’s on the list. Cascade notes that they “hope to announce an Emerald City Ride date in early 2023.”

RSVP was also impossible during the past three summers due to travel restrictions between Canada and the US. Insiders know that RSVP is actually more fun than STP, but they don’t share this information widely because spaces are more limited. But I’ve just let the cat out of the bag (or as our Canadian friends might say, “cat oat of the bag”). Cascade still lists RSVP as tentative, but they are clearly trying hard to make it happen.

It’s been a long time coming for the full Cascade events lineup to return. Events are a huge source of income for Cascade and Washington Bikes, so the past years of cancellations have been tough. A lot of great staff were let go in 2020, and they organization has been rebuilding under Executive Director Lee Lambert, who took the helm September 2021. The Cascade of 2023 will be very different than the Cascade of 2019. From what I can tell, there is a lot of good energy there these days.

Below is the schedule as of December 2, 2022. Check the Cascade website for the most updated info as some dates and details may change.

Seattle Bike Swap February 11, Saturday Reg. opens December 6, 2022 $8 – $20
Chilly Hilly February 26, Sunday Reg. opens January 10, 2023 $40 – $64 | $10 – $24 Youth
Cascade Training Series April 15 – July 8 Reg. opens January 10* /February 7, 2023 $150 / $160
Ride for Major Taylor April 23, Sunday Reg. opens February 7, 2023 $130 / $140 | $30 Youth
Lake Chelan Tour Lite April 28 – 30, Friday-Sunday Reg. opens February 7, 2023 $180 / $200 | $40 Youth
Bike Everywhere Month All May
Bike Everywhere Challenge All May TBA
Bike Everywhere Breakfast May 4, Thursday TBA
Bike-n-Brews (South) May 7, Sunday † Reg. opens March 7, 2023 $50 / $55 | $25 Youth
Bike Everywhere Day May 19, Friday †
Flying Wheels June 3, Saturday Reg. opens March 7, 2023 $75 / $85 | $35 Youth
Winthrop Gravel Tour Lite Late June  † Reg. opens March 7, 2023 $180 / $200 | $40 Youth
Emerald City Ride TBD TBD $40 / $45 | $20 Youth
Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland (STP) presented by Alaska Airlines July 15-16, Saturday-Sunday Reg. opens January 10* / February 7, 2023 $160 / $180 | $70 Youth
Grays Harbor Tour Lite July 30 – August 1, Sunday-Tuesday Reg. opens June 6, 2023 $180 / $200 | $40 Youth
Long Beach Tour Lite August 3 – 5, Thursday – Saturday Reg. opens June 6, 2023 $180 / $200 | $40 Youth
Port Townsend Tour Lite August 18-20, Friday – Sunday Reg. opens June 6, 2023 $180 / $200 | $40 Youth
Ride from Seattle to Vancouver & Party (RSVP) August 26 – 27† Reg. opens February 7* / March 7, 2023 $160 / $180 | $70 Youth
Bike, Walk, & Roll Summit TBA TBA TBA
Woodinville Wine Ride September 10, Sunday Reg. opens June 6, 2023 $50 – $55 | $25 Youth
Kitsap Color Classic September 24, Sunday Reg. opens June 6, 2023 $40 – $64 | $10-$24 Youth
Walla Walla Tour Lite September 29 – October 1, Friday – Sunday Reg. opens March 7, 2023 $180 / $200 | $40 Youth
Ride in the Rain All November Various None

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