30th Annual Seattle-To-Portland Bicycle Ride Hits The Road

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Helmets strapped, gear packed, and leg muscles limbered, nearly 10,000 bicyclists departed from Husky Stadium early Saturday morning for the 30th annual "Seattle-to-Portland" bike ride.

The 200-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with bicyclists from all over the region and the nation riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The bike ride is an untimed, recreational bicycle ride, not a race.

The route through Spanaway and Centralia is taking the bikers through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon.

Bicycling Magazine has listed the 202-mile trip on two wheels one of the best cycling events in the nation!

Last year 9,500 riders took part in the annual trek to Oregon, including about 2,500 one-day riders and more than 7,000 two-day riders. The oldest rider was 86 years old and the youngest, just two years, five months!

Last year, about 18% of the participants were first-time riders, 300 were riders who have done this ride at least ten times before.

Two riders who have ridden them all: Jerry Baker and Paul Wantzelius.

In 2008 riders came from 44 states plus Australia, Canada, England and Serbia.

The Seattle-to-Portland ride's main sponsors are the Cascade Bicycle Club and Group Health.

Other sponsors: Carter Subaru, Clif Bar, New Belgium, REI, Dave's Killer Bread, Performance Bicycle, Rack 'n Road, Ultima Replenisher

The Group Health STP is Cascade's largest fund-raising event and supports bicycle education, advocacy, commute and riding programs

The first STP event was a time trial race between Seattle and Portland City Halls. Jerry Baker won the race.

Here are a few other facts about todays' Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Ride:

Uphill distance (miles) 30.87

Uphill altitude (feet) 1,951

Maximum altitude (feet) 463

Start: University of Washington E-1 Parking Lot on Montlake Blvd., just north of Husky Stadium

Five major rest stops en route to Portland

Midpoint: Centralia, Washington

Finish: Holladay Park in northeast Portland

100 safety and medical riders on the course

20 Ride Referees on the course

12 support vehicles

200 Gold Wing Touring Association motorcyclists

How much food? Here's a sample:

26,000 sandwiches

35,000 cookies

43,000 snack bars & treats

11,000 fig bars

16,000 servings of bananas

10,000 servings of oranges

9,500 servings of grapes

And a LOT more!

46 states represented (see list below)

Eldest rider: 87.

Youngest rider: 2 years 5 months.

2,834 female riders; 7,166 male riders

51 riders will have ridden 20+ times

321 riders will have ridden 10+ times.

Riders with the most rides, who participated in each of the 29 rides, are:

Jerry Baker (67) of Seattle

Paul Wantzelius (60) of Maple Valley

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