Seattle to Portland set for July 9, 2011

Cascade Bicycle Club has set the dates for the 2011 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic at July 9th and 10th.  Registration for the event – which does sell out – will start on January 4th for club members, and sometime in February for non-members.  While not required to ride in the event, club membership can be purchased at various levels starting at $35 per person.

After the amazing time that I had riding the 2010 event, I will definitely plan on being in Seattle for the 2011 start.

Note: Also see the updated date information here.


  1. Carl Erikson says:

    The STP is probably one of the BEST organized rides in the country. Imagine yourself along with 9,999 (10,000 limit) riders making there way from Seattle to Portland some in one day (such as I did) and others resting halfway and arriving in Portland on the second day. It is one of the most enjoyable rides around, this will be my third year in a row can’t wait till July each year

    • Couldn’t agree with you more. It was especially enjoyable for me, as I grew up in the South Seattle area (Renton, Auburn, Sumner) but moved away 13 years ago or so. Riding the first day of that ride was like going home – literally!

  2. cj says:

    I am planning a bike ride from Seattle to San Francisco this July. When I mentioned that to someone I met this weekend, he immediately mentioned the STP event and said it was fabulous. This will be my first time to the west coast, and my first time making a multi-day bike trip of such a great length. The STP seems like a really great way to start the trip. What do you think? Any comments?

    • That sounds like a fantastic idea. It will be great to start a long trip like that with the first two days fully supported. Also – as I presume that you’ll be carting some cargo along on your bike – you’ll get the added benefit of *not* needing to carry that the first two days. The STP organizers have some fantastic facilities to transport your luggage for you. Then you can pick it up when you finish in Portland and continue on your way.

      Also – keep me in mind as the event approaches. Drop me an email to ross Maybe we could meet during the STP – do a quick interview. Possibly meet again when you get to San Fran (I live near there) and do a followup about how the trip went.

  3. Jeff says:

    I have a 13 year old son that wants to do the STP. Are there any boys that would want to train with him? We live North end of Seattle near Mill Creek. Our son has a passion and wants to meet another boy with the same passion.

  4. Karen says:

    Last year for the STP many riders rented a road bike from Waterfront Bicycles in Portland. Just a note for those looking to have a great ride reserve early. We will fit you on the bicycle, complete with gear, and take time to go over proper use of the equipment to insure you have a fantastic experience.

  5. Diane says:

    Any chance I can still sign up for this?

  6. will1 says:

    Yeah, I’m with you on the frustration of the true believers on both sides. Even more frustrating to me are people who misinterpret the various studies and reports on the efficacy of helmets as well as the risks of helmets (for example the study where the one fellow measured cars passing him closer when he had a helmet cannot be taken to say that wearing a helmet makes it more likely that you will get hit by a car, yet I’ve seen that said many times).


    In any case, the strongest position I am willing to take on the subject is that the cost of a helmet is lower than the co-pay associated with two office visits with my doctor if I cut my scalp and need to have stitches put in and then removed.  And this is the kind of injury that even most anti-helmet slanted people would agree  that a helmet can protect against. Therefore I wear a helmet to hopefully save me a few bucks and a bit of pain.  I go no further with my position.


    Well, I well also strongly argue that Giro helmets do a damn good job of molding my hair into an attractive shape, while Specialized helmets don’t do anything for my coiffe. But I doubt that argument generalizes to a much larger population.

  7. Alvin Graham Jr. says:

    Hi my name is Alvin, I desparately need help, I want to ride the STP to honor the lives of military families. I missed registration My loving wife almost died after having an allergic reaction to beef and pork insulin which the pharmacy gave, she has been battling Juvinal type 1 diabetes since the age of three. I will do anything for her, she is the love of my life – Can anyone Help me??? See my Blog: / email: / my number is: 206-316-7824

  8. Travelodge45706 says:

    Hey everyone,
    My name is Thelma LeDuc, and I work at the Travelodge in Centralia.
    I just wanted to let everyone know that we are open and have many rooms available for the weekend of the stp bike ride, give us a call at 360-330-9844 to ask about rates, and such and we would be glad to help you!Thank you and hope to see you soon!
    Thelma LeDuc

  9. Guest says:

    Stop the stupidity.  A medic unit going to a bicyclist injured just passed my house on Canyon Rd.  Not one cyclist pulled out of the road, forcing the medic unit to go into the oncoming traffic lane. Share the road.  Obey the laws,  pull off out of the way and be safe.

  10. observer says:

    Larger signs, and some traffic control were needed at the first stop (Spanaway).  The young cheerleaders did a great job.  Bike riders do need to stay in their lanes tho and not block other lanes.  My kids ride – I watch –

  11. Smitty19631 says:

    I have no problem sharing the road but I feel that cyclist need to obey the posted traffic signs and regulations as I do as a motorist. Alot of riders I saw crossing Military Road ,outside of Tenino, on the trail disregarded the posted STOP sign and just blew across the highway. There was NO Crossing guard like i saw at other intersections.This is a very dangerous practice on a section of higway where there is a blind curve.
    Where’s your common sense riders?

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