I got home from work to find that the entry packets for next month’s Group Health Seattle to Portland Classic (STP) had arrived for my wife and I. I’d actually been kinda looking forward to this. However, upon opening one of the two envelopes, I was a little bit overwhelmed by the explosion of materials and promotional items that poured out.
- Flier for an additional 10% off of anything (including bikes) at select Pacific Northwest Performance Bicycle shops. Also worthy of note – the Seattle location near the start line is open 24 hours on the night before the start. Brilliant thinking on the part of the store management if you ask me.
- Ad from Carter Subaru. Apparently the Subaru Outback is great for carrying mountain bikes.
- Flier for STP merchandise.
- Sample of Chamois Butt’r. Cause there is no better time to try out a new chamois cream than on a double century!
- Ticket to get my bike transported back to the University of Washington from Portland at the end of the ride.
- Parking pass allowing me to leave my car (the Prius mentioned earlier) on the UW campus while I do the ride.
- Flier for Marathonfoto.com. Apparently they will take pictures of me.
- Jersey number with 2 attached luggage tags. They transport bags for you from Seattle to the end, and to the midway point if you are doing the ride over two days as my wife and I are. My wife got number 4771, I got 4772. Clearly she is the team leader.
- Handle bar numbers. (Huh?)
- Helmet number (a sticker). (OK, so to end the confusion that I had on the handlebar/helmet numbers, I read the FAQ.)
- 4 saftey pins. Presumably for jersey number.
- 3 twisty-ties (you know – those paper-coated metal wires) Presumably for the handlebar numbers.
- One branded rain jacket / wind breaker
- Cloth bag. I’d like to say it is a musette, but the straps aren’t nearly long enough.
- Route sheet for the Personal Support Vehicles. I don’t have one currently. Maybe I can pick one up from Carter Subaru?
- And finally – the ride guide. All 23 pages of it.
All joking aside, I’ve been very impressed with the organization of this event from the first minute I started checking out the website. Given over 200 miles of planned route and 10,000 participants, I would hope for nothing less.