Big sun. Big ride.

It's amazing what the sun can do for a person's disposition. I don't mind the cloudy days, but I'm very happy to soak up the biiiiig sun. Checking ahead, the sun is in our forecast for a while. Happiness is a warm sun.

This weekend, those of you who like riding hard, up big climbs, over long distance will not be disappointed in our next event, the High Pass Challenge.

We kicked off the High Pass Challenge four years ago to complement Cascade's High Performance Cycling group as an event for cyclists who like to ride fast, hard, far, and climb hills in a non-racing environment. Capped at 600 riders, the HPC is not an entry-level event, but it is a doable challenge if you've been keeping up the miles this season.

The stats:

  • Starts and ends in Packwood, Washington
  • 114 miles
  • 7500+ feet of climbing
  • 10-hour time limit
  • Three food stops (two you pass twice)
  • Complimentary BBQ by Seattle Sausage Company after the ride

Registration is open through noon on Friday. Join us for the High Pass Challenge -- you won't be disappointed.

Check out HPC rider (and self-described middle-aged adrenaline enthusiast) David Longdon's video and trip report from last year's event.