Chilly Hilly Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How Hilly is the ride?
A: Over the 33-mile ride you will climb a total of 2,700 feet. Most of the climbs are short but you are going up and down over most of the route.
Q: What if I can not make it the entire 33 miles?
A: At the Cider Rest Stop, mile mark 19.3, you can take a short cut back to the ferry that cuts off 10 miles (23 miles total).
Q: Do I have to pay to go back on the ferry?
A: No, eastbound ferry passengers and bikes ride free.
Q: Are the roads closed to vehicle traffic?
A: No, the roads are open to vehicle traffic so you must obey all the rules of the road. Stop at stop signs and ride no more than two abreast.
Q: Where does my entry fee go?
A: The Chilly Hilly is a fundraiser for Cascade Bicycle Club and more than ten other Bainbridge Island charity groups.
Q: Are there 'Bike Only' Ferries this year?
A: No bike only ferries were available this year for charter from the Washington State Ferry. Your Chilly Hilly registration includes the ferry fee for one of these four sailings only. You must have your Chilly Hilly bib number visible to board the ferry. Departure times: 7:55, 8:45, 9:35 and 10:35.
Q: Where is the start line for the ride?
A: If you are starting on the Seattle side, the ride starts once you get off the ferry. From the Bainbridge Island side, the ride starts on Winslow Way at the end of the ferry off loading ramp.
Q: Do both riders on a tandem need to register for the ride?
A: Yes, for services and liability reasons both riders must each complete and sign a registration form.
Q: Do I need a ferry ticket to get to Bainbridge Island?
A: No, your bib number is your ticket for the ferry times that support the ride.
Q: Do I have to belong to the CBC to go on this ride?
A: No, but you receive a member discount on the entry fee if you are.
Q: Where is the best place to park on the Seattle side? How much does it cost?
A: Street parking in Seattle on Sundays is free. There is lots in the area but you may have to ride your bike a few blocks to the registration area.
Q: Where is the best place to park on the Bainbridge Island side? How much does it cost?
A: Street parking on Bainbridge Island is free. There is lots of street parking and ferry commuter parking in the area but you may have to ride your bike a few blocks to the registration area.
Q: If I have a flat or other mechanical problems will there be someone to help me?
A: Yes we will have mechanics on the route in set locations to assist riders.
Q: Can I get a refund if I can’t use my Chilly Hilly registration?
A: Refunds are available per our event refund policy.
Q: Why is there a Cascade Bicycle Club member’s only registration period from Jan. 1- 31?
A: This is just another added benefit for being Cascade Bicycle Club member. You can become a member or renew your membership at the same time you are registering for the event.