Transportation

 

Pre-event Portland to Seattle bus:

The Portland Wheelmen Touring Club (PWTC) offers Friday transportation from Portland to Seattle. Buses and trucks depart from the DoubleTree Hotel at the finish line. [Learn more]

Return Transportation

From Portland to University of Washington 

A return transportation package can be purchased in advance for $65 when you register for the Group Health STP. The "Bus" transportation package includes bus passage for you and truck passage for your bicycle. "Bike Only" tickets can also be purchased for $40, but these sell out earlier than the Bus/Bike  tickets. 

If still available, you may also purchase return transportation online after you register for the ride. One bus & bike per registered rider; and tandems require two bike only tickets. There is limited space on the return transportation and we typically do sell out of space.

Bus tickets do not transfer from one day to another. 

Refunded tickets may be made available after the refund deadline.  No transportation tickets are sold at the start line in Seattle the morning of the ride. Every precaution is taken to prevent bikes from being scratched or damaged. Cascade Bicycle Club does not provide any insurance to cover damages occurred in transport. If you have concerns in this regard, do not use the bike transport service.

No refunds or replacements will be given for unused or lost tickets.

Please load your bicycle on the trucks as early as possible and keep the ride number affixed to your bicycle. Keep your bib number in your possession to retrieve your bicycle at the University of Washington before 11:00 p.m. on Sunday or by 7:00 p.m. on Monday. Unclaimed bicycles will be taken to the Cascade Bicycle Club offices and can be picked up during office hours after 9 a.m. on the Tuesday following the ride .  There is a $10 per day storage and handling fee.

Bike pick-up hours

Located in the North end of the University of Washington E-1 parking lot that was used for the start line. Our volunteers will have the bike corral open for pick-up from Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight and Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Estimated bike arrival times

Bicycle trucks hold 200+ bikes (four buses!) and can only leave when full.

Saturday one day riders - bikes by 10 a.m. Sunday
Sunday from finish line - bikes from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday truck (if you load it Sunday at finish line - best option)  - bikes by 10 a.m. Monday
Monday truck (if you load Monday morning when you board the bus - not advised) - bikes by 4 p.m. Monday

Bike-only tickets

For $40 you can ship your bike back on the trucks. The same Bike Only ticket is good for any of the three days. Bikes will be wrapped in blankets and delivered to the bike corral. Note that the bike trucks will arrive at the estimated times shown. Every precaution is taken to prevent bikes from being scratched or damaged. Cascade Bicycle Club does not provide any insurance to cover damages occurred in transport. If you have concerns in this regard, do not use the bike transport service.

Saturday, July 12 (one-day riders)

Bikes will be loaded from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday on the truck in the lot adjacent to the Finish Line Festival at Holladay Park. Starting at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 9:00 p.m. passengers may board chartered buses in the parking lot adjacent to the Finish Line Festival. Buses will depart for the University of Washington as they fill.

Due to the very late departure time for the truck transporting the bikes from the finish line they will not be available for pick-up until Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at the University of Washington. If this does not work for you, please make other arrangements. Note: if you are a one-day rider using the return transportation you must finish before by 9:00 p.m. The buses will not wait past this time. The last bus leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Sunday, July 13 (from finish line)

Bikes will be loaded from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday on the trucks in the lot west of the Finish Line Festival at Holladay Park. Riders may board chartered buses from 12:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Finish Line Festival.

Buses and trucks will depart for the University of Washington as they fill. To minimize the wait time for your bicycle load your bike early because the bike trucks take 200+ bikes (equivalent to four buses) to fill and can’t leave until full! For those spending the night in Portland, one truck will be designated to load bikes on Sunday for a Monday delivery to the University of Washington. If you load your bike on this truck it will be waiting for you when you arrive back in Seattle. If you wait to load your bike on Monday morning you will be waiting one to two hours for your bike to arrive.

Monday, July 14 (from Doubletree Hotel)

Buses will load Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in front of the Doubletree Hotel (STP’s host hotel). Please load your bike on SUNDAY in the truck marked for Monday delivery. This way your bike will be waiting for you at the University of Washington when you get there. If you choose to load your bike on Monday morning be prepared to wait for your bike at the UW for one to two hours.