About the ride
The 2014 route
RSVP Ride with GPS route – Day One (Seattle to Bellingham)
RSVP Ride with GPS route – Day Two (Bellingham to Vancouver, BC)
Riders will also receive a hard copy of the Route Map in their packets.
Both rides starts from the north end of University of Washington E1 parking lot on Montlake Blvd. Enter the lot from the SOUTH end. Lot opens 5 a.m. the day of the ride (no overnight parking the night before.) Event overnight parking is available for sale the day of event for $8 per day (cash only) as you enter the parking lot. No advance purchase of parking passes available. To enter the lot to drop off a rider is free. Follow the signs to the drop off area. Late packet pickup and luggage dropoff opens at 5:30 a.m. The start line is open from 6 - 7 a.m. Please be prompt -- food stops and other groups along the route are coordinated with these departure times.
Driving directions to start line
From I-5 north- or south-bound take the SR 520 exit #168B onto SR520, east bound. Take the first exit off SR520 for Montlake Blvd E. At the light take a left onto Montlake Blvd E. Stay in the right lane as you go over the Montlake Bridge and pass Husky Stadium. The start line, overnight parking and drop off will be in the big E1 parking lot on your right. You MUST enter the lot at the SOUTH end. Once in the lot follow the signs to either the drop-off area or overnight parking.
We encourage you to carpool to the starting point, RideshareOnline can help. Just log on at www.rideshareonline.com and follow the easy instructions for a first time user to register.
Once your registration is confirmed, select a bike ride from the event list. You can go back anytime and click on "Find Matches" to look for carpool partners from your area.
There are two official social/food stop each day to provide water, energy drinks and energy type snacks intended to keep you going but that are not meant to be a meal. There are many restaurants and fast food outlets on the route. We encourage riders to take advantage of these opportunities in the communities along the way.
We also want to extend a huge thanks to Crush Kids' Cancer, who will be running our Machias rest stop on day one of the ride. Be sure to stop in for some goodies and to hear more about how you can support the awesome work they're doing.
The expert massage therapists from Washington Sports Massage Team will be onsite at the Days Inn in Bellingham to soooothe your weary riding muscles. Massages are only $18 for a 15 minute massage (cash and credit accepted).
We're going into a foreign country! Please respect customs' laws. Since RSVP crosses into Canada, you are REQUIRED to carry a passport or Enhanced Drivers' License. MINORS (under 18) must have a passport and a letter of permission to cross the border AND have the medical release on the back of their bib signed by parent or guardian. We recommend parents provide constant adult supervision for minors.
Finish your two-day RSVP1 adventure in downtown Vancouver, B.C. at the Coast Plaza Suite Hotel. Join us from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the hotel for the outdoor reception and a no-host cash bar. For those not staying at the Coast Plaza showers will be available at the hotel pool for a $5 towel charge. Overnight secure bicycle parking will be set up in the hotel garage. RSVP participants may store their bicycles in the hotel garage corral. (The bike corral will be locked at 7 p.m. but access will be available by contacting the hotel front desk; unclaimed luggage will also be available from them.) This is a very popular event so book your hotel room early!
For RSVP2 the finish line party will be at the same time and location on Sunday. All the services will be the same as listed above.
All rider bib numbers and packets for both events will be mailed starting three weeks prior to the events.
Return transportation to Seattle for RSVP1 by chartered bus (you) and truck (your bike) on Sunday is available for $65. Transportation for your bike only back to the start line is $40. You can add return transportation at a later date. Add On Instructions. Please note that both bus and bike space is limited and can sell out well in advance. Update 4/29/2014 Bike Only is sold out
RSVP2 chartered busses and bike trucks leave on Monday. Everything else is the same as listed above.
Only registered riders of RSVP1 or RSVP2 will be permitted to ride their respective chartered buses back to Seattle. Riders on RSVP1 cannot take the bus back on Monday. These spaces are reserved for RSVP2 riders only.
Bikes will start loading at 8:30 a.m. at a new location 1/2 block up Comox St.. From in front of the Coast Plaza Suite Hotel go left 1/2 block. Buses start loading from the same location at 10:30 a.m. Bike truck and buses will leave from The Coast Plaza Suite Hotel at the same time - approximately 11 a.m. and return to start line around 3 p.m.
Bikes not picked up by 5 p.m. Sunday for RSVP1 (or Monday for RSVP2) will be taken to the Cascade Bicycle Club (7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 98115) where they will be available for pickup the following day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $10 per day storage charge. If you know in advance that you will not be picking up your bike, you can pre-pay for bike storage via the registration form; or you can give someone else authorization to pick up your bike between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Sunday (or Monday).
If you are using the return transportation service you must include your bike make, model and serial number when purchasing transportation. This is required by U.S. Customs. you must also be sure that your bicycle rider number is affixed to your bike for identification when you retrieve it.
To update this information, log into your account, click the "Event Registrations" tab. Then, click the "Participant Info" link next to your RSVP bus/bike transportation. It should have the make/model/serial number information for you to fill out.
It is understood by those utilizing this service that the maximum liability of Bekins Moving and Storage Co. and Cascade Bicycle Club shall be sixty cents per pound for the actual weight of any lost or damaged articles. Bikes are wrapped in blankets and if you are concerned about scratches please pack protective foam wrap for your bicycle.
Our truck will carry your gear to one of three baggage drops in Bellingham: (1) Days Inn (on Samish Way), (2) Western Washington University, or (3) Best Western Heritage Inn (north end). At the start line you will need to put your bags on the truck that is closest to your place of lodging for the Bellingham overnight. (Note: there is no "night before" baggage dropoff.) Limit your baggage to two cubic feet in volume, the equivalent of two panniers. Each bag must be well-secured and clearly marked with a luggage tag (detach the tags from your bib). Pack lightly as you may be transporting your luggage from the baggage drops to outlying motels. If you are flying out of Vancouver and need us to transport your bike box to Vancouver, you will need to purchase a $20 Bike Box Shipping tag via the registration form. Cascade Bicycle Club is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged luggage. Please do not pack any valuables or breakable items.
All riders must return their bags to the Bellingham baggage drop where they picked them up by 7:30 a.m. the next morning - no later! In Vancouver, all riders must pick up their bags at the finish line. Bags will be located at the Coast Plaza Hotel in a conference room next to the party. Bags will be ready for pickup by 2 p.m. typically not any earlier.
Sherpa Bag Service - Whatcom Middle School Band Boosters will be offering "Sherpa Bag Service" for a fee of $15 (cash or check) per bag to most Bellingham hotels. This service includes bag drop offand pick up from most hotels in Bellingham. You can sign up for this service at the start line. All proceeds from this service benefit the Whatcom Middle School Band.
Only registered riders of RSVP will be entitled to baggage service.
RSVP provides limited en route mechanical support. Labor is free, but please be prepared to pay for parts. RSVP is a challenging event, requiring endurance and training. Be prepared to handle your own mechanical problems on the road.
The Cascade Training Series (CTS) is a weekly multi-paced training series designed to prepare riders for STP and RSVP. The series starts in April with a 25-mile loop and continues every weekend through STP, with a series of four "maintaining" rides between STP and RSVP. During the progression of increasingly challenging rides, you will build endurance, confidence and knowledge in the areas of basic bike maintenance, group riding skills, nutrition and riding techniques, PLUS you will get a stylish Road ID® with your emergency contact information. Limited registration slots will be available, so register early. Register when you register for RSVP and STP. More information...
If CTS does not fit your schedule, Cascade Bicycle Club also offers an extensive Free Daily Rides Program that can help you get ready for your favorite weekend event. To design your own personal training program, go to our Daily Rides Page, read the Information for Newcomers and view the Ride Classifications. Then, using the STP Suggested Mileage Chart, go to the Free Daily Rides Calendar and select rides that fit your needs. You can also contact the ride leaders listed on individual ride listings if you have questions about whether particular rides are suitable for you.
Important customs information
U.S. citizens crossing from Canada into the United States via land travel need to present either:
- A passport, a passport card, a WHTI-compliant document, or
- An Enhanced Drivers' License
Canadian customs inadmissibility
Some people are inadmissible—they are not allowed to come to Canada. Several things can make you inadmissible, including involvement in criminal activity or organized crime and human rights violations. You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons.
If you have committed or been convicted of a criminal offense, you may not be allowed to enter Canada. For more details check out the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.