Chilly Hilly

Event date: 
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Chilly Hilly 2015

With chilly February weather and 2,191 feet of climbing, the name says it all!

Chilly Hilly has been kicking off the cycling season in the Northwest on the last Sunday in February for the past 44 years. The 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island starts with a scenic early morning ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle, or you can join the crowd directly on Bainbridge Island.

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 28, for the ride Bicycling Magazine named "One of Four Classic Rides" in the nation. It's guaranteed to be hilly, probably chilly and always a heck of a lot of fun. So, get the dust off of your bike and get ready for cycling season early!

Course is open from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. If you are taking the ferry over from Seattle, the ride starts when you get off the ferry. If you are starting on Bainbridge Island, the ride starts at the top of the ferry off-ramp on Winslow Way.


  • A scenic cruise on a Washington State Ferry (Seatte start)
  • Free food stop at Battle Point Park
  • Supporting local Bainbridge Charities 
  • Finish Line Festival with a fantastic chili feed benefiting a different Bainbridge Island non-profit each year (additional cost)

Who rides Chilly Hilly?

  • Chilly Hilly record number of riders is 6,029 (set in 2010)
  • Each year riders come from far and wide including Alaska, Iowa, Nevada and New York - plus British Columbia and France
  • Typically 25% of riders are female; 75% are male
  • The oldest registered rider was 78 years old. The youngest was one and a half years old. (We’re not sure, however, how old the youngest rider who actually rode.)                     

​Who does Chilly Hilly benefit?

Chilly HIlly is a fundraiser for the Cascade Bicycle Club (501c3) nonprofit organization. Thanks to riders like yourself, Cascade Bicycle Club introduces thousands of students in the Puget Sound region the joys, empowerment and practicality of riding a bike. Your fee helps us advocate for roads and trails that are safe and convenient for families and commuters. And thanks to you, we’re able to host fun and challenging events for riders of all ages and abilities.

Whenever we can Casacde Bicycle Club engages community nonprofits in our events. We understand that our events effect daily life in the communities through which we ride. On Chilly Hilly your registration either directly benefits the following organizations:

Bainbridge Island Youth Services
Squeaky Wheels Bicycle Club
Kitsap Girl Scout Troops
BI Rope Skippers

In addition:

​Bainbridge Island Community Group- Every year BI Community Group hosts a chili feed at the Chilly Hilly finish line. The proceeds from this event go to a different BI community nonprofit each year. Please note: This chili feed is a seperate event and at an additonal cost.





Chilly Hilly registration
Chilly Hilly Apparel
Bainbridge Island Ferry ramp
Winslow Way
Bainbridge Island, WA