FAQs

 
Are the roads closed to cars for this ride?
No , you will be sharing the roads with cars most of the way to Bellingham; so, please follow all traffic laws and be courteous when riding.  Single file is safer - it’s also generates goodwill when we don’t block traffic.  The good news is that we have a long section of the route on the Centennial Trail - nothing but bikes and other non-motorized transport.  Please be extra safe and courteous here to other trail users.
 
Where and when can I get my registration packet and ride jersey?
Riders can pick up their registration identification materials, route maps and other goodies at either of the packet pick-ups:
Seattle REI Store, 222 Yale Ave N:  5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, June 26
Start Line in Marymoor Park:  6:15 – 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 28
 
When can we pick up our Red-Bell T-shirt?
World Bicycle Relief Red-Bell 100 “Finisher T-shirts are being handed out at the Finish line - stop by the first booth in front of Boundary Bay to claim yours at the end of the ride.  (“Happiness is” a nice clean shirt after a big ride!).
 
What time can we leave the start area and get riding on the course? 
The start line area opens at 6:15 a.m. (with hot coffee available!) and packet pick-up runs until about 7:15 a.m. At approximately 7:30 a.m. We will have a rolling start for riders from 7 to 7:30 a.m. with the start line closing at 7:45 a.m.
 
We may need a little extra time to complete the course… Can we start early?
We understand that some riders may choose to leave early- please note that road support does not start until 7 a.m. and the first rest stop in Machias (Mile 27.5) is not open until 8 a.m.
 
Is there an official cut-off time for the Red-Bell course? 
Yes, we want everyone in Bellingham by approximately 6:30 p.m. at the latest in time to catch the finish line party and get their bus home. Riders need to depart the final rest stop in Bow by 5 p.m. in order to make this time. You will need to ask for a sag wagon ride if you arrive in Bow later than 5 p.m. (and are riding one of the Saturday night buses).
 
Will there be a printable map and cue sheet?
Yes we will have a cue sheet and map up soon, plus will have paper copies on hand at packet pick-ups
 
Do you have a downloadable GPS route available?
Yes, please visit the Garmin Connect webpage.
 
What is the total elevation gain for this ride?
According to our posted Garmin map its 3200 feet; but with using other GPS mapping software its only 2800. So let’s just say it’s about 3000 feet and call it good. 
 
What kind of food is served at the rest stops?

Get ready for a day of top notch eating at rest stops spaced about every 20 miles along the course. At the start line you’ll be treated to complimentary coffee from Lucky Jack’s Latte and Caffe D’arte and breakfast treats from frésbar and Dave’s Killer Bread. As a reward for climbing the Woodinville Hill, you’ll get to enjoy a breakfast stop with Theo Chocolate (who doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?!) and complimentary mini bagels and cream cheese from Seattle Bagel Bakery, along with fresh fruit (all of our fruit on course is provided courtesy of Whole Foods Market) and other goodies. A little further on, when you start to get thirsty, you’ll be able to fill up with Nuun and grab some fruit and a LÄRABAR at the Arlington Water Stop. For lunch, come by The Red-Bell Deli in Conway for fresh made sandwiches on Dave’s Killer Bread (including meat and vegetarian option), side salads, and other snacks. Grab an ice cold soda or Izze sparkling fruit juice and some salty snacks in Bow before tackling Chuckanut Drive. At the top, look for the Brown Family Lemonade Stand, with all proceeds benefitting 13 year old Austyn’s college fund. Then roll down the hill to the finish line and join the BBQ for beef, lamb, salmon, and veggie burgers along with two complimentary beverages at the legendary Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden. The BBQ dinner will be available for purchase by non-rider friends and family members who want to join between 2-7 p.m.
 
What kind of mechanical support can we expect on the ride?
We will have mechanics stationed at most stops, including the start line. They are happy to help as needed, but riders should show up to the start with their bikes in GOOD WORKING ORDER. Along the route riders may call the ride hotline at 206-841-9665 if they need mechanical assistance (or flag down one of the five clearly marked en-route support vehicles). You will probably be transported to the nearest mechanic station for assistance. Riders do not pay for minor labor but do pay for any parts needed.
Please note that riders are expected to be able to either change their own flat tire OR at least carry the supplies to change a tire. Other riders are normally happy to help with this along the route - this is a much, much quicker way to get back on the road than calling for road support.
 
What do we do with any urgent medical issues that might arise?
Call 911 for any urgent medical needs - please try to tell them where you are on the route. Please have someone notify us via the ride hotline listed above after calling 911. 
 
What about non urgent “Sag support” requests?
Please call the ride support hotline above for any minor issues (needing a ride because of fatigue, bad knee(s), non-urgent matters, etc ) . We will pick you up and transport you to the nearest rest stop. It might take a while but we will get you to the finish line.  We are not able to drive you home however; you will need to make your own arrangements for transport back to Redmond/Seattle.
 
Can I have a friend or family member drive along as a Personal Support Vehicles (PSV)?
We have designed the ride so that you DO NOT NEED a PSV. We will be providing excellent support for riders all along the route. The route is an excellent one for cyclists, not cars. The #1 complaint we get from riders and communities is about PSVs. For the safety of all riders, if you must have a PSV, please ask that they do not drive the route, but take alternate roads and meet you at the rest stops.
 
Where do we load our luggage (change of clothes etc) for the ride?
Riders may load luggage at the start line from 6:15 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. You must fill out a luggage tag (provided) that includes your bib number and final destination (BBB or Days Inn) and then load in the appropriate truck.
 
What kind of luggage should I bring?
Riders can bring a back pack or to two small bags or panniers, the size depending on whether they are staying overnight or going home Saturday night. Since free showers will be available at the finish line, at the very least riders should bring a fresh change of clothes for the ride home. For those folks arranging their own ride home it might be easier to take care of your own luggage needs with your pick-up person. 
 
Where can I pick up luggage in Bellingham?
Luggage will be available from 2 until 7 p.m. next to the beer garden on the west side of the Boundary Bay Brewery at the finish line. For those staying at the DAYS INN  during load-in you can request to have your luggage dropped there, where it will be stored in a secure room.  Your original bib number will claim your luggage at any one of these locations. 
 
How do I purchase a bus ticket back from Bellingham?
You can purchase a bus ticket back at the homepage of your World Bicycle Relief Fundraising Participant Center.  You must be logged into your account to purchase a ticket.  Once logged in go to "details" and scroll down to return transportation where you will be able to purchase a bus ticket.
* Saturday return bus tickets are sold out.  
 
Where does the bus return to in the Seattle area?
The Bus returns to the start line/parking area in Marymoor Park, Redmond.
 
What time/venue does the Saturday, June 28, bus leave Bellingham and return to Redmond?
The Saturday night bus departs from the finish line area at Boundary Bay Brewery at 7 p.m. on Saturday. We estimate the Saturday night bus to arrive back in Redmond by about 9 p.m. Saturday night - dropping you off near the start line & parking area.
 
What time/venue does the Sunday, June 29, bus depart Bellingham and return to Redmond?
The Sunday morning bus departs from the Days Inn hotel parking lot at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Bus loading starts at 9:30 a.m. and the bus will leave when it is full. We estimate the Sunday morning bus to arrive back in Redmond by about noon - dropping you off near the start line & parking area. 
 
Can I still buy a bus ticket after the June 14 deadline?
If there is space open on any of the buses we will leave the ticket buy page open until the bus is full. So if the bus ticket page is up and accepting orders, you are good to go.  [Note:  we can only offer one bus (50 spaces) on Sunday.]
 
Can we switch our bus tickets from one day to another?
Before June 15 switches are ok, after that we may not be able to accommodate you.  Please email us with your request before June 26 and we will do our best. 
 
Where do we load our luggage for ride home?
Your luggage stays with you and goes on your bus. 
 
How do we load our bikes for the return bus trip?
Riders are responsible for loading their own bikes onto the bike truck for their return trip.  A ride rep volunteer will take the bike from you and load it inside the truck and blanket wrap it.  Upon return to Redmond riders will be welcome to assist in the unloading process to speed things up. 
 
Do you know where we can rent suitable bicycles in the area to use on the event?
In Seattle we recommend Montlake Bicycle Shop (contact Gary Tegantvoort 206-329-7333.  (Gary is our start line mechanic and can arrange to have your bike ready at the start line.) 
 
Where and when do we load our bikes on the bike trucks?
You may load your bikes for the Saturday, June 28, bus anytime between 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the SAT ONLY bike truck located at the finish line area at Boundary Bay Brewery. The bus cannot leave until all bikes are loaded; so, be sure to load as early as possible - loading takes time. 
For the Sunday, June 29, bus you may load any time between  9 and 9:30 a.m. at the Days Inn Hotel, (same location as the Sunday bus transport).
 
Can we send just our bikes back  and pick them up later in the week?
Sorry, but due to the limited bike and bus transport space we cannot offer "bike only" service -- only people riding the bus may transport their bikes. Further, riders must be at the Redmond parking lot (start line) to meet the bikes upon their return. The bike truck will try to arrive before the buses (to unload), but it might be a bit late due to traffic. Please keep your bib number on hand to claim your bike.
 
Will there be a secure bike corral at the finish line in Bellingham?
Yes, a secure Red-Bell Bike corral will be open from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the finish line on Railroad Avenue. Please make sure your bike number (included in your packet) is securely attached to your bike frame and that you keep your bib on hand to reclaim your bike.
 
You may leave your bikes here while you enjoy the party; but, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for moving your bike out by 7 p.m. and loading it on the Saturday night truck, or taking it back to your hotel. Sorry, we do not have or offer secure overnight bike storage.
 
Is there a post ride shower spot available in Bellingham?
Post-ride hot showers (and complimentary towels) will be available from 2:00-6:30 p.m. at the Bellingham YMCA, 1256 N State St, Bellingham, WA  98225 map, (2-3 blocks from the finish line party). Just show your bib number at the front desk for a free shower! (Note- there are bike racks directly in front of the facility but you must lock your bike.) 
 
Can I exchange my jersey for a different size?

Sorry - we cannot change sizes once the order has been placed (approx May 1st) . Please review the sizing chart carefully before making your selection.

Can I still ride the route if I have not raised the $150 minimum pledge amount by June 28? 

We are encouraging all riders to raise the minimum required $150 by the time they pick up their packets. Fundraising minimum will be cross-checked at packet pick up.

What is the cut-off date for Red-Bell 100 rider donations? 
Riders will have until July 6 at 11:59 PST to fundraise. From there, rider fundraising totals will be computed.
 
Can Supporters “snail-mail” checks to sponsor me?

Yes, checks can be mailed to World Bicycle Relief:
World Bicycle Relief
Attn: Alexis Berry, 
1333 Kingsbury Street, Floor 4, 
Chicago, IL 60642
(PLEASE INCLUDE RED-BELL/RIDER’S NAME in the notes section of the check).
 
Can I still win one of the cool prizes if I don’t collect $1000 in pledges? 
To be entered in the prize drawing you need to raise $1000 or more in pledges. But what great motivation!  You can check out all of the great prizes we’re offering this year, here.
 
When will you notify the prize winners? 
Winners will be notified on July 8 and 9; a list of top fundraisers/prize winners will be posted to the Red-Bell Facebook page on Tuesday, July 8.
 
Does the ride still “go on” in bad weather?
Yes, the ride goes rain or shine -- so please dress and pack accordingly. Rest stops offer limited cover so rain gear is essential if the weather forecast is threatening. 

Can I get a refund if I can’t do the ride?

Up to 30 days before the event, a registered rider is eligible for a 75% refund.  No refunds will be given for any reason, medical or otherwise, 29 days or fewer before the event.  For any refund or transfer related questions please contact info@worldbicyclerelief.org or call 312.664.3836 M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST. Please note that all donations made on behalf of riders for this event are non-refundable at any time.

Can I transfer my fully paid registration to another rider?

Riders may transfer their fully paid registration up to 4 days prior to the event (deadline is Tuesday June 24 by 5 p.m.).The registration & pledge minimum must be covered ($250 total) to initiate any transfer. Please contact info@worldbicyclerelief.org or call 312.664.3836 M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. CST for transfer information.

Do you have any rules or guidelines so that we can enjoy a safe and enjoyable ride?
  • It may be summer, but it’s still the great Pacific NW -- be prepared for any kind of weather.    
  • Never ride with earphones or earbud(s). It is very dangerous at any time -- but especially on large group rides.
  • When stopping during the ride, pull completely off the pavement. Call out “stopping” if riders are behind you, as many accidents are caused this way.
  • Pull off and stop when using a cell phone.
  • Leave a good impression with the communities we ride though -- share the road with cars and follow ALL traffic laws. (Stop at stop signs). Please do not litter.
  • When passing a rider always pass on the left ;and, acknowledge “On Your Left” when being passed.
  • Ride single file along narrow stretches and on the trail. Single file is always safer!
  • Be aware of traffic; none of the course is closed to vehicle traffic
 
Are there any required or recommended items to have on the Red Bell ride?
Helmet (it’s required!), cycling mirror, sunglasses, layered cycling clothing, patch kit, spare tube, pump & tools, I.D, sunscreen and cash for emergencies (…like espresso, ice cream stops, lemonade stand along the way!)