About El Norte
Sunday, June 8
We hope that by offering a central Seattle location, many people will ride their bikes to the start, but we understand that many will drive or have a friend meet them at the finish party. Parking is free on Sundays, and we encourage riders to find street parking near the Downtown (south), Queen Anne or Magnolia (north) entrances to the park.
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9 – 11 a.m: Look for the bright green Cascade tent in the middle of Myrtle Edwards Park. Register before May 28th and your packet will be mailed
We will have two support cars en route for this event in case riders need a hand. The Cascade ride hotline for all events is (206) 841-9665. Because of the intricate and trail nature of this event, it may take some time to reach you. It’s always best to have your own personal plan, cash, supplies to fix a flat, etc. when you do any ride. Ride mechanical assistance can be found at the start line and at 192 Brewing Company.
Food & drink
You will find beverage coupons on your rider bib that can be redeemed for beverages at both breweries. Unfortunately, we cannot provide replacement drink tickets should they become lost. In addition to these complimentary drinks, we will have a fully-stocked rest stop at 192 Brewing Company. Items include bananas, apples, JustFruit Bars and mini bagels from Seattle Bagel Bakery. If you choose to select a soft drink instead of beer, please redeem your coupon at the rest stop tent. Hot food is also available for purchase at 192 Brewing Company and at the finish line party.
Register by May 28 and get a Bike-n-Brews t-shirt on us. Bring the coupon attached to your rider bib to the finsh line welcome tent anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to claim your swag.
A D.I.Y. bike corral is open at both the mid-point (192 Brewing) and finish line areas. This is not a full-service bike valet, so please remember to lock up your bike.
Inclement weather plan
It’s Seattle so there is always a chance of some rain and colder temps this time of year. Dress accordingly and be sure to bring a change of clothes for the finish party. 192 Brewing does have a large indoor area if the weather does not cooperate. The finish line area is exposed however, so rain/warm gear is a must if weather looks iffy.
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(no route support after 3:30 p.m.)
Rider start times
48 and 38-mile route riders: 9 – 10 a.m. (suggested start time)
12-mile route riders: 10 – 11 a.m. (suggested start time)
Open 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This stop features a secure bike corral, outdoor patio area, free ride snacks and on-site mechanic services (courtesy of Bothell Ski & Bike, on duty from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Those 21 and over can redeem a drink coupon for a beer/inside the brewery (soft drinks also available at the snack tent). Hot food is available for purchase.
Finish line festival
Presented by Fremont Brewing and Peddler Brewing Companies
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This stop features live music from the Wet City Rockers (below) noon to 4 p.m., great beer and tasty food available for purchase. There will also be a mechanic on-duty during the start line hours 8-11 a.m.
Sample size portions and soft drinks for non-drinking riders will be available. Designated drivers, family and friends* are most welcome at the finish line party. We expect participants to drink responsibly at this event, just like they would at any other gathering offering alcoholic beverages.
*Please note that all riders must be 21 to enter the beer garden at the finish line. However there is plenty of open grass in the park to enjoy the party without entering the beer garden.
Riders have two routes to choose from, both of which start and end at Myrtle Edwards Park. Whichever route you choose, please remember that you are sharing the road and trails with other users. Please be kind and do not follow too close to the rider ahead of you. Most bike accidents are caused by momentary lapses of concentration or lack of attention to the road surface. Be careful - watch for walkers, small dogs, children, elderly walkers and posts at trail heads. Call out when slowing or stopping and always assume there will be someone riding behind you. Follow the traffic laws and be courteous to everyone you come across. We really want to offer this ride again :)
12-mile route – Magnolia Loop
This route is ideal for folks not wanting to ride the full 38-mile course. After enjoying the Elliot Bay trails, riders ride around Magnolia, past the Ballard Locks, through Discovery Park and then on Magnolia Boulevard. This road in one of the most scenic bike routes in the city with numerous stopping spots along the route suitable for group photos or your latest selfie posting!
>>Cue sheet & GPS map
38-mile route - Seattle Bike-n-Brews El Norte
With only 300 feet of climbing and about 34 miles of bike trails, this is the classic route that we encourage everyone to try out this year. You’ll ride out of Myrtle Edwards Park through the base of Magnolia, under the Ballard Bridge and along the Ship Canal Trail. After crossing the Fremont Bridge, you’ll hit the Burke-Gilman Trail, then follow the Burke all the way to 192 Brewing in Kenmore. After your refreshing pit stop, you'll head back the same route back, where the fabulous finish line party awaits on the Seattle waterfront!
>>Cue sheet & GPS map
Bonus 10-mile Magnolia loop
Thirty eight miles not quite long enough for you? Kick it up a notch with the extra 10-mile loop! After crossing under the Ballard Bridge on the way back, turn right and do the Magnolia loop outlined above. If you've got the stamina, this is a quality way to extend the ride--just be sure to start early so you do not miss the finish line fun!