About the ride



Start: Day-of-ride packet pickup and day-of-ride registration for 2015 is TBD; check back soon. Open 7 - 10:30 a.m.  There is no rider limit. There is plenty of street, lot, and garage parking in the area. Is your bike on your roof? Don't park in the garage!  

Finish:  The course and all on-route services officially close at 3 p.m. There are no designated Chilly Hilly ferries for your return to Seattle.  Your fare is round-trip, so fill yourself up on hot chili and board whichever boat you choose.  Check WSF website for updated ferry times here.

Bainbridge Island:

Start: Day-of-ride packet pickup and day-of-ride registration is at the B.I. Cycle Shop, 124 Bjune Dr SE, Winslow. Open 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. You can start anytime between these hours. Street parking on Bainbridge Island is free, but time limits vary by location. To get on the route follow Winslow Way north to the where the ferry traffic exits and continue straight.

Finish: Take your time enjoying the chili feed and finish line festival. On-route food stop closes at 2 p.m. and finish line festival closes at 3 p.m.

Finish line festival

After a great ride, warm up with a hot bowl of chili! Hot chili (vegetarian also available), cornbread and hot drinks will be available for purchase at Bainbridge Island Community Center. All proceeds benefit local Bainbridge Island non-profits. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

How hilly is it?

Here's a look at the elevation profile:

Route map & cue sheet

Free food stop

(open 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • Fruit, snacks and hot-drinks provided by Harrison Medical Center
  • Enjoy homemade items provided by Bainbridge Island Girl Scout troops
  • Mechanics from Performance Bicycle are also available 


T-shirts, sweatshirts and jerseys will be available for purchase online and at the finish line. 

Road support

On road support is provided by the Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Operators, mechanics from Performance Bicycles and B. I. Cycle Shop and our own Safety and Medical crew. Safety vehicles are identified with Cascade Bicycle Club signs.

The day-of-ride emergency number is (206) 841-9665, answered live by on-road support personnel.

Mechanical support on route

  • Seattle Registration Area - Location TBD Performance Bicycle mechanics
  • Bainbridge Island Registration Area - B.I. Cycle Shop
  • Mile mark .2 - Classic Cycles
  • Mile mark 5.1 - Craig Tamura
  • Mile mark 15.4 - Battle Point Park - Performance Bicycle


Suggested items to bring:

  • Helmet (required!)
  • Layered and warm cycling clothing
  • Rain gear
  • Patch kit, spare tube, pump & tools
  • Cycling mirror
  • Money for emergencies & goodies (charity groups on the route will be selling food items)

Special thanks to our event sponsors:



Day-of-event emergency number
(206) 841-9665
Events Producer
David Douglas
For general information on events and rides
Cascade Bicycle Club front desk
206-522-BIKE (2453)
Chilly Hilly registration

Chilly Hilly ferry

Chilly Hilly ferry schedule

Your Seattle registration fee includes a ferry ticket for you and your bike on the ferry times listed below:

7:55, 8:45, 9:35 and 10:35 a.m.

Your bib is your ferry ticket. If you take an earlier or later ferry, you must pay your own fare. Bicycle capacity per vessel is limited so arrive early.  The 7:55 ferry is the most crowded, 8:45 less so, and the 9:35 & 10:35 ferries are the least crowded.

Even though there is no rider limit, due to heavy day-of-ride registrations, we can't guarantee that day-of-event registrants will make their intended ferry. If you must make a particular ferry, we suggest you pre-register for this event before Feb. 11 to have your packet mailed to you.

Use the special Chilly Hilly entrance north of the downtown Seattle ferry terminal. For safety, walk your bike onto the ferry and remember to remove or cover your cleats if you go up to the passenger decks (it's the law).