Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a rider limit? Will the event sell out?
A: No, there is not a rider limit and there will be day of event registration at the start line. However, you can save money by pre-registering, and packets are mailed to those who pre-register sufficiently in advance (see the registration page for specific dates).
Q: How hilly is the ride?
A: The 41-, 63-, 96-mile routes are very hilly. The 41 mile route, 1,925 feet of climbing with 3 major climbs that are between 1 and 2 miles long and for the 63 mile route add another major climb making it 2,665 feet of climbing. The 96 mile route has a total of 5 major climbs and is very challenging with a total of 3,627 feet of climbing.
Q: What if I can not make it the entire distance?
A: The route maps will show some short-cuts to get back to Marymoor Park but none of them are flat so please be prepared for a hard ride. Due to the large number of riders we have very limited rider transport available.
Q: Are the roads closed to vehicle traffic?
A: No, the roads are open to vehicle traffic so you must obey all the rules of the road. Stop at stop signs and ride no more than two abreast. Please ride single file as much as possible.
Q: Where does my entry fee go?
A: The Flying Wheels is a fundraiser for Cascade Bicycle Club, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization.
Q: Do both riders on a tandem need to register for the ride?
A: Yes, for services and liability reasons both riders must each complete and sign a registration form.
Q: Do I have to belong to the CBC to go on this ride?
A: No, but you receive a member discount on the entry fee if you are.
Q: Where is the best place to park? How much does it cost?
A: Marymoor Park has lots of parking - just follow the Flying Wheels Parking signs. Parking is free for Flying Wheels riders parked in the designated parking lot.
Q: If I pre-register and get my packet mailed to me do I need to check in at the start line?
A: No, you don’t need to check in at the start. You should pick up a route map that will be available in the registration area. Course opens at 6:30a.m. for the 96-mile riders.
Q: What if I start before the start line opens?
A: All the food stops and road support is scheduled for the first riders. If you start early, these services may not be ready when you arrive.
Q: If I have a flat or other mechanical problems will there be someone to help me?
A: Yes – we will have mechanics on the route in set locations to assist riders.
Q: Does Cascade offer any services to help me train?
A: Cascade Bicycle Club offers an extensive Free Daily Rides program that can help you get ready for Flying Wheels. You can design your own personal training program by selecting the daily rides that fit your schedule and ability.