The Route

 

 

2015 ride guide is now available!  

Please note: There is a misprint in the food stop grid, please reference the grid on this page.

Route Maps

Ride with GPS link (can export GPX or TCX files) or download here: .kml, .gpx, .csv
This is the finalized 2015 route.  You can use this link and/or your official route map.  Printed maps will be included with your packet.  Turns will also be marked in chalk with the official STP stencil. 
  • Total distance: just over 206 miles
  • Maximum altitude: 463 feet
  • Total ride elevation gain: 5,024 feet

Food stops

There is potable water at the start line, but no food. Eat before you arrive so you're fueled and ready to ride.

Food along the course is chosen for its nutritional quality, carbohydrate and potassium replacement, taste and quantity. The ride food is not meant to be a meal but food that will keep you going without filling you up. If you have special food needs, please plan accordingly. Food stops also provide water, portable toilets, mechanical assistance and first aid.

New this year, Wilcox Family Farms will be onsite at the McKenna Elementary School mini-stop distributing free samples of their 100% organic and cage free hard boiled eggs.  Wilcox Farms is a 4th generation family business that continues the tradition of sustainable farming by providing the Northwest with quality, local egg products.

Official STP Food Stops/Medical Stations

*Free food available at all official food stops.  Food is for registered riders only, please be considerate of those in the event trying to make it 205 miles to Portland!  

24 MILES - REI IN KENT

Open times: 5:45 - 9:30 a.m. 

Staffed by REI employees

Medical tent staffed by Kent Firefighters Local 1747

55 MILES - JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD

Open times: 6:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Staffed by Spanaway M.S. Athletic Department

Medical tent staffed by Pierce Co. Medical Reserve Corps

100 MILES - CENTRALIA

(LUNCH FOR ONE-DAY RIDERS ONLY)

Open Times: 8:30 A.M.- 7 P.M.

Staffed by Centralia/Chehalis Chamber of Commerce

Medical tent staffed by Lewis Co. Medical Reserve Corps and Providence Centralia Hospital

143 MILES - LEXINGTON

Saturday open: 12-6 P.M

Sunday open: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Staffed by Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso

Medical tent staffed by WA State Chiropractic Assoc. and Cowlitz Co. Fire District 2

172 MILES - ST. HELENS

Saturday open: 1:30-7 p.m.

Sunday open: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Staffed by the St. Helens High School Band

Medical tent staffed by St. Helens Medical Reserve Corps and Columbia River Fire and Rescue

205 MILES- PORTLAND!

Saturday open: 3-9 p.m.

Sunday open:  10 a.m. -7 p.m.

Please note:

80 miles- Tenino Mini Stop- Not a free food stop, but does have medical support

Provided by Thurston Co. Medical Reserve Corps and Thurston Co. Fire District 12

Mini-Stops and Services

Mini-stops are located approximately halfway between each food stop and feature food for purchase. Mini-stops are staffed and sponsored by local community organizations that use them as fundraisers. They offer mechanical support, portable toilets and first aid kits (no OTC drugs and no medical staff) and are not associated with Cascade Bicycle Club. Below is an approximate list of the mini-stops and the groups involved. 

Route Support

Ten thousand bicyclists ride STP every year; almost all finish. Group Health STP Presented by Alaska Airlines provides mechanical support, food, first aid, water and toilets every 20 miles. Personal support vehicles (PSV) are strongly discouraged because they create additional hazards for the cyclists, as well as local traffic.

If you cannot ride Group Health STP without personal support, please make sure your PSV driver knows to follow the instructions for personal support vehicles.

SUPPORT VEHICLES 

Twelve support vehicles will patrol the route to pick up riders unable to continue. These vehicles will circle the course until the last rider finishes each day. The support vehicles will shuttle stranded riders to the nearest point where services are available. The support vehicles are not personal "taxis". If you are not able to continue due to mechanical or physical reasons, you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation to your final destination. The support pickup service requires patience and has limited capacity; you may have to wait some time before you're picked up.

MECHANICAL SUPPORT

Each major food stop and mini-stop provides mechanical support for your bicycle. Supporting bicycle shops provide free labor but charge for parts. Come prepared to pay for bicycle repairs that you may need on the route. Many bike shop mechanics will take MasterCard/VISA as well as cash or check. See a full list of shops providing mechanical support on the STP.

Blow a tube?

At STP, donate your bike tube to Alchemy Goods. That’s one less tube for the landfills. And one more upcycled messenger bag for someone who cares as much about our world as you do. Look for Ag donation points along this year’s STP route.

 

 

 

CBC OUTRIDERS

The Cascade Bicycle Club Outriders are a team of well-trained and experienced Cascade Bicycle Club volunteers and ride participants.  They are well versed in CBC events and are available to help with minor mechanical issues, help you fix your flat, and answer any questions you may have about the route, food stops, or cycling in general.  They are wearing the white and black OUTRIDER jerseys.  Feel free to flag them down if you have any questions or need assistance in any way. They are ambassadors of good cycling etiquette and safe riding.  They may remind you that single file is safer or warn you of upcoming hazards on route.  Feeling overwhelmed by group riding?  Want to know how many miles to the next rest stop? They are there to help!

SAFETY & MEDICAL TEAM

Each year up to 100 cyclists (ski patrol, medics, firefighters, police officers, nurses and doctors) volunteer to ride Group Health STP Presented by Alaska Airlines as members of the Safety and Medical Team. These volunteers are identified by red safety jerseys, vests or helmet covers. The Safety and Medical Team will ask riders to refrain from unsafe or discourteous riding practices. This year, many support riders will be Group Health volunteers, like 8-time STP veteran and Group Health physician, Steven Bock.

VOLUNTEER STAFFED MEDICAL LOCATIONS

The 5 major STP food stops and the finish line will be staffed with medical volunteers provided by Cascade Bicycle Club. All the other mini stops on the route will have first aid supplies available for riders, but will not be staffed. If you have a medical issue on route that needs immediate attention, please flag down one of the Goldwing Support motorcycles or one of the official STP Support cars.

GOLD WING TOURING ASSOCIATION

The Gold Wing Touring Association (GWTA) will be on route with up to 100 motorcyclists who patrol the route equipped with radios and first aid kits. GWTA responds to mechanical problems and minor medical situations. They can radio for help in situations requiring medical assistance or rider transport. If you need assistance, give the "thumbs down" signal to a GWTA motorcyclist. To signal your appreciation, give the "thumbs up" sign.