Start Line

Start line hours

Saturday, July 11, 2015
One day riders: 
start 4:45 - 5:15 a.m.
Two day riders: start 5:15 - 7:30 a.m.

**To ensure rider support and food locations are available to you please start at official times. If you start before or after these times you may be in front of or behind official ride support. 

We will be sending riders off in 10-minute waves beginning with one-day riders only.  All two-day riders will be started by 7:30 a.m.

Location and parking

The starting line is located in the E-1 parking lot for the University of Washington. Please enter on Mary Gates Memorial Dr. Avoid Montlake Blvd. in order to avoid traffic delays and cyclists.  See Map

Timing chip for one-day riders

Start line packet pickup: Packets will be available at the start line from 4:30 - 7:15 a.m. Please allow plenty of time at the start line and listen to the announcer for any last-minute ride changes.

Be prepared:

Arrive to the start line with:

-Confirmation # and ID (if you haven't picked up your packet)

-Luggage tagged (2 bags/ each 20lbs or less). You are responsible for loading your luggage onto the correct truck! Your luggage will not be waiting for you if you do not pay attention to the truck's destination. Read signs and please ask volunteers if you are unsure.

-Bike number fixed to your bike and helmet

-Bike prepped:

  • TIRES PUMPED
  • BIKE BAG PACKED (tools, snacks and layers)
  • BREAKFAST EATEN (make it a good one!)
  • WATER BOTTLES FILLED

-Route map (provided in packet)

Start line location

University of Washington, E-1 Parking Lot

To avoid bicycle traffic exiting south on Montlake Blvd., the area should be approached from the North.

PDF map of start line set-up in E-1 parking lot  Start Line 2014

Driving directions

From either direction on I-5, take the NE 45th St. exit (#169). Go east on NE 45th through the University District and down the viaduct; turn left at the light and follow the "Group Health STP Parking" signs past the golf range on your right. At Mary Gates Way take a right, go one block to Clark Road and take another right. Follow this straight into the E-1 parking lot. Once in the lot signs will direct you to either the drop-off area or the overnight parking area. If you are just dropping off a rider, there is no parking fee.

Parking

Pre-event parking on Friday night

Parking on Friday night is available at the north end of the University of Washington E-1 Parking Lot. Friday night parking must be purchased in advance via the registration form or at REI packet pickups. Cost is $10. The lot opens for Group Health STP vehicles at 5 p.m. on Friday. The UW does NOT permit tent camping in the grass next to the parking lot.

Parking on Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Parking is available to participants in the University of Washington E-1 Parking Lot and must be paid for in advance. Parking passes will be sold in advance via your registration form, at packet pickup, and at the Start Line Registration table. Cost is $10 per day. All cars must be out of the lot by 3 p.m. on Monday.

 

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