Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How hilly is the ride?
A: This ride has an estimated 7,500 feet of climbing on Forest Service roads in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Q: What if I cannot make it the entire distance?
A: There are a few short cuts but this is a challenging rides and the elements can be a factor in September. We will have very limited sag service so plan on carrying the supplies you would need for a long training ride.

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 (3 of them and 1 light) and ride no more than two abreast.

Q: May I ride with one ear bud? Or two?
A: Cyclists must turn off and put away any headset or ear bud (s) connected to any electronic device capable of transmitting or playing a broadcast or recording. Distractions such as music players and radios are also not permitted. If necessary to check, use, or answer a cell phone or pager, the cyclist must first pull completely off the road or trail and stop.

Q Do I need to bring my own food on this ride?
A: The High Pass Challenge will feature three food & water stops, one of which will have a lunch style sandwich or wrap (at the half way point). In addition all riders will be treated to a post ride BBQ at the finish line open from 1-5:30 p.m. It is always a good idea to pack some emergency bars and plenty of water to see you through stops and if you have any special dietary requirements.

Q: Where does my entry fee go?
A: The High Pass Challenge is a fundraiser for Cascade Bicycle Club.

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 Cascade Bicycle Club 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: It will be located at the Start/Finish line. The cost is $5 per car.  All proceeds benefit the local community.)

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. But you must go under start banner to activate your timing chip. Start line opens at 7 am and close at 8 am.

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, but please be prepared to fix your own flats because mechanical service will be very limited.

Q: Does Cascade offer any services to help me train?
A: Cascade Bicycle Club offers an extensive Free Group Rides program that can help you get ready for HPC. You can design your own personal training program by selecting the daily rides that fit your schedule and ability.

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