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 food stops and locations are available to you please start during official times. If you start before or after these times you may be in front of or behind official ride support. Riders need to maintain a 10 mph average pace (this includes stopping) in order to fall within the event timing.   One-day riders should expect to keep a 15-mph average pace (including stops).  

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.

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.

Come prepared!

Arrive to the start line with:

  • Rider Bib # 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
  • Route map (provided in packet)
  • ​Bike prepped:
    • Tires pumped
    • Bike bag packed (tools, snacks and layers)
    • Breakfast eaten (make it a good one!)
    • Water bottles filled

Start line location

University of Washington, E-1 Parking Lot
PDF map of start line set-up in E-1 parking lot  Start Line 2014

To avoid bicycle traffic and effecting the starting line. Please follow the directions provided.

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.


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 Presented by Alaska Airlines vehicles at 5 p.m. on Friday. The UW does NOT permit tent camping in the grass next to the parking lot.

We will also offer a Friday night bag and/or bike drop for a small fee.  For more info click here.

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, or 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.


Register for the STP
STP rider guide (sidebar)
STP apparel