Red-Bell 100 FAQ

Are the roads closed to cars for this ride?

No , you will be sharing the roads with cars most of the way to Bellingham; so, please follow all traffic laws and be courteous when riding.  Single file is safer - it’s also generates goodwill when we don’t block traffic.  The good news is that we have a long section of the route on the Centennial Trail - nothing but bikes and other non-motorized transport.  Please be extra safe and courteous here to other trail users.

Where and when can I get my registration packet and ride jersey?

Riders can pick up their registration identification materials, route maps and other goodies at either of the packet pick-ups:
Gregg's Cycles, Green Lake location, 7007 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle 98115:  5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23
Start Line in Marymoor Park:  6:15 – 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 25

**Riders may have a friend or family member pick up their packet for them. You will need to provide them with a letter or email authorizing them to pick up the packet. If email, please**

When can we pick up our Red-Bell 100 finisher gift?

Red-Bell 100 finisher souvenirs are being handed out at the Finish line - stop by the Cascade booth and claim yours at the end of the ride.  

What time can we leave the start area and get riding on the course? 

The start line area opens at 6:15 a.m. (with hot coffee available!) and packet pick-up runs until about 7:15 a.m. At approximately 7:30 a.m. We will have a rolling start for riders from 7 to 7:30 a.m. with the start line closing at 7:45 a.m.

We may need a little extra time to complete the course… Can we start early?

We understand that some riders may choose to leave early- please note that road support does not start until 7 a.m. and the first rest stop in Machias (Mile 27.5) is not open until 8 a.m.

Is there an official cut-off time for the Red-Bell course? 

Yes, we want everyone in Bellingham by approximately 6:30 p.m. at the latest in time to catch the finish line party and get their bus home. 

Will there be a map and cue sheet? 

Yes, check out the 2016 Red-Bell GPS route here.  Paper copies will be available at packet pickup and the startline.  


How can I take Amtrak Cascades train back to Seattle?

If you're looking to return to Seattle, rather than Redmond, you can hop aboard the train. Tickets are available at Amtrak Cascades for a comfortable trip back to Seattle, with stops in Everett and Edmonds. Free Wi-Fi, a well-stocked bistro, and lots of legroom make this a great return option. Buy your tickets at least two weeks in advance to save 25%. Ten onboard bike racks can be reserved for $5 each when you purchase your Amtrak Cascades ticket. Or, you can box your bike and check it as luggage for an additional fee. The train leaves Bellingham's Fairhaven Station at 7:37 p.m. and arrives at King Street Station in Seattle at 10:00 p.m.

Do you have a downloadable GPS route available?

Yes, please visit the Ride With GPS website. 

What is the total elevation gain for this ride?

Total elevation gain is ~2,600 feet.  *There may be slight discrepancies between Ride With GPS and your own GPS recordings*

What kind of food is served at the rest stops? 

Get ready for a day of top notch eating at rest stops spaced about every 20 miles along the course. We'll have Nuun available throughout the course to keep you hydrated. At the start line you’ll be treated to complimentary drip coffee from Peet's, fresh Whole Foods fruit and light breakfast snacks. As a reward for climbing the Woodinville Hill, you’ll get to enjoy a breakfast stop with organic hard-boiled eggs from Wilcox Family Farms, along with fresh fruit (all of our fruit on course is provided courtesy of Whole Foods Market), freshly baked pastries and other goodies. A little further on you’ll be able to fill up with some fruit or snacks at the Arlington Water Stop. For lunch, come by Skagit River Produce for fresh made sandwiches, side salads, and the best mini-pies baked fresh! Grab a coconut water from Vita Coco, yummy bars from Kind, and some salty snacks in Bow before tackling Chuckanut Drive. At the top, look for the Brown Family Lemonade Stand, with all proceeds benefitting Austyn’s college fund. Then roll down the hill to the finish line and join the BBQ for beef, salmon, and veggie burgers along with two complimentary beverages at the legendary Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden. The BBQ dinner will be available for purchase by non-rider friends and family members who want to join between 2-7 p.m.


What kind of mechanical support can we expect on the ride?

We will have mechanics stationed at most stops, including the start line. They are happy to help as needed, but riders should show up to the start with their bikes in GOOD WORKING ORDER. Along the route riders may call the ride hotline at 206-841-9665 if they need mechanical assistance (or flag down one of the five clearly marked en-route support vehicles). You will probably be transported to the nearest mechanic station for assistance. Riders do not pay for minor labor but do pay for any parts needed.
Please note that riders are expected to be able to either change their own flat tire OR at least carry the supplies to change a tire. Other riders are normally happy to help with this along the route - this is a much, much quicker way to get back on the road than calling for road support.

What do we do with any urgent medical issues that might arise?

Call 911 for any urgent medical needs - please try to tell them where you are on the route. Please have someone notify us via the ride hotline listed above after calling 911. 

What about non urgent “Sag support” requests?

Please call the ride support hotline above for any minor issues (needing a ride because of fatigue, bad knee(s), non-urgent matters, etc ) . We will pick you up and transport you to the nearest rest stop. It might take a while but we will get you to the finish line.  We are not able to drive you home however; you will need to make your own arrangements for transport back to Redmond/Seattle.

Can I have a friend or family member drive along as a Personal Support Vehicles (PSV)?

We have designed the ride so that you DO NOT NEED a PSV. We will be providing excellent support for riders all along the route. The route is an excellent one for cyclists, not cars. The #1 complaint we get from riders and communities is about PSVs. For the safety of all riders, if you must have a PSV, please ask that they do not drive the route, but take alternate roads and meet you at the rest stops.

Where do we load our luggage (change of clothes etc.) for the ride?

Riders may load luggage at the start line from 6:15 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. You must fill out a luggage tag (provided) that includes your bib number. 

What kind of luggage should I bring?

Riders can bring a back pack or to two small bags or panniers.  Since free showers will be available at the finish line, at the very least riders should bring a fresh change of clothes for the ride home. For those folks arranging their own ride home it might be easier to take care of your own luggage needs with your pick-up person. 

Where can I pick up luggage in Bellingham?

Luggage will be available from 2 until 7 p.m. at the finish line. Your original bib number will claim your luggage.  

How do I purchase a bus ticket back from Bellingham?

You can purchase a bus ticket back at the homepage of your World Bicycle Relief Fundraising Participant Center.  You must be logged into your account to purchase a ticket.  Once logged in go to "details" and scroll down to return transportation where you will be able to purchase a bus ticket.


Where does the bus return to in the Seattle area?

The Bus returns to the start line/parking area in Marymoor Park, Redmond.


What time/venue does the Saturday, June 25, bus leave Bellingham and return to Redmond?

The Saturday night bus departs from the finish line area at Boundary Bay Brewery at 7 p.m. on Saturday. We estimate the Saturday night bus to arrive back in Redmond by about 9 p.m. Saturday night - dropping you off near the start line & parking area.

Can I still buy a bus ticket after the June 12 deadline?

If there is space open on any of the buses we will leave the ticket buy page open until the bus is full. So if the bus ticket page is up and accepting orders, you are good to go. 

Where do we load our luggage for ride home?

Your luggage stays with you and goes on your bus. 

How do we load our bikes for the return bus trip?

Riders are responsible for loading their own bikes onto the bike truck for their return trip.  A ride rep volunteer will take the bike from you and load it inside the truck and blanket wrap it.  Upon return to Redmond riders will be welcome to assist in the unloading process to speed things up. 

Do you know where we can rent suitable bicycles in the area to use on the event?

In Seattle we recommend Montlake Bicycle Shop (contact Gary Tegantvoort 206-329-7333.  (Gary is our start line mechanic and can arrange to have your bike ready at the start line.) 

Where and when do we load our bikes on the bike trucks?

You may load your bikes for the Saturday, June 25, bus anytime between 2 and 6:30 p.m. on the bike truck located at the finish line area at Boundary Bay Brewery. The bus cannot leave until all bikes are loaded; so, be sure to load as early as possible - loading takes time. 

Will there be a secure bike corral at the finish line in Bellingham?

Yes, a secure Red-Bell Bike corral will be open from 2 until 7 p.m. at the finish line near Boundary Bay Brewery. Please make sure your bike number (included in your packet) is securely attached to your bike frame and that you keep your bib on hand to reclaim your bike.
You may leave your bikes here while you enjoy the party; but, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for moving your bike out by 6:45 p.m. and loading it on the Saturday night truck, or taking it back to your hotel. Sorry, we do not have or offer secure overnight bike storage.

Is there a post ride shower spot available in Bellingham?

Post-ride hot showers (and complimentary towels) will be available from 2-6:30 p.m. at the Bellingham YMCA, 1256 N State St, Bellingham, WA map, (2-3 blocks from the finish line party). Just show your bib number at the front desk for a free shower! (Note- there are bike racks directly in front of the facility but you must lock your bike.) 

Can I exchange my jersey for a different size?

Sorry - we cannot change sizes once the order has been placed (approx May 1) . Please review the sizing chart carefully before making your selection.

Can I still ride the route if I have not raised the $150 minimum pledge amount by June 25? 

We are encouraging all riders to raise the minimum required $150 by the time they pick up their packets. Fundraising minimum will be cross-checked at packet pick up.

What is the cut-off date for Red-Bell 100 rider donations? 

Riders will have until July 6 at 11:59 PST to fundraise. From there, rider fundraising totals will be computed.

Can Supporters “snail-mail” checks to sponsor me?

Yes, checks can be mailed to World Bicycle Relief:
World Bicycle Relief
1000 West Fulton Market, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
(PLEASE INCLUDE RED-BELL/RIDER’S NAME in the notes section of the check).

Does the ride still “go on” in bad weather?

Yes, the ride goes rain or shine -- so please dress and pack accordingly. Rest stops offer limited cover so rain gear is essential if the weather forecast is threatening. 

Can I get a refund if I can’t do the ride?

Up to 30 days before the event, a registered rider is eligible for a 75% refund.  No refunds will be given for any reason, medical or otherwise, 29 days or fewer before the event.  For any refund or transfer related questions please contact or call 312.664.3836 M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST. Please note that all donations made on behalf of riders for this event are non-refundable at any time.

Can I transfer my fully paid registration to another rider?

Riders may transfer their fully paid registration up to 4 days prior to the event (deadline is Tuesday June 21 by 5 p.m.).The registration & pledge minimum must be covered ($250 total) to initiate any transfer. Please contact or call 312.664.3836 M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. CST for transfer information.

Do you have any rules or guidelines so that we can enjoy a safe and enjoyable ride?

  • It may be summer, but it’s still the great Pacific NW — be prepared for any kind of weather.    
  • Never ride with earphones or earbud(s). It is very dangerous at any time — but especially on large group rides.
  • When stopping during the ride, pull completely off the pavement. Call out “stopping” if riders are behind you, as many accidents are caused this way.
  • Pull off and stop when using a cell phone.
  • Leave a good impression with the communities we ride though -- share the road with cars and follow ALL traffic laws. (Stop at stop signs). Please do not litter.
  • When passing a rider always pass on the left ;and, acknowledge “On Your Left” when being passed.
  • Ride single file along narrow stretches and on the trail. Single file is always safer!
  • Be aware of traffic; none of the course is closed to vehicle traffic

Are there any required or recommended items to have on the Red Bell ride?

Helmet (it’s required!), cycling mirror, sunglasses, layered cycling clothing, patch kit, spare tube, pump & tools, I.D, sunscreen and cash for emergencies (…like espresso, ice cream stops, lemonade stand along the way!)