2016 Route Map
This is the finalized 2016 route. You can use this link along with your official route map. Printed maps with additonal information will be included with your packet. Turns will also be marked in chalk with the official STP stencil.
Ride with GPS link (can export GPX or TCX files)
*Last minute changes often happen. Better to download as close to the event as possible.
- Total distance: 205.5 miles
- Maximum altitude: 463 feet
- Total ride elevation gain: 5,052 feet
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 and have a few bars or snacks that you KNOW you can eat. Food stops also provide water, portable toilets, mechanical and medical assistance.
Wilcox Family Farms will be once again 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! Personal Support Vehicles are discouraged on course and are not allowed at our official food stops. Please make plans to meet your PSV's at places that are off route.
24 MILES - REI IN KENT
Open times: 5:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Staffed and sponsored by REI
Medical tent staffed by Kent Firefighters Local 1747
54 MILES - SPANAWAY MS
Open times: 6:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Staffed by and benefitting Spanaway M.S. Athletic Department
Medical tent staffed by Pierce Co. Medical Reserve Corps
103 MILES - CENTRALIA COLLEGE
(LUNCH FOR ONE-DAY RIDERS ONLY)
Open Times: 8:30 A.M.- 7 P.M.
Staffed by and benefitting Centralia/Chehalis Chamber of Commerce
Medical tent staffed by Lewis Co. Medical Reserve Corps and Providence Centralia Hospital
143 MILES - LEXINGTON- RIVERSIDE COUNTY PARK
Saturday open: 12-6 P.M
Sunday open: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Staffed by and benefitting Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso
Medical tent staffed by WA State Chiropractic Assoc. and Cowlitz Co. Fire District 2
172 MILES - ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOL
Saturday open: 1:30-7 p.m.
Sunday open: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Staffed by and benefitting 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.
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.
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 insist on riding STP with personal support, please make sure your PSV driver knows to follow the instructions for personal support vehicles. Personal support is not allowed to follow the cycling route, and by registering for the STP you have signed and agreed to comply with the ride rules set by the organizers. You are endangering riders and heavily affecting the small communities we ride through. Please be respectful of the other 9,999 riders who want to enjoy a low-traffic ride.
CASCADE SUPPORT VEHICLES
Our volunteer support team is the best in the business. 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.
Please respect the fact that if you continue on the course after dark you are forcing volunteer drivers to continue after dark. All riders should be trained and ready to complete the course within the hours of daylight. There is plenty of it in July! If you cannot finish before dark you will offered a ride or a boost. We encourage all riders to accept the suggested support offered to them.
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.
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 Cascade 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 green, 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. Please understand they are there to keep everyone safe on the road to Portland. Your riding habits affect others and it is not fair to cut someone else's trip short when most crashes can be prevented with safe riding skills. 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. Please remember that preventions is key! Drink small amounts of water often, use chamois cream, and practice safe riding! Most incidents can be avoided with preparedness.
VOLUNTEER STAFFED MEDICAL LOCATIONS
The 5 major STP food stops and the finish line will be staffed with medical volunteers provided from local fire rescue, hospitals, and MRCs. 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 more than 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.
Their other major role on route is to mark detours, unforseen hazards and help direct traffic in emergencies untill officials arrive. Please follow their direction and know that a detour without an official STP mark or a Goldwing in place is NOT an official route detour.