RSVP Ride Details

Event date: 
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:00am to Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Registration  •  Start line  •  Mid-point  •  Finish line

RSVP REGISTRATION

Cost: $144-$200    Rider Limit: 2,500

REGISTRATION PRICING

RATE TIER ENTRY DATE PREMIUM MEMBER BASIC MEMBER
Early registration (CLOSED) 1/15/19 - 2/15/19 $144 $160
Regular registration (CLOSED) 2/16/19 - 5/31/19 $162 $180
Late registration (CLOSED) 6/1/19 - 8/11/19  $180 $200
Youth (ages 1-12) registration (CLOSED) 1/8/19 - 8/11/19  $60 $66

*Registration closed as of 8/11/19 

*When you create an online account, you automatically become a free Cascade basic member. Learn more about our paid premium membership options and benefits here

OPTIONAL REGISTRATION ADD-ONS

  • Packet Mailing - ($10/packet) Save time and have your rider packet mailed
  • Bus/Bike Return Transportation - ($75) (SOLD OUT as of 8/5/19) Sunday return transportation to Seattle for you and your bike
  • Bike Only Return Transportation - ($45) (SOLD OUT as of 7/3/19) Return transportation to Seattle for your bike ONLY.  Riders may transfer their Bike Only registration, follow the Facebook page to see if tickets become available. 
  • Event Parking - ($20) 3 day parking pass available if you plan to leave your vehicle at the start line
  • Bike Box Transportation - ($20) One-way bike box transportation from Seattle (start line) to Vancouver, B.C. for riders flying out of Vancouver, B.C.
  • Post Event Bike Storage - ($15 per day) Pre-paid bike storage if you are unable to pick your bike before the Sunday bike corral closure (UW parking lot E-18)
*Can be purchased during or after registration. NOTE: some add-ons have cutoff dates and are subject to availability

RIDER PACKETS

Options
  1. Packet mailing ($10/packet)
  2. Packet pick-up at Cascade
  3. Packet pick-up at the start line
1. Packet Mailing ($10/packet)
  • Packets are mailed to you approximately two weeks before the ride
  • Ensure that your mailing address is listed correctly on your account to avoid delays
  • If your packet was mailed and has not arrived by ride day, please check-in at our registration booth at the start line. We will be able to look up your registration and get you a replacement bib. 
2. Packet Pick-up@ Cascade (FREE)

Cascade Bicycling Center

Wednesday, August 21 & Thursday, August 22 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

(Optional) Early bag drop is available on Thursday only during the packet pick-up event for $5 (per bag).

3. On the day of the ride at the start line (FREE)

For additional Rider Packet details and information CLICK HERE

SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarships application for RSVP closed on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

START LINE

Location:

University of Washington E-18 Parking Lot

Seattle, WA 98105

Schedule:

5:00 am - Lot opens. No overnight parking prior to the event
5:30 am - Packet pickup and luggage drop-off open
5:30*-7:30 am - Start line open

*Please note: sunrise is at 6:14 am, please be prepared with bike lights if starting early.

Baggage:

Attach a signed copy of the baggage waiver to each bag you will load onto the baggage trucks. The baggage waiver is included in your rider packet. It is your responsibility to make sure your baggage goes on the right truck. Check with the volunteers if you are unsure! 

Getting There:

Bike

Just a few extra miles? No problem! The University of Washington is off of our gem of a trail, the Burke-Gilman Trail. You can get to the Burke from north/south/east or west. Exit the trail near the light rail station for an easy crossing of Montlake Boulevard.

Take Light rail

On the day of the event, trains will run every 15 minutes between 5- 6 a.m. and every 7 minutes between 6-8 a.m.  Bicyclists are welcome to bring their bicycles onto Link trains to get to the RSVP start line at Husky Stadium. A maximum of four bicycles is allowed on each car. Find more details. Questions? Email bicycles@soundtransit.org.

Drive

From I-5 N/S take the SR 520 exit #168B onto SR520, eastbound. Take the first exit off SR520 for Montlake Blvd E. At the light take a left onto Montlake Blvd E. Stay in the right lane as you go over the Montlake Bridge and pass Husky Stadium. The start line and drop off will be in the E18 parking lot on your right. You must enter the lot at the south end. Once in the lot follow the signs to either the drop-off area or overnight parking.

Parking
  • Cost: $20 for a 3-day pass; must be purchased online with registration or from Cascade booth at the start line.
  • Lot opens at 5:00 am
  • Drop off is free
  • Cars must be out by Sunday evening
  • Parking in E-18 only, enter the parking lot on the South end via Wahkiakum Rd. If you run into a gate arm you are at the wrong entrance. 

 MIDPOINT

Please see the Mid-Ride lodging page for accommodation recommendations and details.

There is not an official midpoint location for RSVP, however, there are plenty of services available to riders in Bellingham. Baggage trucks drop luggage at three different locations. Bag shuttle service is available at an extra cost if you would like your bags transported to a different location. See the Mid-ride lodging page for details. 

Back by popular demand, the expert massage therapists from Washington Sports Massage Team will be at the Days Inn in Bellingham from 1:00-8:00 pm to soothe your weary riding muscles. Massages are only $18 for a 15-minute massage (cash and credit accepted). 

Mobile Massage Squad, a team of licensed massage therapists providing massage services to the Seattle Metro area and special events in the region will also be providing massages for the RSVP riders at Home2Suites by Hilton, Friday, August 23 from 1:00 pm - midnight. 

There will be an official mid-ride party at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham. They will be offering an onsite bike corral, bike repair station, and happy hour pricing for riders starting at 2:00 pm (show your rider bib to receive discounts).All proceeds from the bike parking go to Shifting Gears. 

FINISH LINE

David Lam Park 1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC Open: 1:00-6:00 pm Saturday

Finish Line Update for 2019

For RSVP veterans who have participated over the past two years, you know that we had developed a great partnership with Our Cityride Vancouver. They helped us get out of the stuffy conference space when our old Finish Line hotel turned back into condos and put us into one of Vancouver’s many waterfront parks.

Due to decisions out of our control, we were told in May that Our Cityride would no longer be supported by city officials and therefore the event producers were forced to cancel, just 90 days prior to the event. Due to the timing of these decisions, it put us in a tight spot to try and regain the permits and permissions for our finish line festival. We will have an awesome outdoor finish line experience at David Lam Park with great food and great fun, however we will not have alcoholic beverages available for purchase as we have had in past years. 

We are excited to be back at David Lam Park. While the process with the parks board has not been easy, we are in a really good place to grow our relationship in 2020. For everyone in 2019 we will gather at one of the many spots in Yaletown to celebrate your awesome accomplishment. 

Thank you for your understanding, as navigating the permitting relationships in a foreign city is not easy. Our Cityride is what made it all possible, we are so thankful for all they did for us and will miss them as our finish line partner.  Thankfully we get to remain in David Lam and have already started talks for 2020 RSVP and the return of a beer garden.

Getting Back:

Bike Loading:

If you purchased return transportation load your bike from 4:00-6:00 pm on Saturday on Pacific Blvd. next to David Lam Park.
No bike loading options for Sunday.

Bus Loading:

Buses load Sunday, Aug. 25

9:00 -10:00 am outside of David Lam Park on Pacific Blvd. Leave when full. The last bus leaves at 10:00 am so don't be late.

Bike Parking At Finish Line:

There will be a secure bike corral available during finish line hours of 1:00 - 6:00 pm, but no overnight storage.

***Do not leave bikes unlocked and unattended.  Bike theft is high in Vancouver, BC. Do not leave bikes in or on top of your car overnight.***

University of Washington bike corral

  • At same location as the start line in E-18 parking lot.
  • Open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • After 4 p.m. on Sunday all left over bikes will be taken to Cascade Bicycle Club offices and riders will be charged a $15 a day storage fee.

Showers:

Showers will be available at Roundhouse Community Centre adjacent to David Lam Park until 6:00 pm (last shower at 5:45). There is a $5 charge to use the facilities (cash only in USD). Must bring your own towel and toiletries.

Parking:

Family and friends are encouraged to join us at the finish line! Here is a MAP with more information on how loved ones can celebrate with you at the finish line. Parking is primarily on-street. The City of Vancouver uses the “Pay by Phone” app. The easiest way to pay for parking without Canadian currency is to set up the app up on your phone prior to arrival. More information can be found on the City of Vancouver website. There are also a few pay lots available. See the parking map for more details.

On-Site:

Food Trucks- Your food ticket is attached to your rider bib. Don't lose it as they are not replaceable! 

Take Care of Your Four-Legged Friend and Support Cascade!

Need some help looking after your four-legged friends while you're riding RSVP? Cascade Community Members get $40 off their first booking with Rover! With over 200,000 sitters, Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers. Click HERE to learn more. 

Contacts: 
Cascade Bicycle Club
info@cascade.org
206-522-3222
UW E-18 Parking Lot
4100 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Important customs information

U.S. citizens crossing from Canada into the United States via land travel need to present either:

  • A passport, a passport card, a WHTI-compliant document, or
  • An Enhanced Drivers' License

Rules have been changing monthly, so be sure to consult the US Department of State website and the Homeland Security website for current border-crossing information.

Canadian customs inadmissibility

Some people are inadmissible—they are not allowed to come to Canada. Several things can make you inadmissible, including involvement in criminal activity or organized crime and human rights violations. You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons.

Criminal inadmissibility

If you have committed or been convicted of a criminal offense, you may not be allowed to enter Canada. For more details check out the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.