Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
With chilly February weather and 2,191 feet of climbing, the name says it all!
Kicking off the riding season in the Northwest for its 45th year, Chilly Hilly is a must-do. The 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island starts with a scenic early morning ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle, or you can join the crowd directly on Bainbridge Island.
Join us on Sunday, Feb. 26, for the ride Bicycling Magazine named "one of four classic rides" in the nation. It's guaranteed to be hilly, probably chilly and always a heck of a lot of fun. So get the dust off your bike and get ready for cycling season early!
- A scenic cruise on a Washington State Ferry (Seattle start)
- Free food stop at Battle Point Park
- Supporting local Bainbridge charities
- Finish line festival with a fantastic chili feed benefiting a different Bainbridge Island nonprofit each year (additional cost)
New this Year!
Cascade Bicycle Club will provide a bag drop at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal. The loading of the ferries has become longer and less reliable for cyclists and we are trying to keep you warm while you wait. You can drop one small day bag (30L pack max.) that will be stored and can be picked up before getting in line for the ferry. Please pre-attach the bag tag on your official bib to a small backpack and get to the ferry early enough to retrieve your bag. We will do our best to offer quick service, but please anticipate lines.
Who rode Chilly Hilly in 2016?
- Chilly Hilly record number of riders is 6,029 (set in 2010); this year 3,270 registered to brave the February day.
- This year 41 riders come from far and wide including Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virgina. Oregon had 50 riders. - plus British Columbia (12 riders) and United Kingdom (1 rider)
- Typically 24 percent of riders are female; 76 percent are male
- The oldest registered rider was 81 years old. The youngest was 1.5 years old (accompanied by an adult).
- For one-third of the registered riders, this was their first Chilly Hilly.
Who does your registration fee support?
Did you know that Chilly Hilly is a fundraiser? Your registration fee helps Cascade provide bicycle education programs for children, families, school groups and everyone else who wants to ride a bike. It also helps us advocate for safer, more connected bicycle infrastructure throughout the state and region. And thanks to you, we’re able to offer fun and challenging riding events and free group rides every day of the year! Your participation truly helps improve lives through bicycling.
Our events are made possible with support from the local communities through which we ride. In addition to supporting Cascade’s programs, your registration fee helps Cascade give back to these communities and the organizations that thrive there. We’re grateful for all their continued support.