RSVP FAQ

Q: Are the roads closed to vehicle traffic?

A: No.  Riders are responsible for following the rules of the road.  Please be considerate of the communities we ride through.  Never more than two abreast and remember that single file is safer.  You are not only riding with the reponsibilty of your own safety, but that of the other participants.  Respect your fellow riders right to a safe event.

Q: When does RSVP sell out?

A: It is impossible for us to predict a sell out date.  Traditionally RSVP 1 (Friday Start) has sold out during the members only period, so if you HAVE to go on RSVP 1 we suggest a Cascade membership.  Again, we have no idea within that membership period that the ride will sell out, so don't wait you might miss out.  RSVP 2 (Sat. start) traditionally will open up to non-members, there is no way for us to know how many spots are left or how quickly they will go.  Sign up as soon as the non-member period opens for the best chance to get in.  Please remember that these rides are identical in routes, logistics and fun the only difference is the date!  

Q: Is there a waiting list if I did not get in to the ride I wanted?

A: We do not have waiting lists for our events.  It is a possibility that we will reopen one month prior to the ride date, please check back on the website for details.  This is dependent solely on the amount of refunds and is not gauranteed. These spots are also first come, first serve, so sign up ASAP.

Q: I am registered for the ride, but forgot to add transportation. Can I add it now?

A:You can add transportation until 3 days before the event, subject to availablity.  Please see our add on instructions for help

Q: Can I register multiple people for the ride at once?

A: Only if you are part of a household.  The definition of a household is immediate family, 2 adults and their minor children, living at the same address.  Every rider must sign their own waiver and fill out their own information for every ride at Cascade.  In particular for this ride due to the border control regulations.

Q: What are the numbers in my packet for - bib number, a sticker  and a cardboad placard?

A: 

  • Rider Bib Number - Complete the back side and wear on your back so it is visible at food stops to easily identify that you are a registered rider.
  • Cardboard placard -  is for your BIKE, attach on the front of the handlebars. - This is critical for the border crossing and also if you leave your bike in the corral at the finish line or if you are taking our return transportation you will need your matching bib number to claim your bike.
  • Helmet sticker number - goes on the FRONT of your helmet to help the border guards identify your and speed up the border crossing. 
Q: Can I sell or give my registration to another rider?

A: No. Registrations are not transferable - but you can get a partial (75%) refund if requested a month prior to the event date, per Cascade's refund policy.  Registered rider numbers must match name and passports for entry into Canada.  We must have all documents signed by the registered rider in order to transport your luggage over the border wtihout you.  

Q: Can I switch between RSVP1 & RSVP2? 

A: Riders can't switch between events however they can request a refund for the event they do not wish to ride and then register for the event they do wish to ride. For example, if a rider is registered for RSVP1 and wishes to ride RSVP2, he or she will need to register for RSVP2 and then request a refund for their RSVP1 registration. This process is only possible if an event has not sold out, registration is still open and the refund deadline has not passed. For more information about refunds please review the refund policy

Q: Can I leave my bike in a safe, locked location in Vancouver even if I am not staying at the official hotel?

A: Yes – All RSVP participants can store their bikes in the bike corral at the Coast Plaza Hotel.  See the ride details page for the corral hours . All bike must be out of the bike corral by 9:30 a.m. the day after you finish.  RSVP 1 bikes cannot be left for return on the RSVP 2 truck. We do not have room to accommodate these bikes.  If using Cascade's return transportation, please load your bike the afternoon of the finish line party between 4-7 p.m.

Q:  What about camping options on RSVP?

A:  We are not aware of any convenient camping sites in Bellingham or Vancouver. For other accomodations visit the lodging page for information.

Q: What other options do I have to come back with and without my bike?

A: You can take the train back with your bike but you need to reserve that directly with Amtrak (note that they offer both "roll-on" and "boxed" baggage car service.) http://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard. You can also have us take your bike back on Sunday (Monday) by purchasing a "Bike Only" ticket plus one day storage at Cascade Bicycle Club, and then you come back on Monday (or Tuesday) via the train. Or you can pay for longer storage and have some friends meet you in Vancouver to make a vacation out of it.  Please note that Bike Only tickets sell out early before the Bus/Bike tickets.

Q: Can I buy parking for the weekend on the day of the event?

A: Yes, parking is ONLY available for purchase the day of event for $20 for a 3 day, cash only. University of Washington parking  personnel will be at the parking lot/start line to assist you. All cars must be removed by midnight on Sunday for RSVP 1 (Fri. start) and midnight Monday for RSVP 2 (Sat. start) or face towing.

Q: Can I buy a bus pass on the day of the event?

A: No, we can not sell bus passes on the day of event - we have to give a list of riders that will be taking the bus to US Customs & Immigration the day before the event. Transporation can be purchased on-line in advance of the event,subject to availablity,  but not on the day of.

Q: Is there a one day option for RSVP?

A: No, RSVP 1 and 2 are only two day events.  If you choose to ride it in one day, you will be unsupported for one-half of the ride.

Q: I can’t find my serial number for my bike – what do I do now?

A: We know that some bikes do not have serial numbers (be sure you check under the bottom bracket). If your bike does not have a serial number, then on the registration form include all information about your bike (make, model, color and any other distinguishing marks) that would help us and you to identify your bike and type "Custom" in the serial number field.

Q: I have not heard from Western Washington University yet on my overnight accommodations?

A: We have been working with them to have them notify riders that they are registered for the night. WWU has informed us that they will send out an email or card or phone call to all riders that register with them.

Q: Can a minor ride RSVP unaccompanied?

A: Riders under the age of 18 are welcome. However, Cascade Bicycle Club recommends to parents that they provide constant adult supervision for riders under the age of 18. Minors must have the, "Consent to Medical Care and Treatment of a Minor" form on the back of their number bib signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Q: Can I wear earbuds?

A: Cyclists must turn off and put away any headphones or ear bud(s) connected to any electronic device capable of transmitting or playing a broadcast or recording. If it is necessary to check, use, or answer a cell phone, cyclists must first pull off the road or trail and stop.

Q: Do Cascade Bicycle Club members get a discount on RSVP?

A: Yes, members get a $20 discount on RSVP 1 and 2.