Registration for cycling events Tour de Whatcom and Mt. Baker Hill Climb is now open.
The two events, put on by nonprofit Whatcom Events, offer world-class road bike riding in Whatcom County and cost less than $100 each.
Tour de Whatcom is a recreational ride with four different routes of varying length, ranging from 22 to 100 miles. Prices also vary between $45-70 per rider depending on the length and will increase by $10 after May 16.
Mt. Baker Hill Climb is as it is named, a 22-mile ascent of Mt. Baker Highway. Racers climb 4,100 feet to Artist Point along one of the most scenic paved roads in the country.
The race has three divisions – social, recreational and competitive – with separate start times. Registration price is $80 until May 31 when it increases to $90 per rider until registration closes. According to Whatcom Events, the race will be capped at 450 total participants this year.
The hill climb will also have a special guest this year, former professional cyclist Phil Gaimon who rode for American UCI World Tour team Garmin-Sharp, which is now EF Education-EasyPost, for a year. Gaimon has written about his cycling career in three books. Since retiring from pro cycling, he has chased king-of-the-mountain records in a YouTube series called “Worst Retirement Ever.”
More details on the rides can be found on their websites at tourdewhatcom.com and bakerhillclimb.com.