Get your pedals in gear, registration for the Tour de Whatcom bike ride recently opened for its 16th year. The ride will start the morning of Saturday, July 17, leaving from behind Boundary Bay Brewery in downtown Bellingham.
With four different routes, varying from 22 to 100 miles, this ride offers something for riders of all abilities and makes it great for the family, according to an April 30 announcement. The ride has views of Mt. Baker, Lake Whatcom, valleys, rivers, lush farmland, beaches and the Salish Sea all in a fairly flat ride.
The event will follow CDC guidelines and Washington state mandates to prevent the spread of Covid-19, according to the release. Masks will be required at the start area and rest stops, but not while riding.
Whatcom Events, a community nonprofit organization, hosts the event. The organization also puts on Ski to Sea, Mt. Baker Hill Climb and Trails to Taps.
Anyone 10 years old or older – an age limit put in place for safety reasons – can register for any distance. Prices currently vary from $40 to $55 per entrant and will increase by $15 after Sunday, May 16. Also, reduced prices are available for tandems or multiple riders and families (living in the same household).
Rest stops will only have restroom access and water this year, except for a food stop in Lynden for century riders. Participants will be given a brown bag of snacks the morning of the ride to eat while riding.
There will be no official after party this year, but riders can receive happy-hour priced drinks at Boundary Bay Brewery upon showing their bid number.
To register or find out more about the event, visit the Tour de Whatcom website at tourdewhatcom.com.