Thursday, June 23rd
12:00 TO 16:00: MANDATORY REGISTRATION: BREVET CARD & PACKET PICKUP
(you must start this process by 15:00)
Commodore Options School
9530 High School Rd NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Look for the SIR signs. At registration you will:
- Confirm your emergency contact information and provide proof of vaccination
- Receive your brevet card (not valid without bike inspection stamp, pre-ride meeting stamp (see below), or start control stamp) and the official cue sheet.
- Receive your drop bag tags (please affix to your bags)
- Receive your Cascade 1400 jersey, if purchased
- Receive your Cascade 1400 t-shirt. Men’s & women’s sizes available!
- Receive your rental SPOT device (or present your personal device for inspection)
12:00 TO 16:00: MANDATORY BIKE/SAFETY GEAR INSPECTION
(you must start this process by 15:00)
You must bring your bike and the following gear for inspection. Your brevet card will NOT be stamped (and will therefore not be valid) without all of the following criteria being met.
- You must have a headlight (capable of being used for full-darkness navigation) affixed to your bicycle. This MUST remain affixed to your bicycle for the duration of the event. Even if you *think* you will not be riding in darkness, this light must remain affixed to your bike. As the saying goes, “shit happens” and we expect all riders to be equipped for night or low light riding regardless of their expected speed or hours of light vs dark riding. Failure to use the required lighting during the ride will result in a disqualification.
- You must have a back-up headlight of some sort. This can take the form of a helmet light or may be located on the bike or kept in a saddle or bar bag.
- You must have a taillight (to be run on solid, not flashing) affixed to your bicycle. This MUST remain affixed to your bicycle for the duration of the event. Even if you *think* you will not be riding in darkness, this light must remain affixed to your bike. As the saying goes, “shit happens” and we expect all riders to be equipped for night or low light riding regardless of their expected speed or hours of light vs dark riding. Failure to use the required lighting during the ride will result in a disqualification.
- You must have a back-up taillight of some sort. This can take the form of a helmet light or may be located on the bike or kept in a saddle or bar bag.
- You must produce your reflective vest for inspection. It is STRONGLY urged that your reflective vest meet the RUSA guidelines as stated here: https://rusa.org/reflectivity/ ALL riders MUST wear their vests at the start. Riders will not be permitted to start without the required vest. All riders must wear their vests during hours of night or low light riding. Failure to use the required reflective vest will result in a disqualification.
- You must produce your ankle bands for inspection. ALL riders MUST wear their ankle bands at the start. Riders will not be permitted to start without the required ankle bands. All riders must wear their ankle bands during hours of night or low light riding. Failure to use the required ankle bands will result in a disqualification.
- Your helmet. Helmets are required to be worn while riding. Failure to wear a helmet will result in a disqualification.
- GPS Tracking Device. If you’ve opted to use your own device, it MUST be presented for inspection and must have fresh batteries. If you’ve indicated on your registration that you will carry a SPOT/InReach and fail to present it for inspection, you will need to rent one at bike inspection for an additional fee of $75.
- Your bike will undergo a general safety check, including the condition of tires, brakes, headset, bar end plugs, etc. Riders will not be allowed to start if their bikes are determined to be unsafe or in disrepair.
16:00 TO 17:00: MANDATORY Pre-RIDE MEETING
This meeting will be our final opportunity to inform you of any last minute changes to the route, cue sheets, ride information, etc. and inform you of any hazards. We will also review the rules for riders, requirements for completing your brevet cards, etc.
This meeting will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you might of the organizers.
Your brevet card must be stamped at the pre-ride meeting. Riders who do not attend the pre-ride meeting will not be permitted to start the event.
Friday, June 24th
03:45 TO 04:45 DROP BAG LOADING
Please affix the luggage tag(s) you receive at registration to your drop bags and sleeping bag (if you’ve brought your own).
You will be allowed TWO drop bags for the event. One bag will be moved by van to overnight 1 & 3, along with your sleeping bag. The other drop bag will be moved by van to overnight 2 & 4. Riders will not have access to both bags simultaneously until the finish in Arlington. DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS, your drop bag for nights 2&4 may not exceed 1 cubic foot (roughly 12″x12″x12″). We will be strict about this so please select a small bag just large enough for your two changes of ride clothing. While we do not have a specific size or weight limit for your night 1&3 bag, we ask you to keep the overall size of your bag small and to a “reasonable” weight limit. They should be small and light enough that you can carry them on your own up stairs or across uneven surfaces in the dark. Our 4th overnight control in particular is very spread out with riders sleeping in two separate facilities, one of which will require a walk through a wooded area in the dark.
Please do not bring full size suitcases or excess baggage (see section on storing unneeded luggage during the event).
Packing liquids (ie. Ensure, etc.) in your drop bags is strongly discouraged. If you absolutely must pack a liquid, please double plastic bag it and take every precaution against spillage and breakage. Be mindful that spilled liquids affect not just your drop bags, but those of your fellow riders. Please do not pack anything glass in your drop bags. While the greatest care will be taken with your bags, accidents happen. Dropped bags may cause liquid containers to break or glass to shatter.
If you have elected to bring your own sleeping bag it MUST be in a stuff sack. We will not carry loose blankets, loose sleeping bags, pillows, etc. If you need a pillow we recommend purchasing a small inflatable one and stuffing it inside your sleeping bag sack.
You may bring your drop bag to the van in front of the hotel. Please do not leave bags at the van unattended. A volunteer will check your bag into the van.
03:45 TO 04:45 LEFT LUGGAGE & BIKE BOX STORAGE
We will rent a U-Haul that will store your left luggage and bike boxes the duration of the event, and will transport them to the finish in Arlington on Tuesday. The truck will be padlocked. However, please understand that we can not be responsible for your belongings in the unlikely event of theft. If you abandon the ride, you will NOT have access to your left luggage until the finish in Arlington.
You may bring left luggage and bike boxes to the U-Haul trailer in front of the hotel at the designated time. Please do not leave bags at the trailer unattended. A volunteer will check your bag into the trailer.
04:15 TO 05:00 CARDS STAMPED AT START
We will begin stamping cards for the opening control 45 minutes before departure. Riders must present their cards for validation. Brevet cards lacking the start stamp will be considered DNS.
05:00 RIDE START
The start control will remain open for one hour after the start if someone does not check in on time. Riders will not be permitted to start more than one hour late, and must make the first timed control regardless of late departure.