The start and finish line for the Tour de Whatcom will once again be held on Railroad Ave in front of Boundary Bay Brewery in downtown Bellingham. The Bellingham Farmer’s Market will be open on the day of the ride, which provides a wonderful backdrop of people, music, food, and energy.
We receive very good feedback on our rest-stops…both people and food. Lots of fresh apples, oranges and bananas from Grocery Outlet. Ice water with your option to add powder sports drink that we provide. Snack bars from Nature’s Path Organic. Bagels with PB&J. And lots of various sweets.
There is not a minimum age for riders. However, due to safety concerns, bike trailers and tagalong systems for pulling children (eg. Trail-a-bike, Co-pilot) are not permitted.
It varies greatly but we’d say the 100 milers range from 13-21 mph. The 44 milers from 11-19mph. And the 22 milers from 8-12mph.
Very much so. We have several bike techs at the beginning and we have an experienced tech at every rest stop. We have several support vehicles ready to pick you up if you need a lift to a bike tech or back to the finish area. We also have several motorcycles on the course. These are marked by bright yellow vests of the riders.
Parking is free in downtown Bellingham on Saturdays. You can park in any designated parking spot on the street. However, in order to be friendly to businesses located downtown, we are working on obtaining free LOT parking on Cornwall Ave, only about 2 blocks from the Start Line. For a map of the parking lot, Click Here.
You should be in the park 30 minutes prior to your start time. That means you should be off of the freeway 45 minutes prior. Each rider will need to check-in at the registration tent, which is located on the sidewalk in front of Boundary Bay Brewery.
Yes, you can register on the day of the ride, but it’ll cost you an additional $10. Save your cash, and register online. Register early, save some cash.
For REGISTRATION inquiries please contact: Whatcom Events/Tour de Whatcom 360-746-8861 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nope! Everything you need for the ride will be given to you at the check-in/registration booth on the morning of the ride. Be sure to arrive early! The check-in station will be on the sidewalk in front of Boundary Bay Brewery.
Online registration closes on Thursday, July 27, at 11:59 PM. You can still register after that date, but only by onsite registration.
Few reasons. It keeps the starts much less hectic. But we find it’s much easier to have riders finish at about the same time. If one friend wants to do the century route and another the 22 miler, no problem. No one is stuck waiting for hours for their friend to finish.
Yes, the course has bright yellow “Tour de Whatcom” posted at the major turns. In addition, we will have course markers every 3 miles or so that have red arrows on them. Having said that, it’s still important you glance at your map at each rest stop and get a general sense of where you are going. On the 100 mile route, there are only a few turns that are not at stop signs.
We have various local school groups like HS bands running these rest stops. If you like their attitude and service, then it is quite preferred if you tip. If each rider did $2 per rest-stop that would be great. Each rest stop is a different group. So a century rider could bring $12 in singles for tips (five rest stops plus finish area). Sound fair?
NEW for 2017. Instead of receiving a medal at the finish line, all participants will get a T-shirt when you check-in for the ride. You will have a prompt in the registration process to choose your size of T-shirt.
It’s Bellingham! Click here for all of the wonderful dining options in Bellingham. There are a dozen of the best restaurants in the County within walking distance of the finish area. There will be a booth located in front of Boundary Bay with brochures and info on everything Bellingham. Please plan on sticking around and enjoying the area. Many out of town people book a hotel and “make a weekend” of it.