The Tour de Whatcom is a bicycle ride and although the course is marked, the START/FINISH Line is the only street along the route that is completely shut down. Riders are expected to obey the rules of the road and observe stop signs and signals along the route. Please be mindful of vehicles on the road in places, safety is our number one priority.
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 and hope that what we provide is just what you need to get to the next station. We’ll have lots of fresh apples, oranges and bananas courtesy of our Sponsor, The Grocery Outlet, water and other beverages, Snack bars from KIND, Bagels with PB&J, and various sweets. With that said, if you have a limited diet, you may want to bring your own snacks. Also bringing extra water for yourself is always recommended.
There is not a minimum age for riders. However, bike trailers and tag along systems for pulling children (eg. Trail-a-bike, Co-pilot) are not permitted. It is up to each parent to determine their child’s ability to safely complete the course.
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.
We work with area bike shops to provide as many tech services as we can. We have a bike tech at the beginning and we strive to have an experienced tech at every rest stop, but each rider should carry basic repair kits. We have 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.
Each rider will need to check-in at the registration tent at the Start Line, which is located on the sidewalk in front of Boundary Bay Brewery.
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! Onsite Registration and the check-in station will be on the sidewalk in front of Boundary Bay Brewery.
Online registration closes on Thursday, July 19, at 11:59 PM. Onsite registration will also be provided for $10 extra.
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, we mark the course with “Dan Henry Arrows” and try to provide additional signs at major turns. 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. Click here to see Route Maps & Map My Ride Details.
We have various volunteer groups like HS bands running these rest stops. If you like their attitude and service, then feel free to show your appreciation with a tip. If each rider gave $2 per rest-stop, that would be great. Each rest stop is a different group. So a century rider might bring $12 in singles for tips (five rest stops plus finish area). Sound fair?
The Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden (all ages) is open to all riders after you finish and serves up a great BBQ and provides a DJ. There are a dozen restaurants within walking distance of the finish area and the Farmers Market has great food vendors until 5pm. Plan on sticking around and enjoying the area, many out-of-town riders book a hotel and “make a weekend” of it.
We have partnered with several hotels in the area that provide a block of rooms at a special rate for Tour de Whatcom riders. You can find the list of hotels here. We recommend you book soon because hotels in the area fill quickly in the summer.