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 at 1107 Railroad Ave at Boundary Bay Brewery in downtown Bellingham but this year the start line will be in the back alley behind the building.  Volunteers will meet you there to distribute bags with snacks. 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.

Rest stops will look very different in 2021 due to staffing and volunteer constraints.  They will all have restrooms, handwashing stations and water available.  Alger will not have food available,  Lynden will have a full food available for Century Riders. Bellingham, Birch Bay and Ferndale will have a limited food menu and Bellingham is the only stop with an onsite mechanic.  Snacks will also be available at the start line.    Restaurants and stores can be found throughout the route to balance out your fuel needs this year.  We realize this is not ideal and we thank you for your understanding.  

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.

For 2021, we will have support vehicles ready to pick you up if you need a lift to a nearby bike shop 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. A lot will be available two blocks from the event and a map will be sent to registered riders the week of the race.   There is also free weekend parking at the Commercial Street Garage at 1300 Commercial Street which is 4 blocks from the Start Line.  

For 2021, it is best if riders arrive right before their departure as each ride will have a one-hour window in which to start so we can stagger riders.  You are welcome to wait at the start area for your group to arrive.  

Yes, you can register on the day of the ride but only from 7:00-8:00 am.  We strongly recommend that you register online prior to the event this year.  

For REGISTRATION inquiries please contact: Whatcom Events/Tour de Whatcom 360-746-8861 or Email:

No, 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 15th at 5:00 PM. Walk-up registration will also be available but only from 7:00-8:00 am in 2021.  Cash or credit card only.  Bibs will be mailed to registered riders on July 10th so we do recommend advance registration this year.  

The one hour window for each ride in 2021 will allow for riders to keep a 6-foot distance from other riders not in their group.  

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.

The Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden (all ages) is open to all riders after you finish and serves up a great BBQ. There are a dozen restaurants within walking distance of the finish area and the Farmers Market has great food vendors until 3 pm. Plan on sticking around and enjoying the area, many out-of-town riders book a hotel and “make a weekend” of it.