* Up to 10,000 participants will transit Yelm July 15-16,
* Yelm Councilor Molly Carmody was instrumental in getting Yelm rest stop,
* Bicycle food/rest stop moved to Yelm City Park from Tenino.
The Cascade Bicycle Club Kaiser Permanente STP (Seattle to Portland) Classic presented by Alaska Airlines has moved their Tenino rest stop to Yelm City Park in 2017. Up to 10,000 participants will transit Yelm, allowing our town to showcase the Community Center and City Park. The CLIF BAR® Energy Bar folks will have a snack stop available.
2017 Event date:
Saturday, July 15- Sunday, July 16, 2017
– Background information from the City of Yelm:
The City of Yelm has been designated as an official stop of the Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle ride on July 15 and 16, 2017. The STP is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Pacific Northwest with up to 10,000 participants riding more than 200 miles.
Cliff Bar will be the featured sponsor at the Yelm STP stop, which will be at the City Park and Yelm Community Center. The City is partnering with the Cascade Bicycle Club and Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce to feature opportunities for vendors to sell food and provide support for the riders. Details about the number of vendors, costs, and other logistics are being finalized and will be made available on the City and Chamber’s websites. The City is also partnering with the business community to put banners up along Yelm Avenue to welcome the riders and promote local businesses. The Community Center will be used as a cooling station and place for first aid for both bicycles and riders.
“We are excited to be an official stop on this historic ride, said Mayor JW Foster. Our best in-the-nation Future Farmers of America program has been supporting riders for years. This official designation will strengthen our partnership with the bicycle community and raise awareness of Yelm’s fantastic miles of trails along agriculture, forest and wetlands that connect all cities within Thurston County.”
The City of Yelm is the historic gateway to Mt. Rainier. Yelm is known for its miles of bicycle trails and provides access to the Regional Trail Network, which connects to all cities within Thurston County through the Yelm-Tenino Trail and Chehalis-Western Trail.
For more information please contact Michael Grayum, City Administrator (360) 458-8405, or Line Critchfield, Chamber Executive Director (360)458-6608 for more details.
– From the Cascade Bicycle Club:
“This 200+ mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 10,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. Come ride what Bicycling Magazine has listed as one of the best cycling events in the nation!
* An epic journey connecting two of America’s great bicycling cities
* The choice of a one-day or two-day event
* An exclusive journey through Joint Base Lewis-McChord
* An amazing network of volunteers and organizations to help you reach the finish line
* A diverse community of cyclists working towards one common goal: Portland or BUST!
– UPDATE: July 13, 2017
“Yelm prepares to host Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic”
“They ride through every year. This time, they’ll stop,” by Abby Spegman, The Olympian.