Bicycling enthusiast? Want to get out there and see the world? Good. We have the ride for you.
On September 15, the Chuckanut Century bike event will bring a variety of scenic routes to choose from. Distances include 25 miles (a loop designed for families, first-time-event cyclists, and parent/child duos), 38 miles, 50 miles, 62 miles, traditional 100-mile century rides or, for the daring or those in great shape, the double metric century of 124 miles.
No matter which route you choose, you’ll see some of Whatcom County’s most beautiful scenery along the way. The south loop offers views of the San Juan Islands, Chuckanut and Blanchard mountains and overlooks of Bellingham, Samish and Padillabays. The north loop offers spectacular views of Mt. Baker as it stretches to meet the sky at 10,781 feet and vistas of the Cascades, Mt. Shuksan, the Twin Sisters, Birch Bay and Vancouver Island.
All routes start and finish at Bellingham’s Boundary Bay Brewery.
Although all cyclists should be fully prepared when they take to the roads, there will be ride support along the way if needed and food stops with a wide variety of high-energy food and drinks along each route.
Cost: Early registration, before September 1, $55. After September 1, including day-of-event registration, $60. There is a $5 discount for current Mt. Baker Bicycle Club members. Cyclists tackling the 100- or 124-mile routes should be on course between 7 and 8 a.m. to ensure they have enough time to finish. All routes will be marked with “Dan Henry” indicators on the road. Maps and directions will also be available the morning of the ride. All proceeds from the event will go to the Treehouse, a Kids’ Council NW program that offers support to children and families after the death of a loved one.