Ride The Hurricane
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Ride The Hurricane is a challenging, recreational
cycling event using the gorgeous vista of Hurricane Ridge Road,
in the Olympic National Park,
absent of motorized vehicles,
for a round-trip ride to the top of Hurricane Ridge
from Port Angeles, Washington.
And this year, 2018, we are expanding the ride even further -- see "Experimental Route" below!
Additional Major Sponsorship Provided By:
"Last year was my first RtH and it was the funnest ride of the
whole season. I'm bringing three friends this year and we're staying a
couple of nights so we can hit the ODT as well as RtH.
Can't wait! Thank you!" - ML
Information for the 10th Anniversary, 2018 Ride
Day of Ride Registration: Riders can actually pre-register, drop off waivers, and pick up information materials, wrist bands, and ordered jerseys for "Day of Ride Registration" on Friday, Aug 3 and Saturday, Aug 4, between 10am and 4pm at the Port Angeles Visitor Center located at 121 E. Railroad Ave, Port Angeles, WA. This would preclude the need to register at the desk on Aug 5. Day of Ride registration will open at 6AM Sunday morning at the Peninsula College Parking lot at 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA. Cyclists may start from the Peninsula College parking lot, using the lower part of Hurricane Ridge Road, as soon as they have completed Day of Ride Registration, but the Heart Of The Hills access gate to the upper section of the Hurricane Ridge Road will not open until 7am, at which point all cyclists can proceed.
FYI all cyclists must show the official event wrist band in order to proceed past Heart Of The Hills.
Reserve your place in the ride by paying for registration now -- CLICK HERE.
Vancouver Island Cyclists' Registration: You can save costs by registering for this Ride through the Black Ball Ferry Line website and save costs: HERE. Registration through Black Ball includes your Ride the Hurricane ride fee -- together with the ferry tickets for you and your bike, heavily discounted. We will also provide Day of Ride Registration on the 6:10 am Victoria departure of the Coho Ferry from Victoria on the morning of the ride, Sunday. This will allow cyclists the option of proceeding directly to the Hurricane Ridge Road without stopping at the Peninsula College registration desk. We will have a shuttle to meet that first ferry in Port Angeles, for any cyclists arriving by ferry who would like to have their gear transported to the Peninsula College registration area -- for pickup at the end of their ride, on the way back to the ferry. Departures that day back to Victoria, out of Port Angeles, will be at 12:45pm, 5:20pm, and 9:30pm.
Hurricane Ridge Road is closed to motorized vehicles, open for cyclists, 7:00am - 12:00pm: the road opens back up to vehicles at noon, and all cyclists are encouraged to be off the road at that time.
When you register online HERE, you will also have the opportunity to donate to the either or both the Washington's National Park Fund (to support the Olympic National Park) and the Peninsula Trails Coalition (to support the Olympic Discovery Trail)!
Event Description: This very unique ride allows cyclists to have the iconic Olympic National Park Hurricane Ridge Road all to themselves, free of motorized vehicles, from 7am-noon. This is not a race but a recreational ride open to all abilities and ages. In addition to the traditional climb to the Hurricane Ridge summit and back down, we are also experimenting this year with an optional ride for cyclists to continue beyond the traditional ~40 mile round trip Hurricane Ridge summit ascent to an expanded route that will result in a full 100-mile ride, combining a mile-high alpine ascent to the Hurricane Hill trail head (past the summit visitor center on Hurricane Ridge) with a route on the Olympic Discovery Trail that also goes one mile out to sea on Ediz Hook. This new, experimental route is not ride-supported, but any registered cyclist who completes it, and provides us their feedback for the fully supported route in 2019, will be refunded half of their 2018 Ride the Hurricane registration fee (more info below).
Cyclists have three options for the traditional ride starting points (a 24-mile round-trip route, starting at roughly 1100'; and 36- and 41-mile round-trip routes, starting at 700' -- the Hurricane Ridge summit is at about 5200’):
1) at the entrance gate to the Olympic National Park, by Heart Of The Hills Campground, for a 24 mile round trip (register first at Peninsula College -- parking is limited at this location).
2) from the Peninsula College parking lot registration, which is 36 miles round trip or from near sea level (700' altitude) -- this has traditionally been the most popular choice
3) from sea level to the Hurricane Ridge summit of 5200’. This additional portion also starts at Peninsula College, but then heads down (north on) Ennis Street to the former Rayonier Mill site where you can access the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT). Take the ODT trail West to Francis Street Park, then head up Francis Street two blocks, and turn left on Georgiana. Take Georgiana one block and turn right on Race Street and continue on Race to Hurricane Ridge. This additional portion will add 5 miles, for a total ride of 41 miles.
The lower part of Hurricane Ridge Road, before Heart of the Hills, is not closed to traffic, so please ride single file and be mindful of vehicles. The Hurricane Ridge Road from the Heart of the Hills entrance station will be closed to vehicles except for a few event support vehicles so please be aware. Remember cyclists will be coming down at speed, so it is important to ride in the right lane both going up and coming down. The ridge road will open to traffic at noon so all event riders need to be off the road by this time.
An optional and rather informal Post Ride Party will take place from 10am until 1pm at the Peninsula College registration parking lot -- and all cyclists and cyclists supporters are encouraged to stop by.
The event will supply 5 aid stations which will have water and snacks available, along with portable toilets. The Summit House at the top of Hurricane Ridge will be open, and snacks and beverages will be available. Celebratory “I Made it to the Top” photos will also be taken and available on line at the Chamber's Facebook page and as a quality print after the event.
Registration Cost is $50. All participants are required to sign a waiver (follow link for waiver) (only page 1 required for adult cyclists, additional page 2 is for under age 18 cyclists), and all cyclists must wear a helmet.
Signed waivers can be mailed to 121 E Railroad Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362, mailed to email@example.com, brought with you to registration -- or you can fill out and sign the waiver at the registration table.
Wrist Bands: The event uses wrist bands to identify fully registered participants. You must pick this up at Day of Ride Registration (Peninsula College parking lot, or Coho Ferry dock for Vancouver Island cyclists), which will require that your registration is paid and your waiver form is signed.
Experimental Route: We are working to add a century ride option to Ride the Hurricane for 2019 and beyond. Toward that, you can help us by trying out our proposed route (see the route HERE). Any registered participant who completes this route, and provides us some feedback (what you liked, what you didn't like, what works, what doesn't work, how it could be better, etc...), will be refunded half of their registration fee for this year's 2018 ride. This experimental route will NOT have aid stations, access permits, signage, service and support, water stations, etc..., so you'd be on your own for this portion -- but we would very much appreciate your support in helping us create a truly memorable, challenging, and MUST DO ride here on the Northern Olympic Peninsula.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Sound Bikes and Kayaks
2018 Date/Time Information Sunday - August 5, 2017 - 6am- 12noon
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register simply click on the "Pay Now" button below, or CLICK HERE, and fill in the information for the amount and names of cyclist(s) you are registering. Or you can email email@example.com with cyclist(s) information and send a check $50 per cyclist to: Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 121 E. Railroad Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
If you would like to make a weekend of Olympic Peninsula cycling, click HERE to learn about the Tour de Lavender, happening Saturday, August 4th, 2018.
With vistas of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains, the blue expanse of the Salish Sea, and multi-hued fields of wondrous lavender to roam, the “Tour de Lavender” is more than just a ride, it’s an experience! For the past five years, the Tour (TdL) has given cyclists from beginner to expert the chance to celebrate the stunning beauty of the Olympic Peninsula and enjoy the renowned lavender farms of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley–“America’s Provence.”