The Tour de Whatcom charity bike ride offers an amazing sampling of northwest beauty all wrapped up into one spectacular ride! This event is perfect for any bicycling enthusiast, no matter your skill level or physical ability. There are four different routes of varying length. Choose from a 22, 44, or 62 mile route. Feeling particularly ambitious? Sign-up for the whopping 100 mile ride, known as the Century Route. Because of the variety of length, you will be able to find a ride suitable for every member of your family or party. All routes are fairly level and almost entirely paved, for an easier and smooth ride.
All of the routes begin and end at the historic Boundary Bay Brewery in downtown Bellingham, just a half an hour drive from Oostema Farmstead. Depending on the route you choose, you will see a variety of unmistakably northwest scenery. See the breathtaking beauty of snow-capped Mt. Baker, ride along the sparkling waters of Lake Whatcom or take a rest in the lush green valleys. You might also see the peaceful farmland of Whatcom County or the beauty of our beaches.
Be sure to take advantage of the designated rest areas, to refresh and enjoy the views. Thanks to sponsors, you will also be able to enjoy some quick snacks and beverages to help you recharge.
If you’re looking for an even more relaxing ride, consider bringing your e-bike. Electronic bicycles are permitted on the routes since this event is a ride and not a race.
Be sure to enjoy the party at the finish line. Boundary Bay Brewery hosts an all ages beer garden. It’s the perfect place to unwind after the event and chat with other participants. There are a host of other restaurants within walking distance of the finish line. Don’t leave without participating in the raffles or picking-up some event swag!
If you’re interested in the event, be sure to register early to take advantage of the early-bird pricing. There are also special rates for families and tandem riders. Registering early also assures that you can order a jersey or event t-shirt and have it delivered to you in time for the ride.
A portion of all proceeds benefit local charities so you can know that you are riding for a great cause!
If you would rather just be a spectator of the event, take a look at the route maps and start and end times and plan accordingly.