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July 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

800 bicyclists to ride around Mount Rainier

Riders from the 2012 RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day) take a break at Inspiration Point, with Mount Rainier in the background, crowned by a lenticular cloud. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times, 2012

Riders from last year’s  RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day) take a break at Inspiration Point with Mount Rainier in the background, crowned by a lenticular cloud. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times, 2012.)

If you’re heading to Mount Rainier National Park nextd week, be ready for hundreds of bicyclists on park roads next Thursday (July 25).

800 bicyclists will be pedaling in the recreational ride called RAMROD ­ – Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day – through the park and nearby areas.  All roads will be open to everyone: Just be ready to share the road and slow down.

 Here’s the word from the park on the bicyclists’ route:

 “The ride originates and ends in Enumclaw.  Riders will pass through Eatonville and will head toward the park on State Route 706.   After entering the park at the Nisqually Entrance, they will proceed up the Paradise Road to the junction with the Stevens Canyon Road.  The route continues east on Stevens Canyon Road to State Route 123 and north on State Route 123 over Cayuse Pass.  The last leg of the ride follows State Route 410 westbound for a return to Enumclaw.”

     What that doesn’t describe is the challenge and beauty of the ride – bicyclists will climb 10,000 feet over 152 miles amid the wild beauty of the mountains and forests.

If you’re hoping to join the ride, which is organized by the Redmond Cycling Club,  it’s too late.  Registration is capped at 800 bikers and allocated by lottery as it’s so popular.  Try again next year  

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