Come ride southwestern Washington’s finest on the Olympic-St Helens 1000k. The 1000k route is a figure-8 loop with a 600k around the Olympic Peninsula and the final 400k up to view St Helens and around to Packwood and Skate Creek Road. The 600k and 400k routes may also be ridden separately.
The start time is now 5:00 am for both rides!!
PRELIMINARY ROUTE—SUBJECT TO CHANGE POSSIBLY DUE TO ROAD CONDITIONS AND/OR ROAD CONSTRUCTION.
The 1000k and 600k will start at the same time and will circle the entire Olympic Peninsula (clockwise), taking back roads through Elma, Montesano, Cosmopolis and Aberdeen and up the Wishkah River that eventually hooks onto Hwy 101 and north through Forks. The route will take you to scenic destinations along the Strait of Juan de Fuca (along Hwy 112) at Clallam Bay to Joyce, and up and over to Lake Crescent. After crossing the Elwha River, the route will climb up the Little River Road and take the back way into Port Angles on Black Diamond Road. This is approximately 400k into the first day and will overnight somewhere in Port Angeles (stay tuned for more details). The route will then continue to the Dungeness Bay overlook and Sequim Bay marina. Then take Hwy 101 back to Tumwater along the Hood Canal. The 600k climbs approximately 12,000 feet. This route has many individual 500+ ft climbs, with Little River Road climbing up the highest elevation at about 1,000 ft above sea level. Stay tuned for more details about lodging at Port Angeles, the first 400k of the 1000k/600k. 1000k riders may choose to continue past Port Angeles to other hotels but you are on your own for making your own reservations. The 1000k riders will also have the option of staying at Tumwater after completing the fist 600k. 1000k riders may also choose to continue to Centralia or Eco Park Resort (near Hoffstadt) but are on your own for making additional hotel reservations.
The 400k will loop through the western Cascades, starting in Tumwater and goes south through Centralia/Chehalis. At Toledo there is an approximately 1,000 ft climb up to Hoffstadt Visitors Center (at elev. 1,400 ft above sea level), where if you are there during daylight a fantastic view of Mt St Helens. The 400k route will return to Toledo and take the back roads up the Cowlitz River Valley, (avoiding Hwy 12 as much as possible some similar to Cascade 1200k) passing by Mayfield Reservoir, Morton and Randle. At Packwood, the route will then climb approximately 1,500 feet (to elev. 2,500 feet above sea level) up Skate Creek Road up and over to Ashford. The route will then go through Eatonville and then the most direct route back to Tumwater. The 2nd 400k climbs approximately 8,000 feet.
Organizers: John Pearch, Vincent Muoneke, Kole Kanter
Email: johnpearch AT gmail.com or vmuoneke AT comcast.net
Date: June 17, 2011 1000k and 600k
June 19, 2011 400k
Start Times: 1000k and 600k at 5:00 a.m. on 6/17/2011
400k at 5:00 a.m. on 6/19/2011
Start Location: Extended Stay America in Tumwater.
All rides with start and finish in Tumwater. The Extended Stay America in Tumwater will serve as the overnight for the 1000k and transition point for the 600k finish and start of the 400k.
The 1000K/600K will have one overnight at Port Angeles at the Super 8 Hotel in Port Angeles.
Address: 1675 Mottman Road SW, Tumwater, WA
1000k follows 600k route + 400k route600K route
if you register "on line" you will not need to complete the registration paperwork at the ride start. On line registering allows for quick posting of ride results -- snail mail paper registration slows down the end of ride results.
PDF Entry Form: 1000K | 600K | 400K