Extensive road work in Mount Rainier National Park will not displace the South Sound’s preeminent one-day endurance cycling event.
Park superintendent Randy King said the current plan is to halt construction on July 31 to accommodate cyclists riding in the 149-mile Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day. RAMROD is not a race and roads are still open to vehicle traffic during the ride.
The ride, staged by the Redmond Cycling Club, is considered one of the most challenging in the Northwest. It climbs 10,000 vertical feet and starts and finishes in Enumclaw. It is the only organized ride allowed in Mount Rainier National Park.
The ride is almost as challenging to get into as it is to finish. Hopefuls must enter a lottery for $5.63 and hope they are selected.
This year’s lottery results were announced Monday via email.
Last month, the park started the first of two two-year road rehabilitation projects on the road from the Nisqually Entrance to Paradise. It has warned visitors to be prepared for short delays when visiting that section of the park on weekdays.