King of the Hills bike ride challenges cyclists, raises funds for school supplies

Lovers of hills and post-ride ice baths get the chance to push themselves Aug. 17 on nine of Olympia’s most challenging hills.

The King of the Hills bike ride has no designated course, and cyclists can register as a racer or they can just ride the hills. For their effort (and $30 entry fee), participants get a shirt, lanyard and a beer in the post-ride beer garden.

So how will organizers know who’s completed the hills? Here’s how they explain it on the ride website, kingofthehills.org.

"Well, first of all, you should be honorable and tell the truth. But besides that, at the top of each hill you will receive a tiny, low-profile hilltop marker to signify that you've completed that hill. The hill attendant will also check your number off on their clipboard. Racers don’t worry, neither the marker nor the checking off will impede your progress."

Participants start and finish at The Strong Center, 2256 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The race starts at 9 a.m., and the ride starts at 9:10 a.m.

Participants are also asked to bring a donation of school supplies or make a $10 donation to the Little Red School House Project, an Olympia organization supplying school supplies and coats to underprivileged children.