The last weekend in June is packed with opportunities to log miles on a bicycle.
Three rides with courses stretching from Vader to Bellingham will have hundreds of cyclists on the roads raising money for various causes.
The rides kick off Saturday with the Red-Bell 100 from Redmond to Bellingham. The next morning, the South Sound hosts two of its traditional rides: the Tour de Pierce and the Two-County Double Metric.
Here’s a closer look at each of the rides:
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RED BELL 100
WHEN: 6:15 a.m. Saturday.
START: Marymoor Park, Redmond.
THE CAUSE: Funds raised during this ride go to the Cascade Bicycle Club’s bike education program and World Bicycle Relief. World Bicycle Relief plans to use the funds to provide bicycles to health care workers and students in rural Africa.
ROUTE: The route travels 104 miles from Marymoor Park to Bellingham using bike trails and rolling backroads. Cyclists are required to start by 7:30 a.m. The ride finishes with a long climb to Bellingham.
COST: $100. Riders must also raise at least $150. The deadline is Wednesday.
MORE INFO: cascade.org.
TOUR DE PIERCE
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. June 28.
START: Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup.
THE CAUSE: The ride is sponsored by Pierce County Parks and Recreation, and proceeds are used to fund its bicycle education and youth programs.
ROUTES: This year’s ride offers routes of 12, 30 and 50 miles on a relatively flat course. There is a hill that’s been known to inspire some riders to walk their bikes, but an alternate route is provided. The longest route visits Sumner, Orting and South Prairie and also uses the Foothills Trail.
COST: $18. $54 for a family of four and $14 for additional family members.
MORE INFO: piercecountywa.org.
TWO-COUNTY DOUBLE METRIC
WHEN: 7 a.m. June 28.
START: Tumwater City Hall.
THE CAUSE: The Two-County Double Metric has traditionally been the biggest fundraising ride for the Capital Bicycle Club. The club supports local cycling education and safety programs. Proceeds from the ride also go to Washington Bikes, the Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Challenge, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the League of American Cyclists and the Thurston County Food Bank.
ROUTES: The ride offers routes of 11, 25, 50, 70, 100 and 125 miles on the backroads of Thurston and Lewis counties. The longest of these rides travels as far south as Vader.
COST: $40. Discounts are offered for those who register by Sunday (June 21).
MORE INFO: capitalbicycleclub.org/2County.