September 15, 2018
We have secured for you a resort-class course on San Juan Island. Numerous high-end outfitters, such as Trek Tours and Backroads Tours, come to San Juan Island to take advantage of this National Park-quality island that includes, well, a National Park. From our course you will experience the small town of Friday Harbor, vistas of scenic rolling hills, pastoral valleys, the Salish Sea, the other islands of the San Juan Archipelago, and Vancouver Island in Canada. The view constantly changes as you pass through San Juan Island’s disparate micro-climates and terrain. Bring a large memory card for your camera because this course is a target-rich environment for photographs.
The longer courses consist of the shortest course with side excursions added: a shorter one north to Roche Harbor, and a longer one south to American Camp. An advantage of this layout is that cyclists can decide whether to take these excursions as they reach them. The longer excursion to American Camp is most of the way through the short course, allowing cyclists to see how they feel before committing. However, both excursions are worth the trip for those cyclists able to reach them.
The three courses are listed below. Click on a course to learn more about it.
|Name||Distance||Elevation Gain||Max Grade||Avg Grade|
|Orca Whale||50 miles||3455 ft||12.6%||0.1%|
|Minke Whale||35 miles||2456 ft||7.8%||0.2%|
|King Salmon||26 miles||1787 ft||7.3%||0.1%|
There are several points of interest along the course that will attract your attention:
Much of San Juan Island consists of rolling hills. Our course should be considered moderate in difficulty. Fortunately, most of the vistas and points of interest are within reach of shorter courses that we have designed for those wishing for easier going. These two shorter courses take off 1000 feet and 1500 feet of elevation gain when compared to the full course, and the maximum grade is less. Yet, they provide the cyclist with a similar sampling of the island’s vistas.
All courses start and end at the Fairgrounds in Friday Harbor where there is available camping and parking and where participants will check-in. The ride starts at approximately 9:00 AM so that participants may arrive by ferry to participate. The exact start time will be announced once the ferry schedule for Fall is known. Transportation will be provided from the ferry landing to the Fairgrounds for those that need it so that driving onto the ferry will not be necessary. The ride will end in time for those who wish to return home the same day to catch a ferry back to the mainland.
To help you along the way, we have SAG stops for fluids and snacks plus additional water and toilet locations marked on your course map. A roving support vehicle for assistance with minor mechanical assistance will be available.
Tickets are $60 per person and are on sale now. Admission will be limited, and we expect to sell out.
Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew is also including an evening microbrew-tasting event for those wishing to stay the weekend. See more information on the Brew Event.
For those wishing to camp, Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew will be offering limited camping space at the Fairgrounds. There will be fewer camping spaces than Bike Event spaces, so consider reserving a camping space early. See more information on Camping.
San Juan County Public Works publishes an excellent Cyclist’s Guide to San Juan Island. Download it here (PDF, 5MB).
All proceeds from Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew go to the San Juan Island Lion’s Foundation. Please consider sponsoring the event and supporting this worthwhile charity.
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