This year’s Ride Around Washington (RAW) travels the state’s rural northern frontier, challenging riders with epic climbs and rewarding them with a sublime scenic cycling experience. The 2017 Taking the High Road tour features four mountain passes, including Washington and Rainy passes on the North Cascades Scenic Highway, one of America’s most beautiful mountain highways.
The Taking the High Road tour concludes the RAW Cycle, a four-year series circumnavigating Washington state, while showcasing its natural beauty, geographical diversity, and fantastic cycling routes. The RAW Cycle began in La Conner in 2014 (Olympic Peninsula & Coast), continued along the southern border from Cape Disappointment in 2015 (Roll On, Columbia), and explored the arid eastern hills of the state in last year’s Pedaling the Inland Empire tour ending in Metaline Falls. This year’s route will complete the circuit, traversing the northernmost byways of the state and finishing in La Conner. Its quiet rural roads, natural beauty and series of challenging climbs makes this year’s tour the crowning achievement of the RAW Cycle.
Whether you are a newcomer to Ride Around Washington, or a returning rider completing the RAW Cycle, Taking the High Road offers a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime cycling adventure. The vibe on Ride Around Washington is relaxed, friendly, and social. It has the feel of summer camp for grownups, with bikes. Each year we welcome back returning riders along with new guests seeking their next cycling adventure.
RAW is a fully supported bicycle tour with overnight camping accommodations. The tour includes three meals per day; hot showers; daily ride support (snacks, water, and mechanic services); daily luggage transport from each overnight camp; and (for a fee) gear and bike transportation to the start in Metaline Falls and from the finish in La Conner. Along with professional staff, much of the tour experience is designed and supported by Cascade Bicycle Club volunteers, fellow cyclists dedicated to sharing our love of cycling in Washington state with our guests. Please join us in 2017!