RTH FAQs

the rules

  • All participants MUST wear a helmet. Always keep to the right side of the road. Groups should ride single file and riders should never be more than two abreast.
  • Use caution when coming down, and always observe the posted speed limit. There are many blind corners, so ALWAYS keep to the right of the road. Seriously, don’t speed. The National Park Rangers have informed us that they will be watching for speeding cyclists, and may have radar detection along the route. Cyclists caught speeding will be ticketed, and no longer eligible to participate in future rides.
  • When passing slower riders please be sure to use common courtesy
  • Only registered cyclists can use the aid stations and the portable toilets along the route.
  • Keep your bib visible at all time, as the volunteers will be looking for them
  • Do not be on Hurricane Ridge road prior to 6 am, as our volunteers and emergency staff will be heading up the road to stage in place
  • Depart the summit no later than 11:30 am to ensure that you will be completely off Hurricane Ridge Road by noon, as our volunteers will be coming down and lingering cyclists create a safety hazard.
  • Please do not endanger the future of this extraordinary ride with reckless behavior.
  • Follow proper bike etiquette. Ride the Hurricane is an intense physical challenge and participants ride with the expectation that they will be sharing the road with equally skilled cyclists operating under their own power. If you do not have a good comprehension of bike rules and etiquette you do not belong on an organized ride.

registration and jersey purchases

If i do early check-in, do i need to check with anyone the morning of the ride?

If you’ve taken advantage of early check in and you already have your bib you do not need to check in with anyone that morning, and can depart from City Pier anytime after 6 am. Remember to leave enough time to get up to Ridge and back down off Hurricane Ridge Road by noon.

I need to cancel my registration. What should I do?

Refunds less than two weeks from the ride are not available. We simply do not have the time or staff to process refunds this close to the ride. However, we do have an automated waiting list, and canceling your registration online will automatically register another cyclist from that list. If you cannot make the ride we ask that you do this courtesy to give a fellow cyclist the opportunity to do the ride. Here is the link to cancel your registration

Can I transfer my registration to somebody else?

Yes. In your registration confirmation email you’ll find a link that says “Edit Registrations/Attendee(s)”. Simply click that link, and then click on the little person icon in the form. Replace your information with the information of the new cyclist, and select Save Changes. This will automatically update the registration list to show the new cyclist. Be sure to save your changes or the transfer won’t go through!

will jerseys be available for purchase at the ride?

Jerseys were very popular this year and the extras that we ordered have already been purchased through registration add-ons. However, you can order a jersey at the ride and we’ll send it to you with free shipping. You can also order one by visiting this link: Purchase a Jersey

i purchased a jersey after the deadline for getting it on ride day. When will I get it?

Jerseys ordered after 6/22 will be mailed to you with free shipping approximately two weeks after the ride. Jerseys ordered on the day of the ride will be mailed to you with free shipping approximately four weeks after the ride.

the ride

What time does the ride start?

This is not a race, so participants can start anytime after 6am, as long as they begin the ride in plenty of time to get up the mountain and back down again by noon, when the road opens to motor vehicles. Please DO NOT plan to depart from the starting line prior to 6am or after 12pm, as the volunteers and emergency services will be traveling to and from their staging locations at these times and this will create a safety hazard.

Where should i park?

Visit our Ride Day Information page for this and a lot of other helpful information that you’ll need to know.

how far is the ride?

Ride the Hurricane is approximately 40 miles round trip, with the uphill portion being approximately 20 miles from City Pier to the summit. Visit our ROUTE PAGE for more details.

How long will it take?

The time varies widely depending upon the fitness of the cyclist, as well as how often they stop and how much time they spend at the aid stations and at the top. Cyclists should not depart earlier than 6 am or they will interfere with the aid station volunteers and medics heading up the hill. The first aid station will not be open until 7 am. Cyclists must be down off Hurricane Ridge road by noon, so they should depart the summit no late than 11:30 am. There will be no support for cyclists along the route prior to 7am, and after 11:30 am as they are expected to be off Hurricane Ridge Road by that time.

what kind of support will i find along the ride?

There will be five aid stations along the route supporting registered cyclists from 7am to 11:30 pm. Each has a portable toilet except for station #5. There will also be an emergency EMT Unit on standby along the route, as well as Park Rangers stationed at the top and bottom of Hurricane Ridge Road. Each Aid Station will have snacks, water, and Gatorade. The Aid Stations will be available to registered riders only. There will also be a professional photographer taking action shots along the route, which will be available for purchase. Visit our ROUTE PAGE for more info.

Do i need a headlamp for the tunnels?

The route has three tunnels that are very short, and do not require a light. Visit the Route Page to see a video of the ride through the tunnels.

what is it like at the summit?

There will be restrooms available, a snack and welcome station, and several volunteers to help celebrate your accomplishment and answer questions about the area. There will also be a professional photographer taking summit photos against the backdrop of the stunning Olympic Mountain range. If you’ve left yourself time take a short walk up Sunrise Hill to view the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Canada beyond. Just remember to depart the summit by 11:30 am to ensure that you’ll be off Hurricane Ridge Road by noon.

can I park at Heart of the Hills and ride from there?

Recent construction at the Heart of the Hills Ranger Station has significantly reduced the parking availability and this is no longer a supported start to the ride. Attempting to park and start the ride from this location may likely result in being turned around by a Park Ranger.

Do i need a park pass?

No, your ride bib will serve as your entrance to the park

can I ride during the road closure even if I’m not registered for the ride?

Hurricane Ridge Road is a public road, and anyone can ride it at any time. However, the registration fees from the other cyclists are what paid for the very expensive permit which would allow you to enjoy a closed road. Unregistered cyclists cannot use Aid Station services or the portable toilets along the route.

THE AFTER PARTY

What will be available at the After Party?

The After Party will have local craft beer from Barhop Brewery and a taco bar from Little Devil’s Lunchbox. Soft drinks will also be available

Can I bring someone with me to the After Party who didn’t do the ride?

The After Party is included in the cost of your registration and is a part of the Ride the Hurricane experience. However, volunteers are welcome to come to the party, so a great way to bring a friend is to have them volunteer to help out with the ride. Visit our Volunteer page for more info.

Are minors allowed at the After Party?

We did not receive an all-ages permit, which means the main party area will be 21+. However, younger cyclists can enjoy food from the taco bar and soft drinks in all other areas of City Pier.