SEA-TRI-KAN

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

June 21-25, 2017

SEA-TRI-KAN 2017 is the 3rd annual Ride for Refugee Employment across beautiful Washington State. Cyclists will raise funds for local refugee job seekers, then take off on a ride that will take them from Seattle over the Cascades through Tri Cities deep into the Palouse and up to finish in Spokane. The funds raised by this year's cyclists will be matched by the government and go directly toward English classes, transportation assistance, job search assistance, and other essential services for local refugee families.

Your love and support of newcomers as they begin a new life is an investment in a strong community!

    

SEA-TRI-KAN

The Basics

The journey will start at the World Relief Seattle office in Kent, WA on Wednesday afternoon, June 21, 2017.

The team will ride east together for 5 days, heading though World Relief Tri-Cities and on to World Relief Spokane. On the second to last day riders will complete a Century Ride: 100 miles in one day to commemorate World Refugee Day.

Each rider is responsible for their registration fee of $350, which covers all food, lodging, round trip transportation for you and your bike, and other expenses. In addition, each rider will raise $1,760 l from friends and family, which will enable World Relief to enroll 8 refugees on Seattle's Match Grant Employment Program. This money will go directly toward English classes, transportation assistance, job search assistance, and other essential services for local refugee families.

Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home due to persecution for their race, nationality, religion, or membership in a political social group or political belief. They arrive to Washington State from all over the world with great hopes for finding a new home in safety. 100% of SEA-TRI-KAN proceeds will be matched 2:1 and used to help refugee families gain employment, achieve self-sufficiency, and become vibrant, active members of our community.

 

The Route

STK route map

Day 1: Kent to Auburn to Enumclaw to White River Valley

59 miles, aprox 2,750 feet elevation gain

Friday is our chance to find our pace, get our bodies moving, and log a few miles before the big climb over the mountains the next day. Beginning in the early afternoon, we'll start with a short section on a bike trail and then follow back roads through the farmlands of the Green River Valley and Enumclaw Plateau. The day will finish with several forested miles on Highway 410 as it parallels the White River toward Mount Rainier. Except for one short, steep hill, the climbing will be gradual.

Day 2: White River Valley to Chinook Pass to Yakima

84 miles, aprox 2,800 feet elevation gain

Saturday will be a beautiful day of contrasting scenery marked by a hefty climb and a well-deserved coast into Eastern Washington. After several miles of gentle riding through old growth forest, the real climb (3,000' in 13 miles) begins shortly after entering Mount Rainier National Park--this is what all that training is for! If the weather is good, we will have spectacular views of the mountain and the surrounding alpine high country of meadows, lakes, and waterfalls. Chinook Pass at 5,436 feet elevation is the high point of the ride! Now the fun begins: sixty-plus miles of downhill riding. The descent from the Cascade Crest will take us from alpine meadows through forests to the ranchland and orchards of the Naches River Valley.

Day 3: Yakima to Tri-Cities

92 miles, 1,150 feet elevation gain

Sunday will be a nice break from the previous day's climbing as we tour the lower Yakima River Valley down to its confluence with the Columbia River. We will trek through several small towns, and pass vineyards, orchards and wildlife areas along the river. We've made it to Tri-Cities! A special treat will be starting and ending the day with short sections on paved bike trails. We can expect plenty of sunshine from here on out.

Day 4: Tri-Cities to the Palouse

105 miles, aprox 3,300 feet elevation gain

On Monday we will stretch ourselves to ride a full century: 100 miles! The day starts by crossing the mighty Columbia River and then climbing onto the Columbia Plateau. We'll cycle along beautiful, low-traffic, two-lane roads through wide open country crossed by dramatic coulees and dotted with tiny towns. The final miles of the day will bring us to the edge of the lovely rolling hills of the Palouse.

Day 5: The Palouse to Spokane

Tuesday will be the last day in the saddle as we push through the final miles to Spokane. We'll begin the day crossing a portion of the Palouse, a region known for its hundreds of rolling hills and expansive wheat fields. The landscape changes gradually as we head north, shifting to open ponderosa pine forest with scattered lakes. The route will follow mostly back roads as well as some sections of paved trail. There will be a fair amount of up and down through rolling hills, but the final stretch will be mostly downhill or flat. We'll celebrate as we roll into Spokane: just imagine the sense of accomplishment as we finish off 400 miles across the state of Washington for a fantastic cause!

The Training Plan

Every cycling day will be different, but expect around 80 miles per day, with a 100 mile century ride on the penultimate day. 

The ride will be very doable for casual riders who are willing to put in some spring training...and the landscapes and team camaraderie will make it totally worth it!

Feeling a bit overwhelmed about 400 miles? Here are some milestones to shoot for.

3 months out Goal: complete 4 short, 3 medium, and 1 long-distance ride, including one with 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

2 months out Goal: complete 6 short, 4 medium, and 5 long-distance rides (2 long-distance rides back-to-back) including one with 2,000 feet of elevation gain.

1 month out Goal: complete 6 short, 4 medium, and 8 long-distance rides (all back-to-back) including one with 3,000 feet of total elevation gain.

You can download a more detailed training guide here:

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FAQ

Is this a ride or a race? SEA-TRI-KAN is a non-competetive, recreational, fundraising ride. We expect to ride in groups and meet at rest stops and at overnight stops. Half the fun will be getting to know fellow riders over breakfast in the morning, encouraging each other up the hills, and stretching sore muscles at night. It is very doable for casual riders who are willing to put in some spring training. We've even prepared a suggested training plan for you!

So are we riding on the freeway, or...? The route will mostly be on country roads through some very beautiful scenery. Occasionally we'll be on paved bike trails, but mostly we'll be on low-traffic roads or wide shoulders. We'll never ride on the freeway. Check out more detailed route info above!

How many riders will be there? We are capping registration at 40 riders. Sign up now to secure your spot!

Can my husband/mother/girlfriend/dog/neighbour/stepchild/pet ride along in the support car? We do not have additional vehicle space for non-riders and lodging/food will not be available for them. However, the specifics of the route and rest stops will be made available to riders and we will not discourage any loved ones from meeting up to cheer them on! Additionally, we use volunteers for vehicle support, bike maintenance, and rest stops. If someone is interested in volunteering, contact Caitlin for more information

Where will we be staying? Can I have a shower every day? The team will stay in a variety of pre-arranged places, and we expect to have access to showers every night. They will all be indoors and might include air-mattresses at churches, home-stays, and shared motel rooms.

What will the food be like? All snacks and meals are included and will be donated or prepared by volunteers at rest stops and overnight locations. We'll ensure that each meal is healthy, calorie-rich, and electrolyte-boosting so we're all performing our best! Please let us know when you register if you have any dietary restrictions.

How do I get home? We will start the ride in the afternoon of June 21st, so staying in Seattle the night before is not required. Transportation will be provided to return riders and bikes to Seattle or Tri-Cities on the evening of the 25th.

What gear do I need? Riders need to bring their own helmet and bike equipped with road lights (preferably a well-maintained road bike) and water bottles. Most roadside maintenance equipment and tools will be provided when needed, but you are welcome to bring your own basic repair items if you have them. If you anticipate needing very specific parts or if your bike has unusual features or needs, please pack accordingly. Support vehicles will carry rider baggage and food. Check back in for a complete packing list.

Are helmet's required? YES. Not only do most Washington city/county laws require all cyclists to wear helmets, but we care a lot about your head! Safety first!

What does the registration fee cover? Registration covers all the expenses of the ride including meals and snacks, lodging, support vehicles, roadside bike maintenance/repair, transportation home (to Seattle or Tri Cities), an STK jersey, and scholarship for refugee riders. You can start fundraising as soon as the registration deposit is received by World Relief. And your registration fee is partially tax-deductible!

What about the funds I raise? We hope you will be excited to share this journey with your friends and family. By participating, the funds you raise will support refugee job-seekers through housing, transportation, English language classes, job skills training, interview and resume preparation, and much more! Once we have your registration information and deposit, we'll send you materials that will be helpful as you ask people to partner. Donations will be a one-time amount and not per-mile. Keep in mind that some employers match gifts, so encourage your friends and family to check with their HR department to multiply their impact!

How can my friends and family donate toward my goal? Information coming soon! 

How will I get my bike to Seattle? Back to Seattle? Back to Tri-Cities? Rider and bike transportation will be available from Tri-Cities and Spokane to Seattle on the morning of June 21st. Rider and bike transportation will be provided back to Seattle and Tri-Cities on the evening of June 25th. We aim to have you home in time to be ready to go to work on Monday! (or stay home from work on Monday to soak in a hot tub?)

What if I can't finish? We're going to take care of our bodies and bikes as best we can, but if you are unforeseeably unable to finish the race--in whole or in part--you will be welcome to ride along in the support vehicle. The registration fee and funds raised will not be refunded.