Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic takes you on an unforgettable, two-day journey through Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties. As many as 2,000 riders will cruise along scenic figure-eight courses ranging from 22 to 97 miles. Full meals, generous amenities, stunning landscapes, fully stocked rest stops and spirited festivities are all included.
Registration Fee: $75
Fundraising Minimum: $250
Age Minimum: 12 and older (minors must have adult chaperone on route)
Village Directions & Lodging
Route Options: All routes start and finish at the Skagit County Fairgrounds.
- Day 1: 22, 59, 80 or 97 miles.
- Day 2: 26, 52 or 72 miles.
More information, including route maps will be available summer 2015.
If you haven't already, think about forming or joining a team. Riding with friends and family makes the journey that much more fun. In fact, more than 85% of cyclists ride as part of a team!
- If you have not already registered, you can form or join a team when you do.
- If you have already registered, please contact us at teamMSnorthwest@nmss.org and your teams coach will help you out.
Set your Personal/Team Fundraising Goal
- View the Goal Setting (pdf) document for tips on setting a challenging yet realistic goal.
Build Your Team
- Appoint a Co-Captain.
- Recruit at least four team members.
- Read more about being a team captain, recruiting, fundraising and training.
- Make a list of every person you know — the obvious and the not-so obvious. Need extra help? Use the Know Your Networks worksheet (pdf).
- Visit the Fundraising Tools page for ideas and strategies.
- Order free Bike MS materials including posters, trading cards and more.
- Each cyclist is required to raise at least $250, but the majority of cyclists go above and beyond the fundraising minimum and raise $750.
- Thank your donors and give them a tax deductible receipt.
Prepare for the Ride
Rider Village is where it all comes together at Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic! Rider Village is the home of Team Row, the exciting start/finish celebrations, team photos, parties, the beer garden and much, much more! Pop by for mechanical support, check in at registration, stash your bike in the bike corral, enjoy a tasty meal or beverage and fully experience the community of Bike MS!
Following is just a taste of the fun that awaits you and your team in Rider Village.
- Live Music
- Mechanical Support
- Beer Garden
- Dining Hall
- Secured Bike Corral
- Outdoor camping and RV accommodations
- Saturday Evening Rally
- Team Row
Alcohol policy in Rider Village
While a cold beer might be just the thing to top off a great day of riding, please understand that the serving of alcohol in our Rider Village requires everyone to act responsibly and abide by state liquor laws. Please follow these simple but important policies to ensure the safety of all participants and understand your liability as the team host when providing alcohol.
- Post signs that state 'Proof of age required' in your Team Row tent.
- Have a means to check ID.
- Utilize tickets, wristbands, etc. to control the consumption of alcohol.
- Be prepared to provide transportation for anyone who may be intoxicated and is traveling offsite.
- Follow all local regulations and laws regarding the distribution of alcohol. Please check with your state liquor control board to inquire about a liquor license for your Team Row tent.
Good Neighbor Policy
There is limited space in the Team Village, and we want to make sure everyone has a comfortable, fun, and relaxing experience. We ask that your team please adhere to the following Good Neighbor policies:
- All gates will be locked at 9:00 p.m. except the Start/Finish gate.
- Quiet time begins at 10:00 p.m. That means shutting down generators too.
- No open fires (i.e. bonfires) are allowed.
- No roping off space around your tent.
- Please keep trash and other items out of the main walkways and thoroughfares. Please utilize the trash and recycling bins located throughout Rider Village.
- After unloading, all vehicles need to return to the designated event parking area.
- Do not set up private sleeping tents next to the team tent. These tents need to be located in the designated camping area.
Driving Directions and Lodging
From Northbound I-5:
- Merge onto I-5 N
- Take exit 225 for Anderson Rd
- Turn left at Anderson Rd
- Turn right at Old Hwy 99 S Rd
- Turn left at W Blackburn Rd
- Turn right at Harrison St
From Southbound I-5:
- Merge onto I-5 S
- Take exit 226 for WA-536/Kincaid St
- Turn left at S 3rd St
- Take Right at Vera St
- Turn left at Cleveland Ave
- Turn right at Taylor St
- A limited number of RV spaces will be available by reservation only beginning June 1. Contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Free outdoor tent camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- A variety of local hotels are available, including: Best Western College Way Inn, Best Western Skagit Valley Inn, CottonTree Inn, Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn and Tulip Inn.