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)
Download the Rider Packet.
Rider packets will be available for pick-up at the National MS Society Office and at the registration booth at Bike MS.
- Tuesday, Sept. 1 & Wednesday, Sept. 2, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., National MS Society Office, 192 Nickerson St., Seattle. Map.
- Friday, Sept. 11, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., registration booth, Rider Village.
- Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:00 - 8:30 a.m., registration booth, Rider Village.
- Sunday, Sept. 13, 6:00 - 8:30 a.m., registration booth, Rider Village.
Village Directions & Lodging
Route Options: All routes start and finish at the Skagit County Fairgrounds.
View the route elevation overview.
Routes are open from 7:30 a.m.5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 7.30 a.m.4:00 p.m. on Sunday with the start line closing at 8:45 a.m. both days. If you are still out on the route after the route closes for the day, you will be asked to turn in your rider bib number and ride at your own risk. Transportation back to Rider Village is available upon request.
We appreciate your hard work and want to make sure that each rider is safe and fully supported on the route.
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
The hub of activity known as the Rider Village is located at Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 VIRGINIA STREET,MOUNT VERNON, WASH. This is where everyone will gather for meals, the Bike MS rally, beer garden, camping, first aid, mechanical support, live entertainment, team tents and more! Bring your favorite lawn games to play in the baseball field by the beer garden!
Wear your wristband at all times to receive catered meals throughout the weekend. Friends and family may purchase a wristband for meals at Volunteer Check-in for $20 each.
Rally: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (Main Stage)
The Saturday evening Bike MS rally will remind you why your efforts are so important in the work to create a world free of MS. This inspirational 30-minute program will feature exciting and motivating messages, team awards, Century Club recognition, announcements and more you won’t want to miss it!
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 fill out the online form to obtain a banquet permit 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
- North Gate: Bike/Pedestrian traffic only
- South Gate: General Parking, RV and Camping
- West Gate: Accessible Parking, Century Club & SAG vehicles only
- Overflow: Look for signs upon arrival
- RV reservations are full.
- Free outdoor tent camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at noon on Friday, Sept. 11. Showers and restroom facilities will be available for all campers.
- A variety of local hotels are available, including: Best Western College Way Inn, Best Western Skagit Valley Inn, Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Quality Inn and Tulip Inn. Please note that there will be no shuttle transportation from hotels, but most are only a short ride away.