FAQ

Q: How can I contact the ride organizers (Susan Otcenas & Charlie White)?

A: If you have questions that are not answered here or elsewhere on the website, please email your inquiries to: cascade1200@seattlerandonneur.org

Q: I plan to ride just during the day, do I still need lights?

A: Front and rear lights must be mounted permanently on the bike at all times. Please read the section below on Required Equipment.

Q: Will there be a bike check before the ride?

A: Yes. Required safety equipment will be inspected before the start and riders will not be allowed to start until the following requirements are met. The bike safety inspection will be conducted concurrent with registration, on Friday June 17th, between 12:00 p.m. & 4 p.m., followed by a riders meeting from 4pm to 5pm.

Q: What equipment is required?

A: Per Article 10 of RUSA’s Rules for riders:

“For night riding, vehicles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be turned on at all times during hours of darkness or other low-light conditions (rain, fog, etc.). At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. All riders’ lights must meet the requirements of local laws. A rider is not permitted to cycle at night or in other low-light conditions without working front and rear lights attached to the vehicle; therefore backup lighting systems and/or spare bulbs are strongly recommended in case the primary system fails and cannot be repaired on the roadside. Each rider, whether riding in a group or alone, must fully comply with this requirement. Everyone must use their lights!

During hours of darkness or other low-light conditions, all riders must wear a reflective vest or some other device that clearly places significant reflective material on the front and back of the rider. During these times all riders will also wear a reflective ankle band around each ankle. (Due to their unusual seating position, recumbent riders may modify their reflective torso devices to show better from front and rear.) Other reflective devices on clothing, shoes, helmets, and machines are encouraged for increased safety – but they are extra and may not take the place of the minimum items listed above. Riders must review the RUSA Reflective Guide and are strongly encouraged to meet the recommended minimum standards for torso reflectivity described in that document.

Regardless of whether or not an RBA or ride organizer conducts a gear/equipment inspection at the start of a ride, failure to have and display appropriate reflective gear and required lighting may result in an immediate disqualification.”

In addition to the requirements of Article 10 above, riders MUST wear a helmet at all times. Failure to wear a helmet will result in immediate disqualification.

Q: What additional equipment is recommended?

A: Hand held flashlights or helmet mounted lights are recommended for repairs made in the dark. Spare batteries and lights are strongly encouraged. A spare tire and several spare tubes, and sufficient tools to effect minor repairs are also recommended.

While not required, fenders (1/4 coverage front wheel and 1/2 coverage rear wheel) are recommended. June can be a rainy time in Western Washington, and much of this event travels through the Cascade Mountains, a region that can create its own weather.

Riding gear for inclement weather, as well as sufficient food and water for yourself between controls is strongly recommended. Much of the route of the Cascade 1200 is very remote and devoid of commercial services.

Q: Why is this ride more expensive than last time?

A:  Over the years, the Cascade 1200 has remained one of the least expensive 1200km rides given the services provided.  The cost of putting on an event of this magnitude has steadily risen over the years but the event fee has not gone up.   In 2014, the the ride ran a deficit and so the club must raise the fee for 2016.  That being said, we are trying to keep costs down as much as possible while still presenting what we feel is one of the premier 1200 events in the world.

In addition to the inevitable inflationary costs, we have stepped up the support for this year.  Riders will not be subjected to overnight controls in jr. high schools, sleeping on gym floors, and showers that are warmish at best.  All three overnight controls will be at motels or lodges and food will be professionally catered.

Q: Motels are all well and good, but I still don’t sleep well when sharing a bed, will there be other sleeping arrangements available?

A:  The overnight controls are provided for all riders and that is also where the food service will be.  That being said, it is understandable that some may not appreciate the sleeping arrangements provided.  Those riders are free to find lodging on their own.  However, there will not be adjustment in price of the ride and riders will still be responsible for checking into the controls on time.

An additional consideration is that the options of finding alternative lodging is very limited, especially in the final overnight control in Mazama.  June is a very busy time for motels in Washington state and the Cascade is going to impact the availability in both Packwood and Mazama.

Q: Why is the ride longer than 1200km?

With apologies to David Letterman, here are the Top 10 (ok, 6) reasons why the ride is longer than 1200km:

#6:  Lots of 1200km rides are 1200km. SIR strives to be better than everybody else.
#5: Riders get more value for their ride fee
#4: The state of Washington has so many wonderful sites, we could not squeeze all them into a mere 1200km
#3: We decided to make it exactly 4 days long for easier math.
#2: 800 miles in 4 days sounds so much cooler than 750 miles in 90 hours.
and #1: The desired overnight locations, coupled with wanting to maximize daylight riding and minimize night riding (after the first night) dictated the final length.  Trust us, the extra kilometers will be worth it!

Q: I want to attempt a personal best time, can I ride straight through?

Yes, but the Cascade is and always has been a ride that emphasizes group riding. We carefully structure the distances for optimal daylight riding and large groups of riders leaving together in the mornings. Our volunteer support is limited and we cannot always provide support for all riders that are ahead of the masses.
For those riders that want to ride ahead of the group, we will have info controls.

Also keep in mind that many of the areas that the Cascade goes through are remote.  Often there will be no services for very long distances, especially in the middle of the night. A lot of the towns we will pass through roll up the sidewalk early and you may have a hard time finding food, water, or even shelter if the weather turns sour.

Q: I plan on riding straight through and will not be using the support as the rest of the riders, why don’t I get a discount?

The Cascade is a ride that emphasizes group riding and we need to provide support for all the riders that sign up. If rider that is planning on riding fast has an issue and must slow down, support (accommodations, food, etc.) must still be provided for that rider.

1200km rides are very dynamic events, and the best developed plans often change due to circumstances beyond reasonable expectations. We want all riders to be successful, and that means that we provide the best support that we can. Unfortunately we don’t have enough volunteers to support each and every rider with custom support.

Q: Where do I sign up to volunteer?

Volunteers can sign up here.

Q: Why is there a limit on the number of riders?
The Cascade route goes through many remote areas and we don’t always have access to the facilities large enough to accommodate a group that is any larger.