Updated map available now at bikerouteblaster.
Final cue sheet now posted.
PDF version now posted.
To those wishing to book motel rooms for the 400 on May 16th, be aware that there is a concert at The Gorge that night and room availability is already a bit tight. In addition, the rates for that night are increased about 50% above their normal. The current plan is to have the Start/Finish at the Travelodge in Ephrata. I encourage people planning to ride the 400 to book their rooms ASAP (availability and rates are good on the night before, May 15).
|Route Summary||For this year’s spring 400 we’ve planned a new route that should prove challenging and quite scenic. We’ll be pedaling the quiet and dry (hopefully) back roads of eastern Washington, starting/ending in lovely Ephrata. The course takes us through the Moses Coulee, then onto a short section of Hwy 2 to Farmer. We head north from Farmer and take the newly repaved, thrilling descent through McNeil Canyon to the Columbia River. Follow along the Columbia to Pateros where we turn and follow the Methow River Valley. Heading east, we’ll conquer Loup Loup pass at just over 4,000’ and descend into Okanagon and pass through beautiful Omak. From there we’ll tackle another climb to Disautel Summit, riding through the Colville Indian Reservation. The final leg of the loop heads south through Grand Coulee, passing along Banks, Lenore, and Soap Lakes back to Ephrata. |
| Special Instructions:||We’ll be booking some rooms in a motel or two in Ephrata for Friday and Saturday nights. Rates and availabilities will be passed along as the event gets closer. A preliminary cue sheet is linked here but corrections and adjustments will be added, so please consider this just approximate for now. Please preregister early for this ride so we can plan for motel room requirements.|
| Motel Info: ||Below are the motels we found in Ephrata; a fallback could be Moses Lake, which is about 18 miles away. |
31 S. Basin St.
Ephrata Inn Motel
848 Basin St.
1257 Basin St.
1818 Basin St.
Oasis Park Campground
2541 Basin St.
|Date:||May 16 , 2009|
|Time:|| Registration Opens 4:15 am|
Ride Starts5:00 am
|Entry Fee:||$25 SIR members, $35 non-members. Please make all entry and membership fees payable to SIR.|
Headlights (white and clearly visible from 150 yards to oncoming traffic), tail lights, and red rear reflectors are required. Note that many taillights are also legal reflectors. These may be checked and riders may be disqualified if they do not function. Functional lights must be mounted on bike at all times. Lights must be operating at night on each bike in a group. Blinking taillights are permitted, but note that these may bother some other riders.
Reflective vests and leg bands are required. This is for your safety and the safety of others in the group.
Multiple redundant headlights, taillights, extra bulbs, and extra batteries are STRONGLY recommended, and may be required by the brevet leader. Hand held flashlights are recommended for repairs made in the dark.
Final cue sheet posted
Updated BikeRouteToaster - bikerouteblaster
|Registration:|| Preregister online (available to SIR members) |
if you register "on line" you will not need to complete the registration paperwork at the ride start. On line registering allows for quick posting of ride results -- snail mail paper registration slows down the end of ride results. PDf Entry Form
A bicycle helmet is required. Fenders and mud flaps encouraged.
All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with SIR Brevet Rider Expectations , RUSA rules, applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification.
Please fill out the SIR Membership Form BEFORE the ride if you are joining SIR. Please also try to have correct change (or a check) for the entry fee, medal, SIR annual fee, and RUSA annual fee.