to over 5,500 feet of vertical gain
in 100 kilometers!!
The new 100 km Hill Climber Challenge!
Recruit people to ride as a team and challenge other organizations. (You don’t have to all ride the same route).
At the Fort Ward Rest Stop, have your team pictire taken, and at the end of the ride, log how many miles each person rode. Information will be published by team: total miles ridden, average miles per rider and largest team.
Encourage your Health Club, your Company, your Cycle Club, your Church, your Highschool buddies, etc., to ride as a team. It is healthy for you, as well as, raising money to sustain and expand our Kiwanis charity efforts. 100% of the entry fees go into our Bainbridge Island Kiwanis 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.
The Summer Challenge is both Scenic and a Challenge!
If you have ridden the Chilly Hilly in the cold and wet spring weather, you will appreciate riding roughly the same course in our mild mid-August weather! (We have received a firm commitment from the weather gods that the late-August weather will be ideal!)
Elevate your game by riding the Summer Challenge! Test yourself on the ups and downs of the regular 50 km Summer Challenge Ride or the 100 km Hill Climber Challenge Ride or the 16 mile (25 km) Family Challenge Ride and then join us for the after-ride Festival. Whichever route you pick, you will enjoy the scenic beauty of Bainbridge Island while knowing that 100% of your entry fees are recycled through our community to aid children and needy families.
Bainbridge Island was carved by the Glaciers. Each ridge you ride up and each dip you coast down into, was scraped out by the advancing Glacier and left here when the Glaciers retreated. Come to the Bainbridge Summer Challenge and ride them all!
Riding on Bainbridge Island is a great experience. Ride at your own pace through urban, suburban and country roads and stop anytime you feel like sightseeing! You are on “island time”. You will ride along beautiful shorelines with their cool breezes and on country roads through towering forests. There are exciting views of mountains in all four directions from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainier, from the Olympics to the Cascades. You can see ferries, sailboats, container ships, the cruise liners and maybe even an Aircraft Carrier or Nuclear Submarine!
Bainbridge is “in the country” while just a short ferry ride from Seattle. It is quaint with farms, protected forests and parks as well as beautiful homes in the forest and overlooking the beaches. There are many places you may want to take a break from the Challenge and just stop, look and perhaps explore – from Fay Bainbridge park at the north tip down to Fort Ward Park in the south. You will ride by small shops at Lynnwood Center, Island Center and Rolling Bay. All interesting places to stop for a few minutes.
The ride starts and ends in the B.I.Cycle parking lot near Waterfront Park right in downtown Winslow where there are many shops as well as many places to eat for all palates (BBQ, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Southwestern, Sushi, Teriyaki, Thai, Pizza as well as award-winning traditional restaurants) from fast food to the high end. There will be a post-ride festival in Waterfront Park following the ride with music, booths and food. Winslow has two great bike shops, a camping store and a traveler’s store as well as several wine tasting shops. You should have a great time on Bainbridge before you have to catch the ferry back to the hustle and bustle of Seattle.
Bainbridge has a number of hotels, motels and inns available as well as Bed and Breakfasts. Perhaps you will want to stay several relaxed days with us and have more time to explore the Island before you go back to the hustle and bustle of urban life!