Gigantic Bicycle Festival Rolls through Snohomish County and into Snoqualmie

WA Bikes member Allan Ohlsen.

Snohomish County Bikes: an ongoing series highlighting great Snohomish County bike rides and issues.

If you didn’t register for the Gigantic Bicycle Festival ride and music festival this weekend you missed a gorgeous ride of 77 or 100 miles that took off from Seattle and looped through Snohomish County before landing in the town of Snoqualmie.

The ride had well-supported aid stations and provided shuttles back to Seattle, although plenty of riders had family meet them at the park for the music festival and camping. A long line-up of bands played in the beautiful surroundings of Snoqualmie, with vendors selling bike art, clothing, bags, and more.

It’s not too late to enjoy the beautiful ride but you’ll have to wait until next year to get a line-up like this again at such an affordable price. (Along with beverages by Snoqualmie Brewery and others in the beer garden, food carts with burgers, gyros, tacos, and smoothies, free samples from Honest Tea and Kind bars, camping in the field by Centennial Park…. How could you have missed this?!)

The ride left Saturday from Magnuson Park in Seattle and headed up into Snohomish County, rolling through Bothell, Woodinville, Maltby, Cathcart, Snohomish and Monroe. Those who rode the 100-mile route had an extra loop that headed from Monroe around Lake Roesiger.

We had a petition in our booth asking the legislature to emphasize bike safety and fund better bike connections when they work on transportation funding; the lack of shoulders on some of the stretches of road had people eager to sign but one and all said they enjoyed the ride. (If you want to sign the petition, look for it at the bottom of this page.)

We had fun hanging out in our booth listening to the eclectic mix and inviting people to pick a sign and pose for a photo. We’re sharing a slide show of the happy faces we talked with, maps of the routes if you’d like to try them yourself, and a couple of videos from groups that played.

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77-mile route, Seattle into Snohomish County and back into King County to the town of Snoqualmie

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Menomena played Saturday along with lots of other great bands.

100-mile route, Seattle into Snohomish County to Snoqualmie

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Anomie Belle played Sunday, again with other great groups. The ticket price? $30 for both days of great music, $110 if you did the ride and got the cool jersey. Don’t miss it next year.

Great ride, great food, great music, great vendors like Bikeworks, Cycle Pronto bikeshare, and many more. Glad we were there!

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2 Comments

  1. Gordon
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    This was a fantastic event! A real treat! Sincere kudos to the organizers and volunteers. This was a last minute event for me, however I will definitely go next year and try to bring as many friends as I can.

    • Barb Chamberlain
      Posted September 5, 2014 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      Glad you enjoyed it! We had a great time in our booth and plan to be back next year. Gordon, you may want to come to our annual auction Nov. 8, 2014, at the Seattle Marriott. Jesse with Gigantic Bicycle Festival is donating some registrations and jerseys and they’ll be in the auction. http://wabikes.org/events-rides/auction/