Ride of Silence Founder Cross-Country Trip Starts in Everett July 6

The founder of the worldwide Ride of Silence will be crossing the United States between July 6 and Aug 8. Chris Phelan will begin his journey in Everett, WA, July 6, and end in Williamsburg, VA, Aug 7.  He’ll be one of the participants in the PAC Tour Northern Transcontinental Cross Country

He will be riding to raise awareness of the Ride of Silence and with hopes to meet as many ROS event organizers as possible. Because he needs to average 112 miles per day for 30 days, he realizes he may only get to shake a few hands and say thank you while guzzling a Gatorade in the shade at a 7-Eleven on a corner. But, to him, it will be worth it.

If you can visit him along this sojourn that will include Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia, please come out and cheer him on. Point him to your favorite pizza place. Buy him a beverage.

In Washington state at least three rides took place for 2013: Seattle, with 36 riders; Spokane, with 40; and Wenatchee, with 40. If your community participated and you haven’t reported it yet, let Chris know so he captures the full reach of the event.

Chris’s schedule is listed below with dates and cities that he should be passing through.  If you’d like to meet up with him send him an email to let him know; include the date and city so you can coordinate: Chris.Phelan@rideofsilence.org.

In Spokane, Ride of Silence organizer Roger Schramm is putting out the call to get local riders to meet Chris. Contact rogers@garcobuildings.com if you want to participate.

Dates and Cities List

Sat, Jul 6, 2013, Everett, WA: Best Western Cascadia Inn 425-258-4141

Sun, Jul 7, Sedro-Woolley, WA: Three Rivers Inn 425-258-4141

Mon, Jul 8, Winthrop, WA: The Virginian Resort 509-996-2535

Tue, Jul 9, Coulee Dam, WA: Columbia River Inn 509-633-2100

Wed, Jul 10, Spokane, WA: Econo Lodge 509-747-2021

Thu, Jul 11, Sandpoint, ID: Quality Inn Sandpoint 208-263-2111

Fri, Jul 12, Thompson Falls, MT: Rimrock Motel 406-827-3536

Sat, Jul 13, Missoula, MT: Campus Inn 406-549-5134

Sun, Jul 14, Butte, MT: Super-8 Butte 406-494-6000

Mon, Jul 15, Bozeman, MT: Days Inn Bozeman 406-587-5251

Tue, Jul 16, Columbus, MT: Super -8 Columbus 406-322-4101

Wed, Jul 17, Powell, WY: Super-8 Powell 307-754-7231

Thu, Jul 18, Sheridan, WY: Best Western Sheridan 307-674-7421

Fri, Jul 19, Gillette, WY: Best Western Gillette 307-686-2210

Sat, Jul 20, Custer, SD: Super 8 Custer 605-673-2200

Sun, Jul 21, Rapid City, SD: Best Western Rapid City 605-343-5383

Mon, Jul 22, Murdo, SD: Graham’s Best Western 605-669-2441

Tue, Jul 23, Mitchell, SD: Super-8 Mitchell 605-996-9678

Wed, Jul 24, Worthington, MN: Travel Lodge 507-372-2991

Thu, Jul 25, Albert Lea, MN: Country Inn & Suites 507-373-5513

Fri, Jul 26, La Crosse, WI: Courtyard Marriott Hotel 608-782-1000

Sat, Jul 27, Portage, WI: Super-8 Portage 608-742-8330

Sun, Jul 28, Manitowoc, WI: Econo Lodge 920-682-8271

Mon, Jul 29, Ludington, MI: Snyder’s Shoreline Inn 231-845-1261

Tue, Jul 30, Hudsonville, MI: Quality Inn 616-662-4000

Wed, Jul 31, Coldwater, MI: Super-8 Coldwater 517-278-8833

Thu, Aug 1, Lima, OH: Howard Johnsons c/o Jeff 419-222-0004

Fri, Aug 2, Circleville, OH: Holiday Inn Express 740-420-7711

Sat, Aug 3, Parkersburg, WV: Red Roof Inn 304-485-1741

Sun, Aug 4, Elkins, WV: Super-8 Elkins 304-636-6500

Mon, Aug 5, Harrisonburg, VA: Best Western Harrisonburg 540-433-6089

Tue, Aug 6, Ashland, VA: Hampton Inn Ashland 804-752-8444

Wed, Aug 7, Williamsburg, VA: Econo Lodge Inn and Suites 757-253-1663

2013 Ride of Silence Results Reported to Date

This year’s 10th anniversary Ride of Silent broke all previous records with 372 events worldwide. The event grew dramatically overseas with events in 26 countries outside of the United States, many of which were first-time events in those countries.

  • Total 2013 Riders: 10,652
  • Number of Locations Reporting in: 131 (out of 372 known locations) 35%
  • U.S.: Events in all 50 states
  • Largest # of riders:  1,325 in Hong Kong, followed by 1,132 in Banaba San Mateo RizalPhilippines
  • Smallest events (every one of them counts):  1- Pingree, North Dakota, and 1- Stamford, Connecticut
  • Most events organized by one bike shop:  6, Wheel & Sprocket in Illinois 
  • Most events in smallest country:  2, Cyprus (Latsia & Nicosia)
  • Event furthest south (and likely coldest region):  Palmer Station, Antarctica
  • Furthest north (perhaps colder yet):  Fairbanks, Alaska, followed closely by Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
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