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RAPSody 2013

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This annual bicycle riders' event supports statewide bicycle advocacy and education. The 170-mile loop tours the scenic back roads and bike trails of five Washington counties and includes lots of rolling hills, water, and mountain views. RAPSody in two days is challenging fun!

Cross the Puget Sound on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and enjoy the company of fellow bicyclists from all over the country on this 170-mile weekend bicycle event. Named a "Top 10 Classic" road ride by OutdoorsNW magazine, RAPSody is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

RAPSody is:

  • Challenging - Two 85-mile days of rolling hills add up to 9,600 feet of elevation.
  • Scenic - Water and mountain views, wooded back roads.
  • Tasty - Yogurt parfaits, calzones, sandwich bar, homemade cookies.
  • Friendly - 500 riders at an event hosted by bicyclists for bicyclists.

At the halfway point of this two-day loop, there is indoor and outdoor camping at Shelton High School, root beer floats, massage, and on-site meals supporting the Shelton youth center (SOCK) -plus a Saturday nigh bike movie.

About RAPSody

RAPSody Benefits Bicycling

Most bike events are organized by for-profit businesses, by a single bike club for its own benefit or for a cause often unrelated to bicycling. RAPSody is organized by volunteers from five Puget Sound area bike clubs in support of bike advocacy and education across Washington state.

All RAPSody proceeds benefit the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Over the past nine years, RAPSody riders have helped raise more than $100,000 for Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets policies, representation for bicyclists in Olympia via a professional lobbyist, support for local bike clubs, and more.

  • Why not make your wheels work for you?
  • Who Organizes RAPSody?

RAPSody is organized by bicyclists for bicyclists. Volunteers from five Puget Sound area bicycle clubs plan the ride (mostly via phone!) and host the rest stops. There is no paid staff and our only goal is to host a great event that benefits bicycling.

The bike club volunteers are experienced because their clubs also host bike events, and because we have all been on other rides.

Hosting bike clubs:

  • B.I.K.E.S. of Snohomish County
  • The Capital Bicycle Club
  • Cyclists of Greater Seattle
  • Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club
  • West Sound Cycling Club

At Shelton High School, the ride benefits and is supported by Save Our County's Kids (SOCK), the local youth support organization.

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