Seattle to Portland (STP) is an iconic bike ride that was named in top 10 recreational cycling events in America by Bicycling Magazine. The 206 mi (332 km) epic event takes place on the second or third weekend in July featuring about 8,000 riders who are expected to get from Seattle to Portland in one or two days! The ride is famous for its spectacular landscapes along the course that lies through country roads, avoiding busy Interstate 5. Participants pass Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, Mount Saint Helens as well as countless lush valleys, green forests of Washington and Oregon states.
Seattle to Portland was started in 1979 by the Cascade Bicycle Club. First, it was designed as a race, but in 1981 the format was changed into a recreational ride. The winner of the inaugural race was Jerry Baker from Seattle.
About 2000 riders are able to complete STP in one day, though for the majority of riders that come from all over the United States and Canada, it takes two days to finish. About 30 mi (48 km ) of the route is uphill. The midpoint of the ride is located in Centralia, WA, where there are showers, first aid, bicycle repair, food and drink vendors, live music, and a beer garden. Other foods and drink stops include Seward Park, Tenino, Vader, Goble, and Scappoose.