6 a.m. June 21, 2014 88 adventure bicyclists left Monroe, WA to embark on a four day journey that, along the way, would challenge them both mentally and physically. The Cascade 1200 is a 1000k organized bike ride offering minimal support to riders. After being given their designated routes, cyclists check in at various stations along the course so that organizers may track their progress.
Day one riders departed Monroe, WA and ended their day in Carson, WA along the Columbia River Gorge. Their last check in station before Carson was Eagle Cliff Store and Campground near Swift Reservoir/ Early arrivals to the store showed high morale, were chatty and polite as they purchased everything from candy bars to a cold beer to get them through the last part of their first day.
The check in station was open until 2:00 a.m. ready to mark off the progress of riders. It's not a race but more of a personal challenge or goal that riders set for themselves. While onlookers may perceive this as an activity only crazy people would indulge in, the gumption it takes to even begin this journey is not lost on anyone.
At last report, 4 of the original riders had dropped out of the ride. The last day of the event is June 24, 2014 when cyclists cross the finish line in Monroe, WA where they began 4 days earlier.
Organized bike rides like the Cascade 1200 are popular events during the summer. If you are interested in finding out more about the Cascade 1200 or other rides like them visit www.adventurecycling.com