Ride with your four bike team in this challenging team road cycling event (June 10, 2017)
The RCC Course d’Equipe is a new annual ride that invites teams of riders to work together on challenging courses set in Washington State. Above all, the experience of the ride is the spirit of Course d’Equipe: the experience of riding with a team and the experience of cycling on some of the most beautiful and challenging routes that Washington has to offer. You’ll ride through small communities and on a variety of surfaces. The course you follow is ultimately up to you but you will be required to make every checkpoint along the course. While you'll know the suggested course before event day, you’ll learn about the the checkpoints at the start line. You’ll register your team's progress at checkpoints using the tiny technical marvel that is the smartphone as teams will check in by snapping team photos at checkpoints along the route. Teams must work, play and stay together throughout the entire event.
2017 Course: Edmonds Ferry Hopper
In its inaugural year, Course d’Equipe will start and finish in the small town of Edmonds. Over the next 8-12 hours, you’ll use the Washington State Ferry system to visit Whidbey Island, old Puget Sound fortifications and many small communities along the way. The areas around the Puget Sound are known to cyclists for the unique views, constant up and down hills and occassional winds.
Start & Finish Line
The Edmonds Marina Beach Park will serve as our start line and our celebration point after the ride. Team checkin and Ride Director send-off begins at 6:20AM. Teams will depart on a staggered schedule with the first team leaving sharply at 6:30AM.
Teams & Team Composition
There will be room for a maximum of 20 teams each comprised of up to four bikes. A team may consist of up to 4 bikes in any combination of single or tandem bikes. Every team is required to have and register a team name so that the world will know how to speak of you and your achievement for years to come. If your team has only 2 or 3 cyclists, you can still form a team. If your team registered with 3 or 4 riders but one or two can no longer make the ride on event day, you can still ride Course d'Equipe with a minimum of two riders (or team up with another team to form a 2-4 rider group).
The entry fee for each team is $25 per rider with an additional $25 required for every second tandem rider. The entry fee for a team of 4 singles is $100. The entry fee for a team of 4 tandems is $200. Your team entry fee covers: ferry tickets, rider t-shirts, ride awards and post-ride celebration food and drinks. You can register online using the button at the top of this page.
Washington State Ferries
About those ferries that you'll need to complete the course: we'll buy the tickets for you and hand them out at the start line... after that everything else is up to you. You'll need to learn the ferry departure times and calculate your route and target ferry run. Good luck catching that ferry!
Course d'Equipe's route is defined by ferry runs and checkpoints that must be attained and often the best path might be the route that is provided. The route might involve a converted rail trail but perhaps the quickest route is for fit teams to take on a segment of rollers - ultimately it's up to you.
Post Ride Celebration
After you've completed the course, hang out with the other teams and friends to share stories and photos about your experience. We'll have food and drinks set up in the park. The Post Ride Celebration will be open from 4-7PM.
We're handing out awards for categories that inspire us about the course and teams that day. Course d'Equipe awards celebrate Washington State and feature wines from the region that we're cycling through that day. Awards will be handed out for Quickest Team, Most Stylish, Most Experienced Team, Least Experienced Team and Dead Last.
Each year, the Course d'Equipe celebrates a different region of Washington State and each year, the Redmond Cycling Club will donate 10% of the event's proceeds to an inspiring non-profit from the region.
Where: Edmonds Marina Beach Park (Map).
When: Official Start is 7:30AM
Numbers: 103 or so miles on the bike, 6,600' or so total elevation
Duration: 8-12 hours including ferry time
Pace: Up to you and your team!
Ride Goal: Stay together, ride safe, earn a bottle of wine and have fun!
Ride Directors: Joe Matthews and Per Sunde
Every Course d'Equipe provides a suggested route to use to visit all checkpoints and complete the ride. The suggested route will guarantee successful navigation but it does not have to be followed exactly. Local knowledge and thinking could lead to alternative segments on the route that could save your team a few minutes and give you a slight advantage.
View the suggested route and cue sheet at Ride With GPS
A Self Supported Ride
There will be no support staff or SAG vehicles out on the course. When it comes to eating, you'll need to make decisions. Should you fuel up while riding your bike, with ferry service food while crossing water or at a fine eatery in Port Townsend - it's totally up to you and your team! Like any good weekend ride, you'll be on your own with your teammates to solve any mechanical, nutrition or otherwise issues to complete the ride, stay safe and ultimately get back home.
About the Course Designer
The Course d'Equipe course designer is Ride Director Per Sunde who is local cycling ride leader with decades of experience designing and leading cycling routes. Per enjoys crafting routes that are challenging, interesting and make you go up a steep hill or two.
Club Ride Requirements
Course d'Equipe is an RCC Club ride. You must be an RCC Member to take part in Course d'Equipe. If you're not yet an RCC Member - sign up today for the price of two tubes: click here to join RCC. The Ride Director will verify all riders at the course start.