From: brakingnews@cascadebicycleclub.org
Date: July 24, 2006 12:49:30 PM PDT
To: jerry@obatik.com
Subject: Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

Dear riders, The Cascade Bicycle Club wants to thank you for riding this year’s Group Health STP and to provide you with some follow up information. We also want to thank whoever was in charge of the weather – pat yourself on the back! According to Jerry Baker, 26-time finisher and first ever winner when STP was a sanctioned race, this year’s event had the best riding weather ever.

Photos can be found online at: http://www.marathonfoto.com/index.cfm?RaceOID=28052006M1

If you stayed at Centralia College, the housing organizers would like to hear your feedback, suggestions and complaints. Send an email to: foundation@centralia.edu.

Lost and Found is at the Cascade Bicycle Club Office – 7400 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA 98115. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 206.522.3222 to see if we have your lost item.

We had two very serious-looking accidents, but we are happy to report that the riders involved are on the road to recovery and will be just fine.

We had 8,907 registered riders, of which 2,156 finished in one day! The first group of one-day riders arrived at the finish line at 3:05 p.m.

46 riders are over 70
Oldest: 86
Oldest Male: 86
Oldest Female: 76
Youngest: 1
28 under 10

Times Ridden:
53% first timers (4707)
15% ridden 1 time (1306)
2 ridden 26 times,
1 25 times
21 ridden 20 times or more

Food Consumption at the Spanaway Food Stop
9,400 sandwiches
8,000 cookies
6,000 Clif bars
3,000 bagels
18,000 servings of fruit (bananas, grapes, plums, etc.)
900 gallons of Ultima Sports Drink

A few issues that we continue to struggle with to find a solution are:

1. Riders who don’t register but still use all the services including eating the food your registration paid for. Many of you may know riders who fit this description and don’t think it makes a difference. But multiply that single rider by 500 to 1,000 unplanned riders, and you can see why we can run out of things.

2. Riders who insist on having personal support vehicles that follow them on the ride causing large volumes of traffic on the route and create a very dangerous situation.

3. Riders who do not follow the rules of the road. What I always say is we can do just about everything, but we can’t ride the bike for you. The number one complaint we get from riders is about the riding behavior of other riders.

Limited STP merchandise is still available, but jerseys are sold out. Please visit: http://www.cascade.org/EandR/stp/STP_Souvenirs.cfm to place your order.

If you had a great time on STP, please consider joining Cascade Bicycle Club, the largest bike club in the nation. As a member, you’ll learn new cycling routes, meet other riders, receive information about cycling-related issues, and have a strong voice in the future of cycling in the Pacific Northwest. Use this special form to save $5 on a new membership. http://www.cascade.org/about/pdf/membership_poststp06.pdf

2007 STP
The dates for the next STP will be posted on the event website by August 1: http://www.cascade.org/EandR/stp/

Happy cycling,

David Douglas
Events Director
Cascade Bicycle Club

**This is a one-time event announcement.**