Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic on Bainbridge Island
Beyond its clever rhyme, the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic is the perfect name for what’s become the world-famous, 33-mile ride around Bainbridge Island. For over 40 years, thousands of cyclists have come to the Island in late February to brave the chilly (and typically damp) late winter in the Pacific Northwest. What’s more, Bainbridge Island’s topography provides many burning ascents and breezy descents.
Each year, the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic brings upwards of 6,000 bicycles to Bainbridge Island. Starting at about 7:55 am on a Sunday morning, the first wave of cyclists from Seattle disembark from a Washington State Ferry. From there they circumnavigate Bainbridge Island, a full 33-mile (53 km) journey that includes 2,675 feet of overall climbing!
Lest you think the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic is too ambitious, keep in mind that past participants have ranged in age from under 2 to just shy of 80 years old. There’s also a festive, community aspect to the bicycle ride, with free baked goods and hot cider available for participants. If your stomach requires more sustenance after a long ride, a Finish Line Festival features a delicious chili feed to fill your gut and it benefits Island non-profits.
While the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry ride is a fun part of the overall Chilly Hilly experience, why not make a nice weekend of the event, and book a couple of nights at a local guest house, hotel or bed and breakfast? That way, your Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic can be even more memorable.
The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is comprised of 25 vacation rentals, guest houses, bed and breakfasts (B&B), boutique hotels, inns and cottages on Bainbridge Island, in Washington State. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on our beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. Visit our website for Bainbridge Island events and attractions, and of course, for your vacation rentals.