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Chilly Hilly 2016

February 28, 2016

With chilly February weather and 2,191 feet of climbing, the name says it all!

Chilly Hilly has been kicking off the cycling season in the Northwest on the last Sunday in February for the past 44 years. The 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island starts with a scenic early morning ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle, or you can join the crowd directly on Bainbridge Island.

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 28, for the ride Bicycling Magazine named “One of Four Classic Rides” in the nation. It’s guaranteed to be hilly, probably chilly and always a heck of a lot of fun. So get the dust off of your bike and get ready for cycling season early!


  • A scenic cruise on a Washington State Ferry (Seatte start)
  • Free food stop at Battle Point Park
  • Supporting local Bainbridge charities
  • Finish Line Festival with a fantastic chili feed benefiting a different Bainbridge Island nonprofit each year (additional cost)

Who rides Chilly Hilly?

  • Chilly Hilly record number of riders is 6,029 (set in 2010)
  • Each year riders come from far and wide including Alaska, Iowa, Nevada and New York – plus British Columbia and France
  • Typically 25 percent of riders are female; 75 percent are male
  • The oldest registered rider was 78 years old. The youngest was one and a half years old. (We’re not sure, however, how old the youngest rider who actually rode.)

​Who does your registration fee support?

Did you know that Chilly Hilly is a fundraiser? Your registration fee helps Cascade provide bicycle education programs for children, families, school groups and everyone else who wants to ride a bike. It also helps us advocate for safer, more connected bicycle infrastructure throughout the state and region. And thanks to you, we’re able to offer fun and challenging riding events and free group rides every day of the year! Your participation truly helps improve lives through bicycling.

Our events are made possible with support from the local communities through which we ride. In addition to supporting Cascade’s programs, your registration fee helps Cascade give back to these communities and the organizations that thrive there. We’re grateful for all their continued support.


February 28, 2016
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