Cycle the WAVE offers four (4) route options to accommodate all rider levels plus Walk the WAVE for non riders. All cycle routes include a variety of terrain (roads, trails, climbs and descents). 2017 routes are not expected to change from 2016 pending any construction updates that may occur. Thanks to Kathlyn Kocher Paananen for re-naming our four ride routes!
Rider safety is our utmost concern: most bike accidents on organized events occur between cyclists. PLEASE READ our Safety Page for group riding techniques and tips. Ride safe and Ride S.M.A.R.T. Cycle the WAVE roads and trails are open to all users. Please ride courteously to ensure the WAVE is invited back to these communities next year.
Group Start Time for each route is posted below. Riders may choose to leave earlier or later, however, the Finish Line Festival & Rest Stops are timed to coincide with Group Start Time windows. Plan your start within 30 minutes of the advertised start time so you can enjoy all the amenities of the event.
To download routes on your GPS enabled device, visit the Master Route webpage on Ride With GPS.
2017 ROUTES • Check In & Departures Times
70 Mile route • MIGHTY SISTER • Green Arrows • Registration & Check-In 6:30 a.m. • Depart 7:00 a.m.
46 Mile Route • FIERCE SISTER • Orange Arrows • Registration & Check-In 7:30 a.m. • Depart 8:00 a.m.
29 mile route • STRONG SISTER • Yellow Arrows • Registration & Check-In 8:00 a.m. • Depart 9:00 a.m.
12 mile route • BRAVE SISTER • Pink Arrows • Registration & Check-In 9:00 a.m. • Depart 10:00 a.m.
4.05km route • WALK THE WAVE • Purple Arrows • Registration & Check-In 9:45 a.m • Depart 10- 10:30 a.m.
*We host a Departure Orientation and Safety Talk before each bike route departure. Follow appropriate COLOR route arrows for your course. Visit the Routes page for printable maps, cue sheets and RIDEWITHGPS files. Be sure to visit our START/FINISH webpage for more day of ride information.
A great route for new cyclists and cyclists looking for a short, fun option. Mostly quiet roads and trails, this route includes one Rest Stop at Spiritridge Park then drops down to the lake before joining up with the rest of the riders at Newport Way.
For those riders looking for slightly bigger challenge, this route travels north from Bellevue to Redmond before stopping just outside Marymoor Park for a well-earned Rest Stop. Riders will enjoy a scenic ride along East Lake Sammamish Blvd to Issaquah's Tibbetts Valley Park Rest Stop. Enjoy the legendary Firefighters "Hot Tamales" before heading back to the finish line via Newport Way.
This ride travels north from Bellevue to Woodinville then back to Redmond, joining the 70 mile riders at mile 17 rest stop. Riders then loop back, stopping just outside Marymoor Park for a second rest stop. Participants rejoin the 29-mile route to ride along East Lake Sammamish Blvd to Issaquah's Tibbetts Valley Park Rest Stop. Enjoy the legendary Firefighters "Hot Tamales" before heading back to the finish line via Newport Way.
This route is for the women who have been riding all summer and want a true challenge to end their season in style. It is indeed "the whole enchilada" with over 3800 feet of climbing and 4 rest stops to keep you going the distance. Riders enjoy a 20-mile Woodinville loop to Marymoor Park. Then it’s back to the Highlands for a climb up to the Sammamish plateau, back down to Issaquah, and finally return to Bellevue College via Newport Way. PLEASE NOTE: Riders must depart the 2nd Rest Stop at Les Schwab no later than 10:30AM to make it back in time for the Finish Line Party.