800 Bicyclists Expected to Ride Through Mount Rainier National Park

DATE: 7/27/09


Contact: R. Chuck Young, Chief Ranger, X3300
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On Thursday, July 30, RAMROD, an organized recreational bicycle ride, will
bring 800 participating bicyclists through the roads of Mount Rainier
National Park and surrounding areas. This will be the 26th year that
RAMROD, sponsored by the Redmond Cycling Club, has been conducted. Due to
safety concerns and to minimize impact to other park visitors, the number
of riders participating in this non-competitive recreational ride has been
limited to 800 pre-registered riders’ all rider slots have been assigned and
registration for the 2009 RAMROD has been closed. Motorists coming to the
park that day should expect some traffic delays, congestion around
designated checkpoints and support areas, and long lines of bicyclists
sharing the roadway.< /p>

The ride originates and ends in Enumclaw, Washington. It will head toward
the park through Eatonville, the Alder Cutoff Road, SR 7 and 706 toward
Ashford, then travel along Skate Creek Road (Forest Service Road 52) to
State Route 12 at Packwood. From Packwood, the ride goes north on SR 12 to
SR 123 north. Travelling north on SR 123 within the east side of Mount
Rainier National Park, it will then continue north to Cayuse Pass, exiting
the park on Hwy 410 at the park’s northeast boundary and returning to
Enumclaw.< /p>

Park roads and facilities will remain open to the general public while the
one-day ride is being conducted. Drivers and pedestrians are cautioned
that bicyclists in large numbers will be sharing SR 123 and SR 410 in the
National Park beginning at approx. 12:00 p.m. Slow traffic along the ride
route should be expected as road shoulders are narrow or nonexistent along
many sections. Drivers may encounter bicyclists walking their bikes up
the long grade or riding slowly to maintain control over sections of the
roadway. Motorists are requested to use extra care when passing
bicyclists, and to do so only when there is sufficient road clearance and
line of sight to do so safely.< /p>

Additional information on RAMROD can be found at the Redmond Cycling Club
website at: http: / /www.redmondcyclingclub.org /RAMROD /RAMROD.html< /p>

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