What are the dates of this year’s ride?
September 11 – 16, 2017
What is the cost?
$495 per rider
What ride experience do I need to do this ride?
This ride is considered an intermediate to advanced ride. Your average day is approximately 70 miles, although there are no major passes on this mostly mountain valley route, there are some climbs – you are riding in the Northern Rockies. Please refer to the daily descriptions where you will find elevation/grade charts. There are at least two SAG vehicles (with bike racks) for assistance if needed.
Do you have a ride limit?
Yes, and that will depend mostly on available accommodations for the riders. If needed, we will add an additional route(s) in the opposite direction. Please make your accommodation reservations early.
How will I know if you have filled up?
After you register, you will receive an email confirmation of your registration. We will also post information on the home page regarding space when it near capacity. You can also call the Selkirk Loop office at 208-267-0822.
What is the weather like?
September sees temperatures in the 60s F (15.5 C) during the day and 40s F (4 C) at night. We are still in the dry season here; winter rain/snow typically starts in November. We should see gorgeous fall weather; however, be prepared!
What is the route?
The route follows the International Selkirk Loop in a clockwise direction. You may notice that the International Selkirk Loop web site says 250 miles; we have included a couple “Super Side Trips” through Chewelah, Colville and Rossland for a total of 370 miles. Generally, the grades are moderate but there are a few climbs to give you a workout. See the route descriptions for more info.
Click here for route descriptions .
How much baggage can I bring?
Baggage transport from Motel to Motel (or campground) is included, with a limit of one 50 lb bag per rider. (If camping, two bags are accepted). Items such as rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen etc. will be up to the rider to carry. Riders are responsible for making their own arrangements for lodging. (see lodging page for recommended list) Regardless if you camp or stay in hotels/motels you will need to fill in the lodging form once you have made your reservations so that we can plan accordingly. We have tried to select a handful of accommodators at each nights location that offers basic to more upscale type rooms in a wide price range and identify the mileage distance to the next days start.
Where do I layover?
Due to popular demand, we have added a sixth day to the ride. What this means is that during the ride you will layover in
Nelson, BC . You’ll have an entire day to relax and explore the fun town of Nelson. After you have registered we will send you a list of ideas for activities, tours, rentals, massage, etc. and contact info so that you can make reservations where needed.
I would like to camp, is that available?
Yes, camping is available and at least one recommended location is included on the accommodations list of each night. These camping locations include showers and restrooms. Your camping gear (in two bags) will be delivered to and picked up from your campsite each day.
Are meals provided?
There is a kick-off dinner Sunday, September 10th (approximately $25 per person) at registration – optional to riders, but you will get the chance to meet your SAG support and have questions answered. We will have a complimentary breakfast at the initial start point as well as lunch and snacks during the days you are riding. Breakfast and dinner is on your own. Meal spots will be suggested to give you the best flavor of the area. You are welcome to dine as a group or venture out on your own- whichever you prefer.
The route is fairly remote with light traffic and will be well marked and patrolled. Morning patrols will begin at 8:00 am every morning and evening sweep 5 pm. One exception will be day 5 – we will begin patrols earlier so that you have plenty of time to reach the ferry landing. Support cell phone numbers will be in your ride packet. Rest stops are 10 to 25 miles apart depending on terrain and restroom availability. Snacks are included at rest stops and Stations. You will receive a Ride Map in your registration packet to help guide you. The sweep vehicle and SAG vehicle will have basic bike maintenance equipment, i.e. pumps, oil, tubes, etc. as well as a first aid kit. Personal escort vehicles are welcome. However, if you have a personal escort vehicle that is carrying your luggage, please let us know on your registration so that our support vehicles are not looking for your luggage.
This is designed to be a noncompetitive, enjoy-the-scenery, ride. All proceeds go to Rotary charitable projects, both local and international. You’ll get to meet the local Rotarians during the ride. Volunteers are welcome. Please phone if you wish to help.
My spouse (or friend) wants to provide SAG for me, is this allowed?
Yes, just let us know so that the luggage handlers aren’t expecting your bags.
What is the closest airport in US?
Spokane International (GEG) in eastern Washington is the best airport to use if flying in for the ride. From Spokane to Sandpoint, ID it is a 1.5 hr. drive (via Interstate 90 east bound to Coeur d’Alene, ID, then north on Hwy 95 to Sandpoint). Rental cars are available at the airport.
What is the closest airport in Canada?
Castlegar, BC. Air Canada flys into this airport.
What is the closest railroad station?
There is an amtrack (Empire Builder route) stop in Sandpoint, ID. Train stops at midnight and departs at 2 am….but best to check their schedule…as the train is not consistent with it’s times. The depot is within walking distance of downtown and adjacent to the Best Western Edgewater, our start and stop location in Sandpoint.
I want to ship my bike, where is the best place?
Greasy Fingers, 108 N 3rd Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864 (208) 255-4496 OR Two Wheel Transit, 817 S Perry St, Ste C, Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 747-2231
Where can I leave my car?
We have arrangements for parking, if your motel will not accommodate your car, within walking distance of the start and ending location. Please contact us.
One more reminder, you will need a passport or enhanced drivers license to cross the US – Canada border.