800 cyclists expected at Mount Rainier National Park

Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day (RAMROD), an organized recreational bicycle ride, will bring 800 bicyclists through the roads of Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding areas on Thursday.

This is the 30th year for the RAMROD event, which is sponsored by the Redmond Cycling Club. The ride originates and ends in Enumclaw. Riders will pass through Eatonville and will head toward the park on state Route 706. After entering the park at the Nisqually Entrance, they will proceed up Paradise Road to the junction with Stevens Canyon Road.

The route continues east on Stevens Canyon Road to state Route 123 and north on state Route 123 over Cayuse Pass.

The last leg of the ride follows state Route 410 westbound for a return to Enumclaw. 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 park roadways; slow traffic along the riding route should be expected, as road shoulders are narrow or non-existent along many sections.

As such, motorists are requested to use extra care when passing bicyclists, and to do so only when there is sufficient road clearance and an unimpeded line of sight to do so safely. Park law enforcement will be vigilant in stopping speeding and other traffic violations that could pose a risk to riders. 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 2013 RAMROD has been closed.