B.I.K.E.S. Club of
Snohomish County

McClinchy Mile: Camano Climb Edition

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Start in Arlington or Stanwood, WA

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It’s “Island Time” for McClinchy Mile participants. Camano Island is just a bridge away from the mainland, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of typical bike rides and roads.

This year’s McClinchy Camano Climb Edition offers three new routes and an update to an old favorite.  Each loop has rest stops with food, sag support, and friendly volunteers. Finish line in Arlington includes a fresh-grilled burger with beer available for purchase.

33 mile Stanwood Loop – starts and ends in Arlington. Our flattest, easiest loop, with friendly cows and Stillaguamish River views along scenic farm roads. Route revised since 2018.

40 or 50 mile Camano Climb Loop – starts and ends in Stanwood. Love hills and water views? This ride is for you. Food stop at Cama Beach State Park and discounts from many island merchants. Skip the south tip of the island for the shorter option.

68 mile Stanwood-Camano Loop – starts and ends in Arlington. Combines the Stanwood Loop with the best of Camano for a super-scenic and super-sized metric (plus) century.

100 mile Camano Century – starts and ends in Arlington and includes Stanwood, Camano and a few miles in Skagit County for one continuous loop route. Lots of hills, little traffic and amazing views. Great goal if you want a challenging century (4,452 feet of climbing) or use it as a training ride for RAMROD or STP.

Registration & Ride Information

Sign-up in advance to save money and guarantee your commemorative bandanna.

Cost: $45 ($50 after April 14; $55 day of ride)

Register now at active.com

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Your ride registration includes:

  • Food stops every 15-20 miles
  • Post-ride burger at Rocket Alley in Arlington, with beer available for purchase
  • Mechanical support at start
  • On-road SAG support in case you need a ride or bike pump
  • Route maps on Ride with GPS, on paper and marked on road
  • Commemorative bandana for first 300 riders

Day-of registration open from 7 to 10 a.m. April 28 - cost increases to $55. Payment by cash or check is preferred, but we also accept Visa or Mastercard.

Club Member Discounts

$10 off pre-registration for current members of: B.I.K.E.S., Skagit, Mt. Baker, and Whidbey Island bicycle clubs through the North Puget Sound Bicycle Alliance. No NPSBA discount for day-of registration.

Weekend Activities

Free Family Ride April 27

A special feature of this year’s event is a free family ride on Saturday, April 27. You'll head north from Arlington on the Centennial Trail - as far as your kids' legs can take them (up to 15 miles out and back to the Nakashima Barn). We'll have free snacks for all and McClinchy memorabilia for the little ones.

The goal is to give people a reason to stay overnight and visit other attractions in the Stillaguamish Valley. Arlington has great thrift stores and public art downtown, as well as breweries, distilleries, and Angel of the Winds Casino Resort nearby. There’s also hiking and mountain biking up the road in Darrington.

North Sound Rides

Come north from Seattle (or south from Vancouver, B.C.) to enjoy these scenic, well-supported bicycle rides:

All rides are sponsored by and benefit the local bike clubs in each area. 

Day-of Ride Details

Registration and sign-in open from 7 to 10 am:

  1. Haller Park, 1100 West Ave., Arlington – for 33 mile, 68 mile and Century riders.
  2. 40 and 50-mile loop riders ONLY check in at Stanwood Middle School, 9405 271st St NW, Stanwood

Course is open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Food stop hours will be noted on maps. Century riders must sign in before 8 a.m. in Arlington to have enough time to complete the route by 4:30 p.m. We’ll have a separate line just for you!

Parking lots and street parking are available at both registration locations, and also near the finish line at Rocket Alley Bar & Grill just off the Centennial Trail in Arlington. Carpooling is encouraged!

Food stop locations:

Bonhoeffer Gardens - Century riders will enjoy this unique historic church site, glass art and botanical gardens

Stanwood Middle School - a warm, well-lit interior lobby will welcome many riders two times

Cama Beach State Park - big trees, water views, a shelter and flush toilets, and even a beach walk for the adventurous (who want to add a hill)

Tyee Grocery Mini-Stop - basic refueling on the south end of the island for century and Camano-only riders. (They have great lunch options if you have time!)

Rocket Alley in Arlington - fresh-grilled burgers on the patio - meat or veggie option - included in your registration. 

Post-ride Celebration

A fresh-grilled burger at Rocket Alley Bar & Grill in downtown Arlington is included with all registrations. There's also beer available for purchase. Three of the four loops end at this location, right off the Centennial Trail. If you ride the 50-mile Camano Island only loop, you'll need to drive to Arlington or enjoy the many discounts offered by Camano merchants instead.

About the McClinchy Mile

McClinchy has been hosted by B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County since 1982. It is our major fundraiser, and proceeds go back into local bicycling. In addition to supporting our club, we give grants for bike-related projects such as Everett's Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop and helmets to go with bikes for low income kids served by Christmas House each December.

TheStanwood-Camano Kiwanis are hosting the Camano Island portion of this year’s event. The club uses event proceeds for a high school scholarship program. The Kiwanis have hosted the Camano Climb Bike Ride for 25 years.

How far is a McClinchy Mile? As far as you want to go on a beautiful spring day. The ride is named after a founding B.I.K.E.S. Club member, Stuart McClinchy, who died too young.

B.I.K.E.S. Club was founded in the 1970s and hosts recreational bike rides year-round for members. To learn more and attend your first ride for free, see our Rides page.

Event Sponsors 

Arlington VeloSport


Scenic Snohomish County & Camano Island

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