After it’s fourth year run, the Passport2Pain fundraiser, dubbed the toughest ride in the Puget Sound, was another success thanks to all the crazy cyclists, lots of volunteers and courteous, welcoming islanders.
If your not familiar with P2P, as it’s nicknamed, it’s a circuit of the most brutal climbs of Vashon hills all strung together for your enjoyment. We realize that not all cyclists are alike so there are three courses from which to choose. The Idiot Ride is 80 miles & 10,000 feet vertical – that’s the Alpe d’Huez, Col Du Aspin & The Galibier combined! The Weasel Ride is 50 miles with 6,500 feet vertical and the Weenie Ride is a mere 30 miles and 3400 vertical feet. There’s even a team option so you can share your pain with your closest friends.
Your P2P passport gets stamped at 18 strategic checkpoint locations, where you’re able to rest, (relax even!) eat some snacks and fill up your water bottle before heading off to the next hill. Many of the checkpoints have creative themes to support and distract the riders from their world of hurt. Two of the most talked about this year were The Burma Road Devil, which is not really a checkpoint – more of an uphill motivator (and even has his own Facebook page!) and The Asylum, aka the lightweight junior women rowers (for some reason lightweight rowers are considered just as crazy as P2P cyclists – who knew?).
Some riders over the years have taken to written word to describe their experience. Here’s one of our own islanders’ perspective from this year: http://bit.ly/1peRXJN
Others verbalize: http://vimeo.com/104733969.
However you sound off – P2P will surely leave a mark!
Look for date and details on P2P 2015 in January.