Featured Rides

Each day will have at least 2 supported rides to choose from.  Most days also offer a RUSA Brevet that will be minimally supported.  We will have quite a few alternatives for self supported rides around the area and a few SIR permanents in case nothing strikes your fancy!

One note about cycling equipment.  There are several routes around the area which offer a bit of dirt road.  Standard 28mm tires are more than capable of handling the terrain,  but you may want to break out the wider tires or a 650B bike.  The dirt options are truly spectacular so please come prepared to enjoy them!!!

Please Note: All of these routes are tentative!!!

Thursday heads up to the support on Palisades road. From there the options are as varied as the scenery is beautiful.  Lots of dirt and gravel options too!

Friday features Malaga and Stimilt hill with a fantastic option to climb to Mission Ridge ski area.

Saturday we set our sights on Badger Mountain.  All routes have at least 3500 feet of climbing as they all head up Badger Mountain at 4000 feet.

Sunday  offers options for a more relaxed day or a lot of miles.  Entiat river or lake Chelan are available as is a nice ride up to Leavenworth for ice cream!


Link to All Routes (Excel format)  Note: Each cue sheet is on a separate Excel tab.

NW Crank Logo  Thursday – Palisades

Description

Thursday is a great warm-up day since it can be one of the flatter days. From East Wenatchee the route heads south and east.  Options include a 100 mile loop Semi- Adventure, a 46 mile paved out and back to the Palisades, or longer paved out-and-back routes to Quincy and Ephrata along SR-28 and then some backroads. While there is only one stairstep climb on the way out, there is always the possibility of wind along the Columbia River to contend with.

All routes include some time on SR-28 which has wide shoulders and good surface for almost all of it.

Support

There will be support  available at the end of the paved section of palisades road which is about 31 miles from the start.  Support will be available from 10:30 – 12:30.

Routes (Rides with GPS)


NW Crank Logo Friday – The Cursing of Stemilt

Description

The ride heads south to the Malaga hill (enjoy the prevailing tail winds).  Turn around along the Columbia to Setmilt hill.  If you still have some strength, take the detour to Mission Ridge.  This will test your legs!

Support

There will be support at the turnaround on Colockum Road around mile 20. There will also be support somewhere along Stemilt Hill Road.

Routes (Rides with GPS)


NW Crank LogoSaturday – Up, Up and Away to Badger Mountain

 

Description

Getting to the top of Badger Mountain is the feature of the day. There are multiple ways up (and down). The views make this a worthwhile climb!

Support

There will be support at the top of Badger Mountain.

Routes (Rides with GPS)


NW Crank LogoSunday – Entiat River, Lake Chelan, or Leavenworth

 

Description

Sunday is the day for options. Head north today to Entiat River and cruise up this beautiful river valley. Make the trip to Lake Chelan. Or, take a nice stroll up to Leavenworth for a Bavarian themed ice cream cone.

Support

(Tentative) At Silver Springs Campground (Entiat river turnaround spot)

Routes (Rides with GPS)



Other Routes

During the course of Northwest Crank we cover most of the best roads around Wenatchee to make loops. There are miles more of roads we haven’t covered. Here are a few other routes you might consider if you want more miles. Some of these do involve driving to a starting point. If you want more details, please ask.

  • An out-and-back to Blewett Pass.
  • An out-and-back to Old-Blewett Pass.
  • There are a number of really nice canyons (dead-ends) along Highway 2 and near Wenatchee.
  • Orondo, Beebe Park, up McNeil Canyon, Waterville, and back to Orondo.
  • Chelan with a loop over Loup Loup Pass and back.
  • Chelan, up McNeil Canyon, Brewster, and back.
  • Up by Chelan and Manson around a number very nice roads.

Volunteer Opportunities
    • While this year NW Crank is only 4 days, it is expected some riders will extend their base even further with rides on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be several extra routes included; you are invited to use these routes and hook up with other riders for additional rides, though they won’t be supported or part of this years event.
    • If you have any suggestions for alternate routes or roads, with or without reasonable gravel sections, please send them along.
    • While we have done a lot of work regarding the routes, not everything is finalized. If you were there last year, the format and routes will be similar.