Seattle to Portland by bike? ‘Awesome’

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One of the thousands of bike riders who made the trip from Seattle to Portland beginning July 13, 2013 -- and ending in Portland's Holladay Park. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) –  Ten-thousand bicyclists are making a 204-mile ride this weekend in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.

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Just some of the 10,000 bicyclists who made the 204-mile ride in the weekend Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.

The annual ride started Saturday at the University of Washington. As of 6:15 p.m. Sunday a lot of those riders had already finished.

The 204-mile journey ends at Holladay Park near the Lloyd Center.

The Chronicle reports a few diehards – about 15 percent — make the trip in a single day. The rest set up camp in the Centralia area overnight.

One group of cyclists told KOIN 6 News the Classic is a great experience even for those who’ve never done it before.

“It was awesome,” said one rider. “We’re all first time. It was great.”

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The finish line of the Seattle to Portland Cycling Classic at Holladay Park in Portland, Ore. (KOIN 6 News)

The rider said the best part was “all of it” and the hardest part was “finishing.”

The Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic got its start in 1979. It has been going ever since, with one minor exception. It was canceled in 1980 because of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.

It’s organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle. Most of the route goes over county roads and city streets. The 2013 ride sold out in February.

The Chronicle in Lewis County, Wash., and the Seattle Times contributed information used in this report.

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