Sometimes it just takes a little motivation to get up those hills.
Welcome!P2P is Tough and Fun!
P2P started in Spring 2011 with 12 test riders, "just to see if it would work". Unfortunately, it did. We were competitive rowers who "rode" Vashon's hills in off-season training so we "rowed" faster when we got back in boats.
We thought: What if we strung all these hills together into one epic Island circuit? What if we issued passports to be stamped at the bottom of the worst hills as proof you got there...and had to get back up?
Are you the kind of rider who secretly loves every hill?... especially if there's good food and friends involved? Passport to Pain ("P2P") is the hilliest, toughest ride in Puget Sound, but we treat it more like a party. We give you a P2P passport and stamp it at 18 checkpoints along the brutal, but beautiful, Island-wide circuit.... or.... as many as you can get to. It's not a race, but the more checkpoints you reach, the more great food, fun and friends you'll find. . Our volunteers are legendary for their generosity and ahhh... weirdness (hey, this is Vashon). Then we all bury our sorrows under a mountainous finish-line BBQ, where the "Pain" stops and the stories begin.
Get Stamped Along the Way
We set up checkpoints along the way so you can get your P2P passport stamped Everyone makes a bunch of new friends, everyone has big fun, everyone gets a t-shirt and a water bottle, and everyone walks funny the next day. Riders start in small groups from Jensen Point Park on Vashon Island at 7:30 am sharp, on September 10 2016. Pre-registered teams can start together. The BBQ begins at 2 PM, and goes until everyone's back. No one leaves hungry.
Don't forget, this is a fun ride, not a race. We don't keep times, so there are only winners, no losers (this is so Vashon). .You'll burn a lot of calories (but we'll feed'em back to you) and you'll have a great time doing it. This hair-raiser of a fundraiser is all brought to you by the Junior & Master volunteers of the Vashon Island Rowing Club. Thanks so much for joining us! It may be the toughest ride in the Pacific Northwest but it also may be the most fun!
"I didn’t know I could bleed from my eyes riding a bike!!"
"Great ride ‒ the best I have been on for effort and suffering. Epic to say the least."
"The ride that drags you to the edge of your capability and the pushes you over the edge."
"In a season full of great rides (Flying Wheels, STP, RAMROD, Triple Bi-Pass, and a ridiculously brutal High Pass Challenge)…