RAMROD is a challenging course featuring 10,000 feet of climbing over 168 miles in 2014. Learn about the course route, elevation profile, rider support stops and time-cutoffs.
The course for RAMROD 2014 will deviate from the traditional route due to heavy road construction from the park entrance up through Longmire this summer. This year's course will take riders to Packwood via the Skate Creek road before heading north to Cayuse Pass. After Cayuse, riders will tackle the EFI challenge on FR 70 to climb back to 2680'. When completed, this year's course provides the challenge of almost 10,000' of climbing on 168 miles!
The course starts in Enumclaw, WA (elevation 720 feet) with a gradual downhill to its lowest elevation (300 feet) near Orting. This is followed by 40 miles of rolling hills through the towns of Eatonville, Elbe, and Ashford, with a gradual climb to just before the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. After a beautiful climb through the forest hills on Skate Creek Road, riders enter Packwood before heading north on Route 12. What follows is generally considered the most difficult section of the course: the 9-mile climb up Cayuse Pass (elevation 4,720') which starts around 90 miles into the ride. The rapid descent from the pass ends with about 58 miles to go. After the Deli Stop, riders take the EFI challenge and begin the last big climb up FR 70 before turning around to face the last 36 miles to Enumclaw. The last miles are gradually descending or rolling except for one final, fast descent down Mud Mountain Dam just 5 miles from the finish in Enumclaw. Join us for another great edition of RAMROD.
Start and Finish Line
RAMROD begins and ends at the Enumclaw High School located at 226 Semanski Street South. Click here to view a map of the school's location. Parking is available at the school and on appropriate surrounding streets. Before your ride, you can pick up your rider packet, grab pre-ride food or pick up a jersey. When you return, you can enjoy an ice cream bar, take a shower and check out your ride photo.
Start line: Waffle feed with COFFEE, eggs, sausage, oatmeal, and OJ, sponsored by Enumclaw Rotary and Lions clubs - separate $10 donation, all of which goes directly to these two community organizations. Pre-register online at the RCC site; very limited walk-ins will be available. Breakfast will be served from 4 - 7 am in the Enumclaw High School Commons. NOTE: no bike shoes, not even ones with recessed cleats. There will be a shoe cop at the door.
Eatonville, approx. mile 33-open 6:00 - 10 am: Mini scones Coffee (the regular brewed stuff) Water and Gatorade Nisqually Glacier Freeze (NOTE: Gatorade will be made half-strength at all stops; there will be powder available if you want to spike yours but you may need to ask) Port-O-Johns For purchase: the small stuff you might have forgotten, such as tubes, water bottles, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Also - a floor pump and wrench services (for a fee), courtesy of Eatonville Outdoor.
Wildwood Food Stop, approx. mile 58-open 7:30 - 11 am: Bagels with cream cheese, peanut butter, jam, and/or honey RR cookies: choco chip/oatmeal with nuts and craisin/oatmeal no nuts. Goldfish crackers Fruit: bananas, grapes, nectarines, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew Water and Gatorade Nisqually Glacier Freeze Port-O-Johns.
Packwood Water Stop, approx mile 78-open 9:00 am - 2 pm: Water and Gatorade Nisqually Glacier Freeze Port-O-Johns.
SR123 Food Stop, approx mile 86-open 9:00 am - 4 pm: Steamed new potatoes with salt bar and Parmesan cheese Chocolate croissants Bagels with spreads Fruit Water and Gatorade Nisqually Glacier Freeze Port-O-Johns (NOTE: no cookies at this stop).
Deer Creek, approx. mile 98-open 10:30 am - 5 pm: Water and Gatorade Nisqually Glacier Freeze Port-O-Johns.
Cayuse Pass, approx. mile 100-open 11 am - 6 pm: Water and Gatorade Nisqually Glacier Freeze Port-O-Johns (NOTE: there are no other services at Cayuse - keep rolling downhill to the Deli).
Deli, approx. mile 110-open 11 am - 6 pm: Made-to-order sandwiches Chips RR cookies Fruit Soft drinks, juice, V8, Gatorade Nisqually Glacier Freeze (if you can still stand it by this point) and Riptide Rush (if you can't) and water Port-O-Johns.
FR70 Snack Stop, approx. mile 132-open 11 am - 6:30 pm: Water and Gatorade Nisqually Glacier Freeze, Bananas, Almonds, Granola, Nut and Gluten-Free Bars, Custom-printed RR M & Ms (you have to summit FR 70 if you want to find out what they look like), EFI 2014 pins and Port-O-Johns.
Finish Line-open from when the first rider finishes until 8 pm: Ice cream truck (included in your event fee), Soft drinks, Chips, Showers-bring your own towel, Massage (additional fee)
What is not provided at stops: OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, Sunscreen.
Course Time Cut-offs
For your safety, we will be enforcing course cut-off times again this year:
Start Line: 5:00am - 7:00am
Eatonville Stop: CLOSES at 10:00am
Wildwood Food Stop: CLOSES at 11:00am
Packwood Water Stop: CLOSES at 2:00pm
SR123 Food Stop: CLOSES at 4:00pm
Deer Creek Water Stop:: CLOSES at 5:00pm
Cayuse Pass Checkpoint: CLOSES at 6:00pm
Deli Food Stop: CLOSED at 6:00pm
FR70 Turnaround: CLOSED at 6:30pm
Finish Line: CLOSED at 8:00pm