Registration for the 2012 STP bicycle classic from Seattle to Portland, Oregon is now open for Cascade Bicycle Club members. Registration for the general public will begin on Tuesday, February 7.

The ride, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 2012, covers 200 miles, and is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. Bicycling Magazine has listed the STP as one of the best cycling events in the nation.

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Cascade Bicycle Club, organizers of the event, give statistics from the 2011 STP on their website. In 2011:

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10,000 riders
Oldest rider: 85
18% first-time riders
100 safety and medical riders
30 Ride Referees
228 riders who have participated in 10+ STPs

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In 2011, riders came from 42 states plus Canada (Alberta, B.C. & Ontario) and England.