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Philanthropy Bike Ride / Poulsbo, WA

Viking Tour

3rd Sunday in May

Get ready to trim your beard and shave your legs...


Viking

The Viking Tour is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula that takes place on the 3rd Sunday in May.

The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway” at 9am, and is held during the iconic VikingFest carnival and festival. The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: the “Odin”: a ~60-mile journey featuring nearly 4,000ft of climbing. The “Thor”: a ~30-mile ride with a few less hills for those looking to have a bit of fun with a little less challenge and the "Freyja": a ~15-mile relaxing ride where you can enjoy yourself without breaking too much of a sweat.

The Viking Tour is meant to be whatever you make of it. Do it for fun, do it to challenge your personal best or do it to win! Whatever your intent, you’ll be glad you came! We encourage professionals, amateurs, recreational riders, clubs & cycling teams to participate. It’s time for all Vikings to trim your beards, shave your legs and get ready to ride. All profits from the Viking Tour support ongoing efforts of the Poulsbo Rotary Club.

Date3rd Sunday in May
Time7:00am-4:00pm
Ride Start9am
LocationCentennial Park
19250 7th Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Cost$50
SupportRest Stops, Mechanics, Medics
ActivitiesVendor Village, Beer Garden, & Free Lunch

“Perfect, perfect, perfect! Thanks again, you guys always put on a fantastic ride.”

Past Rider

2019's Routes

Freyja Icon

The Freyja
18 Miles

The Freyja is perfect for you if you’re new to cycling or just looking for a comfortable ride where you can chat with your buddies while enjoying the beautiful scenery of North Kitsap.

Route Map PDF
Strava
Thor Icon

The Thor
30 Miles

Featuring just over 2,000ft of climbing and taking you all the way up to picturesque Port Gamble, the Thor is sure to make you breath in some clean Puget Sound air.

Route Map PDF
Strava
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The Odin
58 Miles

Featuring nearly 4,000ft of climbing on a course which will take you through some of the most scenic roads in North Kitsap. The Odin is not for the faint of heart.

Route Map PDF
Strava

2019's Swag

The Viking Tour prides itself on having great cycling gear for you to look your best.

Socks

Socks

Free!
(with registration)

Shirt

T-Shirt

$15

Jersey

Jersey

$65


Zero Waste

The Viking Tour is a Zero Waste Event

We’ve made a commitment to be a “Zero Waste” event which means we will do everything we can to reduce waste, reuse various elements, and set up “Zero Waste Stations” for recyclable and compostable materials. All waste created during the event will be delivered to Peninsula Subaru who, working with Terracycle, will transform it into benches and tables. All plates, cups and utensils are certified compostable and will be taken to Olympic Organics (along with the food scraps). Lastly, any rider bibs can be left with us so we can ship them to Trex where they can ride into a new life as composite decking.

Evolved vikings don’t pillage the earth.

Event Schedule


3rd Saturday in May

5:00pm9:00pmPacket Pick-Up

3rd Sunday in May

7:00amParking Lot Opens (Map)
7:30amPacket Pick-Up
Day-of Registration
Jersey Pick-Up & Sales
T-shirt Pick-Up & Sales
8:00am3:00pmVendor Village
9:00amRiders Released (All Routes)
9:30amDay-of Registration Closes
Sweepers Leave (No other riders allowed to leave)
10:30am3:30pmLunch Served
11:00am3:30pmBeer Garden
4:00pmEvent Concluded

FAQs

Where is the Start/Finish of the ride?

The start and finish of Viking Tour will be held at Centennial Park (19250 7th Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370).

Where should I park?

Parking will be available across the street from the the main event location at The Doctors Clinic (Map). Volunteers wearing volunteer t-shirts will be located at the entrances to each parking lot for your convenience. Handicapped parking is available.

What time do the rides begin?

The ride begins at 9:00am as a group start. Riders are expected to complete the ride by 3:00pm.

Where can I get a map of my route?

A map of each route is available under each ride description higher on this page. Course maps and turn-by-turn directions will be sent out via email prior to the ride. There will be also be course maps and turn-by-turn directions available at the main event location.

What do I pick up at Registration?

At Registration you will pick up your bib number and swag bag. We will verify that you have signed our waiver otherwise you will be required to sign the waiver at check-in.

Where do I get my swag bag?

You'll get your swag bag at registration.

What is the Poker Run

All riders who participate on the Poker Run collect 5 playing cards from rest stops over the course of the ride to make a poker hand. The best poker hand at the end of the ride wins!

Will the ride be supported?

Yes! The Viking Tour ride will be very well supported with road side mechanics, roaming support vehicles and HAM radio operators at the ready should anything happen during your ride. Rest stops will be available to all registered riders and they vary depending on the route you have selected. Each rest stop has a restroom available for your use. A free hot meal will be served at the end of the ride for all registrants. A vegetarian option will be available.

What are the roads like?

We did our best to keep all routes on rural, low traffic roads. With that said, there are a few spots with more traffic or busy traffic crossings. For these we will have support personnel manning the crossing and directing traffic. Please be courteous to these volunteers and all motorists and make sure to obey all traffic laws.

Are the routes marked?

All routes are marked by arrows, and color varies with each route. Make a note of your route’s arrow color. Turns are marked on the road with 2 arrows before and 1 arrow after each directional change. Course maps and cue sheets will also be at registration.

Are there rest stops along the route?

Yes! There are rest stops about every ~10-15 miles along the routes. There are snacks, beverages, and restroom facilities at all rest stops.

Is the beer garden included?

Sadly no. The beer garden is $5 for great local beer and wine so make sure to bring some cash or your credit card with you to the event.

Are Viking Tour jerseys going to be available at the event?

You can purchase a Viking Tour jersey at the event for $65. It will be shipped to you and arrive about three weeks after the event.

I still have questions, how may I get answers?

If you have questions that have not been answered, please send an email to info@poulsbovikingtour.com and we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.


2019's Title Sponsors

Central Highland Homes

Central Highland Homes has called this community home for over 20 years. They have developed and built gorgeous neighborhoods that speak to the charm of this Kitsap community. The two principles of Central Highland Homes, David Smith and Barry Keenan, formed Central Highland Homes to design, develop and build residential communities that offer quality, craftsman construction. To date, the company has built and sold over 350 homes, with over 10 residential communities in Kitsap County.

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FPH Construction

FPH Construction Inc. has a long history of quality, on time, and on budget projects in Kitsap County. They pride themselves on the reputation and relationships they have built over the last 30 years in this community and attribute the success they have had to maintaining honesty and integrity in every project they approach. These are the values that they feel keep them a solid company with a good reputation and make them a valuable addition to any construction project.

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2019's General Sponsors

Land Title Company MD Design Group SJ Graphics Kitsap Bank Kitsap County - Rob Gelder Liberty Bay Bank Visit Kitsap Peninsula Legal Shield Acupuncture and Wellness Center Edward Jones Kitsap Physical Therapy Poulsbo Village Les Schwab


2019's Mechanical Sponsors

silverdale-cyclery Shining Star


2019's Beer Garden Sponsors

slippery sound wrb eleven-winery Hood Canal Brewery Bushel & Barrel
Rotary Icon

A Poulsbo Rotary Club Event

Rotary brings together people like you — from all walks of life — who want to use their expertise for good.

People whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back to their communities. At Rotary, we connect for good — and form lifelong friendships in the process. Together, we empower youth, improve health, promote peace, and advance our communities in all corners of the globe. With 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide, our global community’s impact has never been greater — and it continues to grow.

Belonging to the Rotary Club of Poulsbo provides members with an opportunity to give back to your community and to connect with like-minded leaders and friends. People join Rotary for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional networking, and camaraderie. But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction you gain from making a real difference in your community and in the world.

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