We hope you enjoy the Viking Tour! Ride, talk and eat! Remember this is a ride, not a race. Always remember to drink plenty of fluids during the day.
Know your abilities and limitations. It’s ok to challenge yourself, just be realistic. Don’t ride the Odin if your longest training ride is 15 miles. After the ride is a post-ride party with great food, live music and vendor village. Make sure to stay and enjoy it!
The 2017 Viking Tour will start and finish at the Poulsbo City Hall Plaza, 200 Moe Street, Poulsbo, WA 98370.
We have secured parking a few blocks from the main event space and we will have plenty of signage and volunteers to assist you. Please do not try to park near the main event location since parking is very limited in Downtown Poulsbo.
The Doctors Clinic
19245 7th Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
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.
- Course maps and cue sheets are available on-line or at registration. Print or pick one up, get familiar with your chosen route, and refer to it often.
- 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.
- Please be attentive and follow the arrows! Don’t automatically follow the cyclist in front of you... they might be out for a completely different ride!
There will be snacks, beverages, and restroom facilities at all rest stops.
Rest Stop #1
Sawdust Hill Alpaca Farm
25448 Port Gamble Rd NE
Blue Heron Jewelry Co.
Rest Stop #2
Norwegian Point Park
NE Twin Spits Rd.
Kitsap Physical Therapy
Rest Stop #3
27248 Big Valley Rd NE
Central Market Poulsbo
This year we are pleased to have mechanic support provided by both Silverdale Cyclery! They will have mechanics at the vendor village prior to the event and at multiple rest stops during the ride.
We are also happy to have Les Schwab Tire Center providing vehicle support for the ride. They will have two support trucks traveling the course who can transport any cyclists to the nearest rest stop or return them to the finish line.
2017 Viking Tour jerseys will be for sale on race day at the registration booth. Jerseys will be $65 and have the following features:
- HEXA COOL 140 gsm fabric for excellent moisture-wicking, breathability and reliable protection from UV rays
- Full length YKK invisible zipper for uncut display of artwork
- Silicone gripper at hem to maintain fit
- Three rear pockets, with reflective tag to enhance visibility
Things to Bring
- Helmet (Mandatory)
- Bicycle (Duh)
- Extra Tubes
- Patch Kit
- Filled Water Bottles
- Identification & Emergency Contact
- Bike Shoes
- Cycling Gloves
- Anti-chafing Cream
- Medical ID Bracelet
- Cell Phone
We will be introducing a "Poker Run" to the 2017 Viking Tour. All riders who want to participate in this free contest will collect 5 playing cards to make a poker hand over the course of the ride. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the ride. Having the best hand and winning is purely a matter of chance so everyone has an equal shot, regardless of cycling level! Awards will be given out to the three best poker hands.
Get ready for some perfect (we hope) cycling weather! Here are some averages to help you plan:
Average High on May 21st: 66° • Average Low on May 21st: 47° • Record High on May 21st: 92° • Record Low on May 21st: 37°
Road Etiquette and Safety
- The Viking Tour is a RIDE NOT A RACE.
- Helmets are mandatory.
- Stop at all stop signs and obey all traffic laws.
- We highly encourage you to RIDE SINGLE FILE as far right as possible.
- NEVER ride more than 2 abreast even on rural country roads. Please respect this, as our permits depend on your compliance!! We have to insist on this as the course is not closed to traffic!
- Observe good road manners and communicate with riders around you. Leave adequate stopping distance between riders.
- Use hand and verbal signals when turning or slowing down.
- Have your bike in good condition – including brakes, cables, and tires.
- All riders should carry identification, including your emergency contact phone number. If you have a medical alert bracelet please wear it.
- In case of an emergency, dial 911.
- Help keep Kitsap County beautiful, please do not litter.