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What are some highlights of the Seattle-to-Portland Bike Ride event?

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The Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, frequently abbreviated as STP, is an annual bicycle ride hosted by the Cascade Bicycle Club, typically in mid-July. Bikers travel approximately 204 miles from Seattle, Washington, to Portland, Oregon. The ride is supported, meaning that riders are given complimentary access to food, water, massages and bicycle mechanics at designated stops on the course. The Cascade Bicycle Club makes 10,000 slots available each year for participants, generally selling out by March.

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The Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is open to all men and women, frequently including senior citizens and minors under 10 in its registration lists. Washington state is usually the best represented, but participants hail from all over the United States as well as from foreign countries. While the STP is an event for cyclists, other vehicles take part as well. These have included unicycles, bicycles with multiple riders, roller blades and skateboards. Some riders complete the course in one day, but most require two days to finish.

The STP enjoys a large amount of corporate sponsorship, as of 2015. In 2016, Group Health, an integrated healthcare delivery and insurance coverage provider, is expected to serve as the title sponsor for the event for its 12th year. Alaska Airlines is slated to serve as the presenting sponsor for the first time in 2016. Other companies, such as Whole Foods and Recreational Equipment Inc. sponsor individual stops throughout the course.

The STP began as a bicycle race in 1979, and has been completed every year since except 1980, when Mount St. Helen erupted and coated the Pacific Northwest in ash. The event was renamed as a recreational ride after the cancellation, meaning that Jerry Baker, the winner of the 1979 event, is the only person ever to win the STP.

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