Test of Pedal

Swan Creek Park, Tacoma

April 3, 2016


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Welcome to the inaugural race at Swan Creek and our season opener! This course is going offer a variety of terrain including flow trails with banked and burmy turns, followed by some winding single track and a couple of short punchy climbs. The course is riding fast, so some pacing will be needed over 5 miles. We are excited to race here as we are looking to grow ridership in Tacoma and help support the development of new trails at Swan Creek.

Important Information
  • PLEASE VERIFY YOUR RACE INFORMATION! Make sure your team name is correct, grade, and review your assigned race category here.
  • Deadline for new Spring Program registrants that want to race the Test of Pedal must register by Friday, April 1 at 8:00am.
  • Parking is limited and we always encourage carpooling. The “Village” where team tents are located often can accommodate 1 car per team. HOWEVER, we can not guarantee this for every race. Many factors such as footprint, ingress/egress, or ground saturation may negate Village parking. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
  • FOR THIS RACE, we ask that teams do not set-up their team tents in the Village on Saturday due to known theft and vandalism at the park. The League will not be putting up tents until Sunday morning. Swan Creek is an urban park and open to the pubic. We also encourage you to not leave bikes unattended and bring a lock to lock it up when not in use
  • It takes a village to make race weekend happen, about 80 people to be exact! WE ASK THAT EACH TEAM SUPPLY 1-2 VOLUNTEERS PER WEEKEND. Course Marshal positions are the most critical, the race will not start without them! Please volunteer!!
  • Race day is a day of celebration! We encourage teammates, coaches, parents, family and friends to stay the entire day to support ALL student-athletes, meet people from across the state, and simply have fun. Please stay for the awards ceremony at the end of the day. REMEMBER – bring a comfy chair!

Race Day Schedule

2016 Race Day Schedule


If you enter Lister Elementary (2106 East 44th St Tacoma, WA 98404) in your mapping system, it will take you to the closest venue entrance.

FROM I-5 South: Take exit 135 ramp forward Portland Ave./Puyallup. Keep straight onto E 27th St. Turn left onto E. Portland Ave and continue for approximately 1.6 miles. Turn left onto E. 44th. Just before you approach Lister Elementary School, you will turn right on E T St and the gate to enter Swan Creek will be right after you turn.
FROM I-5 North: Take exit 135, take ramp right for E 28th toward Portland Ave. Turn right onto E. Portland Ave. and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn left onto E. 44th. Just before you approach Lister Elementary School, you will turn right on E T St and the gate to enter Swan Creek will be right after you turn.



  • Do I need to register for the race? No. When you register for the Spring Program you are automatically pre-registered for all of the races. It is imperative that you know what your race category is. You can verify your category here. Note that there are deadlines for filing a petition for changing your race category.
  • How do I get my race plate with my bib number? See Race Plate above.
  • What day is the race? Race days are always on Sunday’s. Course setup is on Saturday and course pre-ride is on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm.
  • How early should I arrive on race day? Team tents should be setup in the Village no later than 9:00 AM, but earlier is recommended. Often the course runs through the Village so setting up early is best. Student-athletes and parents, I would talk to your coach about when they would like you there.
  • Can we put our team tent anywhere we like? No. All team tents must be located in the Village.
  • What is the “Village”? The Village is where we build community! Located in the heart of the venue, the Village is where team tents are located, Registration, Volunteer Check-in, First Aid, Neutral Support and often time the Feed Zone or Hydration Station.
  • What is the Feed Zone? The Feed Zone is an area designated for providing riders with hydration and nutrition during the races in a safe, controlled manner. Designated coaches, riders, and volunteers can enter the feed zone and hand-off food and bottles, sun glasses, jackets, etc. to riders as they pass by. Bring your own water bottle.
  • Will there be food available at the race? Most races we will not have food vendors. If one will be available we will post on the race site. We will be providing snacks for our volunteers which will be available when you check in at the volunteer tent. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINK. We encourage parents to get involved with providing food for your team! Hang out, bbq, and meet your neighbors. If you do bbq, it is always a good idea to bring a fire extinguisher. Note: some venues may ban bbq’s. If this is the case, it will be clearly posted.
  • What time do I need to be at the start line? See the Race Day Schedule listed above.
  • Will there be rider call-ups? Yes. See Rider Staging above.
  • How does the scoring work? There are two competitions. Individual by Race Category and Team Competition. For the Individual Competition, riders earn points based on their placing that day and race category. Awards are given on race day based on that race. Additionally, riders carry their points forward for the Individual Overall. This is calculated based on the three highest scores. Team Competition is based on earned points as well and the overall is calculated by the total number of points earned.
  • What I want to change race categories, how does that work? If you would like to change categories, you must file a petition by the deadline. The petition is reviewed by the Rules and Appeals Committee. If your petition is approved for an “upgrade”, for instance if you go from Intermediate to JV or JV to Varsity, your earned points will be carried forward to your new category. Unfortunately downgrade points do not follow.