Santana’s 5-day (Monday-Friday) Tandem Rally on the San Juan Islands precedes the Northwest Tandem Rally in nearby Seattle. Planned in cooperation with NWTR’s Directors, our tandem rallies in tandem were designed for couples who wish to attend both. Santana’s rally ends a few miles and hours before the evening kickoff of NWTR. To make attending both supremely easy, Santana’s plan includes optional shuttles and laundry service. If you’ll fly to Seattle we also offer discounted FedEx bike shipment. Additionally our chartered coach shuttles linking Seattle’s airport with one or both rallies is hundreds less than the cost of renting a minivan. Families? Santana’s family-friendly child’s rate is a loss-leader. Pricing starts at the exact same rates as two years ago, when Santana’s San Juan Islands Tandem Rally preceded NWTR in Bellingham. On that earlier occasion Santana’s rally sold out in two days.
Location: Santana has again booked-out the Suites at Friday Harbor. The adjacent location at the archipelago’s ferry hub allow entire days on multiple islands without repacking. Free parking for any sized vehicle is available at the suites or mainland ferry terminal.
Monday, June 26—Rally Opening
Early: Our optional shuttle (using a chartered coach and luggage truck) leaves from a hotel adjacent to SEA airport.
From Noon: If you arrive at Friday Harbor Suites on your own, expert mechanical help for this event is provided by Dan Christopherson—a WA bike shop owner and European Tour Mechanic.
From 1:30 If your Friday Harbor Suite isn’t ready earlier (normal check-in time is 4) ask at the front desk for the location of a changing room.
2:15 Bill McCready’s rally welcome & route talk.
2:30 21-mile intro route is easy. If you have problems or get a late start, you’re never more than 8 miles from our hotel. The important thing is to make sure your bike is prepared for the following days’ rides.
5:00 Return to the hotel. Clean up but don’t overdress. Our entire 5-day rally is informal.
6:00 From the hotel it’s a pleasant 15-minute stroll to Friday Harbor Yacht Club.
6:15 Hosted tasting of WA state wines & beers at the Yacht Club’s lounge.
6:30 Tonight’s Welcoming Banquet is in the club’s harbor view dining room.