Q. What is Gigantic Bicycle Festival? A. Gigantic is the Pacific Northwest’s annual summer celebration of bicycle culture.
The multi-day summer festival features a diverse, multi-faceted and regionally representative mix of live music, hand-built bicycles,
visual & performance art, film, story-tellers, guest speakers, workshops, interactive installation, cyclocross, guided cycle tours, and supported bike rides.
Q. What does the event look like in 2021 A. We've scaled the festival down to two days, and do not have bands or main stage performing acts this year. There's camping and outdoor bicycle adventure films in the park Friday night, and the Gigantic Century, 50 Mile, and 20 Mile Saturday morning. There will be a beverage garden, food trucks and drink vendors Friday and Saturday.
Q. Where does the event take place? A. The Gigantic Festival Grounds is at Centennial Fields Park, 39903 SE Park St, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. All bike rides begin and end at the park. Field camping is next door at the Meadowbrook Farm Preserve.
Q. What's the mask wearing & COVID safety rules? A. Event participants need to have a mask with them, ready to put on when near other people, which includes at any of the big festival shade tents, when waiting in line at food trucks, at ride start Saturday, at the beverage or merch tents, and at ride support stops. We'll have masks available for purchase at the merch tent and at ride start if you need one.
Riders cannot participate if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have not recovered or are still within the required 10-day isolation period, have had symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, or have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
Read the entire COVID 19 safety details here.
Q. How long does the ride take? A. Century riders depart between 6:30am and 7:30am. 50 mile riders depart between 7:30am and 8:30am. 20 mile riders depart between 8:30am and 9:30am. If you average 15 miles per hour including stops, you'll be back from the 20 mile by about 10am, the 50 mile by about 11am, and back from the Century around 2pm.
Q. Is this going to be cool for children? A. Yes definitely! Children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult to be camping or participating in any of the organized bike rides. The film program Friday night is all-ages.
Q. How difficult is the Saturday road ride? Am I going to be able to handle this? A. Most people say the Gigantic 50 and Century are moderate with a couple good climbs. The 20 Mile route is a good mostly flat course that stays in the upper Snoqualmie Valley.
Both the Gigantic Century and 50 Mile have the Snoqualmie Falls hill to climb as they near the finish. The Century has some other climbs in Upper Redmond and around Duvall, but most of both routes is spent on valley floor on farm roads and winding alongside rivers.
Q. Are there showers for campers? A. We'll have solar showers at the Camp Grounds available Friday and Saturday! There's privacy fencing around them, but bring a bathing suit. Riders can also get a shower at the gym 1 mile East on Park Street with a $10 gym drop in fee.
Q. What's the food going to be like along the ride and at the festival? A. There will be food and drink at all of the support stops, with 15 to 20 miles between stops.
Menu for the Gigantic Century at support stops will look like: Pita sandwiches w/hummus, cucumber, red pepper; red potatoes; bananas; clementines; grapes; Clif Bars; Clif Shots; fig bars; Hammer Electrolyte; pickle brine shots; etc.
Menu for the Gigantic 50 Mile at support stops will look like: Red potatoes; bananas; clementines; grapes; Clif Bars; Clif Shots; fig bars; Hammer Electrolyte; pickle brine shots; etc.
Menu for the Gigantic 20 Mile at support stops will look like: Bananas; clementines; grapes; Clif Bars; Clif Shots; fig bars; Hammer Electrolyte; etc.
At the festival grounds you'll find a variety of NW food trucks that vary annually. This year we have a Mexican/Cuban Fusion truck, and an Italian truck serving panini sandwiches, pasta, and salads. The beverage garden this year will feature Athletic Brewing Co, HONE Tea, and Lemoncocco.
Q. Is there camping Friday evening at the festival grounds? A. Yes! The camp grounds will open from 5pm Friday, and close at 7pm Saturday. Friday evening opens with the Gigantic Film Festival, which is free to the public, outdoors at Centennial Fields Park.
Q. I was expecting a camping pass, or parking pass in my ride packet! A. The camp grounds is by will-call. Just bring a photo ID to show the campgrounds host upon arrival. They'll give you a wrist band for camping.
Parking and festival gates are both free and you do not need to show anything.
Q. Can I download the route map as a GPX file? A. Yes! You can download GPX files from our Ride With GPS Event page: Gigantic on Ride With GPS
Q. Are electric bikes ok on the supported rides? A. Class 1 or Class 2 electric bikes are ok yes.
Q. When do the films start? What's the film program like? A. Bring some folding chairs or a blanket! Films start at dusk Friday night, around 9:15pm.
Featuring inspiring tales of adventure, struggle and triumph on the rugged road, gorgeous cinematography and compelling stories. Appropriate for all ages.
Q. Can I bring my dog? A. Dogs are cool at Centennial Fields Park and at the camp grounds. They need to be on a leash at all times though, and we need you to pick up after them.
There's also a sprawling dog park across the street from Centennial Fields Park to run around in.
Q. What's parking like? A. Field parking is free for festival goers at Meadowbrook Farms.
Please don't leave valuables in your car. There are bike parking racks inside the festival gates to park your bike at while you explore.
Q. Can I get help with accessibility? A. Yes! If you need help with accessibility at Gigantic Bicycle Festival, say hi through the Contact Us form in the site below.
Q. Can I cook food at the campgrounds? A. Sorry no fires or camping stoves of any sort! We need to be super careful about heat and fire. There are food trucks at Centennial Fields Park on Friday from 5pm on, and on Saturday from 11am until 6pm.
Q. Are there going to be gigantic bicycles at the festival? A. Probably :D
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