The Viking Tour is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula which will take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2019.
The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway” at 9 a.m., and is held during the iconic VikingFest carnival and festival. The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: the “Odin”: a ~60-mile journey featuring over 4,000ft of climbs. the “Thor”: a ~30-mile ride with a few less hills for those looking to have a bit of fun with a little less challenge and the "Freyja": a ~15-mile relaxing ride where you can enjoy yourself without breaking too much of a sweat.
The Viking Tour is meant to be whatever you make of it. Do it for fun, do it to challenge your personal best or do it to win! Whatever your intent, you’ll be glad you came! We encourage professionals, amateurs, recreational riders, clubs & cycling teams to participate. It’s time for all Vikings to trim your beards, shave your legs and get ready to ride. All profits from the Viking Tour support ongoing efforts of the Poulsbo Rotary Club.
Event details and schedule
|Date||Sunday, May 20th, 2019|
|Location||Centennial Park |
19250 7th Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
|Cost||$50 (all routes)|
|Support||Rest Stops, Mechanics, Medics|
|Activities||Vendor Village, Beer Garden, Lunch, Music|
Where is the Start/Finish of the ride?
The start and finish of Viking Tour will be held at Centennial Park (19250 7th Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370).
Where should I park?
Parking will be available at the main event location. Volunteers wearing volunteer t-shirts will be located at the entrances to each parking lot for your convenience. Handicapped parking is available.
What time do the rides begin?
The ride begins at 9:00 a.m. as a group start. Riders are expected to complete the ride by 3pm.
Where can I get a map of my course?
A map of each course will be available on the routes page under each ride description. Course maps and turn-by-turn directions will be given out in your registration packet as well.
When is Registration?
Registration will be held on Saturday, May 19th at Western Red Brewing from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the main event location (please note the ride departs at 9:00 a.m.).
What do I pick up at Registration?
At Registration you will pick up your bib number, course directions and swag bag. We will verify that you have signed our waiver otherwise you will be required to sign the waiver at check-in.
Where do I get my swag bag?
You'll get your swag bag at registration.
What is the Poker Run
All riders who participate on the Poker Run collect 5 playing cards from rest stops over the course of the ride to make a poker hand. The best poker hand at the end of the ride wins!
Will the ride be supported?
Yes! The Viking Tour ride will be very well supported with road side mechanics, roaming support vehicles and HAM radio operators at the ready should anything happen during your ride. Rest stops will be available to all registered riders and they vary depending on the route you have selected. Each rest stop has a restroom available for your use. A free hot meal will be served at the end of the ride for all registrants. A vegetarian option will be available.
What are the roads like?
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.
Are the routes marked?
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. Course maps and cue sheets will also be at registration.
Are there rest stops along the route?
Yes! There are rest stops about every ~10-15 miles along the routes. There are snacks, beverages, and restroom facilities at all rest stops.
Is the beer garden included?
Sadly no. The beer garden is $5 for great local beer and wine so make sure to bring some cash or your credit card with you to the event.
Are Viking Tour jerseys going to be available at the event?
You can purchase a Viking Tour jersey at the event for $65. It will be shipped to you and arrive about three weeks after the event.
I still have questions, how may I get answers?
If you have questions that have not been answered, please send an email and we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.