Ronde van Palouse

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Ronde van Palouse
Saturday, April 12, 2014
USAC Permit 2014-1096


Thanks to all 140 racers, the scores of volunteers, the officiating staff, and the sun for all showing up today and being part of the hardest one-day race in the Northwest! Results are posted at

Ronde van Palouse (Tour of the Palouse) is a road race held in the spirit of the Spring Classics. The course consists of a 16-mile circuit in the farm country near Spangle, Washington. The loop features 10 miles of good pavement and 6 miles of graded gravel. The constant rollers and the nearly constant wind of the Palouse make this a challenging circuit that favors the strongest all-around riders. The finish line is about two miles northeast of Liberty High School. Puncture resistant tires are recommended.

Follow RvP's course conditions, talk smack, and ask questions about tire size on the RvP Facebook page here.

Don't forget that Ronde van Palouse is part of the Champion of the Spring Classics Series. Partnered with the Rocky Mountain Roubaix (Saturday, April 26), these two early season races are the hardest, dirtiest, meanest races in the Pacific Northwest. Rain, snow, pot holes, and mud! What's not to love?! Read more below.

Not tough enough to race this bad boy but still wanna score a sweet RvP t-shirt? Volunteer and we'll give you the shirt for free!  All the t-shirt, some of the suffering!  Click here for volunteer info.

Field Start Time Distance Laps
Men Pro/1/2
Men 3
11:00 a.m. 66 mi 68 mi
4 3
Men 4/5 11:10 a.m. 50 mi 45 mi
3 2
Masters 40+
Masters 50+
Women 1/2/3
11:20 a.m. 50 mi 45 mi
3 2
Master 60+
Women 4
11:30 a.m. 34 mi 45 mi 2

Master's fields are open only to USA Cycling Category 1-4 racers. Category 5 racers (new racers) must race in the Cat 4/5 field. The only exception are Masters 60+ who can race in either the Cat 5 field or the Masters 60+ field. Read more about Master's fields here.

Five (5) riders make a category. SRV also reserves the right to combine, split, or cancel fields depending on turnout. Fields that race together will still be scored separately.  If there are less than five riders in a field, those racers will be given the individual option of having their entry fee refunded OR they can race UP a category.  E.g. If there are only two women signed up for the Women 4 race, they will be given the option of racing in the Women 1/2/3 field, competing with that field for their prizes.  Fields with less than five riders will not be raced.

Driving Directions: Registration and Staging at the Liberty Elementary/Jr. High School (29818 S North Pine Creek Rd, Spangle, WA ‎ - same as 2013) From Spokane, go 17 miles south on Hwy 195. Exit the highway left on East Cheney-Spangle Road. This is the second Spangle exit. You'll see the Harvester Restaurant to the left and a gas station on the right as you enter the town of Spangle. Continue to the stop sign at Main/Old 195. Turn right on Old SR 195 and proceed south for approximately one mile. Turn left on Spangle-Waverly Road. Proceed 3.75 miles and turn right onto S. North Pine Creek Rd. Parking, registration, staging, and awards at the Liberty Elementary School on the right.

Entrance Fee: $35 includes sales tax, insurance surcharges, registration fees, and pretty sweet RvP shirt.

Registration: Online registration available at Day-of registration will be available. Check-in and registration will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Liberty Elementary School parking lot. Racers should check-in no later than 30 minutes before the start.

The Fine Print:

  • WSBA required. $10 rental numbers available ($5 refundable for Wash. and Idaho residents; $10 refundable for all others)
  • USA Cycling license required. $15 One-Day Licenses available only for Men Cat 5 and Women Cat 4, no exceptions.  Annual licenses will be available for purchase as well.
  • Entrance fee waived if racer provides two volunteers. Click here for more info.


Category/Class 1st 2nd 3rd
Men 1/2 $100
$75 $50
Men 3 $75 $50 $25
Women 1-2-3 $75 $50 $25
Men 4/5 Merchandise 3 deep
Women 4 Merchandise 3 deep
Men 40+ $75 $50 $25
Men 50+ $75 $50 $25
Men 60+ $75 $50 $25

Champion of the Spring Classics Series Prizes:

We've again combined Ronde van Palouse and Jacobson-Schutte Racing's Rocky Mountain Roubaix (Saturday, April 26) to create the Champion of the Spring Classics. The highest placed Cat 1/2 Man, Cat 3 Man, Master 40+ Man, and Cat 1/2/3 Woman will win cash. You have to do both races to win!

Category Prize Money 2012 Winners 2013 Winners
Men 1/2 $150 Marshall Opel That day's a blur..
Men 3 $100 Peter Young  
Women 1/2/3 $100 None  
Masters 40+ (Master A) $100 Mark Knokey  

Frequently Asked Questions:

    • WSBA torso and frame numbers will be used. Purchase your WSBA number in advance at
    • Support vehicle for each field will be “wheels in/wheels out”. However, your best bet is to run a wider tire with max air pressure.
    • Gravel Wheel Pit. Some of the wheels that riders put into the wheel cars will be randomly selected and placed at a "wheels in/wheels out" pit along the gravel section of the route. So while we hope there's a wheel car within seconds of you and your flat, at least you know there's a second option close by.
    • A feed zone is available for teams and individuals with their own support person. Your soigneur should be instructed to stand in the feed zone on South Rattlers Run (see map below). There is parking at the intersection of Dawson Road and Rattlers Run Road.
    • Award ceremony and burrito fiesta will be at Liberty Elementary School after the last field has finished (approximately 2:30 p.m.)

Other Rules: All USA Cycling rules apply. Racers must present valid USA Cycling license at registration, no exceptions. Riders outside the "race caravan" must obey the standard rules of the road. Helmets must be worn and secured any time the participant is on a bicycle--before, during, and after the race, except while on a trainer.

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Organizer: Alan Jacob

Chief Referee: Jim Mullen

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 509.270.8347

Course Map: (click for interactive map with cue sheet)

Ronde van Palouse Adjusted Course and Elevation

 Ronde van Palous is proudly sponsored by:

TBL-Logo-No-Tag--web friendly  Team Two Wheeler Dealer Racing
 Hammer Nutrition - Web Safe
 CWB blue brown - web safe  Larry H Miller Spokane Dealerships 

Spare Parts:

2013 Ronde van Palouse results are posted here. Racer survey feedback results here.

And a funny blog posting from Evo Davo here. "This is the suffering we had been promised."

2013 Facebook Event Page