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Daytime Hill Time: Easy Does It

After a week of vacation followed by too many hours at my PC preparing for final exams, I'm ready to stretch (test?) my legs. This route starts from Tazza Coffee Shop and ventures up to Skyline, with the specific route yet to be determined (will try to post one before the ride). Expect it to be about 20-ish miles and less than 2,000 feet elev. gain, an "easy does it" kind of ride for me. The "easy" in that former statement does not mean "cake walk" - expect pace to be 17-19 mph on flats (not many of those), plenty of hills, riding with vehicles on roads with no shoulder. We are in NW Hills territory, after all. Be prepared to climb, face some rollers, and get that cardio system a'workin'!

If your schedule allows, come early for a 12:30 PM cup of coffee or just to get better acquainted before we embark on our hilly adventure. (I think it's good cycling citizenship to patronize the businesses who give us access to parking and restrooms - and Tazza Coffee has been very friendly and accommodating). Just to be clear:

12:30 PM Optional Coffee & get acquainted

1:00 PM Wheels rolling!

Type of Ride: Climbing is not my strength - but it's gonna be, if I have anything to say about it. I don't mind leading from behind, so come on out and leave me in the dust or join me for slow UPs and fast DOWNs of Skyline. This ride is about giving it your best. Given the crispy temps, everyone can ride at their own pace, but we will re-group at major turns and hilltops.


Ride leader: Carolyn Jen[masked]

Meeting Point: Tazza Coffee (see address above).


The Route: TBA

Pace and terrain rating. Intermediate-to-advanced but friendly.

Weather Cancellation Policy. Extreme weather will cancel this ride. Rainy forecasts may cause us to bump the ride to a different day.


Mandatory for all riders.

Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road. Represent us well!

Have your bike in good working order and bring a flat kit & the right size spare tube on all rides. There are no mechanics scheduled to join us. Be prepared or bring a cell phone. 


Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides

Generally, these rides will be C/D/E - 4/5

Flatland Windless Cruising Pace

A 12 & Under

B 13-14 MPH

C 15-16 MPH

D 17-18 MPH

E 19-20 MPH

F 21-23 MPH

Terrain/Climbing Rating

1 = Flat

2 = Flat/Rolling

3 = Rolling

4 = Rolling / Hilly

5 = Hilly

6 = Hilly Mountainous

7= Mountainous

Type of ride


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  • Bukie

    Carolyn - thanks for putting this ride together. It was short and sweet. Just what the doctor ordered. :)

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Here is the route: 19 mi, 1800 feet. Like I said, it's an "Easy does it" kind of day.

    December 17, 2013

  • Julie S.

    I was hoping to get some quality biking in since this is my day off, but it sounds like it is more than I can do .

    December 16, 2013

  • Bukie

    Hey Jen, the 20 miles with 2200 feet total gain sound good. I will commit when you post the route.

    December 15, 2013

  • Paul J.

    Sounds about right as part of my post-Crud comeback.

    December 15, 2013

    • Bukie

      welcome back Paul.

      December 15, 2013

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