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CHEW Series #2 - Steady/Moderate/Bri­­sk/Strenuous

Climbing Hills - Eastside Wintertime “CHEW” Series

The CHEW Series will be held Sundays at 09:30 am on January 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at various starting points on the east side. These will be climbing routes on local hills which will progress from ~ 30 miles and 2500’ of elevation gain to 50+ miles and 4500’ elevation gain. There will be four paces offered -- steady (12-14 on flats), moderate (14-16 on flats), brisk minus and brisk plus (16-18 on flats), and strenuous (19-20 on flats). All pace groups will use a common route each week.

Please RSVP to Meetup for ride updates and to help us determine the appropriate number of ride leaders. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to 09:30 am to hear the route briefing, safety presentation, and sign the waiver form for an on-time departure.

Riders should be able to sustain the appropriate pace for their selected group, know how to read a cue sheet, change a flat tire (and have the requisite equipment to do so) and have a positive attitude. Ride Leaders and Sweeps will not stop long for flats or mechanical issues due to group safety.

Faster riders are welcome to join but for them the ride becomes self-guided. Riders can ride on their own, in smaller groups, or with the appropriate Ride Leader.

A limited number of cue sheets will be available at the ride start so please print your own just in case. The final route and cue sheet will be available on Meetup.com the weekend prior to each ride. Rest stops will be planned as noted on the route cue sheet.

A good headlight and taillight are recommended. Fenders are highly encouraged -- without them you may be asked to ride at the back of your pace group as a courtesy to the other riders.

Regroup policy: This is a training series so we will ride with the best interest of the group in mind. We will regroup at the top of hills for a reasonable amount of time as well as at major turns. Stops will be brief. Riders may need to fall back to a slower pace group if they fall behind. If you are riding in the last pace group, the ride leaders will make sure you have a cue sheet and feel comfortable to finish the ride or will stay with you as need be. We want everyone to ride hard but to have fun and get back safely.

Please print your contact information clearly on the waiver form in case we need to reach you for any reason.

This week's route: This week’s ride begins with a 10 mile rolling hill warm-up along the southeast corner of Lake Washington before we hit the main hill of the ride: 140th Ave SE in Renton. Starbucks is your reward and temporary sanctuary for conquering that hill before we move to the 196th Ave SE and 154th Pl SE hills. An Optional Rest Stop is at Lake Boren Park. Please feel free to join us for a Mexican Carb Reload and meet your hill-climbing counterparts without their protective coverings at Azteca after the ride, conveniently located at[masked]th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA‎.

Bailout options occur any time before 154th Pl SE, heading west on the Cedar River Trail then north along the east side of Lake Washington.

PLEASE NOTE - There are NO restrooms at the start location. Remember to plan accordingly. 

Route link

Cue sheet link

Ride Director: Matt Wong

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  • Tim J.

    Cathy, you are an angel. As beautiful inside as outside. The compassion and grace you showed Shannon in helping her whatever way Shannon wanted is exceptional!

    3 · January 12, 2014

    • Alexa V.

      Just think how much stronger you will be after completing the series!

      2 · January 13, 2014

    • Cathy H.

      Shannon, you were amazing and are going to do very well with this series. You have the right mental fortitude. It was a pleasure riding with you.

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Brenda D.

    Can someone tell me what the elevation gain was on yesterday's ride?

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Cathy H.

      Rule of thumb. Go with highest elevation number, use the fastest rider's average moving speed, and round up mileage. Haha.

      4 · January 13, 2014

    • Rob

      ^^^ that

      January 13, 2014

  • Angela Serrano B.

    Forgot to give Kudos yesterday to Carl Wainwright­ who a victim of a flat himself, led a few of us from Brisk+ that got caught by flats. Thanks Carl for the patience.

    2 · January 13, 2014

  • Rich K.

    Thanks to everyone for a great ride and route today. I'm looking forward to next weekend.

    January 12, 2014

  • Tim S.

    I am not able to do CHEW 2 this weekend but am planning on doing this route next Saturday, the 18th, if anyone wants to join me that has already done the route (or not) that would be wonderful. And then on Sunday we would do CHEW 3!!

    January 8, 2014

    • Monica

      I'm also interested in doing CHEW2 on Sarturday.

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • Tim S.

      Karen, Monica, Well...I did say I was going to ride CHEW2 on Saturday but then David posted a ride over the Narrows Bridge. How often do you see that? Let's go do that ride instead. What do you say? We can come back and do CHEW2 some other Saturday.

      January 12, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Good ride today. Thanks to the leaders for setting up the route and leading each of the groups.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Angela Serrano B.

    5 stars if it were not for the flats !

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Mark L.

    Hills are hard. Our ride leader couched us to get in hill climbing order. Getting into climbing order minimized the amount of pacing. Good idea. Given enough time I may learn to love the hills.

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Tim J.

    A shout of encouragement to Shannon in Brisk minus today. I could see in your eyes and face the exhaustion, I know as 1 year ago I had that feeling. I am so proud of you and your determination to press on anyway!!! You would not quit! Way to Rock Shannon !!!

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Tim J.

    Matt what fun route you had served up for us! Really had FUN !! Great unofficial start to CHEW Series!! Thanks to Alexa for a strong pull in some off and on headwinds ! Joe and Cathy great job on the sweep!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for all the preparation - very well organized!

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Cathy H.

    Thanks to everyone for the great ride today, especially whomever turned off the waterworks for our ride. :) Alexa, Matt, Frieder, John W, Tim T ... great job getting us all rolling this morning. We had a fantastic group in Brisk 1.

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Alexa V.

    Great to see everyone out riding today even with the bad weather the day before. You guys rock and you will be so much stronger going into the spring as a result. Special thank you to Tim Thomas, John Weller, Joe Shih, and many more who helped at the ride start. It's nice to have such great support from an awesome team of Ride Leaders.

    5 · January 12, 2014

  • Mike G.

    Weather played nice with us...

    January 12, 2014

  • John H.

    Thank You, Scott!

    January 12, 2014

  • Sharon C

    Fun 1st CHEW ride today : ) Many thanks to Matt, Rick, Nathan, and all the other ride leaders and fun cyclists!

    January 12, 2014

  • Kevin

    Adding one more to the injured list hope to be back next week.

    January 12, 2014

    • Cathy H.

      Oh no. Hope you are better soon.

      January 12, 2014

  • Debbie C.

    It will be warm enough. Will it be dry enough? I'm a little concerned about the 20%+ grade on one of the hills, but I'm willing to try if it's dry enough.

    January 11, 2014

    • Matt W.

      20%+ hill? That must be a glitch with RWGPS...140th is rated at 10% per the WSDOT signage, yet it shows as 18% on RWGPS. The steepest climb is probably in the Newcastle neighborhood, which is easy and safe to walk up. I have a new Garmin; I'll take a look a the grade as we climb those hills to compare.

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • craig d.

      I think the steepest I saw on my Garmin today was in that Newcastle neighborhood off Coal Creek. 135th? Anyway it hit 14 percent near the top but not for long.

      1 · January 12, 2014

  • Melody

    I am not rain proof. I may need to make a run to REI again!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Matt W.

    Dress for rain today. The Doppler shows we're in a dry spot now, but we're surrounded by lots of green.

    2 · January 12, 2014

    • craig d.

      It's raining steady in Renton right now. The forecast I heard made it sound like a better chance of it drying later. Still, it can't be as bad as yesterday. We got hailed on three times and it rained much harder than what's out there now.

      2 · January 12, 2014

  • Joe L.

    Change of plans.

    January 12, 2014

  • Micah C.

    Have fun on this one. With all the snow dumping in the mountains, will go snowboarding instead.

    January 10, 2014

    • Micah C.

      Because all the good snow is at the beginning of the day.

      January 10, 2014

    • Ephemeral C.

      If it keeps dumping, there's always good snow... Plus - night skiing rocks!

      January 11, 2014

  • geoff j.

    Thanks for clearing the path.

    January 11, 2014

  • Matt W.

    I pre-drove most of the ride today to see the wind damage. Not too bad considering the gustiness, but still a lot of branch debris in the bike lanes, particularly between hills 1 and 3 (MP 16 to 26). Please be diligent in calling and pointing out debris for the rider behind you, as these branches can easily get stuck in and break your fenders.

    4 · January 11, 2014

    • One Gear G.

      Y'all are amazingly diligent, dedicated & thorough for a group of volunteer riders! To sum it up, passionate about riding! Thank you!

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Phil H.

    Today (Saturday) proved that you can be wetter than soaked. I was in it this afternoon going around the south end of the Lake, passing the S Bellevue P&R, and taking I-90 back to Seattle. 18mph winds and sheets of rain. Tomorrow (Sunday) the weather people promise 'sun breaks'. Just for the Steady- CHEW group?

    January 11, 2014

  • geoff j.

    No frost or black ice in the forecast this time. As for rain, once you're soaked you can't get any wetter.

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Monica

    Aww. Instead of flying down the hills on a bike. I'll be screaming, falling down the mountain in some snow. Everyone enjoy 154th!

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • James C.

    Ride of the week :). Although the title was not my idea! http://www.cascade.org/blog/2014/01/ride-week-chew

    7 · January 9, 2014

    • craig d.

      CHEW is to Sundays as the Borg was to Star Trek. All riders will be assimilated--resistance is futile.

      4 · January 10, 2014

    • One Gear G.

      Craig, I don't know you but you're BRILLIANT! And... I do a spot on Worf impression...

      1 · January 10, 2014

  • Tim J.

    Good one Craig!!

    January 10, 2014

  • Sam M.

    Just for the record, I plan on leading (or sweeping with JUdy or somone else) the steady minus group until we feel like we can join the regular steadys. I presume that some will get there faster than others (you could take that to mean both to the regular steady group and/or to the top of the hills).!!! See you there.

    4 · January 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ... and let's hope the wind and rain die down Sunday!

      7 · January 9, 2014

  • Phil H.

    Matt: Yes, but will there be a Steady- group? I'm working my way up from Easy+ after a ten week layabout workout.

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Micah C.

      Just curious, what is the speed for steady minus?

      January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Still 12-14 on the flats, but slower up the hills . . .

      January 8, 2014

  • Allyson W.

    Just starting back again from being on the injured list so I'm still working up to Steady on the hills. Thanks for the cue sheets. I'll definitely use them to come up to speed again. Looking forward to seeing everyone out there!

    3 · January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear you were injured. As an experienced ride leader we'd love to have you on Steady (Minus) if that works for you ...

      January 8, 2014

  • Phil H.

    Given that the weather wiped out the Steady- group (as well as all others) last weekend will CHEW #2 have a Steady- group this week?

    January 7, 2014

    • Matt W.

      Phil. ride cancellations apply to all pace groups. Some Ride Leaders elect to go on their own, non-Cascade ride and some riders follow them. CHEW 2 is still a go, with all pace groups,including Steady on the agenda.

      January 8, 2014

    • Matt W.

      Clarification: CHEW 2 is still a go as of 1/8/2014

      1 · January 8, 2014

  • Melody

    Trying to make it to my first CHEW. Hope the weather is good!

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • Karen

    Weather permitting - Anyone interested to carpool from West Seattle? I'm between a moderate and brisk rider. I'm thinking I'll ride moderate for this one, my first CHEW - if I don't get spit out first. HA!

    January 6, 2014

  • Pat V.

    Yo. ..adrian!

    January 6, 2014

  • Louise J.

    Riding Steady

    1 · December 25, 2013

  • Louis H.

    Ok - I have been off my real bike for three months due to shoulder surgery. Can I get the first couple of routes - so I can start working on them in December - and be ready for January?

    October 25, 2013

    • Alexa V.

      Hi Louis -- Routes will be posted to Meetup when they are final. We are still in the process. The first two weeks will be 30 and 35 miles with ~ 85 ft/mile elevation gain.

      October 25, 2013

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