CHEW Series #8 - 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 proper 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: A nice ride through the country with a couple small hills thrown in. We start at the Marymoor free east parking lot and head south on Marymoor Parkway. After a little warm up stretch we head up to the plateau on Louis Thompson Rd.  We continue on to the valley with a nice decent down Duthie Hill Road and on to Carnation. Then on to Duvall via Big Rock Road and stop for a nice espresso. Our final hill will be NE Union Hill Road.

Route link

Cue sheet link



Ride Director: Tim Thomas

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  • Cathy H.

    Great cohesive group of game riders again today. Thanks all for making it fun. Tim T, thanks for the nice route (and early morning scout!) and great lead. Joe, Tim J, Mike, Paul, Lichen and Bin, thanks for your help at various points today! And Judy, thanks for standing in the rain to get us sorted and sent off!

    3 · March 2, 2014

    • Bin L.

      I still have a back muscle not fully recovered but managed to do a 55-m Lake WA loop on Sunday, with a new helmet. Look forward to future rides!

      3 · March 10, 2014

    • Cathy H.

      Impressive, Bin. Glad you are back on the bike. Baby that back muscle, and we'll look forward to seeing you when your back is up to hilly rides again.

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Machiko T.

    We complained the rain then, but they got more rain after Sunday. A part of the route is currently flooded.

    March 6, 2014

  • Cathy H.

    BTW, Brisk - had two possum sightings on Sunday. We had a live one run right between our bikes out in the country and then later came upon a dead one on the side of the road. Not a usual sight, especially two in one day! They must like rain.

    2 · March 4, 2014

    • Tim T.

      There were actually 3. Two dead, one before and one after the live one.

      1 · March 4, 2014

    • Sean

      Always better to see live critters rather than dead ones, but still strange to see one moving around in the daytime. Must have been flooded out of house and home.

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • Cale B.

    It was only sprinkling and then all of the sudden it was a monsoon. I've finally regained feeling in my hands and feet. Thanks to the strenuous group for waiting up for me after I bonked out.

    1 · March 2, 2014

    • Wes S.

      You didn't bonk, you were just pacing yourself. :)

      March 2, 2014

    • James C.

      Great job powering through, Cale. This was a brutal one!

      March 4, 2014

  • Tim T.

    Note for rainy rides if you have a Showers Pass or similar rain coat with one of those big pockets in the back, they easily hold a dry pair of gloves and socks i put them in zip lock bags just to make sure they stay dry then at the rest stop i can change to dry gloves snd socks if needed really helps!

    4 · March 3, 2014

    • Machiko T.

      Thanks, Tim, for the tip! I wish you shared this info on Sunday morning! :-)

      1 · March 3, 2014

  • Tim J.

    No
    Matter the weather, always FUN TO RIDE! Especially with so many great cycling friends!!
    Thank you all for being so awesome!!

    March 2, 2014

    • Machiko T.

      Was it you who said "hi" to me thru the mirror? :-). It was fun to see brisk riders in action.

      March 3, 2014

  • Angela Serrano B.

    When I thought it could not get more miserable, the wind started blowing really hard for my husband and I on Eastlake Sam on the way home... we walked our bikes on the short but steep hill to our house, we were so wet that it felt like we had bricks in our hands and feet. Hope the weather improves for next weekend.

    March 3, 2014

  • Alexa V.

    So glad to see so many riders show up for this wet ride. At least we all got our training in and will be better next weekend for it. Thanks everyone for making an effort to ride safely and stick together. You guys are awesome! (And special thanks to Judy Auten who drive all the way from Kent just to help us at ride start).

    5 · March 2, 2014

  • Alan T.

    That was wet!It's so good to be dry and warm again.See you all next week for another great ride.

    1 · March 2, 2014

    • Wes S.

      Long hot shower was well earned today. I'm still trying to dry out my gear to ride to work tomorrow.

      March 2, 2014

  • Wes S.

    Another great CHEW ... this time with lots of rain!

    March 2, 2014

  • Mike G.

    Outside of the rain, nice ride... A perfect late summer ride...

    March 2, 2014

    • Tim T.

      Rain, what rain?

      March 2, 2014

  • Tim J.

    Tim T thanks for the great lead on today's ride. It was a tough ride, but we carried on! We all got wet, it's only rain, so good job! Nice sweep by Cathy keeping the group all together!Looking forward to next week!

    March 2, 2014

  • Tim T.

    I think the real rain set in right after we passed the cutout back! Oh well was good to ride anyway!

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • David O.

    I took the shortcut and I just regained the feeling in my toes a half hour ago, two hours after them ride ended! Everyone on this ride, regardless of the pace or distance, should be commended for such determination in these terrible conditions. I can't wait to get back on the bike...in dry 50 deg. weather.

    4 · March 2, 2014

  • Carl W.

    So when you know it's going to rain and you can't feel your toes... Perhaps the shortcut would have been the wiser choice to make in Carnation... However, it was good to be back on the bike after 4 weeks....

    3 · March 2, 2014

  • Tim T.

    Looks ok so far drove the first few hills and no snow only very light rain at this point. It is cold though so dress warm in layers that can come off for the warmer (up hill) bits Frieder is still off checking more of the route that is farther east

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • craig d.

    Just looking out my window and it's really coming down. I'm assuming if the weather is the same in Redmond and continues it will cancel. I think I'll just go indoors today. See you next week.

    March 2, 2014

  • Mike U.

    Vicious Cycles Gran Fondo Ephrata prep

    February 25, 2014

    • Mike U.

      Ride today. Ski tomorrow.

      1 · March 1, 2014

    • Amber R

      Mountains are calling. :)

      March 2, 2014

  • Judy A.

    Gonna sit this one out. My last 4 rides have been wet and various degrees of miserable. (Too bad work got in the way of enjoying the weather earlier this week.)

    Alexa, I still plan to be there to help with ride admin duties, as I suspect there will be heartier souls who will brave the elements. I will also send you an email, since Meetup has been unpredictable the past few days.

    March 2, 2014

  • Tim T.

    Im off to check the route

    March 2, 2014

  • Tim T.

    38 and no snow in sight here in Bellevue. Watching the news now. Keep your fingers crossed that we can do the route. We will make the call about the ride at the start.

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Monica

    I'm sorry to miss another CHEW but the hopefully snowy mountains demand one more try.

    2 · February 28, 2014

    • Cathy H.

      Monica, did I see you cycling down lake wash blvd mid afternoon yesterday? Was a great day to be on the bike

      March 1, 2014

    • Monica

      Cathy, yes that was me wheezing my tired way along lake wa blvd (along the Bellevue-Renton side) I couldn't resist the sunshine. I even broke out just the shorts for Friday!

      1 · March 1, 2014

  • Mike U.

    Vicious Cycles Gran Fondo Ephrata prep

    March 1, 2014

  • Wes S.

    Weather doesn't look promising.

    February 27, 2014

    • Jay G.

      Weather Underground currently says "Pellets" and 32 deg for 6am on Sunday. Pellets? Ugh... http://tinyurl.com/mn...­

      February 28, 2014

    • Machiko T.

      The weather is quickly changing as we speak :-(.

      February 28, 2014

  • Wenda M

    If it snows like forecast I'll be skipping this one...yeah, I know, I'm a wimp! Hopefully Ma Nature will realize it's time to transition to spring next week!!!

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • pat

    Ugga bugga

    February 25, 2014

  • Tim S.

    So are we just skipping the Edmonds Shoreline route? Seems a shame - that was an interesting and challenging route as well as one that is not done by the East side riders often, if at all.

    February 24, 2014

    • Sam M.

      Deborah and I did partial route on Sunday. ..innes arden is one heck of a hill

      1 · February 24, 2014

    • Tim T.

      Even better ones coming up on future CHEW rides!

      1 · February 24, 2014

  • Tim T.

    Ok I have finally updated the cue sheet link. (02/24 @ 4:50 PM) Sorry it took so long!

    February 24, 2014

  • Tim T.

    Note: the Garmin Route file was just updated (2/23 at 5:00 PM). Just a couple of minor corrections and a slight change to the end of the ride. We will continue on to take a right on 65th instead of the right on 70th. Please get the corrected Garmin file. The new queue sheet will be posted a bit later and I will let you all know when that is done.

    2 · February 23, 2014

  • Robert

    Anyone else having trouble with the cue-sheet link? It sends me to another MeetUp page, which in turns sends me right back here. This started happening (to me) last week.

    February 20, 2014

    • James C.

      Working for me. Does sound like a meetup problem.

      February 21, 2014

    • Cathy H.

      It was. I managed to get the cue sheet last night on second try!

      February 21, 2014

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