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CHEW Series 3.3.13 Ride - Steady/Moderate/Bris­k - 49.8 miles (3583')

The seventh ride of the CHEW Series (see below) will be held on March 3, 2013, start location and time noted above. This ride route is about 47 miles long and has circa 3400 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to climb Hollywood Hill, Paradise Lake area, Trilogy Hill, Snoqualmie Valley hills, and Bloomberg Hill. Note that this route has less easy exit routes than previous rides in the series.

Ride leaders for this week are:

Brisk 1 (17-18mph) – Alexa Volwiler and James Coliz
Brisk 2 (15-16mph) – Frieder Mack and Tim Thomas
Moderate – Matthew Wong
Steady – Al Miller

Draft route for this week is: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1951332

Climbing Hills – Eastside Wintertime – The CHEW Series will be held Sundays at 0930 on Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, March 3, March 10, March 17, and March 24 at various starting points on the East Side. These will be climbing routes on local hills which will progress from circa 30 miles and 2500 feet of elevation to 50+ miles and 4500 feet of elevation. There will be four paces offered for riders – Brisk 1 (17-18 mph on flats); Brisk 2 (15-17 mph on flats); Moderate (14-16 mph on flats); and Steady (12-14 mph on flats) which will all use a common course for that week. Each ride pace for the week will also be posted at Cascade Bicycle Club Daily Rides Calendar (http://www.cascade.org/EandR/Activities_Calendar.cfm?query=cascadefreedailyride)

Riders should be able to sustain the appropriate pace for their selected group, read a cue sheet, change a flat (and have the requisite equipment), and have a positive attitude! Faster riders and better climbers are welcome to join but for them the ride becomes self-paced and self-guided. Riders can ride on their own, in small groups, or with the appropriate pace ride leader. Cue sheets will be available at the start and riders can email the Ride Leader by the preceding Friday noon for the final route cue sheet pdf and map url. Rest Stops will be planned as noted on the Route Cue Sheet.

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  • Machiko T.

    Beautiful country side full of signs of spring if I have time/energy to notice them, of course.

    March 5, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Another excellent training ride. At the start there is a lot of 'Can I do this' and 'Just hold on' but I'm getting better at the climbing and held on until the end. Thanks for making improvement possible. Fun times for sure.

    March 4, 2013

  • Janis M.

    Wish it was longer with a few more hills.

    2 · March 3, 2013

    • craig d.

      I was glad just to survive it again. Great job by the ride leaders once more.

      March 4, 2013

    • Margarita T.

      I thought the ride was perfectly fantastic in all ways. Thank you Al for all the hard work in putting it together. Thank you Rick and Patty for leading part of it. Thank you Scott and Joni for the great sweeping job.

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • Al M.

    Great riding on a sunny Sunday (well, more sun than we usually see!) - we ended up with about 74 riders [(Brisk+ -20), (Brisk- 18), (Moderate 20), Steady (11), and a special group with a Marymoor start (5)] - The route was a little flatter this week but a little longer - a very nice change to get out into the valley this weekend. It would take too long for here to do into detail but we did a get of bit of lesson learned about how we might want to treat inputs for the Courier (paper version) as a source of info for riders versus the electronic sources on the Cascade Webpages and the Meetup group.

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Machiko T.

      You can put a disclaimer at the top to check online versions for the newest update or maybe not use whole 2+ precious pages for it???

      March 4, 2013

  • Angie

    Great ride! Thanks for the great weather, Al!

    March 3, 2013

  • Aleksandra T

    What an enjoyable and great ride, fantastic route and weather too. Thanks to the guys that rode beside me and helped me understand my bike. Thanks also to the people that helped me with my gears, and understanding my gears. It was somewhat ambitious for my first ride but I enjoyed it, and everyone made me feel welcome, it was a great experience. Thank you.

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • Jake W.

      Great job out there today and hope you come out and ride with us again.

      March 3, 2013

  • Al M.

    ALERT: Tim T checked the route and that found our cue sheet (ridewithgps) somehow missed a right turn at about 42.3 miles onto NE 195th St - the garmin (gps) download data from ridewithgps appears to be correct however. I have personally annotated the 20+ copies of cue sheets we will have at the start and have asked Tim and the other RL's to point this out to anyone who pre-printed (and thank you!) their cue sheets so they can mark in the turn. While it is an "obvious" turn to me since I ride out there, I am pretty sure it is not obvious if you aren't familiar with the area and the route.

    March 3, 2013

  • Angie

    Help me out, dear Al. The Cascade Courier says that CHEW for September 3 starts at Marymoor! I swear it does! It even gives YOUR phone number and email address!.

    March 1, 2013

    • Al M.

      Yes, I did check and it is posted in the Courier that "Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at hat http://www.meetup.com...;­ so technically we are covered - We also went the extra mile and the had Cascade Web Calendar pages updated as well. We'll have to see how this develops but we might have to strengthen the wording in the Courier Posting to be stronger in our emphasis to check back here for updates. Just part of our learning curve I guess!!

      March 2, 2013

    • craig d.

      Al, I'll give you credit for trying to post there for the couple of people left who still look there for rides. :)

      March 3, 2013

  • Angie

    Oops. I did NOT mean September 3; I meant MARCH 3.

    March 1, 2013

  • Anne-Gigi C.

    Change of plan... need to do lots of yard work on this day, so need an earlier start to be done by lunch time! Hope you all have fun!

    February 28, 2013

  • Ephemeral C.

    This week, we'll be adding an additional pace. For those of you who ride at the high-end of moderate or the low end of brisk, there's now a Brisk 2 pace. The Brisk 2 pace will be "15-16mph" while Brisk 1 will remain on the high-end of Brisk.

    If you have any questions, please post a comment and one of the RLs will respond.

    February 26, 2013

  • Angie

    Al, wasn't the start changed to Marymoor?

    February 25, 2013

    • Al M.

      Angie - about a week ago, we swapped the ride start locations in order to get a better ride progression - this week (03 Mar) CHEW 7 goes from Woodinville and then the next week (10 Mar) CHEW 8 goes from Marymoor.

      February 26, 2013

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