CHEW Series 3.17.13 Ride - Steady/Moderate/Bris­k - 50 miles (4384')

The ninth ride of the CHEW Series (see below) will be held on March 17, 2013, start location and time noted above. Please see draft route url for route details. Ride leaders for this week are:

Brisk Plus – Alexa Volwiler and Bob Dennis

Brisk Minus – Frieder Mack and Tim Thomas

Moderate – Kimberly Smith

Steady – Al Miller

Draft route for this week is: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1962585

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 three paces offered for riders – Brisk (16-18 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.

"Drop" policy -- This is a training series. As such, we will ride with the best interest of the group in mind. This may mean that riders may need to fall back to a slower pace group and so they will be picked up by the group behind them. It also means that we will not wait for riders to change flat tires or deal with mechanical issues. Please make sure that you print a cue sheet in the event that you get separated. We want everyone to ride hard and have fun and there are multiple pace options to support all riders so no one should feel left behind.

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  • Aleksandra T

    Learnt more about my bike and riding....thanks to the ride leaders for another great ride, and doing a great job, it's awesome. And thanks to Sandi for being a good sweep, riding with me, and being a good ride buddy. Everyone is good, great group to ride with.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Angie

    what a way 2 gt out of the ride. am enjoyng myy pain pills. glad majid injuries nt 2 bad. my left wriust is brokn and wl req surg. a ltl road rash and no apparent bike damg. thx 2 all ride buddies 4 support at scene. guess iwl miss nxt wk. big thx 2 Al 4 carng 4 my bike and assistg wth xray. Dr Al?

    March 17, 2013

    • Joni Meisner G.

      Angie, sorry to hear you will be out of commission for a while. Take care and get well soon!

      March 18, 2013

    • Margarita T.

      I am glad you are doing okay. I'm sure you'll be back riding with us soon. Take care.

      March 19, 2013

  • Jimmy Z

    Thanks Frieder and Tim for leading moderate+/brisk- group having another fantastic ride. Your warning before every big downhill helps a lot!

    March 18, 2013

  • Joni Meisner G.

    Majid, glad to hear you came through relatively unscathed. We were worried about you! Hope to see you on your bike again soon....

    March 17, 2013

    • Majid H.

      Thanks nothing can stop me from riding . Don't believe me ask my wife. She gave up long time ago ;)

      March 17, 2013

  • Angie

    steady ride buddies - i saw someone pickd up my cler lenses. pls hang onto 4me.

    March 17, 2013

  • Jim N.

    I rode with the moderate group. Good leadership.

    March 17, 2013

  • Cathy H.

    First time I have had the opportunity to ride with Kimberly in the lead. She is fabulous. And Sandy did a wonderful job sweeping up the rear. Another great group again today. So fun. And I'm so beat. :) Special thanks to Al for being the series planner and route designer extraordinaire.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Majid H.

    Thanks everybody in steady group for all they have done after my accident today. Special thanks to Al for handling everything in such professional manner. I broke one finger and have scares and bruises everywhere on my body. The good news is my helmet saved my life with sacrificing his. I forgot the name of our friend that bumped to me and I heard from Al she is having some problem in hand area - wrist or shoulder - . I hope she get well soon.

    March 17, 2013

  • Mike V.

    Great ride until I blew a tire (and the tube) about half way in. Navigated to REI using my iPone and Garmin (gotta love the tech!), limping along with a boot made from the old tube. Got a new tire, and took the easy route back to the start from Redmond with a tailwind and sunshine. Some strong riders in the brisk+ group. Fun day!!!

    March 17, 2013

  • Machiko T.

    Potential mechanical issue that I didn't have time to check up.

    March 17, 2013

  • Ann S.

    I'll be there - save me a cue sheet, I'll undoubtedly be bringing up the rear!

    March 16, 2013

  • Jack

    I'm going to ride Saturday and try to get in better shape before riding the CHEW Series again. Hopefully it won't be long. See some of you tomorrow!

    March 15, 2013

  • Al M.

    We just learned that the HIghway 520 bridge closure will NOT happen this weekend according to the WSDOT - "Postponed: The next weekend-long closure scheduled from 11 p.m. Friday, March 15 through 5 a.m. Monday, March 18 is postponed due to expected inclement weather that could affect the construction work. WSDOT is evaluating alternate plans to complete the work that was planned for this weekend." - http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/WeekendClosures.htm

    March 15, 2013

  • craig d.

    I see it's now official on the Cascade ride calendar that "brisk plus" has become strenuous. Nice job done by Bob and James on the last ride. I look forward to this Sunday.

    March 12, 2013

    • Christie W.

      Hey me too!

      1 · March 15, 2013

    • Matthew R.

      Also, this means we may want to rename the meetup event to Steady/Moderate/Stenuous­

      March 15, 2013

  • Al M.

    March 15, 2013

  • Alexa V.

    In case there has been confusion in the past. please take a minute to read the drop policy for this series. The important take away is that you should consider bringing a cue sheet with you.

    March 14, 2013

  • Al M.

    I am copying here some information I (and others no doubt) received in a Cycle U email newsletter - they reported on a European study which was focused on bicycling - "Aug. 29, 2011: A study conducted among cyclists in Copenhagen, Denmark showed that it is the relative intensity and not the duration of cycling which is of most importance in relation to all-cause mortality and even more pronounced for coronary heart disease mortality. The study presented today at the ESC Congress 2011, concluded that men with fast intensity cycling survived 5.3 years longer, and men with average intensity 2.9 years longer than men with slow cycling intensity. For women the figures were 3.9 and 2.2 years longer, respectively (see Figures below). The groups were adjusted for differences in age and conventional risk factor levels." - http://www.escardio.org/about/press/press-releases/esc11-paris/Pages/intensity-versus-duration-cycling.aspx - Perhaps our new slogan should be "CHEW is good for you!" :>)

    3 · March 13, 2013

  • Page T.

    I didn't mean to RSVP to this one!

    March 13, 2013

  • Al M.

    The route is looking pretty good as of now - I had to add about 1.4 flattish miles round trip because the City of Sammamish doesn't turn on the water at their parks until April - restrooms are open but..... So I rerouted us to the Tully's Coffee on Inglewood when we are in that area. Should be a good location for a stop for food, water, and caffeine. Feel free to take a look at the route. I will have about 20+ cue sheets again at the start - please let me know if there is more demand otherwise we end throwing a lot of paper away.

    March 12, 2013

    • Machiko T.

      Thank you for your work! I will stop at the ale house next-door :-).

      March 12, 2013

  • Mark L.

    The forecast is looking good for Sunday, 52 deg. and partly cloudy.

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Al M.

    By the way, as a reminder to the riders, the 520 bridge is planned for closure this weekend so please allow time if this affects your time to the starting location!

    March 11, 2013

  • Al M.

    This week's route has a nice combination of hills and flats - something for everyone! This is also the last of the Woodinville centered rides as we move to Bellevue and parts east after this. This ride is a little longer and a little higher than previous rides but the flats should provide good recovery and none of the pitches are worse than what we have been doing....at least that is what I want to believe. :>) And we have a pace for everyone!!

    March 11, 2013

  • James C.

    Can't make it this week. Bummed.

    March 10, 2013

  • Page T.

    Weather permitting I will join you and help as needed.

    1 · February 24, 2013

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