Getting Ready to Ride: Week Three – Carnation & Snoqualmie Valley

Are you planning on riding in your first STP or RSVP but aren’t sure if you are “ready” to start training in the Cascade Training Series (CTS) or in the Daily Rides programs? Or are you trying to fulfill a New Year’s Resolution to do more Daily Rides but aren’t sure if you are ready to jump in and start riding with the Daily Rides? If either of these situations (or perhaps another one) describes you, then you may want to consider joining one or more of our Getting Ready Rides Series. This series will be held on 6 Saturdays starting at 11:30 am at various East Side locations.

We will hold our third Getting Ready to Ride event on Saturday 23 Feb 2013 which will leave from Carnation Starbucks (http://goo.gl/maps/0f1WN ) at 11:30 am. Our third ride will be circa 19 miles close to the Snoqualmie River with one local hill coming out of Fall City on which you can expand your gearing and hill climbing style. You should expect horse and cow sightings! Rides will be conducted at two paces and you can select the pace that best fits for you – A Leisurely paced group (10-12 mph on the flats, aka The “Red” group in CTS) and a Steady paced group (12-14 mph on the flats, aka The “Yellow” group in CTS).

The route map is at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1988364 . Printed cue sheets will be available at the start and can be obtained electronically by Friday noon prior to the ride from the Ride Leader. Please plan to arrive by 11:15 so we can process the ride waiver, do equipment checks, and discuss the route. We anticipate the ride will last 2.5-3 hours depending on how the day goes. We will also discuss group interest in related skills for riding such as tire changing, the ABC checks for riding, simple bike upkeep, etc. Please consult the Cascade Bicycle Club Daily Rides web page for information for riders (http://www.cascade.org/EandR/rides_newcomer_instruction.cfm) as helmets and so forth are required for the ride. Scheduled ride dates are 9 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar, and 16 March. Each ride will have a different starting point as posted on the Cascade Daily Rides calendar page (http://www.cascade.org/EandR/Activities_Calendar.cfm?query=cascadefreedailyride ) and under the Cascade Free Daily Rides subgroup of meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/).

Distance 19 miles
Terrain – some hills
Pace – Leisurely & Steady
Regroup - frequent
Weather Cancellation – steady rain cancels (also ice/snow)
Map and Cue Sheet available – Yes

Ride Leaders for this week:
Leisurely (Red): Alan Miller & Joni Griffis
Steady (Yellow): Mary Remoaldo & Allyson Welsh

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  • Jack

    Great well-led mellow ride with nice folks. Thanks!
    There are new low-traffic routes at the north end of the valley on the east side in addition to High Bridge Road on the west.

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Al M.

      Jack - thanks for the comments - can you send me a note on which routes you are thinking about on the north end of the valley? I am always on the lookout for new and fun route segments!

      February 24, 2013

    • Jack

      Call me. My number is on UrbanSparks dot org, at the bottom of the page. I'll always just ridden my favorite bits without making maps, but there are some good bits and loops out there.

      February 25, 2013

  • Judy A.

    Thank you ride leaders and sweeps! You made riding in the fun. :)

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Majid H.

    Nice ride with even nicer people .Special thanks to Ann for great sweeping ....

    1 · February 23, 2013

    • Ann S.

      I had a great ride with great people to ride with.

      February 23, 2013

  • Al M.

    Great riding today by a total of 59 hardy cyclists! I think we had a great day for a bike ride in February!! Thanks to all the additional Ride Leaders who joined us today and helped make the experience a positive one for all of us!!

    2 · February 23, 2013

  • Susan K.

    Great ride! Carnation area has always been one of my favorite riding spots! And I'm so happy my friend Pam came on today's ride. Pam you were totally awesome! Driving back on 18 just before Tiger it was snowing!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Lise V.

    Great location like to do it again when it will be warm and sunny

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Christie W.

    I haven't been on my bike in far too long. Think I better save my legs for tomorrow's Chilly Hilly. Have a great ride everyone. See you next week for this series.

    February 23, 2013

  • Jen

    I won't be able to make it today after all. I hope you all have a great ride!

    February 23, 2013

  • Al M.

    Folks
    I know the weather Friday has been unstable and it might be that way tomorrow a.m. - here's what I shared with one of our RL's today:

    "I will also show up no matter what the weather and, if there is any chance of riding, my expectation is that we'll go. We have had a fair number of rides carry on in the rain just fine - if the weather at start time is really awful with a big squall going through, we can always take a short delay the start until it passes. Also it's easy enough for riders to turn around before Fall City and come back if we need to shorten the route or if someone wants to bail out. I tell folks that we only need a couple of hours to make a ride work so I always come to the start with the plan to ride. My recommendation to riders is that they wear a couple of layers, fleece not cotton, long sleeve cycling gloves, and rain coats/pants....this kind of weather challenge will persist all spring so it isn't a one day thing"

    Hope this helps everyone!

    1 · February 22, 2013

    • Tim J.

      Preach it Al !

      February 22, 2013

    • Al M.

      Yes, I should have added that Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, STP, RSVP, etc etc all will run on schedule whether or not there is rain. Some reasonable amount of tough weather riding is good training to be able to mentally handle whatever conditions occur on some future important ride. My two cents anyway!

      1 · February 22, 2013

  • Tim J.

    Hey Al,
    Hope your doing great!
    Question, I require 1 more successful mentored ride to become a new ride leader.
    Are open to mentoring me on your ride this Sat. 23rd?
    Thanks

    February 21, 2013

    • Al M.

      Tim - would love to help but I have a mentor already scheduled for the 23rd (and the 9th and the 16th) - I will probably not be riding on the 2nd due to another commitment. Send me a note if you can't find another mentored ride and let's chat about options.

      February 22, 2013

    • Rob L

      busy mentor! :)

      February 22, 2013

  • Robert

    I'm looking for a lift to Carnation. (My wife needs the car on Saturday.) I live in Ballard and I can ride to your place in the morning. I'll buy the coffee!

    February 19, 2013

    • Carol M.

      I'm in Ballard and only have 1 rider. Unfortunately, my bike rack only holds 2 bikes. Unless your bike can fold up significantly, I don't think we can add a third.

      February 19, 2013

  • Al M.

    The route for this week has been uploaded as a pdf file in the "Files" section under "More". This link might also work - http://files.meetup.com/3386582/03_Winter_Getting_Ready_Ride_Carnation_Fall_City_23_Feb_2013.pdf I will plan to have about 20 paper copies at the start. Please park on the streets around the Starbucks/IGA parking lot so we don't block their customers. I describe this ride as "bucolic"!

    February 19, 2013

  • Martha (Marty) M.

    I am looking forward to this test to see if I can even keep up with the slowest group. I have a brand new recumbent trike.

    February 18, 2013

  • Al M.

    Just FYI - There will be Time Trial race on Saturday morning leaving from Tolt Middle School as part of the Frostbite Time Trial (Wash State Bicycling Assn) - http://footworkscycles.com/2013/node/3 - I talked with Tom Wick (http://www.wsbaracing.org/) who is one of the organizers of the time trial - they will be sending their last bikes off at 10:30 am and they should be off the course before we start at 11:30. Also their course only overlaps ours for about a couple of hundred yards so we should be clear of them anyway as they won't be on the back roads we are using. If you want to join them, you can find out how from their website....but they do go faster than our Steady group does! Way faster!!

    February 18, 2013

    • Al M.

      They just posted their route map ( http://www.mapmyride....­ ) - they do overlap our route but they should be off the roads before we even start.

      February 18, 2013

  • Melody

    Since I am going to attend Chilly Hilly, I will skip this week (I think)

    February 8, 2013

  • Ken Sahi (.

    Will ride the Yellow group.

    January 16, 2013

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