Climbing Hills - Eastside Wintertime “CHEW” Series
The CHEW Series will be held Sundays at 09:30 am on January 5 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147202762/), 12 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204162/), 19 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204232/), 26 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204272/), Feb 2 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204312/), 9 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204422/), 16 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204462/), March 2 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204492/), 9 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204552/), 16 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204602/), 23 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204722/), and 30 (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/events/147204862/) 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 (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3760379)
Cue sheet link (http://files.meetup.com/3386582/CHEW02_01122014_SBPR_Renton_Loop.pdf)
Ride Director: Matt Wong