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CHEW - South End Ride # 4 Multi-pace: Moderate to Vigorous

  • Celebration Park

    1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way, WA (map)

    47.312286 -122.321213

  • Distance: 39 miles

    Elevation Gain: 2,310 feet


    • Moderate: 14-16 mph on flat roads with no headwinds  

    • Brisk: 16-18 mph on flat roads with no headwinds

    • Vigorous: 18-20 mph on flat roads with no headwinds

    Terrain: Hilly

    Regroup: Occasional

    Ride Cancellation Policy: No rain cancellation, ice and snow cancels

    Ride Description: Climbing Hills Eastside Wintertime “CHEW” - South End Series

    The CHEW South End Series is held Saturdays, beginning, January 7th, and ending April 1st at three different locations in the South end of Seattle. CHEW is a progressive hill training series. These rides are climbing routes on local hills which progress from 30 miles and 2100 feet of elevation gain to 50 miles and 3800 feet of elevation gain over the thirteen weeks of the training series. Three paces are offered, moderate (14-16 mph on flats with no headwinds), brisk (16 - 18 mph on flats with no headwinds), and vigorous (18 - 20 mph on flats with no headwinds). All pace groups use a common route each week.

    Registration: Please register for this ride in advance on the Cascade site, it helps ensure there is sufficient Ride Leader support on each pace. You can register now at the Cascade site, select the Register Now  button at the top of the page, then follow the prompts. Online registrations at Cascade are accepted until 6 AM of ride day, after that all riders must sign up at the ride start. In addition, all are encouraged to RSVP on Meetup, to sign up on Meetup see the RSVP box in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

    Ride Start Details: This week’s route will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. at Celebration Park in Federal Way.

    Planned Stops: Mile 7.5, McDonalds (restroom); mile 15.8, Milton Spirit Gas Station; and, mile 24.5, Valero Station

    Restrooms at start. Please arrive early enough to set up, check in and/or sign the ride waiver, hear the route details, and review Cascade riding S.M.A.R.T.

    If you are new rider to Cascade Free Group Rides, we welcome you! Please click on the link and read important information for Cascade Bicycle Newcomers.

    CHEW South End Tip: Every week this section will contain a new, helpful tip for climbing hills that you will encounter during your rides in the CHEW Series. These are starting point basics, as each tip could be multiple paragraphs. As the series progresses, pick one or two tips to work on at a time, and practice them every time you ride. There is no magic bullet for hill climbing, you earn your way to the top.

    Tip 4) Breathing. 

    Climbing hills significantly raises your heart rate and breathing. Breathing uncontrolled is like a dog panting. Teach yourself to force yourself to control your breathing. It takes practice. Take deep full breaths by pushing your stomach out as you breathe in, then fully exhale by pulling your stomach back in. This also works your core muscles.

    Ride Requirements: Please print off and bring cue sheet. Cue sheets and map are available at the Cascade site or you may access via a link located at the bottom of this page. Please be knowledgeable and equipped with tubes, pump, etc to handle flats or minor mechanicals. The group may not always be able to stop for mechanicals. It is important to bring adequate food and water as there may be limited opportunities to purchase along the way.

    If roads are wet, fenders are necessary. Long fenders and buddy flaps are absolutely required unless it is bone dry out, and zero percent chance of rain forecast. A good headlight and taillight are recommended. Helmets are required to ride.

    Regroup: We regroup at the top of hills and at major turns for a reasonable amount of time. This is a training series so we will ride with the best interest of the group in mind. Stops will be brief, and slower riders may need to fall back to a slower pace group if they fall behind. If you are riding in the last pace group, and unable to continue or keep up, the Rider Leader will check with you to make sure you have a cue sheet and are able to manage riding independently.

    Cancellation: Ice, snow or otherwise unsafe riding conditions will cancel this ride. In the event of a cancellation, a notice will be posted in the comments section in both the Cascade and Meetup postings. 

    Series Directors: 

    • Tim Johnson - [masked] /[masked] (text messaging preferred)

    • Wendy Nungesser - [masked] / [masked]


    • Select for Ride with GPS Route

    • Select for Cue Sheet and Map

    • Select for Cascade Registration

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