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CHEW Series 2.17.13 Ride - Steady/Moderate/Bris­k - 43.3 miles (3968)

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

Brisk – Alexa Volwiler, Frieder Mack, Valiant Seu
Moderate – Matthew Wong
Steady – Debbie Muir

Draft route for this week is: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1951487

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.

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  • Tim J.

    The moderate group had some rough luck today, with mechanicals with bikes and body parts :)
    Sandy, very proud of you. You are one tough lady...
    At mile 33 it was just us 3 amigos left. From there thanks to Rick and Lee for preserving with me to complete the route!
    Well done navigating Rick!
    Freider, great pace until 2 flats sent you to the showers :)

    All in all we came home
    safe! Today was why we ride ACCOMPLISHMENT !!

    2 · February 17, 2013

    • Rick W.

      It was a fun and challenging ride today with a great bunch of people! Thanks to Tim and Lee for keeping me company for the last ~13 miles.

      February 18, 2013

    • Ephemeral C.

      Psst...there's a little secret among ride leaders. All of us have some hidden spikes in the front of our shoes. When we feel the course is just a little bit much...o darn, I got another flat... ;)

      February 22, 2013

  • Mark L.

    5 stars to Valient and Alexa, Thanks for a great relentless lead (A) and the tough love (V). Kudo's to Wilfried, ride lead on the Mod-a group, for getting us to Starbucks just in time for me to jump over to brisk.

    February 19, 2013

    • Ephemeral C.

      So - did you pick up a pizza, your favorite beverage, and some wings after the ride? Be careful how you answer...b/c it'll likely affect what I say the next time I sweep this ride... Glad you could join us!

      February 22, 2013

  • craig d.

    Nice job leading by Alexa and Valiant. Nice course and lots of good hills. As the old man of the brisk group, I felt glad to survive the course.

    February 18, 2013

    • Ephemeral C.

      Good job Craig. Based on what you said to me early on in the course...this is proof that strength of mind can help one overcome obstacles (hills in this case).

      1 · February 22, 2013

  • Scott B.

    For those wondering what happened to the back end of Steady...Ann & I helped Majit with his exploding tire, then Ann took off with Majit right behind, but his tire had popped off rim. Majit & I made it to Sbux...no sign of rest of group until we came upon Joni fixing her flat on Simonds. Ann caught up to us (after having made a wrong turn earlier). The 4 of us made our way to Blythe Park where Majit's wife was waiting for him. Ann & Joni went straight to Wilmot from there. I went on the rest of the route up Norway Hill and out NE 132nd by the hospital (then realized my cue sheet was missing the Left turn to 132nd Ave NE...sorry!). Instead of going back down hill to the wineries and Wilmot, I turned left through Kingsgate to get back home a little north of there along 124th Ave NE.

    Now I'm working on my ibuprofen and lunch...in my recliner...

    3 · February 17, 2013

    • Majid H.

      Thanks Scott for all your help. I hope I see you in CH.Majid

      February 22, 2013

  • Jimmy Z

    It's a fun and challenging ride indeed. Thank you Frieder for leading us and you're a great leader.

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice to meet you today Frieder. Thanks for leading the Moderate group. Hopefully I'll be able to do a full one of these rides at some point!

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Ann S.

    I still showed over 40 miles on my computer, plus a couple of extra hills due to wrong turns. I don't mind saying, though, that my legs are just shredded. Vitamin M (Motrin) and a shower for me.

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Wilfried M.

    Moderate riders did a fantastic job working thru this challenging route. Thanks to you all for keeping a great attitude in the face of mechanical issues, adverse weather, and one tough route :)

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Tim T.

    Wow those were some hills! Great ride today. Thanks Freider for leading moderate at the last minute. Sorry I had to leave you towards the end. Just couldn't take the stopping any more, my legs were complaining too much. Glad David, Terence and I went on ahead and finished though. I felt much better when we kept going!

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • John

    Thanks for leading Rick. Good job!

    February 17, 2013

  • Tim J.

    OUTSTANDING ride today! Very challenging climbs. Thank you to Al for laying out a great route. Al, you most broke me up 170th, took digging deep...

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Angela Serrano B.

    Thank you brisk leaders for another great ride and bring in us all safe. It was a hard one today but really happy to have done it.

    February 17, 2013

  • Rick U.

    Thank you Steady Group! This was my first time leading a larger group and everyone in the group was great.

    Thank you to Joni & Scott for co-leading, helping with flats and ensuring everyone made it through safely.

    Thank you also to David Fisher, you gave some good words of wisdom during the ride plus a great assist at the end.

    I know I said this during the ride but can you believe we ride these hills on purpose? Everyone should feel proud of what you have accomplished.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Machiko T.

    Thank you, Rick, for reminding us to rehydrate and refuel! I don't say I am not tired, but feel great!

    February 17, 2013

  • Janis M.

    Awesome! Thank you, Rick. Great job leading us today!

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Carl W.

    Bike out of action, see you next week :-(

    February 17, 2013

  • Matt W.

    Threw out my back; won't be able to ride today :-(

    February 17, 2013

  • Ephemeral C.

    I thought I knew how to ride a road bike... Till I saw this:

    http://www.youtube.com/v/7ZmJtYaUTa0&hl=en&fs=1

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to ride but have to be done by 1. So I will probably join the Brisk group and peel off when the route goes through the Redmond area.

    February 16, 2013

    • Al M.

      Ian: Sounds like a plan - just let the RL's know when you split off.

      February 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Assuming the weather isn't behaving tomorrow like it is outside my window right now!

      February 16, 2013

  • Ephemeral C.

    For those of you who have been participating in CHEW - here is some perspective. Consider the elevation gain for the following rides:

    Chilly Hilly is 33 miles with 2675' elevation gain
    Flying Wheels is 100 miles with 3840' elevation gain
    STP is 200 miles with 4828' elevation gain.

    Now think for a minute on what you've accomplished in CHEW... CHEW 5 was 40 miles with 3465' elevation and CHEW 6 will be 43.3 miles with roughly 3968'. Keep this up and it should be an AWESOME summer of riding. No more wondering, "Will I be able to?" Instead it should be, "What personal record do I want to target?" After completing this series, you'll CHEW hills for breakfast and be ready for more by lunch.

    5 · February 13, 2013

    • Rob

      i like to think of hills as the fourth meal

      2 · February 15, 2013

    • Ephemeral C.

      I guess hills are better than the "other home" of the 4th meal. Although - riding CHEW provides a good excuse to stop at that establishment!

      February 15, 2013

  • Al M.

    Route is updated at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1951487 - the pdf cue sheet is also available under "Files" under "More" on the menu at the top of this page - http://files.meetup.com/3386582/East_Side_Hill_Climbing_Ride_06_alt_route__17_Feb_2013.pdf

    February 13, 2013

  • craig d.

    Hi. I saw last week riders have to request cue sheets. I have a Garmin that doesn't down or upload anything and haven't been able to make my printer print cue sheets. Gray and white bars without words only. Can you print me a cue sheet. Thanks.

    February 11, 2013

    • Al M.

      We'll still plan to have 20 or so printed copies of cue sheets at the start since not everyone is on Meetup - however, we were printing way more than needed each week and then throwing them away - so we were trying to get a better read on how many to print to avoid wasting the resources. You should be fine - I also have been uploading the cue sheet as an adobe file for each week a couple of days before the ride to the Files section of this group (under "More" at the top) - so there is a printable version of the cue sheet there as well. Thanks!

      1 · February 11, 2013

  • Christie W.

    Out of town.

    February 10, 2013

  • Machiko T.

    Steady group, please.

    January 2, 2013

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