About the ride
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Schooner Exact Brewery
3901 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA 98134
The Schooner Exact Brewery is located just south of the West Seattle bridge. There are multiple locations for this venue on most GPS and mapping sites, so please use this address.
We hope that by offering a central Seattle location, many people will ride their bike to the start but we understand that many will drive or have a friend meet them at the finish party. Parking at the brewery is very limited so we advise you to park on the adjoining streets. A couple good nearby places to park include:
- 1st Ave S has about 100 spaces on both sides of the road (south of Spokane Street to Schooner Exact).
- A huge covered parking area is located under the West Seattle Bridge/Spokane Street between 1st and 3rd. At least 200 spots can be found here.
- Lots of parking can be found north of Spokane Street in SoDo; park and ride one mile to the start.
9:00-11:00 a.m. Look for the yellow Cascade tent in the Schooner Exact parking lot.
We will have two support cars en route for this event in case riders need a hand. The Cascade Ride hotline number for all events is 206-841-9665 You should be aware that because of the intricate and trail nature of this event, it may take a long time to reach you- you will need to find your way to a road and have a good idea of where you are located if you need to be picked up. It’s always best to have your own personal plan, cash, supplies to fix a flat, etc when you do any ride. Riders will always stop to help you change a flat but if you don’t have an extra tube or fix it kit, pump, you may be out there for a while. The mechanics can be found at the start line and at Airways Brewery.
Food & drink
You will find coupons on your rider bib that can be redeemed for beverages at both breweries. If you lose these coupons you are on your own to purchase beverages. In addition to these complimentary drinks. we will have a fully-stocked rest stop at Airways Brewery. Items include bananas, apples, Clif bars and bagels from the Seattle Bagel Bakery. If you choose to select a soft drink instead of sample-size beer, redeem your coupon at the rest stop tent.
Food is available for purchase at the finish line party. Schooner Exact’s regular dining menu is superb, and they will be serving up a special food item in the outdoor finish line area.
Free trucker hat
You can pick your cool custom hat anytime between noon and 4:30 pm at the finish line welcome tent. You must present your coupon (attached to rider bib) to claim your item.
The secure bike corral is open at Schooner Exact from noon until 5 p.m. You must have your bib number to take a bike out of the corral. We are not “matching” bikes and bibs however, so for full security, please lock your bike.
Inclement weather plan
It’s Seattle so there is always a chance of some rain and colder temps this time of year. Dress accordingly and be sure to bring a change of clothes for the finish party. Schooner Exact does have quite a large indoor area and we are looking into other indoor options if the weather does not cooperate the way we hope. The mid-point rest stop is quite exposed however, so rain gear is a must if weather looks iffy.
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(no route support after 3:30 p.m.)
Rider start times
40 & 30-mile route riders: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. (suggested start time)
15-mile route riders: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (suggested start time)
Airways Brewing Company rest stop
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This stop features recorded music, an onsite mechanic (on duty from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and free ride snacks. Those 21 and over can redeem a drink token for a beer inside the brewery. No hot food is available, though-- this is a snack stop only.
Schooner Exact finish line festival
Noon - 5 p.m.
This stop features live music from noon to 4 p.m., a mechanic on duty from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and food will be available for purchase. Plus, expect surprises galore!
Riders have three routes to choose from, all of which start and end at Schooner Exact Brewery. Whatever route you choose, please remember that you are sharing the road and trails with other users. Please be kind and do not get too close to the rider ahead of you. Most bike accidents are caused by momentary lapses of concentration or lack of attention to the road surface. Be careful - watch for walkers, small dogs, children, elderly walkers and the bollards (posts) at trail heads. Call out when slowing or stopping and always assume there will be someone riding behind you. Follow the traffic laws and be courteous to everyone you come across. We really want to offer this ride again, and your good behavior on this ride will have a direct impact on that decision.
15-mile route - Tukwila & Back
This route is ideal for folks not wanting to ride the full 30-mile course. After enjoying the Duwamish and Green River trails, riders turn around at the Allentown Bridge in Tukwilla and head back via Airport Way. Slower riders are welcome to turn off Airport Way (at the entrance to the Airport) and ride on the adjoining Airport Perimeter Road for 2.5 miles before rejoining the route just before Georgetown. Riders may also avoid the traffic completely by riding thsi route as an out & back. Just turn around on the Green River Trail any time you like and follow the route back.
15-mile route map
30-mile route - Seattle Bike-n-Brews
With only 250 feet of climbing and about 20 miles of trails, this is the classic route that we encourage everyone to try out this year. You’ll ride out of SODO through South park, then ride on bike trails to Airways Brewery. After your pitstop you head back via the Interurban Trail to Tukwilla and then home via Allentown, Airport Way and Georgetown. Note: the ride home is flat but quite often there is a head wind, especially on the Interurban Trail and Airport Way. Please save something in the tank for the ride home. Alternately, riders may also choose to ride back via the Green River Trail through South Park (making the ride an out-and-back) if they wish to avoid the wind on Airport Way.
30-mile route map
40-mile route - Seattle Bike-n-Brews Green River Extension
Thirty miles not quite long enough for you? Kick it up a notch with the extra 9- mile loop ! This is a very pleasant loop that connects the Green River and Interurban Trails. aftre rounding through Kent on the trail; riders can join the fun at the Airways Brewery Rest Stop. After your pit stop you head back north via the Interurban trail to Tukwilla and then home via Allentown, Airport Way and Georgetown. Note: The ride home is flat but quite often there is a head wind, especially on the Interurban Trail and Airport Way. Remember to save something in the tank for the ride home, and start by 10:30 a.m. at the latest for this longer route. See 30-mile notes for alternate return route options.
40-mile route map