Country Rides: Winter Training Series #8
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NOTE EARLY START! This is the final and longest ride in our eight-part Winter Training Series Rides hosted jointly by CBC and the Seattle Randonneurs. For full description of the Winter Training Series and Randonneuring go to the Seattle Randonneurs website(http://www.seattlerandonneur.org/). Though there will be quite a few certified ride leaders out on the course, these are self-paced and self-guiding rides with friendly encouragement and lots of camaraderie. THERE ARE NO REGROUPS IN THIS SERIES. Please be at the start for sign-in no later than 7:30am. Ride starts promptly at 8:00am.
The Greater Seattle Century (GSC) takes you on a wide clockwise circle around the greater Seattle area with a variety of terrain having many flat stretches interrupted by a few steep hills. We start by heading north along the Burke-Gilman Trail to Bothell, then along mostly quiet backcountry roads through Woodinville, Maltby, Carnation, Fall City, Issaquah and Maple Valley. The GSC then follows the Cedar River Trail to Renton and returns to Gas Works via Seward Park and Lake Washington Blvd. There is a total of approximately 3,600 feet elevation gain from beginning to end.
DIRECTIONS TO START: from I-5 take the NE 45th St exit; head east on NE 45th St about 4.5 miles to where 45th becomes Sand Point Way NE; continue north along Sand Point Way NE to the 7400 block traffic light; take a right at the light into Warren G. Magnuson Park; go staight to the third right at the stop sign; turn right into the large parking lot. From Hwy 520, take the Montlake exit; head north on Montlake Blvd past the UW following the arterial to the right; Montlake becomes 45th and then becomes Sand Point Way; turn right at the 74th Street light into Warren G. Magnuson Park; continue straight to the 3nd right at the stop sign; park in the large parking lot nearest the port-a-potty.