About El Norte

Event date: 
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 9:00am

Sunday, September 13, 2015

              

Start line 9-10 a.m.

Myrtle Edwards Park
3130 Alaskan Way W, Seattle, WA, 98119 [map]

Parking

We hope that by offering a central Seattle location, many people will ride their bikes to the start, but we understand that many will drive or have a friend meet them at the finish party. Parking is free on Sundays, and we encourage riders to find street parking near the Downtown (south), Queen Anne or Magnolia (north) entrances to the park. 

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Route support

By car

We will have two support cars en route for this event in case riders need a hand. It’s always best to have your own personal plan, cash, supplies to fix a flat, etc when you do any ride. The rider emergency number for all events is 206-841-9665.  

By bike

The Outriders will be in white and green Cascade jerseys with OUTRIDER bibs. They are experienced volunteers and have ridden many if not all of Cascade's events. They are available to help with minor mechanical issues, help you flag down a support vehicle or answer questions about the route, the event logistics and riding in general. Wave hello as you see them along the route! 

Food & drink

You will find beverage coupons on your rider bib that can be redeemed for beverages at both breweries. Unfortunately, we cannot provide replacement drink tickets should they be lost. In addition to these complimentary drinks, we will have a fully-stocked rest stop at 192 Brewing Company including samples from our event sponsors Wilcox Family Farms, KIND Bar, Just Fruit, and Seattle Bagel Bakery. If you choose to select a soft drink instead of beer, please redeem your coupon at the rest stop tent. Hot food is also available for purchase at 192 Brewing Company and at the finish line party.    

Free Bike-n-Brews souvenir

Bring the coupon attached to your rider bib to the finsh line welcome tent anytime 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to claim your swag.

Bike corral

At the mid-point at 192 Brewing, a secure bike corral will be available. You will need your bib to claim your bike.  

At the Finish line festival, unsecured bike parking will be available.This is not a full-service bike valet, so please remember to lock up 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. 192 Brewing does have a large indoor area if the weather does not cooperate. The finish line area is exposed however, so rain/warm gear is a must if weather looks iffy.

Ride schedule

Course hours

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(no route support after 3:30 p.m.) 

Rider start times

9 – 10 a.m. (suggested start time)

192 Brewing Company rest stop

Open 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This stop features a secure bike corral, outdoor patio area, free ride snacks and on-site mechanic services (courtesy of Bothell Ski & Bike, on duty from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Those 21 and over can redeem a drink coupon for a beer/inside the brewery (soft drinks also available at the snack tent). Hot food is available for purchase.

Finish line festival

Presented by Fremont Brewing and Peddler Brewing Companies

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This stop will feature live music noon to 4 p.m., great beer and tasty food available for purchase. There will also be a mechanic on-duty during the start line hours 8-10 a.m.

Sample size portions and soft drinks for non-drinking riders will be available. Designated drivers, family and friends* are most welcome at the finish line party. We expect participants to drink responsibly at this event, just like they would at any other gathering offering alcoholic beverages.

                 

*Please note that all riders must be 21 to enter the beer garden at the finish line. However there is plenty of open grass in the park to enjoy the party without entering the beer garden. 

Route info:

ride safely

Riders have two routes to choose from, both of which start and end at Myrtle Edwards Park. Whichever route you choose, please remember that you are sharing the road and trails with other users. Please be kind and do not follow 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 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. 

38-mile route - Seattle Bike-n-Brews El Norte

With only 300 feet of climbing and about 34 miles of bike trails, this is the classic El Norte route. You’ll ride out of Myrtle Edwards Park through the base of Magnolia, under the Ballard Bridge and along the Ship Canal Trail. After crossing the Fremont Bridge, you’ll hit the Burke-Gilman Trail, then follow the Burke-Gilman all the way to 192 Brewing in Kenmore. After your refreshing pit stop, you'll head back the same route back, where the fabulous finish line party awaits on the Seattle waterfront! 

>>Cue sheetGPS map  

12-MILE BONUS – MAGNOLIA LOOP

Is 38 miles not quite long enough for you? Kick it up a notch with the extra 10-mile loop! After crossing under the Ballard Bridge on the way back, turn right and do the Magnolia loop outlined above. If you've got the stamina, this is a quality way to extend the ride–just be sure to start early so you do not miss the finish line fun! 

>>Cue sheet & GPS map   

 

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