Getting Ready to Ride - Eastside #4

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Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location: 
Woodinville Sports Field parking lot
17144-17188 131st Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
Contact Information: 
Windsor S Lewis
20.40 miles
Elevation Gain: 
748 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

Ride Description: 

Are you new to bicycling or have you been off your bike for a while? Is 2018 your year to get active, begin bike commuting, take part in Cascade's Free Group Rides, or maybe even tackle your first metric or full century (i.e., 62 and 100-mile rides), the STP, or another personal challenge? Perhaps you a bit unsure about your capabilities, riding in groups, or riding during winter?

If so, then the Getting Ready to Ride Series (GR2R) is for you. GR2R is an early season, eight-week progressive series that begins with a very doable first ride and then adds a bit of elevation gain, distance, or technical difficulty each week. GR2R will help you to:

• Increase endurance and confidence

• Build hill-climbing skills

• Make new friends in the cycling community

• Gain confidence riding safely with groups

• Get ready for the 2018 Cascade Training Series, which begins in April

GR2R rides are free and open to any rider. You will ride with others who share your pace level and your enthusiasm for riding. All rides will be led by Cascade Ride Leaders, experienced volunteers who enjoy riding and are knowledgeable about bike safety, the rules of the road, and the routes.

In the Eastside series, in addition to becoming familiar with bicycling and gaining fitness, you will learn group riding skills while exploring different Eastside communities. This will be a social, stay-together ride with waits at the top of hills and all critical turns, along with photo-op stops along the way.

General Ride Notes: Steady rain, ice/snow, and any other hazardous conditions will cancel a ride. If a ride is canceled, it will be posted here, in the comment section below, and on the Cascade page by 9:00 a.m.  If that notice is posted, the ride leaders will not be at the start.

Helmets are required for these rides.  All riders should come equipped to deal with their own mechanicals (e.g., spare tube, tire levers, pump, etc.) and bring enough snacks and water. Waiting for mechanicals will be at the discretion of the ride leader.

If ride conditions are wet, please come equipped with fenders that have long "buddy flaps" (described in the link below) as a courtesy to your fellow riders, or you will be required to ride at the back of the group.

Arrive at least 20 minutes early (10:40 a.m.) so that you can get yourself ready, sign the waiver, and listen to the S.M.A.R.T. briefing (10:50 a.m.). Our roll-out time is 11 a.m.!  (Please be on time.  Riders not present for the safety briefing will not be allowed to ride with the group.)

We will post the final version of the route and cue sheet a few days prior to the ride date in the comment section below.  Printed cue sheets will be available at the start and all riders are expected have one (even if you have a smartphone or Garmin GPS).  A link to the draft route is listed below. 

Specific Route Notes: We'll be starting this ride from the big parking lot across from Wilmot Gateway Park.  There are rest rooms in the park if needed, but please arrive early enough to take advantage of them, such that you don't miss the safety briefing.  Sign-ins and the SMART breifing will take place in the parking lot.  At mile 10 we'll stop at Grass Lawn Park in Redmond where there is running water and proper restroom.  This week's route introduces us to hill climbing (i.e., the 520 bike trail and Old Redmond Road).  You'll want to ensure your gears are adjusted and in working order before the ride start, but rest assured that we'll spend a few minutes talking about shifting, how to pace yourself, and remembering to breathe.  We will fully regroup at the top of both of these hills before proceeding with the rest of the ride.

Pre-registering online: If you have a Cascade account, you can pre-register for this ride online by clicking on the Register button at the top of this page and entering your information. Pre-registering saves time at the beginning of the ride and provides legible emergency contact information. If you cannot make the ride, you do not need to un-register.


In view of the freezing temperatures overnight and on-and-off rain this morning, we're going to cancel the GR2R #4.  Safety is our primary concern in this series, and the route includes some potentially challenging descents under these conditions.  Fingers crossed for the ride next Saturday!

Thank you Bernice, today's ride director, for cancelling for safety concerns.  It's a very hard decision to make, especially when last week was cancelled for strong wind and heavy rain.  No ride leader wants to cancel a ride, but safety is the top concern.  The weather will turn fairer soon and we'll all ride again.  

Woodinville Sports Field parking lot
17144-17188 131st Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072