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Winter Training Series (WTS) 7: Conway-Lake Samish-Chuckanut
If you are new, please read our newcomer information.
This is the seventh ride of this year's eight Winter Training Series Rides hosted jointly by CBC and the Seattle Randonneurs. WTS starts January 9th and will end on February 27th. During this eight-ride series, distances progress from about 38 miles to 100 miles. WTS is a great way to do some early season training, with a natural buildup of miles, while enjoying the company of other riders. Winter riding is tough enough--this gives you a chance to do it with friends.
This penultimate ride of the WTS is a pleasant ride north along Route 9 by Big Lake and then Lake Samish with a return down Chuckanut Drive and Bayview Edison Road by LaConner and Rexville back to Conway. Many may wish to meet afterwards at the Conway Pub & Eatery on Main St.. Again some very quiet rural roads in Skagit and Whatcom counties. There are hills at the beginning, and while the end is relatively flat, there is sure to be wind in those flatter sections. Coffee/snack stop in Edison.
Please be at the start early enough to sign in, pump up your tires, adjust your fenders, and put all your warm clothes on. Sign-in starts at 8:30 AM, ride announcements are at 8:50 AM, and we start promptly at 9 AM--no waiting for those still arriving. Though there will usually be a number of ride leaders on the course, these are self-paced ride and self-guided rides with friendly encouragement and lots of camaraderie. THERE ARE NO REGROUPS IN THIS SERIES.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you want a cue sheet, please go to the RideWithGPS link below and print one out for yourself. There won't be any available from the ride leaders.
All rides are rain or shine. We might shorten a route for really foul weather, but the only outright cancellation will be for snow or ice. We may delay the start if we believe that the conditions will be safer a bit later in the day. CHECK THIS WEBPAGE BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME.
To save time and to make the sign-in process much easier, please register for this ride. If you already have a Cascade account make sure you are logged in and click the <Register> button at the top of the ride description, then make sure to check the box indicating you have read the Waiver & Release, add your emergency phone number and click <Save Registration> button. Don’t worry if you can’t make the ride, you don't need to unregister. If you don’t have a Cascade account consider setting one up! It only takes a couple of minutes. If you’ve pre-registered all you need to do is check off your name at the start of the ride – no lengthy sign-in procedure.
Directions to Start: From Seattle drive north on I-5. Take Exit 221. Turn left (west) across the freeway. Go 0.3 miles to a right on Fir Island Rd. Please note that the parking at the Lutheran church is not available to us this Saturday. Instead, please go 0.7 miles to turn right on Dike Road just before the bridge heading to the church. Park in area on left on the way to the boat launch ramp.
Note: There are no restrooms at the boat launch. Stop at the gas station in Conway if needed.