CHEW South 2018 #2 (Moderate - Vigorous)

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Date and Time: 
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Federal Way Park and Ride aka Federal Way/S 320th St Park and Ride
32198 25th Ave S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Contact Information: 
Series Director
Tim Johnson
253.380.5441 (text preferred)
Ride Administration
Wendy Nungesser
34.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
2,300 feet
Weather Cancels?: 
Ride Description: 

Climbing Hills Eastside Wintertime “CHEW” - South End Series

CHEW is a challenging, progressive winter-time hill training series. Riders who like the challenge of hill climbing and riding outdoors in the winter, and who are looking to stay in shape through the winter will have a great time on this series. The CHEW South rides are climbing routes on local hills in the South end which progress from 30 miles and 2100 feet of elevation gain to 50 miles and 3800 feet of elevation gain over the twelve weeks of the training series.

The CHEW South End Series is held Saturdays beginning, January 6th, and ending March 31st at various locations in the South end of Seattle.Three paces are offered, moderate (14-16 mph on flats with no headwinds), brisk (16 - 18 mph on flats with no headwinds), and vigorous (18 - 20 mph on flats with no headwinds). All pace groups use a common route each week.

Registration: Please register for this ride in advance on the Cascade site, it helps ensure there is sufficient Ride Leader support on each pace. You can register now by selecting the Register Now  button at the top of this page, then follow the prompts. Online registrations are accepted until 6 AM of ride day, after that all riders must register at the ride start. In addition, those who register in advance, please check in at the ride start to verify attendance. Thank you.

Ride Start Details: This week’s ride will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the Federal Way Park and Ride (aka Federal Way/S 320th St Park and Ride) off of I-5 at exit 143. There are not restrooms at the ride start, however, there is a McDonalds near the Park and Ride at 3202 S 320th Street. Please arrive early enough to set up, check in and/or sign the ride waiver, and participate in the ride overview and Cascade SMART talk.

If you are a new rider to Cascade Free Group Rides, we welcome you! Please be sure to go to the Cascade Bicycle Newcomers page to read important information, for a link to the site, see the links section at bottom left of this page.

CHEW South End Tip 2) Three points of Power.
 Your saddle. Your handlebars. Your pedals.

Most don't realize your greatest source of climbing power is from your handlebars. How so... By reaching out to your brake hoods, slightly pulling yourself forward with your arms will transmit a significant amount of power to your pedaling up the climb. Remember to breathe deeply and fully, as well.

Ride Requirements: Please print off and bring cue sheet. Please be knowledgeable and equipped with tubes, pump, etc to handle flats or minor mechanicals. The group may not always be able to stop for mechanicals. It is important to bring adequate food and water as there may be limited opportunities to purchase along the way.

If roads are wet, fenders are necessary. Long fenders and buddy flaps are absolutely required unless it is bone dry out, and zero percent chance of rain forecast. A good headlight and taillight are recommended. Helmets are required to ride.

Regroup: We regroup at the top of major hills and at major turns for a reasonable amount of time. This is a training series so we will ride with the best interest of the group in mind. Stops will be brief, and slower riders may need to fall back to a slower pace group. Riders in the last pace group, and unable to keep up should expect the Rider Leader to check in, give guidance on returning back to the start, but in this case slower riders or those dropping off must be able to manage riding independently for the duration of the ride. It is highly recommended all riders print off and bring a cue sheet to have just in case.

Planned Stops: Tahoma Market at mile 15.8, and optional restroom stop: South County Ballfields at mile 29.1.

Cancellation: Ice, snow or otherwise unsafe riding conditions will cancel this ride. In the event of a cancellation, a notice will be posted in the comments section in both the Cascade and Meetup postings.  


Hey Riders,
Looking forward to an epic ride today! Please remember there is not a restroom at the ride start, the Federal Way P&R. (aka Federal Way/S 320th St Park and Ride) off of I-5 at exit 143. There is a McDonalds near the Park and Ride at 3202 S 320th Street. Also, please be mindful to keep all valuables inside your vehicle completely disclosed, out of sight, we are not anticipating any problems, just taking a proactive step to protect our vehicles.
See you all at 10 AM, ready to roll!
Cheers! Wendy & Tim

Federal Way Park and Ride aka Federal Way/S 320th St Park and Ride
32198 25th Ave S
Federal Way, WA 98003