Getting Ready to Ride - South End #3

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Date and Time: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Start Location: 
Regal Cinemas Auburn 17-NW Corner of Parking Lot
1101 Outlet Collection Way
Auburn, WA 98001
Contact Information: 
Jackie Klakken & Robert Onishi
22.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
343 feet
Weather Cancels?: 
Ride Description: 

Are you new to bicycling, been off your bike for awhile, feeling trapped inside or tired of looking at the same four walls during exercise? Is 2018 your year to get active, begin commuting, take part in the Free Group Rides, tackle your first century (100 mile ride), the STP, or another personal challenge? Are you a bit unsure about your biking capabilities, riding in groups, or cycling during winter? If so, then the Getting Ready to Ride Series (GR2R) is for you. GR2R South is an early season, eight-week progressive series focusing on the South County area that begins with a 15 mile mostly flat 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 Cascade Training Series (CTS), beginning 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, are knowledgeable about bike safety and the rules of the road. In addition to becoming familiar with bicycling and gaining fitness, you will learn group riding skills, while exploring different local trails, quiet roads, and popular biking destinations. These are social, stay-together rides with waits at the top of hills, at all critical turns and photo-op stops. Please check back at this ride posting within a day or two of the ride for updated route information.

Steady rain, ice/snow or unsafe conditions will cancel a ride. If a ride is cancelled, it will be posted in the comments section on the calendar and on the Meetup announcement two hours before the ride start time. In that instance, ride leaders will not be waiting at the start. Pre-registering online: If you have a Cascade account (free, just sign up), you can pre-register for this ride online by clicking on the Register button at the top of this page and checking the waiver acceptance box. Pre-registering saves time at the beginning of the ride and provides us with more legible emergency contact information. If you cannot make the ride, you do not need to un-register.

Restrooms at start in Walmart.  We will be starting at Regal Cinema Theatres at the Supermall in Auburn, WA. There are porta potties along the trail, and at some destinations, so please plan accordingly.

All riders should come equipped to deal with their own mechanical issues, flats and bring enough snacks and water. Waiting for mechanical issues will be at the discretion of the ride leader. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early (at 10:30am) to get yourself ready, listen to the safety briefing and sign or check the safety waiver. 11:00AM. is roll-out time!

After our ride, there is an optional get-together at Zola's in Auburn( This is an opportunity to refuel, talk cycling, and just socialize. Zola's is located at 402 E Main St #120, Auburn, WA 98002.

Cycling outside is invigorating, motivating and the sights are wonderful, especially when you are with a group of like minded people!! Come on, get your bike ready, get dressed, step outside, lets ride together!!



I'm not familiar with Elemnt's computers, but I'd happily sit down at the after-ride and try to work it out. Looks like you'll need a paired smartphone, the Bolt app, and RWGPS to load routes.

See you Sunday!

This week, it's Zola's Cafe for lunch after the ride.  Zola's started off as a coffee house, and now features pastries and lunch dishes- as well as live music on Friday nights, and a really friendly vibe.  Zola's is located in Downtown Auburn, a long block east of Auburn Way on East Main St, and an easy mile and a half from our ride start.  Come join us!

i think maybe i figured it out not sure if ride map downloaded or not will find out sunday one way or another.

Hi everyone,
Robert and I had to make some minor changes to this weeks route, so please download this route to your gps or
reprint your cue sheets! Sorry for the inconvenience. Again they are very minor changes to make our ride less confusing!!
Revised Route

Do not hesitate to contact either Robert or myself with any questions!!

I also may not be leading this week due to a shoulder injury, so Robert will step in for me for leading leisurely.
I thank you all for your patience!! I will be at the ride start to meet with everyone and will probably meet you all at Zola's
for the social!!

Also keep an eye out for cancellations if the weather gets dangerous, make sure and check before leaving for the ride.
I see snow in the weather forecast, which could make it very slick and dangerous!!

Hope to see you all soon!!

I'm up at about 300 feet elevation, on the Auburn East Hill. Up here, we're getting intermittent light snow, but nothing is sticking.  The weather forecast is for a starting line temp right around 40, but right now it's too close to call. I'm planning to go to the ride start and make a final weather decision there.  In any case, anyone who wants to meet me for lunch or coffee is invited to come over to Zola's afterwards, ride or no ride.  See you all in a bit!


Regal Cinemas Auburn 17-NW Corner of Parking Lot
1101 Outlet Collection Way
Auburn, WA 98001