CHEW South 2018 #9 (Moderate - Brisk) - 6 Climbs!

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Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:30am
Start Location: 
200 Mill Ave Building in Renton (Old Renton CityHall)
200 Mill Avenue South
Renton, WA 98057
Contact Information: 
Series/Ride Director
Tim Johnson
253.380.5441 (text preferred)
54.70 miles
Elevation Gain: 
3,463 feet
Weather Cancels?: 
Ride Description: 

Climbing Hills Eastside Wintertime “CHEW” - South End Series

6 Climbs!  A new CHEW South route!

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. Two paces are currently offered, moderate (14-16 mph on flats with no headwinds) and brisk (16 - 18 mph on flats with no headwinds). All pace groups use a common route each week. 

This weeks ride is a new CHEW South route, the ride covers 6 climbs riding to Fauntleroy, up Marine View Drive, down and out Seola Beach Drive, along Three Tree Point, and through Normandy Park. The views of the Puget Sound are epic, plus there is a wonderful bakery stop.

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 time 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 everyone!

Ride Start Details: This week’s ride will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. out of the the Old Renton Court House Parking Lot, next to the Downtown Renton Library in Renton. There are restrooms open in the adjacent park. 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.

Week 9 Tip) Nutrition when riding.
This is super important. Many riders, myself included sometimes neglect to eat early and often while on the ride. The eating you do early, becomes VERY important from two thirds to the end of the ride. I actually set a timer on my Garmin to go off every 7 miles to remind me to eat! 
Even if it is only a bite of a bar, 2 or 3 energy chews, just EAT!
Take a bite at every regroup.
Take a bite at every traffic light, just a bite.
It’s usually cold, sometimes wet on our CHEW rides and your body is working very hard to keep you warm, not just climbing hills.

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, roostertails from bare tires are a safety issue for other riders.Fenders with long mudflaps show that you care. 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: Reststop at Grand Central Bakery at 34.3; Photo Stop at Three Tree Point Beach at 31.3; and optional, as needed at 14, 17 and 38.

Cancellation: Ice, snow or otherwise unsafe riding conditions will cancel this ride. In the event of a cancellation, a notice will be posted at least two hours prior in the comments section in both the Cascade and Meetup postings.  Please check here before going to the ride start.  

200 Mill Ave Building in Renton (Old Renton CityHall)
200 Mill Avenue South
Renton, WA 98057