Winter Training Series (WTS) 6: Auburn, Lake Tapps, Orting, Carbonado, Buckley

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Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 9:00am
Start Location: 
Auburn Fred Meyer
914 D St NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Contact Information: 
Ralph Nussbaum
66.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
2,750 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

This is the sixth ride of this year's nine Winter Training Series Rides hosted jointly by CBC and the Seattle Randonneurs. WTS starts January 5th and will end on March 2nd. During this nine-ride series, distances progress from about 34 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 is a wonderful route that takes in Lake Tapps, Orting, Carbonado, Buckley and lots of great back roads in between. This is one of the most rural rides of the series.  No good coffee shops along this route, but there is a Java's Angels espresso stand in Buckley at mile 48.

Generally, all the Winter Training Series rides start at 9:00 AM except the last one. The 100-miler on February 24th will start at 8:00 AM. 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 9:00 AM - no waiting for those still arriving. Though there will usually be a number of ride leaders on the course, these are self-paced and self-guided rides with friendly encouragement and lots of camaraderie. THERE ARE NO REGROUPS IN THIS SERIES. For more general information about this series, please follow the link below to Introduction to WTS.

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 beleive 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 and won't cost you anything. 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: Take 167 South from Renton. Take the 15th St NW exit and head east about 0.4 mile. Turn right on A Street at stop light. Go 0.2 mile to 10th St NE.  Look for parking lot around the corner on your right. Park in NW corner of the lot at corner of A St and 10th St away from the entrance to Fred Meyers.


For those of us who have lived here for a while, we know how hard it is to accurately predict the weather.  But the fact remains that it looks like it will be cold and likely snowy/icy this weekend.  With that in mind, I will most likely cancel WTS#6 out of Auburn this Saturday.  I will make a final decision Friday night by 9:00 PM.  Check back here after 9:00 PM on Friday.

The Winter Training Series leads up to the SIR Brevet season so the WTS will end on March 2nd with the Vashon ride.  March 9th is the 100K Populaire and the following week March 16th is the 200K.  There will be no make-up rides for WTS.

Auburn Fred Meyer
914 D St NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Ride Leader(s)