Getting Ready to Ride - Seattle #5


  • Ride capacity will be strictly limited.
  • This means that prior registration is now REQUIRED.
  • If you cannot attend please CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION so others can use your slot.
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Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Cascade Bicycle Club Headquarters
7787 62nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Contact Information: 
Andy Williams
25.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
943 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

Are you new to bicycling, or just been off your bike for awhile? Is 2020 your year to get active, begin commuting, take part in Free Group Rides, or maybe even 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 is an early season, eight-week progressive series that adds a bit of elevation gain, distance or technical difficulty each week. 

GR2R rides are free and open to anyone. You will ride with others who share your pace and 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, and who know the routes.

During the Seattle series, we explore different neighborhoods and take advantage of some of the trails and neighborhood greenways in the city.  These will be social, stay-together rides with waits at the top of hills and at all critical turns, along with some photo-op stops.

In addition to steady rain, ice/snow and any other hazardous conditions will cancel a ride. If a ride is canceled due to hazardous conditions, a notice will be posted here, in the comments section below, by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the ride.  If that notice is posted, the ride leaders will not be at the start.

There is a bathroom at the start. We can also make a restroom stop at the halfway point if needed. All riders should come equipped to deal with their own mechanical issues and bring enough snacks and water.  Waiting for mechanical issues will be at the discretion of the ride leader. It’s winter, so please dress appropriately and use fenders on your bike. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early (9:40 a.m.) to get yourself ready, listen to the safety briefing and sign or check the waiver. 10:00 a.m. is roll-out time!

This week's ride is a basic out-and-back route, from Cascade Bicycle Club Headquarters, down Lake Washington Blvd to Genesee Park, and then returning via the Arboretum.

Pre-registering online: If you have a Cascade account, you can pre-register for this ride online by clicking on the Register button at the top of this page and entering your information. Pre-registering saves time at the beginning of the ride and provides legible emergency contact information. If you cannot make the ride, you do not need to unregister.



The link to the Map and Cue Sheet show the final version of the route.  Construction around Montlake and 520 make that part of the route a bit dicey.   Take the sidewalk on the east side of Montlake across the bridge and use E. North St.  to head into the Montlake Neighborhood. On the return, turn left on 24th Ave E. from Lake Wa Blvd to again get to E. North St.   And, finally, once you've navigated behind Husky Stadium (if sunny, look for turtles by the Crew House!), we head to the Center for Urban Horticulture, climb 36th Ave. E, and then make your way back up to the BGT to head for the finish.

Please take the time to read Cascade's response to the COVID-19 emergency, linked here.  

Tomorrow's GR2R Seattle ride is still on, weather permitting.   The current forecast is for chilly but dry conditions until early afternoon.   As we head down Lake Washington Blvd toward Genesee Park, we will face a headwind, but on the return we'll benefit from the reverse, a tailwind!     Any cancellation will be announced here before 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.  



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Cascade Bicycle Club Headquarters
7787 62nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Registrations so far...
Leisurely: [10-12mph]

15 rider(s)

Steady: [12-14mph]

28 rider(s)