CHEW #10 2020

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(updated 3/25/20)

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Date and Time: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 9:30am
Start Location: 
Newport Hills Park-and-Ride
5115 113th Pl SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Contact Information: 
Michael J Upsall
mupsall1949@gmail.com
(502) 291-1547
Distance: 
45.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
3,600 feet
Terrain: 
Regroup: 
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

Climbing Hills Everywhere in Winter (CHEW) Series

The CHEW Series will be held Sundays, running Jan. 5 through March 29 at various starting points in the greater Seattle area. These will be climbing routes on local hills which will progress from 30 miles and 2,100 feet of elevation gain to 62 miles and 4,400 feet of elevation gain. There will be four paces offered -- Steady (12-14 on flats), Moderate (14-16 on flats), Brisk (16-18 on flats), Vigorous (18-20 on flats.) All pace groups will use a common route each week. 

Registration: To save time at the ride start, you are encouraged to sign the online waiver by clicking the red “Register Now” button above. Please register by 8 p.m.  the Saturday prior to the ride if possible.

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time to hear the route briefing, safety notes, and sign the waiver form for an on-time departure. You will not be allowed to ride if you do not show up in time to hear the safety briefing.  

Mechanicals/Pace: Riders should be able to sustain the appropriate pace for their selected group, know how to read a cue sheet, change a flat tire and have the requisite equipment to do so. (Having a cell phone is a good idea in case you need to call for a ride.) Ride Leaders will not stop long for flats or mechanical issues because of group safety.

Cue Sheets: Please, print a cue sheet if you need one. The final route and cue sheet will be available the Thursday before each ride, but please check back on Saturday for last-minute changes. Such changes will appear in the Comments section at the bottom of the Cascade posting. Rest stops will be planned as noted on the route cue sheet or ride notes. 

Equipment: A good tail light is recommended. Long fenders are recommended for wet conditions for the safety of all riders. If you don't have fenders in wet conditions, you will be asked to ride at the back of your pace group. 

Regroup policy: This is a training series so we will ride with the best interest of the group in mind. We will regroup at the top of hills for a reasonable amount of time as well as at major turns. Stops will be brief. Riders may need to drop back to a slower pace group if they fall behind. If you are riding in the last pace group, the ride leaders will make sure you have a cue sheet and feel comfortable to finish on your own. As an alternative, have a cell phone to be able to call for a ride back to the finish. We want everyone to ride hard but to have fun and get back safely.

Cancellation Policy: Steady rain/ice/snow or otherwise unsafe riding conditions will cancel. In the event that conditions are as described for cancellation, ride leaders may not come to the ride start. Ride cancellation will be posted in the Comments section in the Cascade posting for this date at least two hours prior to the ride start. Series Director (Mike Upsall) will be available by phone should you have questions. 

Comments

There are no bathrooms or drinking water at the start of this ride. Our first planned restroom stop is the park on 1st Avenue in Bellevue at mile point 5.8, where bathrooms and running water are available. I will bring jugs of water, soap and paper towels for those who may feel they need them at the start to wash their hands. 

There will not be a Vigorous pace group this week. We don't have Ride Leaders for it. We will offer two Brisk groups, one of which will ride at the higher end of the pace but within the limits of Brisk (16-18 on flats.) It's the best we can do with our staffing.

CHEW riders: Please, be aware that we similar weather conditions for CHEW 10 as we had last year. With overnight temperatures at freezing, the Newport Hills Park & Ride lot can be very icy/slick in places. Try to find a dry place to park and be careful getting out of your vehicles.

If the parking lot is icing how safe is the ride? Maybe schedule rides not at the coldest part if the day, but instead in the afternoons mid 40's ?

Newport Hills Park-and-Ride
5115 113th Pl SE
Bellevue, WA 98006


Registrations so far...
Steady: [12-14mph]

8 rider(s)

Moderate: [14-16mph]

12 rider(s)

Brisk: [16-18mph]

23 rider(s)

Vigorous: [18-20mph]

11 rider(s)