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**CANCELED** CHEW #11 2020
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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 the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock in West Seattle by 8:55 a.m. to pay your ferry fee and be prepared to load in time for the 9:25 a.m. sailing. I will check people in as they arrive and on the boat. A route briefing will be done on the ferry and we will start the ride from the Vashon dock. Pace group leaders will do the safety talk on the ferry.
If you are coming to the ride from West Seattle, you can park your vehicle at the parking lot of Lincoln Park on the west side of the 8200 block of Fauntleroy Way. Then go south on Fauntleroy Way the short distance to the ferry terminal. Don’t wait for a group; head to the ferry on your own. There are bathrooms and water fountains on the ferry.
The ferry that goes directly to Vashon takes 20 minutes, which means the last boat you can take to make the ride start on Vashon Island departs the Fauntleroy dock at 9:25 a.m.
Paying for the ferry goes much more quickly if you have an ORCA card, but you can pay cash or use a credit card. Allow extra time for the latter two.
For information on the fares for a walk-on and the bike surcharge, check this site: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Fares/FaresDetail.aspx?tripdate=20190324&departingterm=9&arrivingterm=22
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.
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