Seattle International Randonneurs

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2009 Winter Training Series


The Winter Training Series has started! - Starting out with short routes it gradually increases in length and/or difficulty (more elevation gain) over an eight week period. Click here for the schedule.

Led by Ralph and Carol Nussbaum along with Albert Meerscheidt, the WTS starts January 10 and will end 9 weeks later with the SIR Populaire (100km ride). This series, is jointly run with Cascade Bicycle Club.  Ride distances vary from about 36 miles on our first ride to a 100 mile century at the end.

These rides are a great way to get in 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. You know what they say - misery loves company.  


  • We'll start all rides at 9:00AM on Saturday. This doesn't mean show up and gather at 9:00AM, this means we leave at 9:00AM, so be sure to show up a few minutes earlier to pump up your tires, adjust your fenders, and put all your warm clothes on. Sign-in starts at 8:30AM and ride announcements at 8:50AM. 

  • All rides are rain or shine.  We might shorten the ride for really, really foul weather. The only cancellation will be for snow or ice.  Check the Cascade Bicycle Club or SIR websites for last minute updates or cancellations if it looks like temperatures will be at or below freezing.

  • We generally stop infrequently and very briefly.  We like to keep warm and keep moving.  As a result, we don't regroup.  This means you need to be self-sufficient.

  • Usually the mid-group pace averages 14-15 mph including hills and flats. The faster folks are usually closer to 16-18 mph while the back of the pack will be closer to 11-13 mph.  The pace will undoubtedly vary depending on terrain, weather and participants.

  • While each ride has a designated distance, there are almost always shortcuts to get back.  There are also almost always possibilities to extend the ride as well.  Just ask and we can probably point you to where you want to go.

  • Cue sheets and map of the route will be provided on the day of the ride and can also be found and downloaded from the SIR website.

  • If you aren't familiar with the area or the route, we suggest getting a local map and looking up the route.  You will need to provide your own plastic bag to keep the map dry on those rainy wintry days.

  • Please have fenders with a mud flap as they are a must on days when the roads are wet. Forgetting once is forgivable. Forgetting twice - well expect some harassment. Smile

  • Please have sufficient riding skills and experience to ride in a group. And as always, please respect traffic laws and local traffic.

  • Please be safe and follow both CBC and SIR Brevet Rider Expectations.


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