Start the morning with a classic climb followed by easy pedaling through bucolic farm lands and along panoramic water views.
Ride the 300K Final cue sheet posted.(7am start) or the flat 100K (10am start) alternative.
The ride starts and finishes at Dan Turner’s house east of Bellingham. From the start you’ll go East on SR – 542 with a nice warm up out to Glacier. From there, the route starts uphill along the forested road along the Nooksack River. When you reach the ski area at Heather Meadows your legs may be feeling it… don’t worry, you’ve still got 2.4 miles and a thousand of climbing up to Artist Point. As of July 8 Wash DOT still has to clear about a mile and a half of the road.
Your serious climbing is done for the day with only down hills. easy rollers and flats for the last 210 kilometers. The descent from Mt. Baker is fast with high speeds and switchbacks so it’s a bit tough to enjoy the view on the way down.
At Kendall we head north toward Sumas with another downhill on Reese Hill road. Quiet farm roads take you past cows, corn and berries to Lynden. You can fuel up with pie at the Dutch bakery in Lynden You may meet some of the 100K riders on their cruise to Blaine and back. More easy pedaling out to Blaine, Birch Bay, and Lummi shores for beautiful water views. A final control at Ferndale and then an easy ride to the finish.
There will also be a super flat (Less than 1000 feet of climbing) 100K that starts at 10:00 AM for friends and family who might not want the challenge of the Mt. Baker climb.
| Phone: ||360-410-9069|
|Date:|| August 8, 2009|
Mission Road, Bellingham, WA
|Address:||5091 Mission Road, Bellingham, WA|
From the South: Take I-5 North to exit 255, go east on 542, (Mt Baker Hwy) 5.7 miles then North on Mission Road to end on Left.
From the North: Take I-5 exit 255 then East 5.9 miles, then North on Mission Road to end on Left.
|Entry Fee:||$15 SIR members, $25 non-members. Please make all entry and membership fees payable to SIR. Medals are directly available from RUSA .|
|Special Instructions:||Riders are welcome to come the night before and camp the night before and the night after. Let the organizer know if you plan on camping out. Other lodging options are available at http://www.washington-hotel.org/cities/Bellingham/ |
Bring a towel if you’d like to shower after the ride. Bring a swimsuit if you’d like to soak in the hot tub after the ride.
Lights and reflective gear are required for riding after dark.
|Route Sheet:||Final Route sheet - xls format|
|100K Populaire||This is an easy “Friends and Family” companion ride to the August 8, 2009 ACP 300K to be held on the same day. This makes a nice training or tempo ride without the stress and high traffic of the recent urban populaires. Click here for more information about the populaire and to register. |
Preregister online 300K (available to SIR members)
Iif you register "on line" you will not need to complete the registration paperwork at the ride start. On line registering allows for quick posting of ride results -- snail mail paper registration slows down the end of ride results.
A bicycle helmet is required. Fenders and mud flaps encouraged.
All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with SIR Brevet Rider Expectations , RUSA rules, applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification.
Please fill out the SIR Membership Form BEFORE the ride if you are joining SIR. Please also try to have correct change (or a check) for the entry fee, medal, SIR annual fee, and RUSA annual fee.