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March Populaire - 3/4

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March 4th Populaire Update

Cue Sheet is posted

10 Randos headed out this morning to ride the route of next weeks Populaire. Not unlike other rides the RPC (route planning committee) got together and linked routes that we’d ridden, places we’ve been and used various web sites to assist with filling in the blanks. I had ridden all portions of the route previously but not at one time and not recently. In the end nothing beats a pre-ride. It’s good to get a perspective from other cyclists. The cue sheet gets tweaked, improved and the route is done.

I had billed this ride as not going to be the usual SIR Hill Fest. I may have misspoken. Apparently this was second to Jan’s famous Mountain Populaire. The RPC had an emergency session at Zeek’s Pizza Place this afternoon and we have made some radical changes to the route that will take away a couple of views of Puget Sound (you still get plenty). We have removed two LONG, STEEP climbs and a 2 block nasty climb at the very end. I know some of you die hards may pine away for the final ascent up to Zeek’s and for you folks the option to do hill repeats on 64th street remains.

To re-cap the route: It is a hilly ride up to Mukilteo. After descending into old town Mukilteo it 5 miles of gentle rolling hills to Everett. From Everett you enter the Interurban trail and essentially it is a trolley grade all the way to Seattle (Don’t complain about the short climb on 76th Ave up to No. 200th. - It’s only a few blocks). The second half of the ride will be a lot easier than the first half.

Do sign up for the ride as it will make it easier for us to figure out how much snack food to have in Mukilteo.

Hope to see you out there.

Register here for the March ride in our monthly populaire series.
This is a new route. We are trying to encourage and recruit new members so we will bypass the truly nasty hills of previous years when possible. As it is randonnuering and you all have a sense of adventure be prepared for changing road surfaces. (don’t worry this is not a cycle cross ride).

The Route:

We’ll head west to get a view of the snow covered Olympia Mountains above Shilshole Marina. North through Blue Ridge to the city limits at 145th street. We’ll catch some great views as we travel north through Shoreline. We’ll explore a bit in the little known town of Woodway and then take you to a great spot to view the Edmonds Ferry that you’ve probably never been to before.
We’ll attempt to hug the shoreline were we can and then climb up into Lynnwood and then drop down into Mukilteo. Heading east towards Everett we will be in search of the Interurban trails start/end point. We have found it and the cue sheet will lead you to it. We’ll follow the trail south as it weaves in and out of residential neighborhoods, follows I-5, crosses under and over main arterials and returns us to north Seattle.
We’ll finish the ride at Zeek’s Pizza. They have plenty of bike parking and you are only 5 minutes away from your car at that point. And it’s all down hill.

When:

Sunday, 3/4, 9am ride start - be there by 8:150 to register and hear ride announcements.

Where:

Woodland Park Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 5200 Green Lake Way, Seattle 98103.

Cue Sheet:

The cue sheet will be posted after the Feb 26 pre-ride

Start Location:

5200 Block of Green Lake Way / Woodland Park Parking Lot

End Location:

Zekes Pizza 6000 Phinney Ave Seattle WA 98103
(a 5 minute ride back to the park and it’s down hill)

Pre-Ride Update:

10 Randos headed out last Sunday morning to ride the route of next week's Populaire. Not unlike other rides the RPC (route planning committee) got together and linked routes that we’d ridden, places we’ve been and used various web sites to assist with filling in the blanks. I had ridden all portions of the route previously but not at one time and not recently. In the end nothing beats a pre-ride. It’s good to get a perspective from other cyclists. The cue sheet gets tweaked, improved and the route is done.

I had billed this ride as not going to be the usual SIR Hill Fest. I may have misspoken. Apparently this was second to Jan’s famous Mountain Populaire. The RPC had an emergency session at Zeek’s Pizza Place this afternoon and we have made some radical changes to the route that will take away a couple of views of Puget Sound (you still get plenty). We have removed two LONG, STEEP climbs and a 2 block nasty climb at the very end. I know some of you die hards may pine away for the final ascent up to Zeek’s and for you folks the option to do hill repeats on 64th Street remains.

To re-cap the route: It is a hilly ride up to Mukilteo. After descending into old town Mukilteo it’s 5 miles of gentle rolling hills to Everett. From Everett you enter the Interurban Trail and essentially it is a trolley grade all the way back to Seattle (Don’t complain about the short climb on 76th Ave up to N. 200th. - It’s only a few blocks). The second half of the ride will be a lot easier than the first half.

Do sign up for the ride as it will make it easier for us to figure out how much snack food to have in Mukilteo.

Hope to see you out there.

Questions:

Andy Speier This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 206-799-4139

Membership:

Not required

Special Instructions:

This is an unsupported ride. You are expected to be able to be self sufficient in the event you get a flat tire or need to perform a routine repair on your bicycle. Lights are not required. Fenders are not required but you will make more friends if you have them.

Cost:

No cost to members or non-members. Please note that you will need to be a RUSA member in order for this ride to count towards a P12 award.

 

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