Seattle International Randonneurs

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Welcome to the 2014 Winter Training Series


The 20014 Winter Training Series is coming soon! - 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 again by Ralph and Carol Nussbaum, the 7th edition of the WTS starts January 11th and will end just before the year's first official SIR Populaire (100km ride).  Ride distances vary from about 38 miles on our first ride to 100 miles. Several of the routes are new this year, while others have seen revisions and modifications.  The past couple of years the weather gods haven't been too kind to us but we'll try again this year to get the full series in. 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. Due to a fortuitous alignment of the moon and sun, there are eight training rides this year – the last one stopping just short of 200K.


  • We'll start all rides at 9:00AM on Saturday (except for the last one - the 100 mile century which starts at 8:00AM). This doesn't mean show up and gather at 9:00AM, this means we leave at 9:00AM, so be sure to show up earlier to sign in, pump up your tires, adjust your fenders, and put all your warm clothes on. Sign-in starts at 8:30AM and ride announcements will be made 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 SIR Website 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 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. You will need to provide your own plastic bag to keep the map dry on those rainy wintry days.
  • For those with GPS devices we will also provide a GPS track. (Remember though that the cue sheet info trumps the GPS route.)
  • 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. :-)
  • Please have sufficient riding skills and experience to ride in a group. And as always, please respect traffic laws and local traffic.

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