This is the first of this year's eight Winter Training Series Rides hosted jointly by CBC and the Seattle Randonneurs. WTS starts January 7th and will end on February 25th. During this eight-ride series, distances progress from about 34 miles to 100 miles. WTS is a great way to do 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.
We will start the ride at Element Cycles in Redmond and take a new way over Education Hill to Novelty Hill, through Trilogy, Old Woodinville-Duvall Rd and along W. Snoqualmie Valley Rd. We then return via Ames Lake Dr and Union Hill (look for some new surprises here) to Redmond for some hot cider and cookies at Element Cycles. Please help out the Ride Leaders by Pre-Registering at: http://www.cascade.org/node/39519
Introduction to the Winter Training Series An introduction to the Winter Training Series, including a bit of history, how the rides are conducted and rider expectations.
When: Saturday January 7, 2017Time: Sign-in begins at 8:30AM To save time please pre-register at: http://www.cascade.org/node/39519Ride announcements at 8:50AM
The peloton rolls at 9:00AM sharp.
Distance: 34 miles - Approx. 2,400' gain
Where: Element Cycles - 8215 160th Ave NE; Redmond, WA 98052
Directions to Start: Near the east end of SR 520, take the Marymoor, E. Sammamish Parkway Exit Turn left at bottom of ramp onto Redmond Way. Right on 160th Ave NE. There should be plenty of parking in adjoining lots. Please don't park directly in front of the shop; let's leave that for customers.
NOTE: We drove the entire route on Friday and made some alterations to eliminate some of the steeper hills and icy patches. The roads on the altered route are all passable but there are definitely still icy patches. Look out especailly at the higher elevations along Trilogy, 232nd Ave NE, Ames Lake-Carnation Rd, W Snoqualmie Valley Rd and Union Hill Rd but other places as well. The icy patches are usually found near the center line, center of the lane and at edge of the road. Do not crowd your fellow cyclists as it may force someone onto one of these patches. It would probably be safer to not ride in a large bunch where it would be harder to see the road up ahead.