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WTS 5: Auburn-Lake Tapps-Orting-Carbonado-Buckley Ride Saturday 2/4

The 5th ride in our 8 ride Winter Training Series is another of our favorites and has remained unchanged. This is a wonderful route that takes in Lake Tapps, Orting, Carbonado, Buckley and lots of great back roads in between. This is one of the most rural rides of the series.  No good coffee shops along this route, but there is a Java’s Angels espresso stand in Buckley at mile 48. Please help out the Ride Leaders by pre-registering at:

Click here for an introduction to the Winter Training Series, including a bit of history, how the rides are conducted and rider expectations.

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017

Time: Sign-in begins at 8:30am. To save time please pre-register at:
Ride announcements at 8:50am
The peloton rolls at 9:00am sharp.

Distance: 66 miles / Approx. 2750′ gain

Where: Auburn Fred Meyers – 801 Auburn Way N; Auburn, WA 98002

Directions to Start: Take 167 South from Renton. Take the 15th St NW exit and head east about 0.4 mile. Turn right on A Street at stop light. Go 0.2 mile to 10th St NE.  Look for parking lot around the corner on your right. Park in NW corner of the lot at corner of A St and 10th St away from the entrance to Fred Meyers.

See you rain or shine!



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SIR riders on the first PBP Permanent

Six intrepid Seattle randonneurs will set out on tomorrow, on the first ever SIR PBP Permanent. They will ride 1230 km, unsupported, mostly along the PBP route, but with 130 km of gravel roads added in keeping with the spirit of the early randonneurs. When asked whether SIR could create an SIR permanent in France, a close look at all of our enabling documentation revealed that an SIR permanent does not necessarily have to start in, finish in, or ever be in the US. “We are the Seattle INTERNATIONAL Randonneurs after all.”


SIR’s First Paris-Brest


As one of our sources said; “It took some talking to get permission to hold this permanent. We tried explaining that this was our way of honoring the French cycling traditions, of supporting the idea of truly unsupported riding, but what clenched the deal was when the PBP permanent riders agreed not to ride PBP in the same year, thus freeing up spots for other riders. ”

While the identities of the riders is still secret, unverified rumors suggest that the list of riders might include:

  • Mark “I had a couple weeks between 1200s, so why not
  • Vinnie “it isn’t a vacation, I can work from anywhere
  • Jan “this is the true spirit of randonneuring, serious riders, riding unsupported
  • Hugh “why do you think I was riding all those January permanents?
  • Chris “why shouldn’t I do the ride twice?

It is also suspected, but not confirmed, that technical and bike support will be provided en-route by Andy and Cory of the SIR Skunkworks Bike Division.

Stay tuned for details of the teams progress and consider registering for the next running of the SIR PBP Permanent. More details, including registration information on the SIR Website.

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