Category Archives: SIR Rides

Olympia 200K – March 25, 2017 – Pre-ride Report


“On three, we’re going to stand, right foot first. One. Two. Three!” Corey and I (Theo) stood up and pedaled in synch, making short work of the hill. It was my first time as stoker (riding on the back seat) of a tandem, but my second time on the Top Rung 200K course. Most of the climbing is in the first half of the route, so don’t get discouraged if you’re going up slowly, or figuring out how to share a bike! There’s still the second half to make up time.

For the first several hours of our pre-ride, it rained heavily. We felt for our friends riding the Spring 200K brevet in the Snoqualmie Valley. They had the same rain forecast for the entire day. In Yelm, we stopped to eat… and ring out our socks. I bought a pair of dish gloves in a desperate bid for dry hands (they worked).

After our break, we resumed the rolling hills and lovely back roads past Harts Lake and Lake Lawrence. Corey captained the tandem around each turn with confidence and experience, but it’s a strange feeling to give up control and not steer the bike! As a few experienced stokers had suggested, I tried closing my eyes on the descents. But that was too much! It felt better to see the road ahead, trusting Corey’s skill, than to keep my eyes shut. And if you close your eyes, you’ll miss out on the natural beauty of this part of the ride.

We kept up a steady conversation, slowing our words only to pedal harder up the hills. The rain lightened up as we checked out the first three info controls and the sun started to come out. I hoped that the morning’s rain was enough to appease the fates and ensure good weather for brevet-day riders!

From Tenino to the course’s only timed control, in Oakville, navigation is fairly simple: Highway 12 to 183rd, back to Highway 12. It’s not my favorite set of roads in the area, but the shoulder is decent and navigation is easy. To be honest, I tuned out quite a bit of this stretch, looking down at my feet and watching the cranks turn. Corey attended to the road, and took the brunt of our headwind. I enjoyed my simple role as motor and turn signal!

The End of the Trail Shell station has plenty of snacking options, so don’t worry if you’re running low on fuel for the final 50k of the ride. Load up here and you’ll be fine. From the gas station, it’s only a short return on Highway 12 before getting onto more appealing roads: Moon, Mima Gate and Mima. Even their names are appealing! Down to the right of these winding roads, the Black River and Mima Creek overflowed their banks, swollen with heavy spring rain. The tiny trees of Weyerhaeuser’s Mima Nursery looked like a vast, green shag carpet as we rolled by. We passed by the famous Mima mounds. With the wind now mostly at our back, we sped along, making up time.

As we passed the failed logging town of Bordeaux, the sun began to descend towards Capitol State Forest in the west. Then we rode through Little Rock, where the post office and taco truck are the same size. It’s a straight shot from Little Rock to Tumwater. But the route’s zig-zags through Olympia will have you carefully watching your cue sheet all the way to the Woodland Trail. There, be sure to cross two bridges to get past I-5, but not the third bridge over Martin way. And take care when merging across Martin to the protected left turn lane. If traffic is heavy, you can skip the merge and stay right all the way to the intersection, using the crosswalks to get on Sleater Kinney Road. Shortly thereafter, Britton Parkway throws in a few more hills because you’ve got to earn those Top Rung beers at the finish!

This is a fun ride and last year’s edition saw a number of personal record finish times. If you, like many of us, have spent much of the winter off the bike, this route is a great opportunity to get riding again. It’s just hard enough to make you sore, but not so tough that you should doubt your ability to finish.

Please pre-register online. It helps the organizers a lot!

Comments Off on Olympia 200K – March 25, 2017 – Pre-ride Report

Filed under SIR Rides

Spring 200K – March 18, 2017

The 2017 Seattle Spring 200k is Saturday, March 18, starting at 07:00 am.

This is an early season ride starting at the Northshore Athletic Fields in Woodinville (14735 NE 145th St) and wandering around Lake Sammamish and Carnation before finishing up at the Redhook Brewery (14300 NE 145th St).

We ride south on the Sammamish river trail, down the east side of Lake Sammamish before climbing to the Issaquah Highlands. After a quick decent into the valley we go right by Sandy’s in Carnation on our way to Snohomish. From there we head north on the Centennial trail to the Bryant store, our northern most point. On the way back we go back through Snohomish before climbing Broadway on our way back to Woodinville and the finish at the Redhook Brewery.

Pre-registration and additional details on the SIR website.

Comments Off on Spring 200K – March 18, 2017

Filed under SIR Rides

Spring Populaire – March 11, 2017

 

Artwork by Alice Stribling, San Francisco Randonneuers www.alicestribling.com

Start the 2017 season with our 100 km Populaire Ride!

Bring your friends, wives, husbands, boyfriends, or girlfriends (or both).

Come ride with us (for free) and find out what randonneuring is about. Show up a bit early: we’ll answer your questions and give you a few pointers to help you use the route sheet, as well. The ride will start and end in Seattle. Unlike many of our routes this really is an easy route. [Editor’s note: You hear assurances like this a lot, but, in this case, it’s true.]

 

Date:        March 11, 2017

Location:           Woodland Park Tennis Courts Parking Lot

Green Lake Way N at N 52nd St, Seattle WA 98103

Time:               Register, sign waiver 0815-0900

Ride Start:        0900 (really)

Ride Ends:         Zeek’s Pizza, 6000 Phinney Ave N, Seattle WA 98103

(It’s a 5 minute ride back to the park and it’s all down hill)

Register:           Online at www.seattlerandonneur.org  until March 9

                              Pre-registration helps the ride organizers plan the logistics.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19202557 (There may be changes after the pre-ride, so check back close to the ride date for the most current route)

Questions:  Andy Speier: andy @ peakrescue.org

Membership:       Not required!

Lights:              Not required! [Editor’s note: Feel free to bring your lights. Please use in solid mode front and rear.]

Fenders:           Not required, but you’ll make more friends if you have them. [Editor’s note: Buddy flap = bonus points]

Tools:               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.

The Route:         This is a new route. We are trying to encourage and recruit new members, so we tried to bypass the truly nasty hills of previous years. We have removed the longer, confusing section of the Interurban Trail.  This is a fun ride! You will need to pay attention to the cue sheet. There are great views of the sound and the Olympic Mountains. You’ll ride west to Golden Gardens, follow a bit of the Interurban Trail North, enjoy a delightful descent down Perkins Way, zip along the Burke Gilman out to the Sammamish Trail to Redmond, and then head back to Seattle with the inevitable climb back up to the top of Phinney Ridge. Finish is at Zeeks Pizza.

Food:               We will provide coffee and snacks at the start of the ride. At the halfway point Control in Redmond there is a Peet’s Coffee, a Whole Foods and several other commercial food places in the shopping center.

 

Comments Off on Spring Populaire – March 11, 2017

Filed under SIR Rides

WTS # 8 – Carol’s Century 2/25/2017

Starting at 8 am on Saturday, Feb. 25, this is the final and longest ride in our eight-part Winter Training Series.

The Greater Seattle Century (GSC) was the first century (101 miles) ever ridden by Ralph & Carol in the mid-1990’s.  Designed by Carol (hence Carol’s Century), the route takes you on a wide clockwise circle around Seattle with a variety of terrain with many flat stretches interrupted by a few steep hills. We start by heading north along the Burke-Gilman Trail to Bothell, then along mostly quiet backcountry roads through Woodinville, Maltby, Carnation, Fall City, Issaquah and Maple Valley. The GSC then follows the Cedar River Trail to Renton and returns to Magnuson Park via Seward Park, Lake Washington Blvd. and the Burke Gilman Trail.

There is a total of approximately 3,400 feet elevation gain from beginning to end.

Please help out the Ride Leaders by Pre-Registering at: https://www.cascade.org/node/39538

Comments Off on WTS # 8 – Carol’s Century 2/25/2017

Filed under SIR Rides

WTS #7 Conway-Fairhaven-Chuckanut-Edison 2/18/17

Go North young men and women!

Winter training series # 7 Starts in Conway, parking along Dike Rd.  We start at 9:00 AM. Sign up on line on the Cascade website and I will check the box for you when you arrive. Print out your own personalized cue sheet from Ride With GPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17840307

Same route as before, East to Hwy 9 then North and west across to Chuckanut and south through the farming towns of Bow and Edison.

So far 20% chance of showers.

Coffee and eating in Edison or Bow and then there is the Conway Pub and Eatery for acres ride dining.

-Noel Howes

Comments Off on WTS #7 Conway-Fairhaven-Chuckanut-Edison 2/18/17

Filed under SIR Rides

WTS 6: Kent-Dash & Brown Pts-Black Diamond – February 11, 2017

Hello Randonneurs!

All ready for some nicer weather? Looks like we may get some this Saturday, 2/11.

Come on down for our next training ride. No bothersome paperwork – just riding.

Remember that Soos Creek start won’t accommodate enough cars so we request you park at Kentridge School, 0.5 miles away.

Ralph has rerouted to avoid Green Valley Rd. Closure – his alternate route has an intriguing (on street view at least) climb that I have not done. He also calls out a fine looking espresso establishment in place of the BD Bakery.

RwGPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18026610

Print out your own custom cue sheet – sign in on the Cascade site and I can just put a tick mark by your name when you arrive at the start: http://www.cascade.org/node/39536

Did I say “no paperwork”?

-Noel Howes

Comments Off on WTS 6: Kent-Dash & Brown Pts-Black Diamond – February 11, 2017

Filed under Other Rides, SIR Rides

Permanents: Known Road Closures

Road construction and natural disasters often close roads our permanents use. The permanents team tries to post information about these closures on the Detours page. Formerly we posted lists of affected routes… but that has proven to be too much work to maintain.

Going forward, we will post a general description of the closure, dates of the closure if known, and links to official web pages about the closure, if available.

We will suggest detours. However, if there are no viable detours, routes will be deactivated until the roads are reopened.

Link:  http://permanents.seattlerando.org/p/known-current-detours.html

The detours page is also linked on the Perminator “Find a Permanent” page, and in the approval email the Perminator sends when you register for a permanent.

The permanents team makes no guarantee that the list of closures is complete. Riders are always responsible for checking for closures before starting a ride. To help with this, the detours page has links to several county road conditions websites. Also, Google Maps in Traffic View will show closures Google knows about. You will need to zoom in several steps to make closures on secondary roads visible.

If you have other resources for checking closures, please share them in the comments below.

Comments Off on Permanents: Known Road Closures

Filed under Club Info, SIR Rides

WTS #4 Snohomish-Happy-Valley-Arlington Ride Saturday 1/28

Randos –

It’s always tough to depend on weather forecasts in the Pacific Northwest but at this point it looks pretty promising for WTS #4 with a predicted high in the upper 40’s maybe even 50.  Remember that WTS rides are only cancelled or altered under the threat of ice or snow so the ride is on! 🙂

It really helps us out if you would pre-register at: https://www.cascade.org/node/39534.   This ride is a clockwise loop starting in Snohomish through the outskirts of Everett and Marysville to Happy Valley.  We return via Arlington where you can take a short break at Stilly Coffee Shop.  Then it’s back via Burn and Schwarzmiller Roads before hoping on the Centennial Trail for the last few miles.

Print your own cue sheet if you need one from RWGPS.

We hope to see a lot of you on Saturday,

Ralph & Noel

__:)       __:)
_ \<,_   _\<,_
(*)/ (*) (*)/(*)

2017 Winter Training Series

Comments Off on WTS #4 Snohomish-Happy-Valley-Arlington Ride Saturday 1/28

Filed under SIR Rides

Oly Country 300K: Saturday Nov. 5 at 6:30 a.m.

by John Pearch

There’s still time to register for this late addition to the SIR 2016 brevet calendar and get in another 300K:

http://brevets.seattlerando.org/register_for_event/381

Anyone planning to ride the 300K this weekend should know that we will have printed copies of the cue sheet on hand at the start. The cue sheet is also online for those of you who like to make edits and adjust formatting.

Here is a link to the RWGPS file/map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16388027

Registration opens at 6:00 am and the ride starts at 6:30 AM at the Fish Tale Brew Pub Parking Lot.

Fish Tale Brew Pub
515 Jefferson St SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Parking is free on weekends on the streets in Olympia.  However, do not try and park in the Fish Tale parking lot or any others marked.

If you need to use the restroom, there is a McDonalds on Plum and 8th, just a few blocks from the start.

Preride Notes:

Josh and I prerode this past Sunday with dry weather the first 100k, then the final 200k (12 hours) of constant rain.  The forecast looks like rain this Saturday so byobuddyflaps:) Take note of all the CAUTION on the cue sheets as railroads crossings will be slick and highway crossings visibility might be limited.

There are 7 Info Controls to explore backroads of rural Thurston and PierceCounties, in the first 126k. We will depart the Fish Tale brew pub taking Olympia’s NE neighborhood to the the Chehalis Western Trail (CWT).  Then taking the CWT south to the Yelm Tenino Trail (YTT).  We will follow the YTT passing through Yelm to the far reaches of the YTT, then cross over the Nisqually River into Pierce County with back roads of the Lacamas Valley and hillier Harts Lake area, then back into Thurston County backroads of Bald Hills, Lake Lawrence, Vail Cutoff and the Deschutes River. If you did the 200k last March, just keep an eye on the course change, as the course will take Runyon Rd (easy to miss off of Vail Cutoff) to access the back way into the town of Rainer!

After the Rainier Control, you will then get back on the YTT temporarily to access Johnson Creek Road and eventually the Skookumchuck Valley (info control at the fish hatchery)! Then follow the Skookumchuck Valley back to Tenino.  From Tenino you will go north on backroads to Scott Lake Chevron Station control.  Then the route goes south to Littlerock and Mima-Gate Rd and access the back way into Anderson Rd/ End of Trail Station control.  We decided to ride the 0.3 km section of gravel to avoid the U.S. Hwy 12. From End of Trail control, the route temporarily goes west on U.S 12 (crossing the narrow Black River Bridge) then on Elma Gate and flat S. Bank Road to Elma control. Elma is an Open Control, even though we encourage to find the stores on the far east side of town.  From Elma you will climb gently up Cloquallum Road for 26k.  After Cloquallum Road jct with Highland Rd, Cloquallum Rd has a few spurts of up to 16%.  Cloqualluam Road steeply descends into Isabella Lake and then rolls into the Arcadia neighborhood of Shelton.

From Shelton the route follows Hwy 3 (with a narrown bridge) to US 101, which has a small 2k section of Old Olympic Hwy to temporarily get off 101. There are a few rollers along 101 until the route takes takes Steamboat and Madrona Beach to Mud Bay. Alas, the infamous Mud Bay final climb and descent into downtown Olympia!  We’ll have some Fish Tale Beer regardless if you don’t make it before the Fish Tail Brewpub closes.

See you Saturday!

Cheers!

John

Comments Off on Oly Country 300K: Saturday Nov. 5 at 6:30 a.m.

Filed under SIR Rides

2017 Draft Calendar

Our calendar for 2017 ACP events has to be submitted by September 30th. Here’s a draft. Ideas welcome. Not all conflicts (with holidays, other rides, wedding anniversaries, etc) can be avoided, but let me know if there are some particularly bad problems. All rides dependent on finding willing volunteers to manage them.

Jan-Feb – Winter Training Series
Sat 3/11 – Spring Populaire

Sat 3/18 – Spring 200k
Sat 3/25 – Olympia 200k
Sat 4/8 – Spring 300k
Sat 4/15 – Olympia 300k

Fri 4/21 – Sun 4/23 – Fleche NW
Thu 5/11–Sun 5/14 – NW Crank
Sat 5/6–Sun 5/14 NWC Brevet Week (Sat 5/6 – 600k / 1000k; Tue 5/9 – 300k; Wed 5/10 – 400k; Sun 5/14 – 200k)

Sat 5/20 – Spring 400k
Sat 6/03 – Spring 600k
Fri 6/23 – Spring 1000k

Sat 7/8 – Summer Populaire
Sat 7/15 – Summer 200k
Sat 7/29 – Summer 300k
Sat 8/12 – Summer 400k
Sat 8/26 – Summer 600k
Fri 9/15 – Summer 1000k

Comments Off on 2017 Draft Calendar

Filed under Club Info, SIR Rides