Getting Ready to Ride - Seattle #3 (Leisurely & Steady)

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Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Gas Works Park
2101 Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
Contact Information: 
Andy Williams
awilliams53@gmail.com
(206)853-9170
Distance: 
19.10 miles
Elevation Gain: 
657 feet
Terrain: 
Regroup: 
Weather Cancels?: 
Ride Description: 

Are you new to bicycling, or just been off your bike for awhile? Is 2016 your year to get active, begin commuting, take part in the Free Group Rides, or maybe even tackle your first century (100 mile ride), the STP, or another personal challenge? Are you a bit unsure about your biking capabilities, riding in groups, or cycling during winter?

If so, then maybe the Getting Ready to Ride Series (GR2R) is for you. GR2R is an early season, eight-week progressive series that begins with a very doable first ride and then adds a bit of elevation gain, distance or technical difficulty each week. GR2R will help you to: 

  • Increase endurance and confidence. 
  • Build hill-climbing skills.  
  • Make new friends in the cycling community. 
  • Gain confidence riding safely with groups. 
  • Get ready for the Cascade Training Series (CTS), beginning in April.

GR2R rides are free and open to any rider. You will ride with others who share your pace level and your enthusiasm for riding. All rides will be led by Cascade Ride Leaders, experienced volunteers who enjoy riding, are knowledgeable about bike safety and the rules of the road, and who know the routes.

GR2R rides are free and open to anyone. You will ride with others who share your pace level and your enthusiasm for riding. All rides will be led by Cascade Ride Leaders, experienced volunteers who enjoy riding, are knowledgeable about bike safety and the rules of the road, and who know the routes. During the Seattle series, we explore different neighborhoods (often with great views) and take advantage of some of the trails and neighborhood greenways in the city.  These will be social, stay-together rides with waits at the top of hills and at all critical turns, along with some photo-op stops.   This week's ride takes us around Lake Union, along the Ship Canal and the Elliott Bay trail, into Belltown and then returns to Gas Works via Dexter Avenue.

In addition to steady rain, ice/snow and any other hazardous conditions will cancel a ride. If a ride is cancelled due to hazardous conditions, cancellation notice will be posted here, in the comments section below, and on the Meetup announcement by 9:00 a.m. day of the ride, and ride leaders will not be waiting at the start.

Pre-registering online: If you have a Cascade account, you can pre-register for this ride online by clicking on the Register button at the top of this page and entering your information. Pre-registering saves time at the beginning the ride and provides legible emergency contact information. If you cannot make the ride, you do not need to un-register.

Notes: There is a bathroom at the start. We can also make a restroom stop at the half-way point if needed. All riders should come equipped to deal with their own mechanical issues and bring enough snacks and water. Waiting for mechanical issues will be at the discretion of the ride leader. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early (9:40 a.m.) to get yourself ready, listen to the safety briefing and sign or check the waiver. 10:00 a.m. is roll-out time!

Comments

Here's an updated link to the route on RWGPS.  I changed the approach to Seattle Center from the Thomas Street Bridge to take the group up Harrison Street.   We get a less steep pitch and a stop sign crossing a busy street.

 

  

 

Gas Works Park
2101 Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103