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Preparing for Spring Rides #6: Redmond - Issaquah - Bellevue Loop
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Preparing for Spring Rides is a 10-week series intended to keep our legs moving and warm throughout the winter. Optional social gatherings are available before and after the rides to meet and connect with Ride Leaders and fellow riders. Our mid-ride rest stops will be brief in an effort to retain body heat. Please arrive 20 minutes before the published start time to ready your bike, check in, and participate in the SMART safety discussion.
Preparing for Spring Rides #6 starts in the trail parking lot behind Whole Foods in Redmond. We’ll start our ride heading south along East Lake Sammamish Pkwy and cut west through Issaquah. We’ll stop briefly at Tibbetts Park before climbing our first warmup hill for the day, Newport Hill. We’ll continue our journey down into Factoria and head north through west Bellevue. We’ll make another brief stop at Downtown Bellevue Park and continue north to Kirkland then east to Redmond by way of the Old Redmond Rd hill. That’ll build our appetite for the post-ride meal and social gathering at Agave Cocina & Cantina.
Cue Sheet: Please print and bring your own cue sheet from the link below; copies will not be provided. Please download the cue sheet and/or RideWithGPS route after 3:00 p.m. one day before the ride to reflect any recent changes.
Pre-Ride Gathering Time and Location: 9:00 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee, 17887 Redmond Way, Redmond
Rest Stops: Tibbetts Park at mile point 12.0 and Downtown Bellevue Park at mile point 23.1
Post-Ride Gathering Location: Agave Cocina & Cantina, 17158 Redmond Way #180, Redmond
Rider Safety and Responsibilities: You must wear a properly fit helmet, ride safely, and follow Cascade’s SMART guidelines. Earphones/earbuds are strictly prohibited while on a Cascade ride. If there is any chance of rain or wet roads, fenders will be required and rain gear is strongly recommended.
You should be able to sustain the posted pace. Please be sure you have the equipment and knowledge to fix minor mechanical issues (flat tires, dropped chains, rubbing fenders, etc.), plus a cue sheet to get home on your own or a phone to call for assistance if needed. The Ride Leaders’ responsibility is to the group, and it is at their discretion whether to stop for individuals’ mechanical issues; they will, however, stop for all medical issues and emergencies.
Nutrition and Hydration: Riders must bring their own food and drink. Our rest stops will have water fountains but will not have an option to purchase food or beverages.
Group Communication: Communication is key for individual and group safety. Please pass communication to the rider directly behind or in front of you. If such communication is done well, the Lead and Sweep will hear each other’s hazard communications passed through each and every rider.
Regroup Policy: We will regroup at safe places whenever the Sweep is beyond sight distance from the Lead, primarily at the top of hills, at critical turns or past intersections. If a safe regroup point isn’t available, we will “soft pedal” (ride well below pace) to allow the split group to reconnect and resume the posted pace.
Registration: Please register for the ride using the red Register Now button at the top of this page. It'll save us time at the start.
Cancellation Policy: If there is heavy rain, high winds, flooding, ice/snow or other unsafe riding conditions, Ride Leaders will cancel the ride. Ride cancellations will be posted in the comments section on both the Cascade and Meetup sites, ideally two hours prior to the start time. If such posting takes place, Ride Leaders will NOT be at the start. A ride may also be called at the ride start or during the ride for safety reasons. CHECK THE CASCADE WEBPAGE BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME.