Getting Ready to Ride - South End #4

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Date and Time: 
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Renton Community Center-Parking lot north of Community Center
1519 Bronson Way N
Renton, WA 98055
Contact Information: 
Jackie Klakken
24.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
792 feet
Weather Cancels?: 
Ride Description: 

Are you new to bicycling, been off your bike for awhile, feeling trapped inside or tired of looking at the same four walls during exercise? Is 2018 your year to get active, begin commuting, take part in the Free Group Rides, 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 the Getting Ready to Ride Series (GR2R) is for you. GR2R South is an early season, eight-week progressive series focusing on the South County area that begins with a 15 mile mostly flat 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. In addition to becoming familiar with bicycling and gaining fitness, you will learn group riding skills, while exploring different local trails, quiet roads, and popular biking destinations. These are social, stay-together rides with waits at the top of hills, at all critical turns and photo-op stops. Please check back at this ride posting within a day or two of the ride for updated route information.

Steady rain, ice/snow or unsafe conditions will cancel a ride. If a ride is cancelled, it will be posted in the comments section on the calendar and on the Meetup announcement two hours before the ride start time. In that instance, ride leaders will not be waiting at the start. Pre-registering online: If you have a Cascade account (free, just sign up), you can pre-register for this ride online by clicking on the Register button at the top of this page and checking the waiver acceptance box. Pre-registering saves time at the beginning of the ride and provides us with more legible emergency contact information. If you cannot make the ride, you do not need to un-register.

Restrooms at start may be closed, but there may be porta potties at Rone Regis Park.  We will be starting at Renton Community Center 1715 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98057. There are porta potties along the trail, and at some destinations, so please plan accordingly.

All riders should come equipped to deal with their own mechanical issues, flats and bring enough snacks and water. Waiting for mechanical issues will be at the discretion of the ride leader. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early (at 10:30am) to get yourself ready, listen to the safety briefing and sign or check the safety waiver. 11:00AM. is roll-out time!

After our ride, there is an optional get-together at El Burrito Loco in Renton( This is an opportunity to refuel, talk cycling, and just socialize. El Burrito Loco is located at 306 Williams Ave S Renton, WA. 98057.

Cycling outside is invigorating, motivating and the sights are wonderful, especially when you are with a group of like minded people!! Come on, get your bike ready, get dressed, step outside, lets ride together!!


Hi everyone! Please note this is a reminder we are starting at 10am, not 11am!! Ride leaders should all meet at 9am and riders please arrive by 930am!! See you all soon!! 



Our post-ride refuel this week is El Burrito Loco, a friendly tacqueria in the middle of downtown Renton.  El Burrito Loco has been a lunchtime favorite of mine for years, moving to their present location a few years back when their original building was taken down for the construction of the new Sartori Elementary School.  I'm big on the excellent street tacos, but they also make a terrific posole as well as a full menu of other authentic dishes.  See you there!

For reasons unknown, the start location is listed as 1519 Bronson Way N.  The actual address is 1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy, the Renton Community Center.  This is on the East side of I-405; the most direct car access is off of the Maple Valley Hwy (SR-169), in the same parking lot as the Henry Moses Aquatic Center (the waterpark).  See you tomorrow!

Thanks for both your messages Robert!

Please also note we are starting at 10am this week, not 11am! Rider leaders should all meet about 9am and riders, please arrive by 930am! Thanks and the weather looks like it will cloudy starting out with some sun a little later. It does call for rain early after noon so dress accordlingly!! Its going to be a great ride! See you all soon!

Will be unable to make the next two. Didn’t see where I could cancel. Will try to ride at the end of March. Thanks!

Renton Community Center-Parking lot north of Community Center
1519 Bronson Way N
Renton, WA 98055