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North Lake Loop with Coffee
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Yes the weather can be unpredictable this time of year but remember we can get sun as easily as rain. Either way the riding is always a good time so come join us for the fun, comraderie and coffee! This is a North Lake Loop route with a little added distance by going up into Shoreline. The ride starts at Log Boom with a warmup along the Burke before a nice climb up Waynita and down into Kirkland. From there we ride along the east side of Lake Washington to the 520 Trail and up to the bridge. If you haven't ridden across the 520 bridge you are in for a treat with beautiful views of the lake and often of 'the Mountain' across the water. A ride around the University Stadium takes us to University Village where we will stop for refreshments at the Starbucks. After our morning coffee we will have a short ride on the Burke to warm our legs back up before the final climb up Sand Point Way and on into the Shoreline neighborhood. A nice down hill on Perkins Way takes us back to Log Boom.
This will be a moderate paced ride that will stay in the mid-range (+/- 15 mph) on the flats. We will climb at our own pace and regroup at the top of each hill. Please review the route ahead of time and print your own cue-sheet as the ride leader will not have copies at the start. Regardless of the weather predictions come prepared with the appropriate rain gear and fenders with buddy flaps on your bike, both for your comfort and the safety of the rider behind you. We will ride in light rain but steady rain cancels. Ride cancellation will be announced in the comments sections of this post 2 hours ahead of the ride start. If canceled the ride leader will not be at the ride start.
Please register for the ride by clicking on the “Register Now” button. Note you will need to be signed into your account prior to that. Registration is not mandatory, but it allows us to print the rider list beforehand and helps us save time at the ride start. Riders should be able to sustain the pace, carry nutrition/water, and have the know-how and equipment to fix a flat tire. We strongly suggest you carry a phone to call for assistance if needed. Arrive at least 20 minutes early so that you can get yourself ready, sign the waiver, and listen to the S.M.A.R.T. briefing. This allows us to have an on-time departure.
Winter riding is rewarding and provides a great sense of accomplishment! Come join the fun, enjoy the fresh air, toast your comrades with your favorite Starbucks drink and get a couple good hill climbs in for your weekend exercise!