Getting Ready To Ride, Eastside #8

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Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Contact Information: 
Shaun Ivory
17.60 miles
Elevation Gain: 
1,022 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

Are you new to bicycling, or just been off your bike for a while? Is 2019 your year to get active, begin commuting, take part in Cascade's 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 the Getting Ready to Ride Series (GR2R) is for you. GR2R is an early season, eight-week, progressive series that begins with a trail ride and then adds a bit of elevation gain, distance or technical difficulty each week.

GR2R rides are free and open to anyone. You will ride with others who share your pace and 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 Eastside series, we will explore different neighborhoods (often with great views) and take advantage of some of the trails and quiet roads in the area.  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. 

In addition to steady rain, ice/snow and any other hazardous conditions will cancel a ride. If a ride is canceled due to hazardous conditions, a notice will be posted here, in the comments section below, by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the ride.  If that notice is posted, the ride leaders will not be at the start.

Ride Notes:  All riders should bring ID; spare tube, tools, patch kit, pump, and skills to fix flats; a phone and a plan for rescue if your bike fails; and snacks and water. Waiting for mechanical issues will be at the discretion of the ride leader. It’s winter, so please dress appropriately and use fenders with long mudflaps on your bike.   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!

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.

Ride leader mentoring may be available for this ride.  If you are interested, please contact Shaun Ivory.


This is the last GR2R event and is intended to wind things down a bit before some of you begin the Cascade Training Series (CTS) starting in April.  There is a proper rest room at the start of this ride, just up the trail from the parking lot.  This is the classic, clockwise loop around Mercer Island.  Mercer Island is a fun ride with lots of curving roads, scenic views, and gently rolling hills - surely something you'll return for again and again over the summer.  To make things interesting you'll also ride across I-90 to the viewpoint for a triumphant group picture and then ride back across the bridge to Luther Burbank Park.


The Steady Route is a little more challenging.  The Steady Route will take us around Mercer Island and across the I90 Bridge and then up Beacon Hill for a view of downtown Seattle. 

The Route is posted here.

The ride start is at the Luther Burbank Park South Lot.  It is near the intersection of SE 26th Street and 84th Ave SE.  There is no restroom at the start.  I have updated both routes as shown in the links below.  The route is clockwise around Mercer Island.  The Leisurely Route crosses I90 for a group picture on the other side of Lake Washington. 


The Steady Route is a little more challenging with a pedal up Beacon Hill for a nice view of downtown Seattle.


Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040