CHEW Eastside #10 (strenuous)

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Date and Time: 
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 9:30am
Start Location: 
North Vashon Park and Ride
10350 SW Cowan Rd
Vashon, WA 98070
Contact Information: 
Thomas A Sumter
43.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
3,200 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

This is an occasional strenuous-pace version of the 2019 CHEW Eastside series.  It will be posted whenever possible and will match that week's CHEW Eastside in route/distance/elevation gain.

The CHEW Series will be held Sundays, running Jan. 6 through March 31 at various starting points on the east side. These will be climbing routes on local hills which will progress from ~ 30 miles and 2,500 feet of elevation gain to 50 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain. There will be four paces offered -- Steady (12-14 on flats), Moderate (14-16 on flats), Brisk (16-18 on flats), Vigorous (18-20 on flats.) All pace groups will use a common route each week. 

Registration: To save time at the ride start, you are encouraged to sign the online waiver by clicking the red “Register Now” button above. Please register by 5 pm the Saturday prior to the ride if possible.

Plan to arrive at North Vashon Park & Ride at least 30 minutes before the start time to hear the route briefing, safety notes, and sign the waiver form for an on-time departure. You will not be allowed to ride if you do not show up in time to hear the safety briefing


If you are coming to the ride from West Seattle, you can park your vehicle at the parking lot of Lincoln Park on the west side of the 8200 block of Fauntleroy Way. Then go south on Fauntleroy Way the short distance to the ferry terminal. Don’t wait for a group; head to the ferry on your own. There are bathrooms and water fountains on the ferry.

The ferry that goes directly to Vashon takes 20 minutes, which means the last boat you can take to make the ride start at North Vashon Park & Ride departs the Fauntleroy dock at 8:25 a.m. The start is at the North Vashon Park & Ride, which is on the right along 103rdAvenue just up the hill from the Vashon Island ferry terminal. 

It is best to be at the Fauntleroy dock at least 30 minutes before sailing time. Things go much more quickly if you have an ORCA card, but you can pay cash or use a credit card. Allow extra time for the latter two.

For information on the fares for a walk-on and the bike surcharge, check this site:

Mechanicals/Pace: Riders should be able to sustain the appropriate pace for their selected group, know how to read a cue sheet, change a flat tire (and have the requisite equipment to do so) and have a positive attitude. Ride Leaders and Sweeps will not stop long for flats or mechanical issues because of group safety.

Cue Sheets: Please, print a cue sheet if you need one. The final route and cue sheet will be available the Wednesday before each ride, but please check back on Saturday for last-minute changes. Such changes will appear in the Comments section at the bottom of this page. Rest stops will be planned as noted on the route cue sheet or ride notes. 

Equipment: A good tail light is recommended. Long fenders are recommended for wet conditions for the safety of all riders. If you don't have fenders, you will be asked to ride at the back of your pace group. 

Regroup policy: This is a training series so we will ride with the best interest of the group in mind. We will regroup at the top of hills for a reasonable amount of time as well as at major turns. Stops will be brief. Riders may need to drop back to a slower pace group if they fall behind. If you are riding in the last pace group, the ride leaders will make sure you have a cue sheet and feel comfortable to finish the ride or will stay with you as need be. We want everyone to ride hard but to have fun and get back safely.

Cancellation Policy: Hard steady rain/ice/snow or otherwise unsafe riding conditions will cancel. In the event that conditions are as described for cancellation, ride leaders may not come to the ride start. Ride cancellation will be posted in the Comments section below at least two hours prior to the ride start. Series Director (Mike Upsall) will be available by phone should you have questions. 


If you are doing this ride, make sure you get on the 8:25 AM ferry from Fauntleroy. You should plan to arrive AT THE TERMINAL between 7:50-8:15. The attendants will queue all the bikes up on one of the car lanes and you will roll onto the boat together. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online, which I would highly encourage. Use the restroom on the boat if you need to as there will not be an opportunity on the other side ahead of the ride.

About a mile from the ferry. Beers at Beveridge Place and food from Zeeks Pizza 2 doors down!

North Vashon Park and Ride
10350 SW Cowan Rd
Vashon, WA 98070
Ride Leader(s)

Registrations so far...
Strenuous: [20-22mph]

3 rider(s)