Midweek Eastside Evening Training Series (MEETS): Steady to Vigorous

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Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
Start Location: 
Element Cycles
8215 160th Avenue Northeast
Redmond, WA 98052
Contact Information: 
Melanie Kelsey
25.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
1,500 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

We will meet at Element Cycles in Redmond. There is ample parking in the adjacent lot. Please don't park in the lot immediately in front of Element so that their customers have convenient access. Or better yet, ride to the start!

Midweek Eastside Evening Training Series: The MEETS rides will be held every Wednesday evening April 3rd through September 25th. These will be training routes that incorporate local hills, are between 20-30 miles, and will progress from ~ 1,200 to 2,500 feet of elevation gain. There will be four paces offered – Steady (12-14 mph on flats); Moderate (14-16 mph on flats); Brisk (16-18 mph on flats);  and Vigorous (18-20 mph on the flats) which will all use a common base route each week.

Mechanicals/Pace: Riders must be able to sustain the appropriate pace for their selected group; know how to read a cue sheet or make it home should they become separated from the group; know how to change a flat (and have the requisite equipment; groups will not stop for mechanical issues); and have a positive attitude! Because this is a training series with multiple paces, we will regroup at the tops of hills (approximately 3 minutes), and riders who are unable to keep up will need to drop back a pace.

Registration: Registration on the Cascade site is free and greatly helps the sign in process at the start. You may pre-sign the waiver by clicking on the "Register Now" button under the ride title and if you cannot make the ride there is no need to unregister. Registering requires a Cascade account. Please register by 3:30 pm the day of the ride as that is when waivers will be printed for ride start.

New Riders: New riders are always welcome as long as you are able to sustain the rigors of the series. If you are a brand new rider, this may not be the right ride for you.  Please see the new rider information on the Cascade website for additional general information. 

Kids: This is a rigorous training series and it may not be appropriate for your child. Please contact the Series Director 48 hours in advance for approval and you must adhere to the stated Cascade policy 

Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start time to hear the route briefing, safety notes, and sign the waiver form (or check off your name) for an on-time departure promptly at 6:00.

You will NOT be allowed to ride if you do not show up in time to hear the safety briefing. 

A WORKING HEAD AND TAIL LIGHT ARE REQUIRED.  If roads are wet or rain is likely, fenders with long mudflaps are a safety item and are strongly recommended.

Route: RWGPS routes will be posted as a comment in the Cascade ride listing by Tuesday night before the ride.

Cue Sheets: Please print a cue sheet if you need one.

Rest stops: There will be no planned rest stops as these are short rides; however there are restrooms at the start. 

Showers Cancel: Steady rain or otherwise unsafe riding conditions (including air quality) will cancel. In the event that conditions are as described for cancellation, ride leaders will not be at the ride start and ride cancellation will be posted in the comments section of the Cascade listing at least two hours prior to the ride start. Series Director will be available by phone should you have questions.

Ride Leader Mentoring opportunities are available: Email the Series Director (Melanie Kelsey) to inquire: makelsey@comcast.net at least one week prior.



I've just joined Cascade Bicycle Club and also signed up for the MEETS ride tomorrow (May 22). This will be my first-ever group ride (unless you call two people a group). I've put myself down for the "brisk" group since I'm not sure what to expect, although based on the guidelines I might be more suited to "vigorous".

I joined the Cascade Bicycle Club on Strava too although it seems fairly inactive regarding posts. This is my profile - https://www.strava.com/athletes/40145508 If someone could take a look and comment on which group I should be aiming for, based on my stats and knowing how the rides go, that would be great.

Thanks & looking forward to meeting the group tomorrow!

Based on your Strava info, you should definitely ride vigorous. You have one ride where you did 30 miles with an average of almost 18 mph! If we had a strenuous group, you could even do that.

S/M - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30035486

B/V - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30046079

Hi I am pretty new for group ride with Cascade. my average speed lies between 12 - 13 MPH. i joining Steady Paced ride hope to enjoy ride with all of you

As long as you are able to keep up with the pace and the hills that should be fine.  If you are not able to, you will need to complete the ride on your own.

The appropriate pace will also depend on how you are on hill climbing because these rides have a lot of hills.  If you haven't done a lot of hill climbing then I would recommend going a pace lower than what you usually ride. The rides I could see on your Strava looked pretty flat.

To everyone who responded to my query. After Melanie posted the route I decided I'd go with the Brisk group after all - my hill-climbing is a bit on the weak side (I took a long hiatus from cycling and only re-started about 6 months ago) which is one reason I wanted to join a group.

See you at Element!

For making my first group ride friendly, fun and achievable, other than the 13.5% climb which I bailed on before the top! I'm looking forward to the next ride. I need to work on my climbs in the meantime (which I knew).

Element Cycles
8215 160th Avenue Northeast
Redmond, WA 98052

Registrations so far...
Steady: [12-14mph]

12 rider(s)

Moderate: [14-16mph]

20 rider(s)

Brisk: [16-18mph]

14 rider(s)

Vigorous: [18-20mph]

14 rider(s)