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FRUMPS: Three Climbs and Coffee
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Join US for a moderate pace ride from Blyth Park in Bothell to English, Novelty, and Union hills followed by a coffee and food stop at Victor's Celtic Coffee in Redmond, and then a flat return to the start.
Starting time and location: Ride starts at 9:30 am at Blyth Park in Bothell. Restroom and water are available there.
Parking: There ample parking in the park.
Pace: This is a moderate paced ride. When on multi-use trails we will observe the trail speed limit. Otherwise we will ride 14-16 mph on flat pavement without benefit or hindrance of wind. We will regroup as necessary at major intersections and at the top of hills.
Route and navigation: The planned route/cue sheet is at the link below. It will not be handed out at the start, so please download or print it if you want it during the ride. The goal is to stay together via regrouping as necessary, but please bring navigation aids in case you need to finish on your own. The ride becomes self-led for those ahead of or behind the group. Feel free to bring my cell phone number so you can text me (I don't answer calls while riding) in case you have a problem while off the back.
Restrooms: There is an optional restroom stop at mile 9.6 and at the food stop at mile 32.
Food: The food stop is brief (about 25 min.). Please bring snacks and water if you want additional nutrition and hydration along the way.
Cancellation: Forecast for rain or unsafe riding conditions will be cause for cancellation, in which case the ride leader will not be at the start and the cancellation will be posted (in Comments, below) at least 2 hours before the start.
Fenders: Please be considerate of other riders' comfort and safety by using full fenders with long mud flaps if rain is expected or the roads are wet. You may still ride with us without them, but if you are spraying other riders you will need to drop to the back of the group.
Repairs: Please come with the equipment and know-how to take care of your own flats and mechanicals or with a plan for getting back to the start if your bike won't take you there. If you have a problem the group will stop briefly to make sure you will be OK on your own, but we will not wait for repairs to be completed.
Safety talk and on time-departure: Riders should be at the start with ride-ready bikes and gear at least 10 minutes early for the safety talk.
Pre-registration: Please register in advance by clicking the red Register Now button at the top of this page, as this saves time at the start and enables the leader to email you in case of changes. (You need a Cascade Bicycle Club account, and starting one makes you a Basic-level member of the Club at no charge.) You don't have to un-register if you can't make the ride. Or you can register manually at the start.