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Coffee on the Rocks [Gravel]
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Join us for a gravel ride from East Lake Sammamish Trailhead (near the Whole Foods) on a 45 mile route at Brisk (16-18 mph on the flats) !
This is a pleasant social ride for those who are looking for a brisk pace and to get off the roads for a bit. The ride is mostly gravel, and although a road bike *could* feasibly work, I would encourage at least a 32 mm tire width minimum. None of the trails are technical, except for one short (< 100 feet) section which most people will probably walk. I will be riding with a 38 mm tires.
I typically ride Vigorous in other groups, but this will be social pace for those in the Brisk-Vigorous range (i.e. allow for talking). If you are typically moderate paced, this ride will be too fast.
Let's meet at the East Lake Sammamish Trailhead at 10:20 AM for our pre-ride safety briefing, with a departure at 10:30 AM. We won't wait for you if you're late or you miss the safety briefing!
We will climb and descend hills at our own pace, and our goal will be to stay together but regroup at the top of hills. We'll also limit our speed on any multi-use paths to the legal maximum (usually 15 MPH).
Restrooms are available at the start. We will stop for coffee/snacks at Sandy's Espresso in Carnation at mile 25.
You are encouraged to pre-register by clicking the red "Register Now" button above. There is no need to unregister if you decide not to ride.
Bring a spare tube and tools to fix a flat, just in case. We will wait for flats, but for serious bike issues (i.e. broken derailleur), we ask that you come prepared to have a backup ride or call for assistance. We'll be on gravel paths/trails for most of trip, but they are all accessible by car in case of an emergency.
Note: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion listed above or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions, the Ride Leader will post a ride-canceled note in the Comments section below at least two hours prior to the start and Ride Leader(s) will not be at the start location.
We hope you can join us!