Getting Ready to Ride - Seattle #4


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Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Gas Works Park
1832 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
Contact Information: 
Andy Williams
20.50 miles
Elevation Gain: 
1,003 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

Are you new to bicycling, or just been off your bike for awhile? Is 2020 your year to get active, begin commuting, take part in 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 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 Seattle series, we explore different neighborhoods and take advantage of some of the trails and neighborhood greenways in the city.  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.

There is a bathroom at the start. We can also make a restroom stop at the halfway point if needed. All riders should come equipped to deal with their own mechanical issues and bring enough 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 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!

This week's ride starts from Gas Works, follows the Burke-Gilman trail and Neighborhood Greenways to Wedgwood, then goes past Green Lake to Sunset Hill, before returning via Ballard to the start.

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 of the ride and provides legible emergency contact information. If you cannot make the ride, you do not need to unregister.



FYI Cascade are promoting an event at Métier Brewing in Woodinville from 1-5pm on Saturday. The brewery created a special Major Taylor beer, proceeds to benefit Cascade's Major Taylor Program.

If (and that's a big if!) the weather doesn't completely suck tomorrow, I might ride out there after we get back to Gas Works. I'd be open to anyone who'd like to join.

Details here:

Absolutely _not_ an official ride, of course. Just letting folks know of the event, and that some of us _might_ head over there.


Would like to provide some feedback regarding my experience with the ride today. The ride today felt so unwelcoming and it just felt discouraging right from the start- you need to be more transparent on who’s able to join the ride and who you want to keep out. Clearly there are prerequisites in place to do this ride with respect to experience with a geared bike that cannot be found on the ride page. It should be noted that this group is only welcome for people who have previous experience with a bike with gears and not for anyone who has any experience with riding a bike. I felt like I was talked down to and almost forced to make the decision to quit the ride after the first 10 minutes because my speed did not match your expectations even though I was doing fine, was ahead of other people until then and because it was my first time with a geared bike. This was supposed to be a fun, learning experience and not a competitive one based on how slow or fast I am. You need to be more transparent with details and information on the ride page on who’s welcome and who’s not!! This group most certainly did not feel welcome to first timers. 



Gas Works Park
1832 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

Registrations so far...
Leisurely: [10-12mph]

17 rider(s)

Steady: [12-14mph]

28 rider(s)