Getting Ready to Ride (GR2R)- North End #1 (Leisurely and Steady)


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Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Pilchuck Trailhead, Centennial Trail
6109 S Machias Rd
Snohomish, WA 98290
Contact Information: 
Doug Oda
20.50 miles
Elevation Gain: 
400 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 the 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.  They are experienced volunteers who enjoy riding, are knowledgeable about bike safety and the rules of the road, and who know the routes.

During the North End Series, we will primarily explore Snohomish County (often with great views) and take advantage of some of the trails, less traveled country roads and neighborhood streets. 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. 

The ride this week is a great way to start! We will be meeting at a trailhead on the Centennial Trail just North of the town of Snohomish where there is a restroom. The ride will be on the trail out to Lake Cassidy where there is a restroom and great photo opportunities. On the way back we will ride on a couple of low traveled country roads with some minor hills before getting on the trail back to where we started.

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 AM on the day of the ride.  If that notice is posted, the ride leaders will not be at the start.

Ride Notes: All riders should bring ID; spare tube, tools, patch kit, pump, and skills to fix flats; a phone and a plan for rescue if your bike fails; and snacks and water.  Waiting for flat tire repair or mechanical issues will be at the discretion of the ride leader. It’s winter, so please dress appropriately and use fenders with long mudflaps on your bike.   Please arrive at least 20 minutes early (9:40 AM) to get yourself ready, listen to the safety briefing, and sign or check the waiver. 10:00 AM is roll-out time!

A final version of the route and cue sheet will be posted a few days prior to the ride date in the Comments section below.

Pre-registering online: Please preregister for this ride online by clicking on the red Register Now button at the top of this page and entering your information. Preregistering saves time at the beginning the ride and provides legible emergency contact information. And if you cannot make the ride, you do not need to un-register.  


Submitted by Doug Oda on

Here is a good video to watch on how to change your tube on your bike. Would be good to practice in the warm and dry environment before needing to fix one out on the road.

Submitted by Doug Oda on

The weather is looking a bit wet for Saturday. Hopefully there will be a break so we can get our ride in. Here is the route we will be following. If you have a bike computer that you can download the route to that would be great, but the ride leaders will have it.

Submitted by Doug Oda on

The wind is gusting at the trail and there will be debris on the trail or possibly downed trees - not safe. 

If you do not have fenders for your bike, consider taking the time today to visit your local bike shop to ask about getting some for next week.

Do you sometimes just postpone a scheduled ride? I wasn't too disappointed for today's cancellation. Tomorrow looks good though. I downloaded the route and plan to go alone, but company would be welcome.

Dwight Bickel [206-484-1976]

Pilchuck Trailhead, Centennial Trail
6109 S Machias Rd
Snohomish, WA 98290

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

10 rider(s)

Steady: [12-14mph]

24 rider(s)