CHEW #6 2020


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Date and Time: 
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 9:30am
Start Location: 
Tibbetts Valley Park
1505 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA 98027
Contact Information: 
Michael J Upsall
(502) 291-1547
45.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
3,300 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

Climbing Hills Everywhere in Winter (CHEW) Series

The CHEW Series will be held Sundays, running Jan. 5 through March 29 at various starting points in the greater Seattle area. These will be climbing routes on local hills which will progress from 30 miles and 2,100 feet of elevation gain to 62 miles and 4,400 feet of elevation gain. There will be four paces offered -- Steady (12-14 on flats), Moderate (14-16 on flats), Brisk (16-18 on flats), Vigorous (18-20 on flats.) All pace groups will use a common route each week. 

Registration: To save time at the ride start, you are encouraged to sign the online waiver by clicking the red “Register Now” button above. Please register by 8 p.m.  the Saturday prior to the ride if possible.

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time to hear the route briefing, safety notes, and sign the waiver form for an on-time departure. You will not be allowed to ride if you do not show up in time to hear the safety briefing.  

Mechanicals/Pace: Riders should be able to sustain the appropriate pace for their selected group, know how to read a cue sheet, change a flat tire and have the requisite equipment to do so. (Having a cell phone is a good idea in case you need to call for a ride.) Ride Leaders will not stop long for flats or mechanical issues because of group safety.

Cue Sheets: Please, print a cue sheet if you need one. The final route and cue sheet will be available the Thursday before each ride, but please check back on Saturday for last-minute changes. Such changes will appear in the Comments section at the bottom of the Cascade posting. Rest stops will be planned as noted on the route cue sheet or ride notes. 

Equipment: A good tail light is recommended. Long fenders are recommended for wet conditions for the safety of all riders. If you don't have fenders in wet conditions, you will be asked to ride at the back of your pace group. 

Regroup policy: This is a training series so we will ride with the best interest of the group in mind. We will regroup at the top of hills for a reasonable amount of time as well as at major turns. Stops will be brief. Riders may need to drop back to a slower pace group if they fall behind. If you are riding in the last pace group, the ride leaders will make sure you have a cue sheet and feel comfortable to finish on your own. As an alternative, have a cell phone to be able to call for a ride back to the finish. We want everyone to ride hard but to have fun and get back safely.

Cancellation Policy: Steady rain/ice/snow or otherwise unsafe riding conditions will cancel. In the event that conditions are as described for cancellation, ride leaders may not come to the ride start. Ride cancellation will be posted in the Comments section in the Cascade posting for this date at least two hours prior to the ride start. Series Director (Mike Upsall) will be available by phone should you have questions. 


There is no drinking water at the start. Please, come prepared with water and hydration mix. There is one port-a-let at the start location but an inch of water from a flooded Tibbets Creek was running through it Friday morning. Bathrooms will be available at the Issaquah Highlands parks area about 4.5 miles into the ride.

It is possible Newport Road will be closed between Lakemont and WA 900 near the finish of the revised route. In that event, we have a route to the finish that avoids that area. Please download or print a cue sheet for this should it be needed. We should know which route we will use at the start.

Submitted by Ofir Lavi on

I drove by WA 900 & Newport Way at around 7PM and it was still closed.   It's probably safe to assume that it will be closed tomorrow AM as well.

Tibbetts Valley Park
1505 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA 98027

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

16 rider(s)

Moderate: [14-16mph]

20 rider(s)

Brisk: [16-18mph]

29 rider(s)

Vigorous: [18-20mph]

14 rider(s)