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MEETS Midweek Eastside Evening Training Series - Moderate (14-16 MPH)
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Join us for the Midweek Eastside Evening Training Series (MEETS) starting at the South 60 Acres parking lot every Wednesday through the end of August. These training rides will start with ~20 miles and 1000 ft and progress upwards as the Series continues.
Please note: During COVID-19 restrictions, all Free Group Rides are limited in the number of allowed participants. Registration for the ride (using the red “Register Now” button above) is REQUIRED to participate. If you decide not to ride, please unregister for this ride so that an additional spot will be made available to another.
Face coverings (for mouth and nose) are required when the group makes extended stops. Face coverings are recommended for the duration of the ride. Please bring personal hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and tissues for use at rest stops.
We will observe current social distancing guidelines when off the bike, and strive to maintain at least 10-12ft separation between riders when on the bike.
Paces: This series consists of multiple paces, but each pace is listed separately on the calendar. Riders must sign-up for the appropriate pace, which can be found in the ride title. See the pace definitions here. Changing pace groups will not be allowed at the start or during the rides. There will be different pace groups each week. To find a suitable ride at your pace please see the Cascade Free Group Rides calendar.
Directions to Ride Start: We will meet in the parking lot east of South Sixty Acres Field. The lot is on the south side of NE 116th St., and east of the smaller soccer field (South Sixty Acres). Each pace will start in a separate part of the parking lot. See the map attached to this posting for details.
Ride Start: Riders must be ready to ride 15 minutes before the start time to check in and hear the SMART/COVID-19 talk and the route briefing.
Riders will NOT be allowed to ride if they do not show up in time to hear the talk and briefing. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Registration closes at 4:00 PM the day of the ride. Those registering after 4:00 PM will not be allowed to ride.
Pace: Riders should be able to sustain the appropriate pace for their selected group. There will be short regroupings at the top of hills. If maintaining the pace is difficult for a rider, ride leaders will do their best to accommodate, but the rider may have to continue the ride on their own. We ask that such riders drop back a pace on their next ride. Dropping back a pace during a ride is strongly discouraged due to COVID-19 and group size restrictions.
Mechanicals issues: Groups may not stop for mechanical issues. Because of social distancing guidelines riders must address mechanicals on their own. Riders should know how to change a flat, or deal with other minor mechanical issues and carry appropriate tools. Riders must have a backup plan if roadside repairs are not sufficient. Riders should have a charged cell phone to call for a pick-up or other means to find their way home.
Navigation and Cue Sheets: It's important to have navigation in event of separation due to flats or other problems. Please download the route file into a GPS device for navigation. If a GPS device is not available, bring a cue sheet. Cue sheets are not available at the start.
Lights: A good headlight and red taillight are required. Some paces will still be out after sunset. Riders may be restricted from riding if they don’t have proper lights.
New Riders: New riders are always welcome if they are able to sustain the rigors of the series. First-time riders may find these rides difficult. Please see the new rider information on the Cascade Bicycle Club website for additional general information, or contact the Series Director, Mary Hoshizaki.
Fenders: If rain is anticipated, please come equipped with fenders long enough to keep the person riding behind you dry.
Routes: The routes will be posted in the comments below once finalized, typically on the day before the ride. Routes may include a local trail with speed limits, and riders must stay within the speed limits. The Sammamish River Trail and Burke Gilman Trail speed limits are both 15 MPH.
Rest Stops: There will be no planned rest stops as these are short rides. However there are "porta-potty" restrooms at the start.
Showers Cancel: Steady rain or otherwise unsafe riding conditions (including air quality) will cause a cancellation. If the ride is canceled, ride leaders will not be at the ride start and ride cancellation will be posted in the comments section of the Cascade listing at least two hours prior to the ride start. Additionally, all registered riders will receive an email.
Kids: This is a rigorous training series and it may not be appropriate for children. Please contact the Series Director, Mary Hoshizaki, at least 48 hours in advance, for approval.