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Midweek Tune-Up (7 Hills Kirkland)
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Join us for some social climbing on a variation of the classic "7 Hills of Kirkland" course.
Be ready to ride at the at the back (NE end) of the South Kirkland Park and Ride at 10:00; we'll start the required pre-ride briefing at that time, and ride when the briefing is done. If you miss the briefing you will not be able to ride with the group.
No restroom at the start, but we'll stop at Marina Park at mile 2.5.
After a short cruise along the Kirkland waterfront, we'll climb Market, Juanita, Seminary, 153rd PL, Norway, Kingsgate, Winery and Rose Hills in turn. Relax between the climbs on relatively flat stretches, at a "social" low/mid-brisk (16-17mph) pace.
This route has a detour off of Juanita that's become a favorite ("153rd PL"), for a little extra climbing followed by a great descent.
Riders who can stay with the group on hilly moderate-pace rides are welcome! Take the hills at your own pace; regroup points are noted on the Ride With GPS cue sheet, and the faster riders are used to waiting for the rest of us. You can subtract hills if you want; shortcut options are available (ask). Please bring navigation aids, in case you find yourself substantially off of group pace and need to finish on your own.
Faster riders are welcome to join us and ride ahead of the group on hills, if you don't mind hanging around for the regroups; plan for a relaxed ride as a group on the flats. The ride becomes self-led for those ahead of or behind the group. We will observe the speed limit on the multi-use trails.
First restroom/water stop at Kirkland Marina Park, mile 2.5. Quick (20 min.+/-) stop for coffee at "The Den" at mile 16.5 (limited outdoor seating available). This will probably be our last stop at The Den, as the landlord is kicking them out to facilitate development of the property :(
Route map and cue sheet at the Link, below.
Bring tools and knowledge to repair flats; if rider schedules allow we may pause briefly for flat repair and minor mechanicals, but have a phone and a plan to get home/back to the start if needed.
If there's a chance of precipitation and/or wet roads, fenders with long mud flaps are recommended. Anywhere the road is wet, if you don't have flaps close to the ground (about 2" or less), you'll need to take the initiative to stay behind everyone with better fenders.
**Please register at least two hours in advance on this website; late registration online or at ride start is no longer available. Plan to be ready to ride at the time listed above so we can leave on time. Current Cascade policy requires all riders to be at the pre-ride briefing**
Note: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion listed above or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions or other unexpected events, 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.
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