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Winter Training Series (WTS) 1: Redmond Loop
If you are new, please read our newcomer information.
This is the first of this year's nine Winter Training Series rides. WTS starts January 8th and will end on March 5th. During this nine-ride series, distances progress from about 34 miles to 100 miles. WTS is a great way to do some early season training, with a natural buildup of miles, while enjoying the company of other riders. Winter riding is tough enough--this gives you a chance to do it with friends.
Our first ride is a slight variation on an old theme. We will start at Element Cycles in Redmond and head over Education Hill to Cottage Lake, along Redmond Ridge to Union and Tolt Hills. There are some short hard-packed gravel "cut-throughs" to get us into even quieter neighborhoods. We then return via Sahalee and Adelaide to Redmond for some hot cider and cookies at Element Cycles.
Generally all the Winter Training Series rides start at 9:00 AM except the last one. The 100-miler on March 5th will start at 8:00 AM. Please be at the start early enough to have your registration confirmed, pump up your tires, adjust your fenders, and put all your warm clothes on. Sign-in starts at 8:30 AM, mandatory ride & safety announcements are at 9:00 AM, and we start riding when that is completed. If you miss the briefing, you will not be able to ride with the group.
Though there will usually be a number of ride leaders on the course, these are self-paced and self-guided rides with friendly encouragement and lots of camaraderie. THERE ARE NO REGROUPS IN THIS SERIES. For more general information, please follow the link below to Introduction to WTS.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you want a cue sheet, please go to the RideWithGPS link below and print one out for yourself. There won't be any available from the ride leaders.
All rides are rain or shine. We might shorten a route for really foul weather, but the only outright cancellation will be for snow or ice. We may delay the start if we believe that the conditions will be safer a bit later in the day. CHECK THIS WEBPAGE BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME.
Pre-registration is required. There will be no sign-in at the ride start. You must be registered by no later than 5:00AM on the day of the of the ride. If you already have a Cascade account make sure you are logged in and click the <Register Now> button at the top of the ride description, then make sure to check the box indicating you have read the Waiver & Release, add your emergency phone number and click <Save Registration> button. Don’t worry if you can’t make the ride, you don't need to un-register. If you don’t have a Cascade account set one up! It only takes a couple of minutes and won't cost you anything.
Even though you’ve pre-registered, you will need to check off your name at the start of the ride. Make sure you are registered by 5:00 AM the day of the ride. Registrations after that will not be accepted and you will not be allowed to attend the ride!
Directions to Start: Near the east end of SR 520, take the Marymoor/E. Lake Sammamish Parkway exit. Turn left at bottom of ramp onto Redmond Way. Right on 160th Ave NE. There should be plenty of parking in adjoining lots or on the street. Please don't park directly in front of the shop; let's leave that for the customers.