Winter Training Series (WTS) 5: Snohomish, Happy Valley, Arlington


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  • Attendance at the pre-ride safety briefing is required to participate in the ride.
  • All participants must follow Wash. state guidance on masking, distancing and vaccination for indoor and outdoor activities.
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  • Some rides stop at indoor venues. All riders should have face coverings available in case a business or public transit requires their use.
  • A CPSC certified helmet is required to be worn to participate.
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Date and Time: 
Sunday, February 5, 2023 - 9:00am
Start Location: 
1301 Ave D
1301 Ave D
Snohomish, WA 98290
Contact Information: 
Ralph Nussbaum
71 miles
Elevation Gain: 
2,360 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Registration for this ride closed on Sunday, February 5, at 5:00 am


This is the fifth of this year's nine Winter Training Series rides.  WTS weekly rides are on Sundays, starting January 8th and ending 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. 

WTS #5 is a counterclockwise loop from Snohomish to Marysville via Ebey Island then north via Happy Valley and Sylvana to Arlington and back via Burns Rd, Schwarzmiller & the Centennial Trail.  One can shorten the route and take out some climbing by returning via the Centennial Trail from Arlington. There is an optional coffee stop at mile 46 at Stilly's Coffee House in Arlington.

Generally 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. Registration check-off begins at 8:30 AM. The 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. Registration prior to the ride start is required. Click the red "Register Now" button at the top of this page. Registration cutoff is 4 hours prior to ride start time.

These are self-paced and self-guided rides, with friendly encouragement and lots of camaraderie from other riders (many of whom are experienced with group riding). THERE ARE NO REGROUPS IN THIS SERIES. For more general information, please follow the link below to Introduction to WTS.

VERY IMPORTANT: If you desire a cue sheet, please go to the route link below and print one 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 cancelation 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

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

As always, please watch out for each other, local traffic, and respect traffic laws.  This includes sticking to posted speed limits on any trails we might be using.  Use special care at the ride start which will be crowded before riders spread out.

Directions to Start: From SR-9 take the 2nd Street exit and continue east to Avenue D. Continue approx. 1 mile to the Snohomish Haggens at 1301 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA. Please park in the SW corner of the large lot – away from the store.


To all-

Ride Leader Ralph Nussbaum crashed during this ride on Sunday. He was admitted to the hospital and is being released today. He underwent some oral surgery, and now seems to be doing ok. If anyone has information about or witnessed this incident, please contact the Cascade Rides Committee at   Thanks.

Thanks to all for your concerns and well wishes.  There was no one else on the trail.  Chris Hill and Judson Scott were probably 3-4 minutes behind and they found me standing next to my bike which I had already propped up against a trail post.

When I was first admitted to the ER in Everett, they found some elevated heart enzymes so there was some thought that I might have had a cardiac episode resulting in a black-out and that’s why I ran into the pole.  Hence the trip to Harborview.  But that was later ruled out by the cardiac team there.  There also doesn’t seem to be any evidence of a small stroke, so that leaves a front tire blow out resulting in loss of control of the bike or just plain inattention and I ran into that pole. I would have thought I would have known that but maybe not.  I probably won’t ever know exactly what happened.  The major damage is to my face.  I broke and pushed back the top teeth in my mouth and severally cut up my upper lip requiring 20+ stitches.  The bones holding my top teeth in place was broken by the force of the crash.  My entire top teeth are now “severely” wired to pull them back into position and to give the maxilla bone the opportunity to reset (think orthodontia on steroids).  I will then need major dental care on those front four teeth.

Again thanks for the well wishes,


1301 Ave D
1301 Ave D
Snohomish, WA 98290
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