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For details about the route, see the Route page.
This is a very difficult ride; it is deliberately designed to be that way.
The ride takes a minimalist philosophy; there aren't starting line or finishing line ceremonies - in fact, there aren't even official starting and finishing lines. No T-shirts, no volunteers, and importantly - no sag or mechanical support.
The assumption is that you've ridden a lot and are willing to do this ride pretty much self-supported.
What we offer:
Whether you ride the quarter, the half, or the full ride, I think you will find that this ride offers a unique combination of some of the steepest terrain in the Seattle area, some wonderful views, and a laid-back atmosphere.
The starting point is Tibbets Valley Park, at the parking lot in the northwest corner of the park. There is a parking structure across the road that you can use, but I don't recommend it if you have a car-top bike carrier.
There is a suggested starting time of 8-9AM, but there is no official starting time; you are free to start whenever you wish.
If you want to ride with the organizer, he's planning on rolling out at around 9AM.
A few general cautions:
Rain cancels this ride. It simply is not safe to climb and descend these kinds of hills in the wet. If this happens, we will reschedule.
Welcome to the second Sufferin' Summits. I hope it will provide all the suffering that you are hoping for.
This is (obviously) a ride with a lot of steep climbs, and that means a lot of steep descents. Some have tight turns. Some have bad pavement. Some have stoplights on the bottom. Some have all of this.
Please take it easy on the descents.
The cue sheet contains some important notes; please take a few minutes to read it even if you know the course or are going to use a GPS.
A few special notes:
Mile 3: Where you turn off Black Nugget road to a no-cars section, there is often glass on the roadway.
Mile 8: The descent starts off nice and smooth. It gets steeper, bumpier, and has some construction going near the bottom.
Mile 12.5: The descent down Squak has tight turns and crappy pavement.
Mile 15: There is a section on the Talus climb where you will need to dismount and walk through some gravel.
Mile 19: The inside of the Zoo hairpin is super-steep and always torn up. Ride near the center line.
Mile 37.4: The path to the trail is tight and can be mossy. I recommend walking this section.
A preview of the route is here.
The full route is here.
The cue sheet is here.
GPS files can be downloaded from the RideWithGPS page for the ride. Note that because the path crosses over itself, your GPS may get confused. I recommend carrying a copy of the cue sheet so you can look at the maps.
Do the following:
On the right side of the page, choose "Export".
Different GPS computers work best with different format files. Scroll down on the right panel and look for specific instructions for your GPS at the bottom. If it is not listed, search the internets for more information.
Scroll back up on the right panel, and choose the file that you want to download.
Put the file onto your GPS.
There are two shorter course options:
The Quarter goes on the first two hills, and clocks in at 15 miles and 2068' of climbing. It is covered by the first section of the cue sheet.
The Half covers the first four hills, and clocks in at 32.5 miles and 4635' of climbing. Follow the cue sheet to 28.1 miles, and then turn right out of the stop, and pick up the cue sheet at 51.4 miles, which will take you back to the start.
Apparently, I lied when I said there would be no jersey. I decided to do one for myself, and it's simple to share the design. You can find it here.
There will be a T Shirt version of this soon.
There are no food or water stops. Okay, that's not quite true; there are no ride-specific food or water stops, but there are four places during the ride where you may choose to stop. They *should* be open but I have no control over whether they actually will be open.