Meet 8:35 AM at Coleman Ferry dock to catch the 8:55 ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge. Sign in and ride brief will be on the ferry. Thirty-six miles, 2500 ft, at moderate to low brisk pace with occasional regroups. Potty stop at mile 14.2, extended coffee break in Lynnwood Village, mile 24.5. This route includes not-to-be-missed Toe Jam Hill. Cancellation notice due to adverse weather conditions will be sent out the night before. If no cancellation notice is sent assume the ride is a go. Route can be found at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29304539 Your ride leader for this year's island tour will be Richard Petters, 206.484.0955.
If you wish to have a cue sheet please print your own. See you on the ride.
This ride lead by John Lindseth is a route of country roads in a clockwise direction. Starting off North on the Centennial Trail we warm up for 3 miles before turning onto the country roads. From there we work our way to the Stillaguamish River and follow it East to Granite Falls. We then head South out of Granite Falls working our way to lake Roesiger. We will climb the hill on the East side of the lake and stop for a short break at Lake Roesiger Park. From there the route is mostly downhill or flat to the end.
We will have no official stops for lunch so bring along food and water for the entire route. The pace will be HM/LB. Ice/Snow or rain under 40 degrees will cancel ride. Also be able to fix any mechanical issues and have the tools/ parts to do so. We may gather after the ride for a late lunch in Snohomish after the ride.
Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28946639 34 miles, 1'500'
A two pace/two distance ride from Machias Station just north of Snohomish to Arlington. The Steady/Low Moderate paced ride is 40 miles in length with approximately 1500' of climbing. The high moderate/low brisk paced ride is 60 miles with 2350' of climbing. Beautiful quiet roads and/or Centennial Trail ride. Here's the link for the steady ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29355129 and here's the high moderate/brisk: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7124554
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Machias Station is located about 6 miles north of Snohomish. Here is the Google Map location from which you can easily get directions.
For Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27), Wayne Johnson will be leading a cycling tour from Anacortes to Victoria to Port Townsend to Anacortes. There is no sag wagon, so riders will need to be self sufficient and bring panniers or other bike bags to carry supplies for three days. The ride will be at moderate pace.
We will meet at the Anacortes Ferry Dock on the morning of Saturday, May 25 to take the 8:30AM ferry to Sidney, BC. From Sidney we will take the Lochside Trail to the outskirts of Victoria, then follow the coastline around the eastern perimeter of Oak Bay and Victoria, ending up near the central Inner Harbour of Victoria. Saturday’s ride is about 30 miles from the ferry.
The ride leaders will be staying in the James Bay Inn. There are many accommodation options around the Inner Harbour of Victoria if you desire other lodging. Please check with the venue about bike storage; the James Bay Inn has a locked bike storage building in back. Lodging will fill up and reservations should be acquired as soon as possible.
We start off by catching the Black Ball Ferry to Port Angeles. Once in Port Angeles we ride the Olympic Discovery Trail, a short section of highway and the Larry Scott Trail to Port Townsend. Sunday’s ride is about 54 miles.
Ride leaders will be staying at The Tides Inn & Suites. There are additional lodging options nearby. Lodging will fill up and reservations should be acquired as soon as possible.
Monday begins by catching the ferry from Port Townsend to Keystone. From here, we will ride up Widbey Island, across Deception Pass, and over Fidalgo Island to finish in Anacortes. Monday’s ride is about 38 miles.
A challenging mixed terrain 2 day ride staying overnight at Mt. Baker Hotel in Concrete Wa. Ride leader John Lindseth
Day 1 we will find parking on side streets and meet at the Granite falls IGA. We start out climbing Barlow Pass on paved roads then descend into Darrington on mostly gravel roads. We will have lunch in Darrington. After lunch we will continue to Concrete, check in and have dinner in a restaurant. 83 miles 3,600'
Day 2 we will have breakfast at a restaurant, check out and head West along the South side of the Skagit River. We will head South @ Hwy 9 and have lunch at Clear Lake (Evelyn's tavern). After lunch we will use back roads and bike trails as much as possible back to Granite Falls. 72 miles 2,400'
All participants will be required to carry their gear and be able to deal with any mechanical issues that may arise.
Lodging is very limited in Concrete. Book you room in Concrete as soon as possible or check with others for room mate possibilities.
The tour is currently full but we are accepting Wait List registrations. With the tour still months out, the chances are very good of getting on the tour. Follow the directions from the link above to register. Please note that you will have to become a COGS member to participate on the tour.
This is a 3 day weekend centered around our annual Hurricane Ridge ride out of Sequim. Peter Krippner will camp out of the Dungeness Recreation Area and lead a Friday warm up ride in the Sequim area, then the day following Hurricane Ridge he will lead a cool down ride in the Port Angeles area.
Thursday Aug 15: This is the arrival day only, no other plans. For those camping I will be at campsite 45 at Dungeness Recreation Area. I have room for 5 more, please contact me directly so I can confirm there is room for you. Other sites may be available by reservation or they have 30 sites for first come first served basis. Many other lodging options are available nearby in Sequim or Port Angeles.
Day 1, Friday Aug 16: Sequim - Spit Loop ride We will depart at 10 AM from the campground for a moderate ride with a lunch stop in Sequim before completing the loop back to the campground. Afternoon or evening can be spent checking out Dungeness Spit. There is a 10 mile hike going out and back.
Day 2, Saturday Aug 17: COGS Hurricane Ridge ride We will join Richard Petters on his Hurricane Ridge ride. There are 3 options to join the ride: 1) drive to the start at Sequim High School for the full 73 mile 8100' route or cycle to the high school and cutoff to the campground on the way back to add 11 miles to the COGS route. 2) Cycle directly from the campground to Olympic Visitors Center in Port Angeles to meet group either along the way or at the visitors center. 67 mile 7240' route. 3) Drive to the visitors center in Port Angeles for a 35 mile out and back route (no map or cue sheets needed for this)
Day 3, Sunday Aug 18: Port Angeles - Lake Crescent - Joyce Loop We will drive to Port Angeles to meetup at Lincoln Park for a 9 AM departure. This will be a moderate/upper moderate ride. We will only have snack breaks and no lunch stop. Lunch will be available in Port Angeles after the ride.
CAMPING INFORMATION: At Dungeness Recreation Area I will be at site 45 and have room for 5. Please email me directly at email@example.com for camping and I will confirm with you if space is still available. The cost of $88 for 3 nights will be split between the number of people at the site (max 6 allowed per site).
This is a bike camping opportunity in the San Juan Islands. This will be mid-week and after Labor Day weekend in hopes of lower traffic on the islands. This trip is a good introduction to bike camping with some of the routes being ridden on unloaded bikes. Some of the routes are optional. This will be led by Peter Krippner. Registration is limited to 12.
Day 1 - Anacortes - Lopez Island: 42 miles; 2336'. We will meet up at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal to catch the 10:20 AM Ferry to Lopez Island. When we arrive at 11:10 we will ride directly to Spencer Spit State Park to set up camp and drop off our gear. We will stay in Hiker/Biker sites or I will make a regular campground reservation if we have enough registered. After setting up camp we will do a counterclockwise loop around the island with a lunch stop in the village. Supplies can be picked up here too. Dinner tonight will be at camp.
Day 2 - Lopez Island - Shaw Island - Orcas Island: 47 miles; 4002'. Breakfast in camp and you will need your lunch with you. We will ride directly back to the Ferry to catch the 9:55 AM Ferry to Shaw Island. On Shaw Island we will have roughly 2 hours to ride a fairly short loop around the island. No services are available here so we will eat our own lunch as we wait for the ferry to come at 12:20 PM. Once on Orcas Island we will ride to Moran State Park and can stop in Eastsound on the way to pick up supplies. After setting up camp there is an option to ride to Doe Bay and back with our unloaded bikes. Dinner will be at camp.
Day 3 - Orcas Island - Anacortes: 36 miles; 3500'. After breakfast in camp there is an option to ride up to Mt Constitution with unloaded bikes. Those who didn't do Doe Bay the day before could opt to do it this morning instead. After the Mt Constitution leg we will pack up our camp and do the Orcas Island excursion route. We can stop for lunch in East Sound. We plan to catch the ferry in time for the 4:50 PM departure. Arrival into Anacortes will be 5:40 PM. There will be an option to have dinner in Anacortes before heading home.
On our bike camping trips everyone is expected to be self-sufficient and make their own decisions on the gear to bring and what type of bike to have. This trip will mostly be on paved roads with a possible 8 mile gravel road section on Orcas Island. For bike camping I recommend minimum 28mm wide tires. While everyone is self-sufficient we are also there to help each other out as anyone can have trouble at any time. For resources on bike camping please check out these sites: Adventure Cycling Assoc. ; Gear Lists
RIDE NAME: Bremerton -Tahuya Hills - Bremerton
RSVP: If you plan to participate on this ride please register no later than Thursday, September 19th. I plan to do the ride only if there is sufficient interest. If there is sufficient interest expressed by 9/19/19, I will advise the ride is a go. If there is insufficient interest expressed I will cancel the ride.
RIDE DESCRIPTION: The ride length is ~75 miles with roughly 4300 feet of climbing. The ride starts at the Seattle Ferry dock as we will be taking the 7:35 ferry to Bremerton. If you are driving to the ferry terminal one of the best places to leave your car is at the north end of Myrtle Edwards Park. The parking lot is on 16th Ave W just south of W. Galer. It’s just over 3 miles along the trail to the ferry terminal. Get there ready to ride no later than 7:15 and you should be fine.
This is a challenging but stunningly beautiful ride designed for those seeking to have fun, stay more or less together and provide mutual support. Cheers and good smiles always welcomed. Check it out at: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2555144
START TIME/LOCATION: 7:20 AM on Saturday, September 21, 2019 – from Coleman Dock in Seattle
PACE: Moderate to brisk – let’s have a fun pace set by the riding skills of the participants. The regrouping strategy and cue sheets for this ride facilitate riding skills from moderate to brisk. Just remember there’s over 4,000 vertical feet of climbing.
REGROUPING: We will regroup regularly on a as needs basis. No one gets left behind!
CUE SHEETS: Yes, download the attached cue sheet if you would like one: Tahuya Hills - Bremerton.pdf
EQUIPMENT: Bring two water bottles. You will need both! Bring energy food to fuel yourself during the ride. Some of the area is very remote with few opportunities to get either water or food. Also bring the typical pump, spare tubes and other biking gear to make yourself self-sufficient. Money will be needed to pay for your lunch. This is an unsupported ride.
RAIN POLICY: Rain will cancel the ride. Check back the night before to see if the ride has been cancelled.
RIDE LEADER: Ride leader is Ralph Nussbaum. I can be reached at 206-713-9417 or RENussbaum@outlook.com. Please feel free to contact me about the ride if you have any questions.
PS: Feel free to invite a non-COGS friend(s) to join in on the fun and introduce them to COGS.
Ride Leader: Peter Krippner
Check out if Fall has arrived in the Skagit River Valley. This is a fairly long, but low elevation, ride. This route starts on the North side of the river and follows a combination of the Cascade Trail and low traffic roads by the river as much as possible. The Cascade Trail is mostly an unpaved rail traiI so for these sections wider tires are advised, 32mm min. There are just a few tricky sections that can be flooded in heavy rain season. Concrete will be our turnaround point and we will stop for lunch at Cascade Burgers on Hwy 20. After lunch on our return we will cross the river to come back on the South side mostly on S Skagit Hwy. There are very limited services on this side of the river so be prepared for no restroom facilities for the last 34 miles of this ride.
See route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19611388
Print out your own cue sheets.
Pace: HM/LB but a good portion is on gravel for a slower pace.
Bring tubes, patch kits, pump, and plenty of snacks/water for a 66 mile ride.
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