Please come celebrate spring with your fellow COGSters! Let's enjoy a meal (provided by COGS), conversations and learn what's happening in our bicycling community.
And a little ditty from Becky:
The clocks have sprung forward, and winter is behind
Thursday, April 13 Spring Fling may I remind
Please come to converse, let us wine and dine
Guest speaker is WSDOT's Barb Chamberlain, Director of Active Transportation
Won't you come and ask some questions
Please register on our website
We hope to see you that night.
You might? You might!
Ride Leader: Ron Tazuma
Pace: Brisk + High Moderate pace ride leader is planning to join in the fun!
Terrain: challenging 53 miles and 2300 feet of climbing with mixed trail and road sections.
Rain policy: rain cancels ride
Meet by 9:15AM at Linear Park 410 Burnett Ave South in Renton in front of The Red House Restaurant. We will do a 50+ mile loop starting on the Cedar Creek trail and staying on the trail through a short gravel wilderness section. Once on the road section we heading out toward Black Diamond and the Green River Gorge and then returning back to Renton through the Soos Creek Trail system for another trail section. Safe riding skills for the benefit of pedestrians and riders will always be encouraged on these trail systems.
Lunch is planned at the Red House post ride.
See: ridewithgps.com to download route to your GPS or to print your own cue sheets.
This Weekend Hub n Spoke will center around Ride Around Clark County which is put on by Vancouver Bicycle Club on Saturday May 6. Peter Krippner will lead 2 days of riding on Friday and Sunday. You can join for any of the days you wish. Routes will be taken from '75 Classic Rides of WA' #'s 31 & 33. There is also an optional Thursday ride on the way down to Vancouver that is shown on the RWGPS link below.
Day 1 (Friday) North Clark County - Tumtum Mountain: 74 miles, 5,475', High Moderate/Low Brisk or self-pace.
Day 2 Ride Around Clark County event ride: You will need to register directly for this event at http://www.vbc-usa.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=851488&module_id=243613 There are 5 routes that can be chosen; 18, 34, 53, 66, or 100 miles. I have chosen the 100 mile route. Discounted registration is available until April 24. This appears to be a well supported ride.
Day 3 Washougal and East, Hillz 'N' More: 65 miles, 4,970', High Moderate/Low Brisk or self-pace. Meet at Fred Meyer parking lot,16600 SE McGillivray Blvd, Vancouver.
Everyone needs to make their own camping or lodging arrangements. I will be staying at Battle Ground Lake State Park.
Please print your own cue sheets or download the routes to your garmin. https://ridewithgps.com/events/30415-vancouver-wa-clark-county-hub-n-spoke
For the Memorial Day long weekend (May 27-29), Dennis Counts and Don Smyth will be leading a cycling tour in Victoria, BC. This will be a credit-card bike tour, so you will need panniers or other on-bike cargo accommodations for two nights in Victoria. The ride will be moderate pace.
We will meet at the Anacortes Ferry Dock on the morning of Saturday, May 27 to take the 8:30AM Ferry to Sidney, BC. Arriving in Sidney at 11:10AM, we will take the scenic Lochside Bike Trail to the outskirts of Victoria, then follow the coastline around the eastern perimeter of Oak Bay and Victoria, ending up in James Bay, near the central Inner Harbour of Victoria. The first day’s ride is about 28 miles from the ferry.
There are many accommodation options around the Inner Harbour of Victoria. A few options within walking distance of James Bay are (by distance):
James Bay Inn: http://www.jamesbayinn.com/
Day’s Inn: http://www.daysinnvictoria.com/
Best Western: http://www.victoriabestwestern.com/
Admiral Inn: http://www.admiralinnhotel.com/
Chateau Victoria: http://www.chateauvictoria.com/
Ocean Island Inn|Backpackers|Suites: http://www.oceanisland.com/
The ride leaders will be staying in the James Bay Inn, so all three rides use that as a starting/ending point. If you decide to stay further afield, please allow time to meet the group in James Bay for the ride starts, dinners, etc. Also, please check with the venue about bike storage -- the James Bay Inn has a locked bike storage building in back.
Sunday morning we will set out to the west, riding through Esquimalt, View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and Sooke, then looping back towards Victoria on the Galloping Goose trail. We will then head across Victoria to the University of Victoria, swing around that and then south through Victoria, back to the James Bay Inn. This route is about 57 miles, though we will also present variations for shorter (35-50 mile) rides.
Monday morning we will head out early on a 21 mile ride so we can catch the 12:05pm ferry to Anacortes. We will ride north through Victoria and Saanich towards Brentwood Bay, passing Butchart Gardens. We will then cut over to the north-east towards Sidney, hooking up with the northern part of the Lochside Trail to go back to the ferry. The ferry arrives in Anacortes at 3:00pm.
There is only one ferry a day on this route, so our timing is pretty fixed. Staying near the Inner Harbour of Victoria will leave us with many touristic and dining opportunities — it should be a load of fun!
Here are our planned routes: https://ridewithgps.com/events/Victoria-Long-Weekend
Here is the ferry schedule: http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=ana-sj-sid
Parking space at the terminal is not reserved, so allow time to find parking for the weekend. Three days at the terminal is $25. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminaldetail.aspx?terminalid=1#transportation — note that street parking in Anacortes is limited to 24hrs.
Please arrive in Anacortes Saturday morning allowing plenty of time to find parking and then be at the dock ready to load 30 minutes before the departure time of 8:30am.
We would love to have you join us on this bike tour to Don’s home town!
Peter Krippner will lead a weekend bike camping trip coinciding with National Bike Travel Weekend. This will be a 3 day 2 night trip for 142 miles, 5500'. See below for each days plan and mileage/elevation. Pace will be steady.
On Day 1 we take the Fauntleroy ferry ($7.35) and ride to Joemma Beach State Park, near Nisqually Reach and Case Inlet. We will stay at the hiker/biker sites or select an available campground. 50 miles, 2664'. There will not be much food options so be prepared to make dinner at camp.
On Day 2 we head towards Belfair and then skirt along the water as we head towards Potlatch State Park where we will stay. Once again we will use the hiker/biker sites. 44 miles, 1511'.
On Day 3 we will head back home via skirting along the water towards Belfair, then use Old Belfair Hwy to get towards Bremerton from which we will take the ferry to Seattle. Back to Gas Works Park is 48 miles, 1324'.
To view the event and get route info/cue sheets see: https://ridewithgps.com/events/29305-cogs-bike-camping-trip-2017 .
Teri, Sherry & Marie will lead a new 45 mile ride, Perimeter Ride of Bellevue Eastside. Sunday, July 9 at 8:30am. Start location East Parking Lot at Marymoor Park, Redmond. Moderate pace, regroup. Coffee stop at mile 10.5 at Issaquah Coffee Company in Gilman Village. Restroom stop at 33 miles, Medina City Hall. View stop at the new 520 Trailhead. Cue sheet can be printed from RideWithGPS at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15546659
This is a four-day mixed terrain bike camping tour through the Oregon coast range. Two of the days will have significant unpaved portions. We will carry all our own camping equipment and stay at the Hiker/Biker sites at Stub Stewart and Nehalem Bay State Parks as well as Trask River County Park. The trip begins and ends at the end of the MAX line in Hillsboro for easy access from much of Portland.
Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.
COGS is offering a beautiful seven-day bike tour (with 8 nights lodging) in the Southwest Corner and Pacific Coast of Oregon starting and finishing in Sutherlin, Oregon from August 19- 27, 2017. This description outlines what promises to be a fun-filled and adventuresome COGS bike tour.
Full details are on the Tour Description Page
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