COGS BOARD HAS CANCELLED ALL APRIL RIDES per social distancing directives.
We ride every Wednesday evening year round. Our rides cover a variety of routes, usually around 25 miles with 1000’ to 1500’ of climbing. Some of our past rides have been to the north, south and east as well as nearby. The ride is often modified, but rarely canceled for rain.
Meet at 6:15 at Gasworks for a 6:30 departure.
After the ride we typically meet for dinner and drink.
Ride details are announced on the club's email list prior to each week's ride.
Ride Leader: John Lindseth
Pace: Moderate to High Moderate fat tire pace ride
Terrain: challenging 27.7 miles and 3322 feet of climbing with mixed trail and paved road sections.
I recommend 32 + mm mixed trail-gravel tires.
Rain policy: Heavy rain forecast cancels ride
Bring food and water for the entire route. Spare tube and tire fixings are essential.
Starting from Logboom Park in Kenmore, this ride goes north through Mill Creek, to Cathcart, Snoqualmie Valley and back via Woodinville. The route includes some great country roads and a few climbs. A snack / lunch stop will be at mile 18 at the Albertsons in Clearview, beware there is no more food after that until Woodinvile, at mIle 38, so you may want to pack an extra energy bar or two.
Also note that this goes through Interurban Boulevard, NOT INTERURBAN TRAIL!
For Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25), Don Smyth and Dennis Counts 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.
Please Note: Our insurance only covers non-members for their first ride with the club, so for multi-day rides such as this, all riders must be club members. Each rider has to register individually.
We will meet at the Anacortes Ferry Dock on the morning of Saturday, May 23 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 10:30 AM 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 9:30 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.
This event is occurring during National Bike Travel Weekend. Normally I do a bike camping trip, this year I have decided to do a trip where people can lodge as they wish. For camping Larabee State Park is nearby. All rides will begin and end from Boulevard Park in Bellingham. I have selected 3 of my favorite bike routes to lead in the Bellingham area. Please note the description of the type of ride for each day as each one is a little different from each other. For dinner each night I am selecting a local brewery or pub to dine at and hope you can join me. These are suggested places and we can change it per the group's wishes. Make sure you are self-sufficient with the proper tools and spare tubes. Be prepared for all weather conditions as can occur in early June.
Thursday June 4: for those arriving this evening I will host at my home a little get together. Come by anytime between 7-9 for snacks and drinks. 4921 Lewis Ave. Near Lake Whatcom. Please RSVP if you can make it.
Friday June 5: Chuckanut-Colony Rd Loop. Depart at 10:00 AM from Boulevard Park. This will be a moderate - high moderate pace with no gravel sections. If you park at Boulevard Park go to the far north end. If possible ride to the start location from your lodging. This will include a stop at Breadfarm Bakery (cash only). Dinner location: Chuckanut Brewery.
Saturday June 6: Bellingham Trail Loop. Depart at 10:00 AM from Boulevard Park. This ride will make use of the Bellingham trail system as much as possible. Most trails are in good condition with compact gravel. Suggest at least 28 wide tires while 32+ is ideal. The mileage may not seem like much but we will ride at a steady pace, probably 12 mph and include a number of stops. We have all day so there is no need to hurry. We will be off-road most of the ride with connections through quiet neighborhoods. 12.5 miles of paved roads, 19 miles of trails. Dinner location: Twin Sisters Brewery.
Sunday June 7: Friday Creek. Depart at 9:00 AM. I am doing an earlier departure for those who want to get home at a decent time on Sunday afternoon/evening. This is mostly a road ride with a 1.2 mile section on a gravel road in decent condition. Same tires suggested as on yesterday's ride. Meal location after the ride: Schweinhaus Biergarten (if weather is good). Plenty of options exist if we want to be indoors.
Please download your routes to your devices or print out your own cue sheets. However these will be stay together rides with occasional regroups as necessary. If you have further questions on this event or better suggestions for dinner please contact me at 206-271-1470. Final updates on the routes and dinner locations will be made through May so you should download your routes in June just before the event takes place.
This is a loop from Mercer Island to SE Renton around the So end of Lake Wa. With excursions to two of my childhood homes. The route meanders through Newport Hills and May Valley to the Issaquah Hobart road, then returns via the Cedar River Trail and up the West side of Lake Washington back to I-90. Snack stop at the Tiger Mountain store, mile 20.
This route gives a real mix of rural, suburban and urban King County. We'll also optionally go by my childhood home Newport Hills and visit another via a brief side trip to Lake McDonald (that's the 250 ft. bump on the cue sheet at mile 17).
Seattle residents may want to start from Leschi and meet me at M.I., but CALL OR TEXT ME SO I know to expect you!
Vashon-Maury Island Ride
On Saturday, June 27th, join us for a backroads loop on Vashon and Maury Islands. If you like hills, this is the ride for you. There will be a snack and bathroom room break around mile point 14. Option for a late lunch burrito feed in the town of Vashon (mile point 31) before taking the return ferry.
My favorite route in Snohomish County through very pretty hills farmland and back roads. We will start at my place which is on a 400 ft. hill east of Snohomish, drop down to the valley and loop South and East past Monroe to Sultan. We will try to get in to the Sultan bakery for lunch, but if the line is too long we'll stop at the mini mart at the turn from Highway 2 onto Old Owen Rd. We then work our way back to the start over hills and back roads including an optional jaunt out and back on the 3 mile road to the Lake Chaplain reservoir. Bring at least two water bottles, there is no water after the lunch stop (mile 30). Also remember to bring a couple of spare tubes, patch kit and tools so you will be self sufficient.
Post ride we will have a barbecue at my place. I'll have hot dogs chips and Costco potato salad, you are welcome to bring your own stuff if you want something more fancy.
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