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300K April 4, 2009

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In 1994, John Wagner created the Seattle International Randonneurs and organized a series of brevets to qualify riders for the 1995 Paris-Brest-Paris.  This year we celebrate the 15th anniversary of SIR by riding the same (well, almost the same) 300K we rode in 1994.  Highlights of the route include Whidbey Island, Deception Pass, Skagit Flats, Chuckanut Drive and more SR-9 than allowed under the Geneva Convention.  Special recognition will be given to the Original Randonneurs that come out for this event.  Historic 1994 Newsletters, route descriptions and club memorabilia will be on display at the finish.

 

In 1994, John Wagner created the Seattle International Randonneurs and organized a series of brevets to qualify riders for the 1995 Paris-Brest-Paris.  This year we celebrate the 15th anniversary of SIR by riding the same (well, almost the same) 300K we rode in 1994.  Highlights of the route include Whidbey Island, Deception Pass, Skagit Flats, Chuckanut Drive and more SR-9 than allowed under the Geneva Convention.  Special recognition will be given to the Original Randonneurs that come out for this event.  Historic 1994 Newsletters, route descriptions and club memorabilia will be on display at the finish.

 Organizer: Ron Himschoot & Mark Roberts
 Phone:  206-328-6324 (Ron) or 206-459-7808 (Mark)
  
 Date:  April 4, 2009
 Time:Registration Opens 5:00 AM in Mukilteo 
 Ride Starts 7:00 AM from Clinton
 Start Location:
Clinton Ferry Terminal on Whidbey Island
 Address:   
 Directions:  
Mainlanders may leave from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal
Directions to Mukilteo: From northbound I-5: at exit 182 turns left onto SR525, which becomes Mukilteo Speedway and ends at the ferry terminal. 

From southbound I-5: at exit 189 turn right onto SR526 for 4.7 miles; turn right onto SR525 (Mukilteo Speedway) to the ferry terminal. 

From northbound I-405: becomes SR525, which becomes Mukilteo Speedway and ends at the ferry terminal.

 Entry Fee: $15 SIR members, $25 non-members. Please make all entry and membership fees payable to SIR. Medals are directly available from RUSA .
 Special Instructions:
Plan on taking the 6:00 AM ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton.  Be in line by 5:30 AM with ticket in hand.  We will register as many riders as we can while we wait in line and on the 20 minutes crossing.  The remaining riders will still have a chance to complete registration at the Clinton Ferry Terminal. 

There may be an inspection for compliance with SIR and RUSA equipment rules.



 Route Sheet:  Final route sheet
 Registration:

  Preregistration online( available to SIR members)

if you register "on line" you will  not need to complete the registration paperwork at the ride start.  On line registering allows for quick posting of ride results -- snail mail paper registration slows down the end of ride results. PDF Entry form

See who's already registered

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 Reminders:

A bicycle helmet is required.  Fenders and mud flaps encouraged.

All riders are reminded that any failure to conduct the ride in accordance with SIR Brevet Rider Expectations , RUSA rules, applicable laws, or any special instructions or equipment requirements for this ride may result in a time penalty or disqualification.

Please fill out the SIR Membership Form BEFORE the ride if you are joining SIR. Please also try to have correct change (or a check) for the entry fee, medal, SIR annual fee, and RUSA annual fee.

  Pre ride report
 Purchasing Ferry Tickets :

   At the day of the pre-ride, the ticket booth open at around 5:35
   for the 6:00 sailing.  The ticket booth/kiosk will be on the right,
   about 100 yards before the bottom of the hill (100 yards up from
   the ferry terminal). Autos and trucks will be queuing up in the
   right most lane to make their ticket purchases.

   300K riders will find it more convenient, and the person selling the
   tickets will prefer, that you purchase your ticket at the ticket
   booth widow opposite from that being used for autos, i.e., don't
   queue up with your bike in the auto lane.

   When you are queued up to purchase your ticket with other riders,
   it will be more efficient if one person purchases tickets for the
   next x number of riders in line. For example, one could purchase 4
   tickets, one for themselves, and one for each of the next 3 riders
   in line.  After making the purchase, you can move away from the
   booth and then deal with the exchange of dollars and tickets
   between yourselves. If you can identify your "purchasing group" as
   you approach the window, then only the person needs to actually
   queue up, the others can stand off to the side. The price for
   rider/bike is $4.95 (no sales tax), so a $20 bill will buy four
   tickets, with 20 cents change.  The WSF person selling the tickets
   will be able to efficiently deal with the two queues (autos on one
   side and cyclist on the other), by alternating between the two
   windows.


Regarding 67th Ave NE (Armar Rd) that appears shortly after leaving
Control #5 (Hagen Foods) :

   As you proceed south on 67th Ave NE you will encounter a number of
   landscaping islands that have been placed between the two lanes of
   the street. When you encounter one of these islands, your traffic
   lane will be narrowed to the point where it will be difficult,
   perhaps impossible, for an overtaking auto to pass you.  I would
   not encourage you to "hug the curb" in an attempt to make room for
   any autos coming up from behind. There is the occasional storm
   grating that will appear adjacent to the curb that you will
   probably not want to ride over.

   On the pre-ride, we did not experience any problems with autos
   along this section.  Everyone was very civil. Autos would queue up
   behind us, and not pass until there was a break in the islands.

   During this section where the landscaping islands are present on
   67th Ave NE, there will be "bike trail" available on opposite side
   of the road.  The sidewalk along the east side of 67th Ave NE has
   been widened to form a recreational path. There are numerous
   driveways and side streets crossing that make this path less
   attractive. Also, when the path ends, at the intersection of 67th
   Ave NE and 172nd St NE (SR 531), one will need to negotiate an
   intersection that can be busy, to get into the south bound lane of
   67th Ave NE.

   Once you get south of the intersection with 172nd St NE the
   landscaping islands are no more, and the road will have a more
   rural appearance. This is when you need to start looking for the
   access point for the Centennial Trail, but it won't appear
   immediately. The access point will be on the left.  If it is dark,
   the most identifying feature will be the large metal gate (white
   poles) that block the trail parking lot entrance - it closes at
   dusk. The gate is easy to get around with your bike.


 

 

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