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Seattle International Randonneurs

WTS 3: Renton, Covington, Hobart, May Valley, Bellevue - January 20, 2018

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Description: The 3rd of our 8 week Winter Training Series rides starts and ends at Bellevue's Newport Hills Park and Ride. This year's route is a reversal of last year's new route but keeps us mostly off the perennially busy Issaquah-Hobart Road. We first head south through Renton and out the Cedar River Trail. From there it's up 196th to Covington and Maple Valley to Hobart.  Then up Tiger Mountain Road from the south and back via Maple Valley and May Creek Park Roads to Newcastle.   Along the way we follow a short stretch of the unpaved section of the Cedar River Trail onto one of our favorite roads: Dorre Don.  Unfortunately, one of our favorite coffee stops, Ristretto's Coffee comes a little early in the ride going this direction (26.5 miles), so folks may want to wait until we get to the Hobart Food Market at mile 37 for a brief stop.

Please help out the Ride Leaders by Pre-Registering at: https://www.cascade.org/node/42743

Introduction to the Winter Training Series An introduction to the Winter Training Series, including a bit of history, how the rides are conducted and rider expectations.

When: Saturday January 20, 2018

Time: Sign-in begins at 8:30am. To save time please pre-register at: https://www.cascade.org/node/42743
Ride announcements at 8:50am
The peloton rolls at 9:00am sharp.

Distance: 56 miles - Approx. 2,860' Gain

Where: Newport Hills Park & Ride - 5115 113th Pl SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

Directions to Start: From I-405 take Exit 9.  The parking lot is on the east side of the freeway.  THERE ARE NO RESTROOMS AT THE START - (There's a Starbucks at Exit 7 - 2 miles south of P&R.)

See you Saturday, rain or shine!

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Welcome to the 2018 Winter Training Series

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The 2018 Winter Training Series Returns January 6th! - Don't be left riding in the cold ...... on your own!  Starting out with short routes they gradually increase in length and/or difficulty (more elevation gain) over an eight week period.  They will be sure to get you ready for the 2018 Brevet Season!

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Led again by Ralph Nussbaum with able assistance from Noel Howes and Ray Whitlock, the 20th edition of the WTS starts January 6th and will end just before the year's first official SIR Populaire (100km ride).  Co-hosted by the Cascade Bicycle Club, this is an eight ride series, with distances that vary from about 34 miles on our first ride to 100 miles on our last. For several years the weather gods hadn't been too kind to us but the last 2 years we got the full series in. Let's hope this trend holds! These rides are a great way to get in some early season training with a natural buildup of miles while enjoying the company of other riders. Winter riding is tough enough - this gives you a chance to do it with friends. You know what they say - misery loves company.

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2018 Brevet Schedule

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2018 Brevet Schedule

Here is our 2018 brevet and populaire schedule. ACP/RM dates are fixed, but we can add RUSA events (including Dart Populaires!) if there's interest.

Names listed after the event are the main organizers - remember that you can volunteer to help them out and still get event credit by joining the workers' ride.

Jan-Feb – Winter Training Series (Ralph Nussbaum & Noel Howes)

Sat 3/10 – Spring Populaire (Andy Speier, Jeff Loomis, & Shan Perera) RUSA

Sat 3/17 – Seattle Spring 200K (Mark Roberts & Mark Thomas) ACP

Sat 3/24 – Olympia 200K (Millison Fambles) ACP

Sat 3/31 – Seattle Spring 300K (Gary Prince) ACP

Sat 4/7 – Olympia 300K (Millison Fambles) ACP

Fri 4/13 - Night-start 100K (Dominique Blanchon) RUSA

Fri 4/20 – Sun 4/22 – Flèche NW (Mark Thomas) ACP

Sat 5/5 – Spring 400K (Robert Trombley) ACP

Sat 5/26 – Spring 600K (Josh Morse) ACP

Sat 6/23 – Cascade 1200 (Susan Otcenas) RM

Sat 7/14 – Summer Populaire (Mike McHale & Bob Brudvick) RUSA

Sat 7/21 – Summer 200K (Narayan Krishnamoorthy) ACP

Fri 7/27 – Border to Border 1000K (?) ACPSat

Sat 8/4 – Summer 300K (Bill Gobie) ACP

Sat 8/18 – Summer 400K + RUSA 20th Anniversary Pop (Jeff & Wendy Loomis) ACP/RUSA

Sat 9/1 – Summer 600K (Tom Beck & Jim Ryan) ACP

Fri 9/14 – Crater Lake 1000K (Vinny Muoneke) ACP

Fri 12/21 - Winter Solstice Ride (Geoff Hazel) RUSA

 

Come ride with SIR!

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Randonneuring is self-supported long-distance cycling. It's a great sport for those who love to ride their bikes, like to explore new roads, and wonder what is over the next hill. Our rides are scenic and challenging.  Perhaps most enjoyable is the camaraderie among randonneurs. Randonneuring is not a race,  but the time limits makes it challenging nonetheless.

Randonneuring is a big tent where every rider finds his or her challenge. Some aspire to finish within the time limit, others try to set a personal best, yet others want to go as fast as possible. Some concentrate on the longest distances, others do the day rides (100, 200 and 300 km). All are randonneurs. At Seattle International Randonneurs, each rider is respected. We are all out to have fun.

Rides (called Populaires or Brevets) vary in length between 100 km (62 miles) and 1200 km (750 miles). Riders are given a route sheet, which tells them where to go. They carry a control card, which they have signed at pre-determined points to show that they have completed the course. At the end, those who complete the course within the time limits obtain a medal.

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