May 19 2011

Upcoming: A Bunch of Hills, May 22

There is a ride this SUNDAY, May 22, for those who were not able to participate in the hilly Lake Sammamish – Snoqualmie Valley (Carnation) Loop ride on Saturday, but still wanted to get some practice riding HILLS.

Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: Meet @ 11:30 am,  Leave @ 11:45 am
Place: Sunset Elementary School (4229 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Bellevue)(click for map)
: ~20 to 38 depending on group interest / weather
Pace: Moderate (click here for what this means)
Terrain: HILLY(click here for what this means)
Expected Ride Time: 2-3.5 hours with stops
Cancellation: Steady or heavy rain cancels.
Ride Leader: Richard

Comment from Ride Leader
This ride is intended for people who were not able to participate in the hilly Lake Sammamish – Snoqualmie Valley (Carnation) Loop ride on Saturday, but still wanted to get some practice riding HILLS.  It will be somewhat strenuous given the terrain.  The route will take us through a variety of terrain, basically circling around Cougar Mt / Newport Hills / Somerset / Eastgate. This will be a challenging ride and not advised for those who are not used to riding some hills.

We will go at a comfortable pace for the group, but it’s expected that people choosing this ride really want to ride some hills and know they are able to ride the terrain and distance comfortably.  The route is generally rolling, with 3 hill climbs (164th from Newport to Lewis Park at top of Lakemont, one short hill along Lake Washington Blvd, and Honda Hill from Factoria up to Eastgate.  Depending on weather/group interest/time, we may optionally add a side trip to MI Lid Park or loop around MI.  These options would add approx 8-16 mi to our trip, and add 45 min to 1.5 hrs.

Please note that even if it starts out dry, we could have showers and get soaked, so be prepared for that.  Bring two water bottles and energy snacks to eat along the way, so you can stay hydrated and fueled up.  There’s no desitnation lunch stop planned so please eat something before you come.  There will, however, be options for a quick stop for a snack along the way.

Route Directions

  1. Start @ Sunset Elementary School
  2. Leave parking lot and head south under I-90, and turn right onto Newport Way.
  3. To warm up a bit before the first hill, we’ll probably ride up Newport Way to Eastgate Elementary, then loop back to 164th Ave SE.
  4. Up the hill on 164th Ave SE to Lakemont Blvd SE.  There is a hill climb of maybe 3/4 mile or so, then a flat stretch to recover, then another short hill of 1/4 mile to the top.
  5. At top of hill is Lewis Creek Park (bathroom, water)
  6. Down south side of hill on Lakemont Blvd which becomes SE Newcastle Coal Creek Rd
  7. Right at stop sign at SE 72nd Pl, down short hill to light at Coal Creek.
  8. Straight, crossing Coal Creek continuing thru Newport Hills on to what becomes SE 69th Way
  9. Left at 116th Ave SE (Renton Academy is on SE corner).
  10. Right at SE 88th St.  This road changes names a couple times but continues down the hill towards McDonalds / Starbucks / Subway (bathrooom/food stop options if needed)
  11. Cross over I-405, and turn right on Seahawks Way.
  12. Take the bike trail and lake shore route back to I-90.  This includes the moderate, short hill along Lk Wash Blvd up to I-405 Exit 9
  13. At I-90, we decide whether to continue with an optional loop to MI, or ride back to Sunset.
  14. The return to Sunset includes the bike trail to Factoria.  Then go straight thru light, heading east on SE 36th St (Honda Hill) up to light at SE 150th.
  15. We’ll cross 150th and go straight east to 154th Ave SE
  16. Turn right at 154th, then short right and short left on 153rd Ave SE and up to Newport Way
  17. Turn left on Newport Way (passing Eastgate Elementary on our right) and ride down to Lakemont Blvd, turn left at light and back under I-90 to Sunset Elementary.
  18. Optionally, we can find the bike/pedestrian I-405 overpass off of Newport Way, and take that over to the bike trail and back to Sunset (bypassing the big interesction at Lakemont Blvd)