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Jun 08 2011

Upcoming: Century Ride around Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, June 11

This Saturday, June 11th, there is a planned century ride around the lakes (Sammamish and Washington).

Date: Saturday, June 11th
Time: Meet @ 6:00 am, leaving @ 6:15 am
Place: Crossroads Park (on NE 8th Street & 164th Avenue SE)(click here for map)
Distance: ~100 miles
Pace: Steady to Moderate (click here for what this means)
Terrain: Flat and Rolling in sections (click here for what this means)
Expected Ride Time: 9+ hours with stops.
Cancellation: Steady or heavy rain cancels.
Ride Leader: Jon & TBD

Course Description and Ride Leader Comments:

  1. Start out from Crossroads Park and ride down 164th, cut down to Lake Sammamish, ride counterclockwise around the lake, up to Marymore Park (Note: Our course will conflict with the Flying Wheels organized ride, but it shouldn’t be that bad since we’ll be going the opposite way).
  2. Ride up the Sammamish River Trail with a first stop at the Woodinville park.
  3. Continue up around the top of Lake Washington, intersect the Burke Gilman, and ride down the west side of the lake to a second stop at the Leschi Starbucks.
  4. Ride up (that means a hill) to the I-90 bridge, across to Mercer Island and ride clockwise around the island, up to the lid (that means another hill), back over the I-90 bridge and continue around down the west side of Lake Washington.
  5. Ride around the south side of the lake, up the east side to Factoria, up Honda Hill (another hill), cross under I-90 through the Eastgate tunnel and hit the trail down to Sunset Elementary, around the south end of Lake Sammamish (again).
  6. Cross back over I-90 at the 900 overpass and turn back west onto Newport Way.
  7. Ride back to Eastgate on Newport Way, use the pedestrian overpass at Eastgate, ride to 156th, up toward Phantom Lake Elementary, turn back north on 164th and back to the park.

Hopefully we’ll finish by around 3:30 pm, stay for an hour at the Pastor Dale’s appreciation picnic, and then go home to clean up and prepare for the STP meeting later that evening (starting at 6:30 pm in Lewis Creek Park).

This route is flatter than Flying Wheels and offers some good cutoff points for people that don’t have that long to ride. It also offers good entry points for those that can’t start that early.