Ride: Tacoma Wheelmen Training Ride – 8am Sunday

From Albert Tong and the Tacoma Wheelmen:

This Sunday we have a good chance of seeing goats. The start is earlier than before, 8:00 AM at Celebration Park in Federal Way. We have our longest ride of the year, about 75 miles and will visit Black Diamond, the Green River Gorge, Enumclaw, Mud Mountain Dam with a return through the Green River Valley. For those who want just a little bit less you can cut off the climb to Mud Mountain Dam saving about 8 miles and the toughest climb of the day (not that it is that tough). The route is notably lacking good rest stops, please bring two bottles of water/drink and food. Due to the length of the ride I do not expect to stop at the Black Diamond Bakery (unless someone needs the head) since it is only at mile 19. There will be at least two groups, one at 12-14, another at 14-16 and if a group wants to go faster, cue sheets will be available. Map

Ride: Sunday Leisure Ride with Capital Bicycle Club

From the Capital Bicycle Club:

This Sunday’s Leisure Ride departs from Forza Coffee Shop in Dupont (1520 Wilmington Drive, DuPont).

This ride series is designed to bring beginning or rehab riders up to speed and show routes throughout the county. Rides will be 10 to 15 mile rides, with frequent regroups.

All rides depart at 1:30 p.m. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early and be ready to go at the departure time.

Ride Leaders: JD Miller (jmille2788@aol.com) and Doug Hutcheson (Dhutcheson360@comcast.net). Map

More Exposure in the Local Media

The News Tribune’s Fitness writer Craig Hill Talks about the different Cycling Club options available in the South Sound. Looks like Bike Month is doing a good job getting people talking about Cycling in Tacoma:

When it comes to joining a bike club, the biggest challenge is showing up for the first ride.

Carole Bernhardt, promotions director for the Capital Bicycling Club of Olympia, says “people can be shy about joining a new group.” Apparently, she says, some people aren’t sure they’ll fit in with a bike club. To test this out, I did a little research to find out exactly who South Sound clubs want.

I found these clubs only offer rides for those who fit into the following categories: fast riders, slow riders, veteran riders, beginners, people who look good in spandex, people who don’t (most of us), racers and recreational riders, men and women. In other words, “There’s something for everybody,” Bernhardt said.

Rides: Registration opens for most Cascade Cycling Club rides

From Bikingbis (via Seattle Bike Blog):

It’s time for Cascade Bicycle Club members to line up to register online for the club’s most popular bicycle rides on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In order to prevent a repeat of last year’s server meltdown of monumental proportions, the club is staggering the dates for registration this year and instituting a lottery system for the RSVP and RSVP2 (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party).

Here’s the rundown:

On Tuesday, members-only registration opens for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, STP and Ride Around Washington (RAW). [See dates below]

On Wednesday, the members-only lottery opens for RSVP1 and RSVP2. This is a random draw, so there’s no benefit to be first in line. It closes Jan. 27.

On Jan. 25, the members-only lottery opens for Regional tours 1-5 and 9 opens; closes Feb. 10.

On Jan. 27, RSVP1 and RSVP2 lotteries close; winners will be notified.

Feb. 7, public registration for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, STP, RAW and RSVP1 and RSVP2 will open, if spaces are available.

Feb. 29, members-only lottery opens for regional tours 6-8 and 10 opens; closes March 16.

March 27, registration opens for High Pass Challenge and Kitsap Color Classic opens [see dates below].

Go to the site for more info on the dates of the rides. I’ll be posting these in the RideTacoma.com Calendar. Join and register at the Cascade Bicycle Club