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Do the Seattle to Portland (STP) ride (read all 2 entries…)
Training going well

Last weekend did the ride around Lake Sammamish from Log Boom, 49 miles, followed on Sunday by riding the Chilly Hilly route on Bainbridge Island. 33 miles of hell – but beautiful hell. I can’t imagine how the STP could be harder, but maybe I’m wrong!

Doing really well, and glad that C signed up to ride with me.


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Flying Wheels

Are you doing Flying Wheels on Saturday?

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Flying Wheels

Yup. Please tell me it’s not as horrifying as the Chilly Hilly route!

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Flying Wheels is not flat

I’ve done Flying Wheels every year since 2000, except the year I rode in the Fremont Parade instead.

I don’t know which route you’re looking to do for Flying Wheels, but the first uptick, Inglewood Hill Road, is not a panty-waist climb. It’s been a while since I’ve done Chilly Hilly, but I think it’s probably steeper than anything on that ride.

Chilly Hilly is hill after hill after hill, though. Flying Wheels has some flat sections between the hills.

STP is pretty flat, but it’s 200 miles of flat. The idea behind the hills of Flying Wheels is to substitute some hills for distance.

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how'd it go?

make it up those hills?

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Thanks for asking. I did the 65 (which was really 63 something) and I did make it up all the hills! In fact, it was gratifying to pass all those people who were resting halfway up, especially on that first hill. I was very glad to have done Bainbridge last week because it took a lot of the scariness away, and in the middle of one of those quad burner slopes I knew that I could gut it out and make it. I think the worst part about the hills is looking at them before you go up. It was a nice route except for some of the assholes in cars honking and trying to run some of the other groups off the road. Did you have a good ride?

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Trip Report

You’ll be in fine shape for STP then – doing the 65 loop is the standard prep.

As for car honking – I find that the best way to get motorists to be nice is to wave as they approach. This turns you from object that must be gotten around to human being. You are also acknowledging that they are on the road too. Then, wave them around you when it is safe to pass. It blows my mind how effective this simple gesture is in getting motorists to slow down a hair and also give me more passing room.

One of the honkers we got I think was a friendly one. I treat all honkers that way, whether or not I think they’re actually jerk-offs. I always sound our horn in return. It’s a big old-fashioned aah-oo-gah style horn, that generally gets a smile from cyclists and motorists alike.

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