Cascade still putting together Director search, announces 2017 ride schedule

Emerald City Bike Ride 2016 on the I-5 Express Lanes.

Emerald City Bike Ride 2016 on the I-5 Express Lanes. My fantastically wonderful spouse Kelli (who, full disclosure, works for Cascade) is pictured.

Cascade Bicycle Club starts 2017 without an Executive Director, but it still has a bold events lineup that includes the return of the Emerald City Bike Ride.

Though the date and route details are still TBD, last year’s Emerald City Bike Ride on the 520 Bridge and the express lanes of I-5 was awesome. So it’s great news that the ride is returning, since biking on freeways would be a great annual tradition in Seattle (well, at least until my dream of the I-5 Express Trail comes true).

Cascade will also spend much of 2017 searching for a new Executive Director to replace Elizabeth Kiker, who resigned in November effective December 31. The club has no interim Director. Instead, “The Cascade senior leadership team is currently serving in place of an interim Executive Director,” Communications Director Brent Tongco said. Senior staff and the Board are in the process of drafting a job description to guide their search.

Coincidentally, Portland’s Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) fired its Executive Director Rob Sadowsky, Bike Portland reported yesterday. So the biggest bike advocacy organizations in both major cities are currently without permanent Executive Directors at the moment and will likely be searching to fill the spot at the same time.

As of today, registration is open for a few of Cascade’s 2017 rides. The rest will open over the next couple months.

More details from Cascade:

Ride general registration open now

Chilly Hilly

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

With chilly February weather and 2,191 feet of climbing, the name says it all!

Kicking off the riding season in the Northwest for its 45th year, Chilly Hilly is a must-do. The 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island starts with a scenic early morning ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle, or you can join the crowd directly on Bainbridge Island.

Come along for the ride Bicycling Magazine named “one of four classic rides” in the nation. It’s guaranteed to be hilly, probably chilly and always a heck of a lot of fun. So get the dust off your bike and get ready for cycling season early!

Paso Robles Wine Country Tour

April 23-30, 2017

Come join us for a fixed base tour through California’s fastest growing wine region – Paso Robles. This area is home to more than 250 wineries, many of which are small boutique producers that dot the countryside amongst 26,000 vineyard acres.

Cascade Training Series

Feb. – July, 2017

CTS is a training series designed to build endurance through increasingly challenging rides. It’s a great way to prepare for Cascade’s signature rides, such as the STP or RSVP, or use it as a stand-alone training program.

Cascade member registration opens Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. for the following rides. (general registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 7):

Ride for Major Taylor

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ride for Major Taylor is a pledge ride to support the Major Taylor Project. Come ride with us Saturday, April 29, on a 25-mile journey through West Seattle, Delridge, Burien, SeaTac and White Center. Pledge your support while you explore these culturally rich and diverse communities, and ride with the Major Taylor students.

Seattle Bike-n-Brews

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Seattle Bike-n-Brews is an urban ride for those who appreciate city riding and quality Pacific Northwest microbrews. Pedal along the Duwamish and Green River Trails from Georgetown to Tukwila, taking in city views along the way, and return to the finish line party for cold brews and food.

Woodinville Wine Ride

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cruise through the heart of Woodinville Wine Country on the third annual Woodinville Wine Ride. The 30-mile route begins at the Woodhouse Wine Estates in Woodinville’s West Valley District, with riders utilizing the beautiful Sammamish River Trail and scenic low-traffic roads through Woodinville and its surrounding communities.

Flying Wheels

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Flying Wheels weaves its way through Western Washington’s Snoqualmie Valley. This fertile valley is home to many organic farms producing some of the area’s highest quality produce, meats and cheeses. You will spend your day rolling from the valley floor to the ridges that define this beautiful place, a peaceful getaway not far from the city.

Seattle Night Ride

Friday, July 7, 2017

City lights, summer nights, and glowing bikes at the Seattle Night Ride! Back for a third year, the Seattle Night ride is a fun and unique urban event for anyone who enjoys a summer night cruise by bike.

Ride Around Washington (RAW)

Saturday, July 29 – Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017

This year’s Ride Around Washington (RAW) travels the state’s rural northern frontier, challenging riders with epic climbs and rewarding them with a sublime scenic cycling experience.

Cascade Club Tours & Tour Lites

Other event registration opening dates

Seattle to Portland

Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16, 2017

This 200+ mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 10,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. Come ride what Bicycling Magazine has listed as one of the best cycling events in the nation!

Cascade member registration opens Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. for STP. (general registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 14)

Ride from Seattle to Vancouver, BC & Party (RSVP)

Friday, Aug. 18 – Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

RSVP is a classic pedal on some of the most beautiful roads and trails the Northwest has to offer. This 175+ mile route of scenic backroads starts at the University of Washington and finishes in downtown Vancouver, BC over two days.

Cascade member registration opens Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. for RSVP. (general registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 21)

Stay tuned for ride registration opening dates for the following:

Emerald City Bike Ride

Date TBD

Ever imagine biking through a car-free Seattle? You’ll have your chance this year with the Emerald City Bike Ride. It’ll be the largest bike ride in Seattle on roads that are typically closed to bicycle traffic. The exact route is still being finalized.

High Pass Challenge

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

The 500 riders on High Pass Challenge will embark on a challenging event, leading them through the beautiful Gifford Pinchot National Forest, including the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Kitsap Color Classic

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

Cascade Bicycle Club presents the 24th Annual Kitsap Color Classic, our season finale. Pedal along the gorgeous Kitsap Peninsula and through some of the best riding country in the state! Friendly communities and terrific fall scenery make this a fun, must-do event.

Walla Walla – Tour Lite

Date to be announced

Learn more here

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2 Responses to Cascade still putting together Director search, announces 2017 ride schedule

  1. asdf2 says:

    One thing about the I-5 express lanes – as long as cars are still driving on the I-5 regular lanes, it’s quite loud – especially during the stretch through downtown, when the quasi-tunnel amplifies the noise like a giant sound chamber.

    If it happens again, I would recommend having the ride exit at Stewart St. Otherwise, noise canceling headphones would help considerably. Does anybody know of any brands that work underneath a bicycle helmet?

  2. Southeasterner says:

    Probably one of the last years to ride the SR 99 viaduct so it would be great to have that as a potential alternative to I-5. Even better would be to have it go through the Battery St. Tunnel before it is converted to a bike/ped facility with the completion of the SR 99 tunnel :-) (dare to dream – but if we lived in London or even NY that is exactly what they would do – imagine a trail that took you directly from the WestLake cycle-track, over the Bell St. Bridge, and dropped you right into a protected Alaskan Way bike facility integrated with Elliott Bay Trail and downtown. It would be our own bike superhighway.)

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