Obliteride is already launching efforts to get people excited about their second annual summer fundraising bike ride, scheduled for August 8 this year. The ride raises money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
The inaugural ride raised an astounding $1.9 million.
One change this year is the addition of a 1-mile route for kids. Organizers also note that this year’s routes are “more scenic and more familiar to most people than last year’s,” according to a press release.
Below is info on the routes. Online registration is open.
25-Mile – Beginner
Take a spin along Lake Washington down to Seward Park and see some of Seattle’s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods. Elevation gain: 1,400 feet
50-Mile – Beginner to Moderate
Ride along Lake Washington and around Mercer Island. Enjoy the views as you get a good workout. Elevation gain: 3,100 feet
100-Mile – Moderate to Advanced
It’s 100 miles of lake views, valley cruising, and a few challenging climbs. Elevation gain: 5,400 feet
150-Mile – Advanced
Leave SODO on Saturday, Aug. 9, take the ferry to Bainbridge Island and enjoy a beautiful two-day cycle with some of the most scenic views Puget Sound has to offer, including a ride over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. This advanced trek features some challenging terrain, with a total elevation gain of nearly 12,000 feet. Riders are treated to an overnight and party at UPS in Tacoma before cycling back to Seattle for a party on Sunday.
Detailed route information, maps, photos and training tips are now available at obliteride.org/ride.
You may also notice a buildings and structures around the city — including the Pacific Science Center arches, the Zymogenetics building and the Great Wheel on the waterfront — turning orange in the lead up to the ride as a sign of solidarity.
Here’s a promo video for the 2014 ride:
I did it last year, and it was a fantastic ride for a great cause. Here’s my ride report:
Sign up today! Let’s see if we can blow past last year’s $1.9 million mark.