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You’re invited to Return of the Light Bike Ride!
The Occupy Your Bike 3rd annual group bike ride to celebrate the return of evening light and moderating temperatures will convene on Sunday April 9th at 2:00pm. We invite all riders to join this very scenic rural ride on South Whidbey Island. This ride is longer and has more hill climb than our previous rides. Because our goal is to make riding accessible to all, we cast no shame on riders who need to walk bikes up steeper hills. We cheerfully pause and wait for slower riders.
Meeting place: The parking lot at South Island Crossfit, 4777 Commercial Street in Clinton. Parking is available for those transporting bikes on vehicles. For riders coming to Whidbey Island from the Mukilteo ferry, someone will be happy to meet you at the ferry (plan to be on the 1:30 boat) and escort you to the meeting place, but only if we know you will be coming. Please be sure to RSVP if you want a guide.
Route: We’ll have printed route maps available for this 12-mile ride with about 650 feet of climb to Langley. Most of the route is on country roads with no shoulders but very little traffic. You can explore the route map on Google Maps.
From South Island Crossfit
R on Commercial Road
L on Deer Lake Road (moderate uphill)
L on Anderson Road (lovely views of the water and the Cascades if it’s clear)
R on Orr Road
L on Heggenes (1 mile of moderate climb, rustic terrestrial scenery)
R on High Meadow (pause at this intersection to regroup)
L on Rolling Hill (2 short up-and-down hills)
R on Holst Road
L on Deer Lake Road
R on Wintergreen Road (serene wooded scenery)
L on Campbell Road
R on Cultus Bay Road (busier road with shoulders)
R into Kens Korner parking lot (pause to regroup and for bathrooms breaks if needed)
L onto Surface Road (1 mile downhill)
L onto Wilkinson (both longer gradual climbs and a couple of steeper but short climbs, rural scenery)
Follow Wilkinson as it turns left and becomes Sandy Point Road (short moderately steep climb)
R on Decker (pause to regroup, with an optional 3/4-mile loop on Cedar Circle available while waiting for slower riders to catch up)
L on Edgecliff
R on Camano Ave
R on Cascade (views of the water and Cascades)
R at Whale Bell Park down to Seawall Park (a grocery store with deli is available in Langley, as are public restrooms)
The route back to the meeting place will be determined individually at the event, with both a shorter, flatter route (6 miles) and longer, hilly routes available.
RSVP or questions: Derek Hoshiko, 360-579-2886 or text 206-384-8826 the afternoon of the ride. You may also RSVP on the Facebook event. Please check the Facebook event the morning of the ride for updates or cancellation due to weather.
McClinchy Mile Bike Ride April 30
Ride past the red barn, blue river, green farms and purple mountains on classic and new McClinchy Mile routes out of Arlington, Wash. At the end of your 28, 33, 44 or 105-mile loop, enjoy a burger and a pint o’ beer in a commemorative glass. Free family ride on the north-end of the Centennial Trail.
Food stops and ride support included on all loops. Register by April 20 for the post-ride burger and beer glass. Cost: $45. A commemorative jersey is also available for purchase.
This 35th annual ride is hosted by BIKES Club of Snohomish County and supports local recreational bicycling and causes. www.bikesclub.org/mcclinchy