2019 Seattle Bike-n-Brews: A little ride before the Big Move

The finish line leads into the post-race beer garden at Georgetown Brewing Co. in south Seattle

The 2019 version of the Seattle Bike-n-Brews last Sunday (May 5) was only 32 miles long, cut five miles short from what was planned due to construction work on a section of the Interurban Trail. It was also as flat a ride as I will ever do; I didn’t change gears at all during the ride.

Riding past the Museum of Flight (click to enlarge)

It should have been a walk in the park. But riding against a stiff wind on the return to Georgetown Brewing Co., where the event started, made it as challenging a ride as many I’ve done in recent years. I was relieved to reach the finish line, where sausage dogs and beer were waiting.

Speaking of reaching the finish line, I am doing the same this week at Allytics. After nearly five years, I am leaving this Redmond-based marketing agency for a new and exciting opportunity starting next week. More on this below.

Free beers at two stops

First beer stop was at Odin Brewing Co. in Tukwila

We had sunny, dry weather for this Cascade Bicycle Club ride, so no complaints there. About 850 people did the ride, enjoying a rest stop at Odin Brewing Co. near the Southcenter Mall (22-mile mark) before the final stop. The entry fee included free beers at both stops, plus a well-earned sausage dog and chips at the Georgetown brewery. Yum.

 

This was the second straight year I’ve done this ride (last year I rode the full 37 miles), and I don’t remember the winds making it as rough a year ago.

Riding along Foster Golf Links in Tukwila

Riding along Foster Golf Links in Tukwila

I do remember the course traversing the south Seattle streets in and around the Boeing campus and the Green River and Interurban trails through Tukwila and Kent. We rode past the Museum of Flight, Southcenter Mall, the Foster Golf Links, the Riverbend Golf Course, and the Starfire complex where the Seattle Sounders are headquartered.

Many of the trails were narrow, bumpy, and in need of repaving. The worst bumps were all marked in pink. The course could have been slightly better marked overall — there was rider confusion in a couple of spots about which way to go. But … we all guessed right, because we got back OK.

The beer, food, and rider camaraderie made it all worth it. I stopped beside the course a couple of times, just for water or to take pictures. Each time, a rider passing me asked me if I was OK. Made me confident someone would help me if I’d had a flat tire, which I didn’t. (I am challenged when it comes to changing flat tires.)

 

Busy riding season begins; I need more training rides

Had to stop for a train in the first mile

Had to stop for a train in the first mile

This ride took me under three hours, or 11.3 miles per hour — faster than I usually go because of the lack of hills. It was only my second bike event of 2019, and my 37th overall, with more planned for May and June. It was good to get back into bicycling, and my bad ankle got through it just fine, but I need to log some more training miles.

Some cool rides are coming up:

Also, I am considering trying out the relatively new 5K as part of the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on June 8, as it will cover some of the south Seattle streets that I just rode my bike on.

Saying hello to Fluke, and farewell to Allytics

Party time at the finish line

Party time at the finish line

Meanwhile, as I said, I start a new job next week as the Content Manager at Fluke Digital Systems in Everett, supporting an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform called Accelix.

I am very much looking forward to this new opportunity and a more focused marketing effort. But I will dearly miss my awesome teammates at Allytics. I’ve had some great times with them, and hope to continue doing some road runs with R.J., Hayley, and others in our informal running club.

Thanks for the great memories, Allytics!

Thanks for reading and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms! Till next time.

About monteenbysk

I am not an elite runner or bicyclist, though I am friends with many. I run, walk, and bike for fun and the health benefits. I can get you to the finish but probably not to the Boston Marathon (and especially not to the Tour de France).
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