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.
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
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.
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
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:
- May 26, Emerald City Ride in Seattle.
- May 27, 7 Hills of Kirkland throughout the Eastside (after six years of riding this, I will miss it in 2019).
- June 1, Flying Wheels ride (probably the 47- or 67-miler and not the century that I have done four times). The courses run through the Eastside and Snoqualmie Valley, and the century ventures into south Snohomish County.
- June 9, Woodinville Wine Ride through Woodinville, Redmond, and Bothell.
Saying hello to Fluke, and farewell to Allytics
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.