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Vote bike-partisan on Nov. 6. Ride leader training on Nov. 27. Volunteer recognition party on Dec. 6.

NOVEMBER 2012 / Vol. 42, No. 11


Club election results by Daniel Weise, President, Board of Directors


n behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to express my appreciation to everyone who participated in the annual membership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and to everyone who voted in the election of new directors and the proposed by-laws modifications. We are pleased to announce that well over 850 members participated in the election, a club record! In 2013, we’re expanding your Board of Directors from 12 to 14 members, and we had an outstanding four-member slate of qualified candidates running for the two open board seats. We look forward to working closely with Maggie Sue Anderson and Joe Platzner who were elected by the

Candidates elected to the Board of Directors: Maggie Sue Anderson Joe Platzner


Proposed bylaw changes

membership to serve three year terms. I would also like to express our gratitude to all of the candidates who stood for election for their commitment to the club and its mission. This year’s proposed bylaws change, approved by the membership, will require that any decisions put before the membership for a vote are balloted so that all members have a vote in such decisions. This change ensures that everyone has a voice in club business. continued on page 4

Bicycle Film Series

Cycling the Pacific Ring of Fire, Part 3… Full Circle Seattle REI, 222 Yale Ave N Friday, Nov 30, 6:45 p.m. Advance tickets at



7400 Sand Point Way NE, Suite 101S Seattle, WA 98115


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ycling the Pacific Ring of Fire,” a volcano-hopping by mountain bike documentary around the globe’s largest ocean, is an expedition of epic proportions undertaken by Canadian adventurers, Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard. In 2007 these intrepid bicycle explorers were greeted by a packed house at the Presentation Series, and we are very excited to welcome them back to finish off the story of their amazing epic adventure! Come and meet these passionate reporters as they share their tales and discoveries gathered during the third and final stage of this ambitious cyclovolcanic quest. While coming full circle, the couple rode some 25,000 kilometres between Indonesia and Canada, exploring on bikes the volcanic isles and peninsulas of Asia, Far East Russia and Alaska, remote and magical spots of Western Canada, and the Ring of Fire’s very centre, bull’s eye, Hawaii! “Cycling the Pacific Ring of Fire part 3...Full Circle” is a multimedia documentary presentation of the adventures they’ve endured and scenes they witnessed during those 27 months spent in the saddle between Jakarta and Vancouver, a chronicle of the closing stage of this incredible and outstanding mega mountain bike trek. Along the way, the pair got familiar with the volcanoes and inhabitants of Indonesia, continued on page 4

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Ride up and be counted

Seattle’s first bike counter unveiled


n Thursday, Oct. 11, Seattle’s first bike counter was unveiled on the Fremont Bridge. A crowd of people and bikes gathered to celebrate and cheer as the counter was officially started. Speaking at the event were Peter Hahn, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle City Council Member and Chair of the Transportation Committee, Tom Rasmussen, Mark Torrance of the Mark & Susan Torrance Foundation, and Chuck Ayers, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club. The new electronic counter, positioned on the northwest side of the Fremont Bridge, stands over seven feet tall and has a digital display of the number of bicyclists that have crossed the detector on either side of the bridge that day, as well as a graphic indication of the number of cyclists that have crossed since the beginning of the year. It is the second of its kind in the United States; the city of Portland installed one on the Hawthorne Bridge in August. The first person to be counted was Leya Barr, who works in Fremont, right across from the bridge. She cycled across the counter on her Madsen cargo bike with her two-year-old daughter Soley sitting behind in her cargo seat, happily snacking on goldfish crackers and smiling to the crowd. Following Leya and Soley, a stream of smiling riders pedaled along, gleefully watching the number uptick with every pass. Cascade is donating the bike counter to the City of Seattle with funding from the Mark & Susan Torrance Foundation for the project. A special thank you to the Torrance Foundation’s interest in supporting our mission of creating a better community through bicycling and to helping increase the visibility of bicycling in our city. Cascade paid the cost of the counter installation, and will cover some initial administrative overhead and maintenance during the first year of operation. The Fremont Bridge is an ideal location for the counter, since it carries the most bicycle traffic of any bridge Seattle and Washington. So far, bike traffic has proven to be noteworthy. On the launch

day, 3,037 people rode across the bridge on bikes! Check out the daily, weekly and monthly totals online at http://www.seattle. gov/transportation/bikecounter.htm. The device will count bicyclists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So, roll on up to Seattle’s newest bike attraction and get counted!

Leya Barr and daughter Soley were first to ride across Seattle’s bike counter at the launch on Oct. 11.

(Left to right) Seattle City Council Member, Tom Rasmussen, Peter Hahn, Director of the SDOT and Mark Torrance of the Mark & Susan Torrance Foundation (not pictured, Chuck Ayers) spoke to the crowd about benefits of bicycling and urged all to get engaged with the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan update process.

In This Issue 2012 election endorsements.....................2 Announcing 2013 Cascade club tours.....2

Ride Leader certification...........................6

November classes.......................................3

Ride around Washington...........................8

SDOT’s Bike Master Plan...........................3

Welcome new Americorps members........9

2013 event registration............................3

Cyclist of the month...............................10

Bike maintenance parties.........................3

Chile-Argentina Tour.................................11

Bikenomics..................................................4 Send ideas for Expo 2013.......................4

Wecome news members..........................11 Dawgs ride in the rain...........................11

Best of Hokkaido.......................................5

Cascade contacts......................................11

November rides..........................................6

Include Cascade in estate planning.........7

November 2012

2012 Election Endorsements

Announcing 2013 Cascade club tours Bend and Central Oregon 4-Day Tour

Cascade Bicycle Club has endorsed the following YES.......................................Proposition 1................Kirkland YES.......................................Proposition 2................Kirkland U.S. Congress........................Suzan DelBene..............1st Congressional dist. Governor..............................Jay Inslee......................Statewide Lieutenant Governor ...........Bill Finkbeiner..............Statewide State Senate.........................Rosemary McAullife.......1st dist.; Bothell, M. Terrace, Woodinville State House of Rep..............Luis Moscoso.................1st dist.; Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Woodinville State House of Rep..............Derek Stanford..............1st dist.; Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Woodinville State Senate.........................Bruce Lachney..............2nd dist.; Ft. Lewis, Graham, Yelm State Senate.........................Andy Billig....................3rd dist.; Spokane State House of Rep..............Timm Ormsby................3rd dist.; Spokane State House of Rep..............Marcus Riccelli..............3rd dist.; Spokane State House of Rep..............Jon Snyder....................3rd dist.; Spokane State Senate.........................Mark Mullet...................5th dist.; Issaquah, North Bend, Snoqualmie State House of Rep..............Dennis Dellwo...............6th dist.; Airway Heights, West Plains, Whitworth State Senate.........................Bob Hasegawa...............11th dist.; Renton, S. Seattle, Tukwila State House of Rep..............Steve Bergquist.............11th dist.; Renton, S. Seattle, Tukwila State House of Rep..............Zack Hudgins................11th dist.; Renton, S. Seattle, Tukwila State Senate.........................Dan Swecker.................20th dist.; Lewis County, Thurston County State House of Rep..............Marko Liias...................21st dist.; Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lynwood State House of Rep..............Mary Helen Roberts......21st dist.; Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lynwood State House of Rep..............Sam Hunt......................22nd dist.; Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater State House of Rep..............Chris Reykdal................22nd dist.; Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater State Senate.........................Christine Rolfes.............23rd dist.; Kitsap County State House of Rep..............Sherry Appleton............23rd dist.; Kitsap County State House of Rep..............Drew Hansen.................23rd dist.; Kitsap County State House of Rep..............Kevin Van de Wege.......24th dist.; Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson Counties State House of Rep..............Dawn Morrell................25th dist.; Fife, Milton, Puyallup State House of Rep..............Hans Zeiger...................25th dist.; Fife, Milton, Puyallup State House of Rep..............Larry Seaquist...............26th dist.; Kitsap County and Pierce County State Senate.........................Jeannie Darneille..........27th dist.; Fife, Tacoma State House of Rep..............Jake Fey........................27th dist.; Fife, Tacoma State House of Rep..............Laurie Jinkins................27th dist.; Fife, Tacoma State House of Rep..............Eric Choiniere...............28th dist.; Lakewood, Steilacoom, Univ.Place State House of Rep..............Tami Green...................28th dist.; Lakewood, Steilacoom, Univ.Place State House of Rep..............Ben Lawver...................29th dist.; Lakewood, Parkland, S. Tacoma State House of Rep..............Roger Flygare................30th dist.; Federal Way, Milton, S. King County State House of Rep..............Cindy Ryu.....................32nd dist.; Edmonds, Shoreline, Woodway State House of Rep..............Ruth Kagi......................32nd dist.; Shoreline, Edmonds, Woodway State House of Rep..............Tina Orwall...................33rd dist.; Des Moines, Kent, SeaTac State House of Rep..............Dave Upthegrove...........33rd dist.; Des Moines, Kent, SeaTac State House of Rep..............Eileen Cody...................34th dist.; Burien, West Seattle, Vashon Island State House of Rep..............Joe Fitzgibbon...............34th dist.; Burien, West Seattle, Vashon Island State House of Rep..............Revuen Carlyle..............36th dist.; NW Seattle State House of Rep..............Eric Pettigrew...............37th dist.; S. and S.east Seattle State House of Rep..............John McCoy...................38th dist.; Everett, Marysville, Snohomish Valley State House of Rep..............Mike Sells......................38th dist.; Everett, Marysville, Snohomish Valley State House of Rep..............Kristine Lytton..............40th dist.; San Juan,Skagit, Whatcom Counties State House of Rep..............Jeff Morris.....................40th dist.; San Juan,Skagit, Whatcom Counties State House of Rep..............Steve Litzow..................41st dist.; Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle State House of Rep..............Judy Clibborn................41st dist.; Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle State House of Rep..............Marcie Maxwell.............41st dist.; Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle State House of Rep..............Matt Krogh....................42nd dist.; Whatcom County State House of Rep. ...........Natalie McClendon .......42nd dist.; Whatcom County State House of Rep..............Frank Chopp.................43rd dist.; Seattle State House of Rep..............Jamie Pedersen.............43rd dist.; Seattle State House of Rep..............Hans Dunshee...............44th dist.; Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Snohomish State House of Rep..............Mike Hope.....................44th dist.; Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Snohomish State House of Rep..............Roger Goodman............45th dist.; Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville State House of Rep..............Jessyn Farrell ..............46th dist.; Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, N.E.Seattle State Senate.........................David Frockt.................46th dist.; Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, N.E.Seattle State House of Rep..............Gerry Pollet..................46th dist.; Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, N.E.Seattle State House of Rep..............Bud Sizemore................47th dist.; Black Diamond, Kent, S.E.King County State House of Rep..............Pat Sullivan...................47th dist.; Black Diamond, Kent, S.E.King County State House of Rep..............Cyrus Habib..................48th dist.; Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond State House of Rep..............Ross Hunter..................48th dist.; Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond State House of Rep..............Jim Moeller...................49th dist.; Vancouver State House of Rep..............Sharon Wylie.................49th dist.; Vancouver



or 2013 we are happy to again offer Club tours to members. These tours, led by volunteer Cascade-certified ride leaders, have been immensely popular and have received high ratings from participants. Next year there will be two week-long and three four-day tours as listed below. Full tour details are online at Registration for the early-season tours, Central California and Eastern Washington, will open on Monday, Nov. 5, and will again be by lottery. Registration for the remaining tours will open in late February 2013. See the club website for details on lottery registration.

Central California 8-Day Tour

Meet April 19. Ride April 20 to 27, 2013 Brisk/Moderate Tour leader: Sue Matthews Get an early start to your season with a visit to Steinbeck country! Starting and ending in San Luis Obispo, Calif., this route explores little known roads in and around the Salinas and Carmel valleys, one of California’s best kept secrets, as well as the spectacular California coastline south from Monterey. Visit wineries, explore Pinnacles National Monument, and spend your Monterey rest day visiting its world famous aquarium and Cannery Row. Saving the best for last, we enjoy the prevailing tailwinds as we cycle south through Carmel, Big Sur, and Cambria to our journey’s end.

Eastern Washington 4-Day Tour

Meet May 30. Ride May 31 to June 3, 2012 Brisk/Moderate Tour leader: Albert Meerscheidt This is the flagship tour of the Regional Tours Program, having been run every year since 2003. It starts in Chelan and goes through the Methow Valley and over Loup Loup to Omak. The next day climbs over Wauconda Pass to the tiny town of Republic. On the third day, we cruise down the Sanpoil River, over a big hill and down into Coulee Dam to stay at the base of the dam. The final day includes a climb out of the Columbia River valley, a ride across a rolling plateau, a descent of stunning McNeil Canyon and the return to Chelan. This tour is gorgeous and has been considered by many repeat participants as the necessary training ride for a summer of great riding.

Meet June 20. Ride June 21 to 24, 2013 Steady/Moderate 4-Day Hub and Spoke (All 4 nights same hotel) Tour leader: Loretta Goetsch Mountain views, river canyons, quiet roads through scenic farmland, and sunny weather highlight this four-day tour in the Bend area. Cycle to Sisters with an optional climb to McKenzie Pass with its stark lava moonscape, enjoy the scenic bikeway to Smith Rock State Park, and cycle through high desert, canyons, and along the Crooked River. A short drive is required to some daily start points on this tour.

Long Beach Cruise 4-Day Tour

Meet Sept 12. Ride Sept 13 to 16, 2013 Steady 4-Day Hub and Spoke (All 4 nights same hotel) Tour leaders: Sue Matthews & Jan Johnson Cycle in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery Expedition. Cruise past dunes, 200-year-old National Park Service sites, lighthouses, wildlife preserves, and through Oysterville with its buildings listed on the National Historic Register. Cycling is relaxed, no day exceeds 50 miles and there are few hills. What to do with your spare time? Visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, fly your kites, go bird watching, build sandcastles, hike the headlands, or wander along the boardwalk with its informative interpretive signs. Long Beach is a great destination.

Oregon Wallowas and Hells Canyon 6-Day Tour

Meet Sept 22. Ride Sept 23-28, 2013 Moderate Tour leaders: Sue Matthews & Pam Austin Explore the stunning beauty of Eastern Oregon, where cowboy country and wilderness meet the deepest canyon in the United States. Bucolic back roads populated by cattle, miles and miles of wilderness roads with nary a car in sight, diverse and breathtaking landscapes, historical landmarks, and activities to complement the scenery. Be sure to bring walking shoes to enjoy the art and bronze works in Joseph, the hiking trails on Mt. Howard (after the tram ride!), the interpretive walk in Hells Canyon (after your jet boat ride!) and the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Bring your swimsuit for Wallowa Lake and of course your camera to capture it all!

M.J. Kelly, Editor Diane English, Editorial Assistant; Susan Hiles, Photography; November contributors: Craig Benjamin, Lindsey Parker, Leah Pistorius, Julie Salathé, Anne-Marije Rook, Anna Telensky, Peter Verbrugge, Daniel Weise, Tarrell Wright The contents of this newspaper do not necessarily represent the views of the Club or any of its members. The views expressed are those of the individual contributors. Submissions guidelines: Article ideas should be discussed with the Editor in advance as the publication calendar is planned two months prior to publication. Final materials are due the first Tuesday of the month, though earlier is appreciated.  Articles submitted after that will be considered on a space-available basis. Queries can be emailed to. If you send text attachments, please format files as native MS Word files or .RTF. For line art please use an .eps format and for photos please use .jpg or .tiff format. The Courier is printed at 300 dpi, so a small 72 dpi photo will not reproduce. If you attach your name and phone number, I will do my best (conditions permitting) to discuss any major changes with you. All submissions are subject to editing for comprehension, grammar or space requirements. Please be concise!

Inserts:  We have room for 6 single sheet qualifying inserts in each issue.  Please contact Leah Pistorius, (913) 579-7629 leah.pistorius@, for a copy of our insert policy and request form. The request and fee are due by the first of the month prior to the desired month. Advertising: Advertising: Display ads can be placed in the Courier. To check availability and reserve space, contact Leah Pistorius, (913) 579-7629 Reprints:  Articles may be reprinted or abstracted in publications of nonprofit groups provided that the author and Club are credited.  Please send us a copy of the reprinted material. Membership Information:  Club records and finances are available to members upon request from the club office at 206-522-3222.

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November classes


t’s the last chance of 2012 to get in on that maintenance or riding class that you’ve been meaning to take. Brush up on your Urban Cycling Techniques before winter really sets in, and learn how to deal with wet weather riding conditions, discover which clothing will keep you warm and dry, and what is the most effective lighting for you and your bike to see and be seen through the extended dark days of winter. It’s also a great time to take care of the “deferred maintenance” that hasn’t been happening while you’ve been out riding during the fabulous last days of Aug-tober! Sign up soon for available space. Sign up at

Fix a Flat - Nov. 5 Urban Cycling Techniques - Nov. 15, 17

Chains and Derailleurs - Nov. 20 Brakes, Wheels and Tires - Nov. 28

Lights and Reflectors clinic returns to light up the night Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.


t will be dark and darker when our crew heads out to the deepest recesses of Magnuson Park to SEE just how bright the night can be. Join us for a fun and illuminating evening where you can show off your latest lighting system or see what others are sporting. If you’ve ever wondered how you actually appear to drivers or other bike riders, this is the event for you. Bring your bike, blinkies and blingiest lighting gear, reflective clothing, spoke lights and whatever else lights up your night. Meet at the Cascade Bicycle Club office at 7400 Sandpoint Way NE Suite 101 at 6, and we’ll roll out for the darkest corners by 6:30.

Mark your calendars for SDOT’s Bike Master Plan open houses this month Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Seattle City Hall Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at New Holly Gathering Hall Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at University of Washington


et excited because the 2013 Cascade events are scheduled to roll! As a benefit of membership, event registration opens in advance to all Cascade members. While spots cannot be guaranteed, you will have the jump on the general public in securing a spot in Club events according to the schedule below. New this year, we are piloting a “buy-it now” option for a handful of RSVP1 slots. Up to 250 RSVP1 spots will be available for immediate purchase at $250 each on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. All other RSVP1 spots will be assigned via a lottery system. We expect RSVP1 to sell-out during the “buy-now” and lottery period. In order to participate in the advance registration dates, your Cascade membership must be current. Renew your membership online today at You can enter the lottery at any time until it closes, and there is no advantage to entering on the first day. Lottery draws are random.

Registration for 2013 events will occur as follows: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. • Members-only registration opens for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, Red-Bell, STP and RAW. • Members-only “buy-it now” opens for RSVP1. • Members-only lottery opens for RSVP1. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. • Members-only lottery closes for RSVP1. Registration process details will be sent with notification of lottery draw on Thursday, January 17. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 10 a.m. • Members-only registration opens for RSVP2. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at 10 a.m. • General public registration opens for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, Red-Bell, STP, RAW and RSVP2 (assuming nothing sells out). Tuesday, April 2, 2013 10 a.m. • General public registration opens for High Pass Challenge and Kitsap Color Classic.

2013 EVENT DATES Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic ................................. July 13 - 14 Cyclefest .............................. TBD July Ride Around Washington .... Aug. 3 - 9 RSVP .................................. Aug. 16 - 17 RSVP2 ................................ Aug. 17 - 18 High Pass Challenge ............ Sept. 8 Kitsap Color Classic ............ Sept. 29

Bike Swap............................ Feb. 10 Chilly Hilly ......................... Feb. 24 Seattle Bicycle Expo............. Mar. 9 - 10 Bike to Work Breakfast ........ TBD May Bike to Work Day ............... May 17 Flying Wheels...................... June 8 Red-Bell 100 ....................... June 29

Gearing up for bike maintenance parties


is the season to start recruiting volunteers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Starting at the end of November, we will hold weekly bike maintenance parties at Cascade’s office at 7400 Sand Point Way NE. The three-hour maintenance parties include maintaining the BMX bikes that are used by elementary schools students in the Group Health Basics of Bicycling unit. Can you help? No experience needed. Just bring your elbow grease and a smile. Pizza, drinks and music are provided. Check the blog and Braking News for upcoming dates. Contact Lindsey at for more information.


e all have our own story about why we love bicycling. For Cascade member Shannon Koller, a parent, international educator and a budding bicycle advocate, it’s all about her girls. “Getting rid of our second car was an easy choice for my family. We simply weren’t using it,” she said. “Over the last couple of years, my husband and I had become yearround bicycle commuters and our girls either bike or walk to their schools every day.” Shannon’s daily commute route takes her from her Ballard home to the UW via the Burke-Gilman Trail, including the Missing Link. “This route connects me to so many of the places that I want to go on my bike, but I would not, under any circumstances, ride with my children on the Missing Link. It’s simply not safe for a 9- and 12-year-old who are still emerging urban bicyclists,” Shannon said. Seattle’s Bike Master Plan Update highlights the Missing Link project and other projects that are important to connecting our neighborhoods, from West Seattle to Rainier Valley to Magnuson Park to Ballard and beyond. “Exciting things are happening in our neighborhoods as we encourage and teach our young bike riders how to be urban bicyclists,” Shannon said. “Now we need to provide world-class bicycling infrastructure that will support and protect those riders.” Do you believe that Seattle should be a city where Shannon’s girls have the freedom to safely ride to where they need to go? Then join her and dozens of your friends and neighbors at a Seattle Department of Transportation open house to speak up for a connected Seattle where it is safe and comfortable for everyone, including emerging young bicyclists, to ride a bike.

2013 event registration opens to members in January

Join Shannon as we work toward making riding a bicycle a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities. SDOT is ready to give us a taste of where Seattle is headed with the Bicycle Master Plan Update – from SDOT’s draft vision, goals and objectives, to actual lines on a city map that mark where our new bikeways might go. This is an exciting time for the future of bicycling in Seattle, but if we don’t stand together and speak up now for world-class bikeways in our communities, we could end up with a plan that calls for more sharrows on four-lane arterials. We have a remarkable opportunity to help shape the future of bicycling in Seattle, so please mark your calendars and invite your friends. Together, we can make riding a bicycle a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities. More info at

“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”

Looking for a gift for that special someone this year-end?


ift them the gift they can always use – a better community through bicycling! Give a gift to Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation this holiday season in honor of a friend or loved one, and we’ll send them a hand-written card acknowledging your gift. Gift memberships are also available. Just call Tarrell at (206)240-2235 for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m. Seattle Mountaineers Building Warren G Magnuson Park





6 p.m. Casino opens 7 p.m. Buffet dinner & show 8 p.m. Volunteer Awards 8:30 - 10 p.m. More casino fun!

No R.S.V.P. necessary










November 2012


Send us your ideas for Expo 2013!

Six Strawberries pedals bicyclepowered ice pops


oved the 2012 Seattle Bicycle Expo? But thought something was missing? We want you to tell us about great local bike businesses, international retailers, and everything in between that you would like to see at the show. From specific companies to types of vendors, speakers, and performers you’d enjoy seeing more of, we’re interested in hearing your thoughts! Send them along to

Business: Six Strawberries Owners: Vanessa Resler and Will Lemke Industry: Foods


anessa Resler and Will Lemke couldn’t have asked for a better summer to kick off their ice pop business. As the dry, sunny days lingered into October, Resler and Lemke pedaled their mobile popsicle carts from neighborhood to neighborhood, getting their product into the hands of hundreds of Seattleites. Resler and Lemke business, Six Strawberries, is Seattle’s first artisan ice pops company. They specialize in dairy-free ice pops with a focus on local ingredients and innovative rotating flavors such as PB&J, Asian Pear, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Thai Iced Tea, and many more. But what makes Six Strawberries truly unique is that they are Seattle’s first licensed bicycle-powered mobile food cart. “We’re a young business with a new product and a new business model of being a mobile food truck sans truck,” Lemke said. “There really aren’t a lot of bike businesses, and it’s been really fun to get out there.” Six Strawberries was dreamt up one day during a video conference between Resler, Lemke and her cousin Alex, who was sick in a hospital bed. Popsicles being Resler’s favorite food, the trio brainstormed delicious ice pop flavors: super sour apple, cake on a popsicle, a pop that tasted like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They decided that as soon as Alex was out of the hospital, they would start a business selling these uniquely-flavored ice pops. One week later however, Alex passed away at only 27 years old. As a tribute to Alex, Lemke and Resler decided to start the project that the three of them had dreamt up. Six Strawberries grew from a brainstorming session to a grief-processing project to, ultimately, a young business. “He really is the third founder of our business,” Resler said. “Many of our flavors were Alex’ creations.” It took six months of experiments in a home kitchen, coming up with unique flavors, learning the chemistry behind varying freezing temperatures, improving the workflow, and tastings before the product was marketable. “There was a lot of trial and error,” Lemke said. “There are no books on how to start a popsicle business.” Thanks to catering connections, Lemke and Resler are allowed to use a commercial kitchen in the off-hours, which makes for a lot of productions shifts at odd, late-night hours. And while the pops are in the freezer, Resler, a recovering CPA turned karaoke host, and Lemke, a filmmaker, return to their real jobs. “This was only our first season so our first step was to get our product into the hands of

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Vanessa with the Six Strawberries haul at the farmers market. people,” Lemke said. And the bicycle cart was the perfect means to do it. The nice thing of having a bicycle is that it’s mobile, low-maintenance, and low-cost, Lemke said, adding that they were able to start the business without investors or going into debt. A first of its kind, Six Strawberries had to apply for a mobile vendor permit, which allows them to move from street to street and sell, but it comes with a lot of exceptions. For example, they can’t sell their product in downtown Seattle, the U-District or Stadium district, nor are they allowed within a 50-feet-radius of a park. “It’s a new thing for the city to deal with us bike vendors. And we’d be happy to help new bike businesses through the vendor application process,” Lemke said. “I think the zones will loosen up if there were a bunch of us. Portland is known for their food carts, we can be known for our food bicycles.” To get their products in the hands of Seattleites, Lemke and Resler started selling at farmers markets and used social media such as Glimpse, Twitter, and Facebook to announce their whereabouts. “We also received really good worth of mouth,” said Lemke. While the street sales wind down in the winter, Lemke and Resler are gearing up for a busy event season, and have started experimenting with holiday-inspired ice pops for special orders, parties and corporate events. In the future, Resler hopes to make Six Strawberries her fulltime gig and see their company grow to a fleet of bicycles and maybe even a storefront. “As a tribute to Alex, I want to have a charitable element to our business and work with organizations that help kids with illnesses,” she said. “Also, I never want to go on a job interview again.” Bikenomics is a new series launched this month to spotlight the greater Seattle area’s growing bike businesses. Know a business that should be featured? Contact Anne-Marije Rook at

the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Russia’s Kuril Islands and Kamchatka Peninsula, Alaska, Western Canada and Hawaii. More than 1,000 stunning images and several original video excerpts along with animated maps and graphics, portray their fabulous journey. The adventurers provide witty and insightful commentary and observations, intertwined with melodies and rhythms of Montreal composer, Martin Tremblay. This highly volatile, explosive and subversive cocktail of culture, nature and adventure will surely enthrall you! Once again, volcanoes of the “Ring” led these seasoned adventurers to the most surreal of landscapes and warmest of souls. Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard have been patrolling the world on their burdened bikes, seeking adventures and searching out

the people and landscapes of our planet, since 1990. Besides seeing their work published in magazines around the world, they are longtime regular contributors to Canada’s Pedal Magazine, Vélo Mag, and Géo Plein Air. In May 1999, after having pedalled more than 100,000 kilometres in some 40 countries, they set off for the Pacific Ring of Fire’s volcanoes and dwellers. As part of Pedal Magazine’s “Cycling the Pacific Ring of Fire part 3...Full Circle.” pan-Canadian lecture series, the two globetrotters on wheels will stop over in Seattle to present their inspirational and captivating account at the REI flagship store located at 222 Yale Avenue N. on Friday, Nov 30 at 6:45 p.m. Directly following the show guests are invited to join filmmakers at Paddy Coyne’s Pub across the street.

Election Results continued from page 1 As we look ahead to 2013, the Board of Directors is committed to serving the club, its members and its mission in as thoughtful, deliberate and active a way as we can. I encourage you to reach out to board members – join us for rides, for a cup of coffee or to attend a meeting. While there is room for improvement, we are doing our best to operate in a manner that is transparent, collaborative and inclusive; please continue to provide us your thoughts and feedback so that we can do so even more effectively. Thank you again to everyone. Happy riding!


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Cascade-affiliated international tours presents: Best of Hokkaido in the region for several years) will act as your guides, mechanics, interpreters and facilitators. During September, the weather in Hokkaido is perfect for cycling, as temperatures range between 70 and 80 degrees during the day and the beautiful fall colours are very prominent. This is the perfect time to visit what is one of the world’s best cycling destinations.


dventure South, an outfitter with 20 years of experience in operating bicycle tours, is proud to partner with Cascade Bicycle Club on a new Affiliated International Tour to Japan. Seven years ago, Adventure South employed a Japanese student from Hokkaido as an intern in their Christchurch office, and from there grew the start of a bicycle tour expansion into Japan and the discovery of the delights of cycle touring in this unique country. The student, Ayaka Yoshikawa, stayed on to become Reservations Manager, Tour Guide and Japanese Tour Manager before leaving Adventure South to work for the Japanese Tourism Board in South America. During this period, Yoshikawa was instrumental in educating Adventure South staff and clients about the delights of cycling in Hokkaido and now, Adventure South is very pleased to share this knowledge with Cascade Bicycle Club members. If your vision of Japan is all about a densely populated country with busy roads and neon lights, you are in for a huge surprise when you visit Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands. With a population of 5.5 million spread over a land mass of 32,221 square miles, Hokkaido is sparsely populated, especially in the Northern and Eastern regions, where you will encounter large wilderness areas, magnificent volcanoes and isolated coastlines. The huge investment made in infrastructure following the Second World War and all the way into the 1990s, means that the roads are in a very good state and provide a wonderful network of paved cycle paths throughout Hokkaido. Combine these bike paths and empty wide roads with the world’s most courteous drivers (as voted by Adventure South clients), and the formula for a great cycle tour is already in place. Over the span of 10 days, The Best of Hokkaido Cycle tour visits the highlights of Eastern and Northern Hokkaido. It starts from Abashiri with a circuit of the Shiretoko Peninsula, where you will cycle around mountain lakes formed in the calderas of extinct volcanoes, past active thermal fields, through a mixture of wilderness and agricultural areas, and into the Shiretoko National Park with its unique local wildlife. After a return to Abashiri, the tour heads north where it is all about coastal cycling on isolated roads and cycle paths as riders travel from one quiet coastal fishing village to another. The tour ends in Wakkanai after the grand finale; an amazing 35-mile circuit of Rishiri Island. This is as north as you can get in Japan--the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia is in view--and the roads are empty and the spectacular coastal views are balanced by the volcanic Mt. Rishiri, always in sight as you circuit the island. Several of Adventure South clients have labeled this as the best ride they have ever done and some have even been known to do the circuit twice in one day. The Best of Hokkaido tour is not just about cycling. You will also enjoy a wonderful cultural experience. From soothing soaks in the Onsen hot pools at the end of each day, to sleeping in traditional Ryokan, to the amazing meals, presented to you as works of art with a strong emphasis on local fresh seafood, to meeting the friendly locals en route, you will immerse yourself in a warm and welcoming new culture. Adventure South guides, Kenichi Kawamura (our Tour Manager with many years of guiding cycle tours in Japan) and Toby Washer (a New Zealander who has married a local and lived

Itinerary Day 1, (9/4/2013) Meet in Abashiri, 1:00 p.m., Notoro Misaki loop ride 30 miles Lodging: Hotel/Ensuite

Day 2 Abashiri to Teshikaga Up to 70 miles Lodging: Guesthouse/Shared/Onsen

Day 3 Teshikaga to Rausu 65 to 96 miles Lodging - Hotel/Ensuite

Day 4 Rausu to Abashiri Up to 80 miles Lodging: Traditional Inn/Ensuite/Onsen

Day 5 Free day in Abashiri Lodging: Traditional Inn/Ensuite/Onsen

Day 6 Abashiri to Hinode Misaki Up to 93 miles Lodging - Hotel/Ensuite/Onsen

Day 7 Hinode Misaki to Hamatonbetsu Up to 60 miles Lodging: Traditional Inn/Shared/Onsen

Day 8 Hamatonbetsu to Wakkanai Up to 60 miles Lodging - Hotel/Ensuite/Onsen

Day 9 Wakkanai – ferry – Rishiri Island 35 miles Lodging - Hotel/Ensuite/Onsen

Day 10 (9/13/2013) Rishiri island – ferry – Wakkanai, finish midmorning Note: This tour is suitable for all levels of fit riders, from recreational to strong cyclists. It is fully supported and a pleasant ride in the support vehicle is always an option. Tour dates: Sept. 4 to13, 2013 Cost: from USD $2945 per person What’s included: • Nine breakfasts and six evening meals • Nine nights accommodation on a twin share basis • All water and snack food while cycling • English speaking guide and mechanic • Support vehicle(s) and sag options • All ferry transport as described in the itinerary • Rental bikes • Helmets by request only (please advise on booking) • Bike tools and spare parts More details on the Cascade/Adventure South Best of Hokkaido tour can be found at For bookings, tour and travel advice please call Adventure South toll free at (866) 479 9827 or email

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November 2012

NOVEMBER RIDES For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit

Cascade Bicycle Club Ride Classification In order to pick the rides that suit your skills and energy level, use the following guidelines: • PACE: The speed on level ground without breaks: Easy: Under 10 mph Leisurely: 10-12 mph Steady: 12-14 mph Moderate: 14-16 mph Brisk: 16-18 mph Strenuous: 18-21 mph Super Strenuous: 22+ mph • TERRAIN: These descriptions should be considered in the context of the pace and length of the ride: Mostly Flat: Trails and/or mostly flat roads with a possible gentle upgrade Rolling: Climbs are short and easy, not too numerous. Some Hills: A few short steep hills, some moderate upgrades and/or longer gentle climbs. Hilly: Many true hills, but none outrageous.

Extremely Hilly: Steep & long climbs with grades >9% and/ or mountain passes Unlimited: “Out of category”; only for those very sure of their ability to climb any grade, any length at the advertised pace. Off Road: Significant unpaved sections. • MAP: Whether a map or cue sheet is provided. • REGROUP: None and Occasional regroup categories expect experienced riders who can fix their own mechanical problems and follow a map/cue sheet if they are separated. • RAIN: Weather conditions that cancel the ride.

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Saturday, Nov 3

More Cycle Tuesdays 25-35 mi • Super strenuous • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 5:45 p.m. • Gene Coulon Park, next to Kidd Valley Restaurant, Renton • Ice/snow cancels • Lola Jacobsen, 425641-7841 • Tom Baker, 425-221-0631, Year-round training rides for one-day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation, and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Large turnout splits into multiple groups. ** No parking in Coulon Park parking lot.

SPOKESPEOPLE Rides: Beautiful libraries and tips for hauling books by bike 10 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together • 2 p.m. • Wallingford Playfield south end, N 42nd St & Densmore Ave N, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Cathy Tuttle, 206-547-9569, 206-713-6269, cathy.tuttle@gmail. com • Michael Snyder, 206-781-7221, Don’t hesitate to do every day errands like grocery shopping or going to the library by bike just because you think you can’t haul heavy loads. You can! You’ll get expert advice on packing and hauling by bike and enjoy a tour at one of Seattle’s beautifully maintained Carnegie Libraries. Ride with Spokespeople on the Greenways to a nearby library, pack up some books, and pedal home. Don’t forget your library card! Spokespeople rides http://twitter. com/Spokespeople, on the first Saturday of every month for a fun, low-carbon, family-friendly community ride. All Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at N 42nd St & Densmore Ave N and ride on the road to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please come by 1:45 if you are new to riding in groups or if you need help with adjusting your helmet or bike. All ages and skill levels welcome! All rides are on the road with traffic and include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques for new, returning and reluctant cyclists. Please join us! This is a

Eastside Tours Thursday night ride 20-30 mi • Brisk • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 6:30 p.m. • Overlake Transit Center, 15590 NE 36th St, Redmond • Showers cancel • Eric Gunnerson, 425-753-6032, Join us for our 15th year of evening rides as we explore the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. Our pace on the flats is high Moderate low brisk. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Hills are climbed at your own pace and we regroup at the top of all hills. Please see website for more details before attending. Lights required! Note winter start location; meet just north of buildings.

Friday, Nov 2 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit

Helmets are required on all rides. When using a cell phone you must pull off the road/trail and STOP. Put away all earbuds/headphones/music devices before the ride starts. All riders are required to sign a waiver form. Rides are cancelled or are no longer considered Cascade rides in the event that the ride leader does not show up or does not


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ascade Bicycle Club produces one of the most comprehensive recreational riding programs in the country, and it’s all free to anyone interested in riding. We offer rides every day of the year with more than 1,300 rides annually. Rides range from leisurely 10-mile jaunts to strenuous endurance events to multi-day rides to the intensive Cascade Training Series designed to get you ready to ride our major events like the STP.  Ride leaders are the heart and soul of our daily rides program. Our 200+ ride leaders keep the calendar filled throughout the year. If you have an idea for a new ride or don’t see your favorite ride listed, consider joining our leaders’ team. Next Ride Leader Certification Class will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Club office. Class size is limited to 15 people, and you must be registered to attend.  Interested? To register, email with your name, member number and phone number (home, cell or work).


provide a waiver form for signatures of riders. Riders are expected to be ready to ride at the time listed (i.e. that’s not the time to drive into the parking lot with a full bladder and empty tires) and to ride in a safe, courteous, legal manner. Riders are expected to cooperate with the leader(s) and ride within the advertised pace. If unsure of your ability to keep up, try a slower level ride to get an idea of ride paces. For “Hilly” rides, consider choosing a pace down from your usual level. Unless indicated, it is not necessary to RSVP the ride leader to participate in a ride. Youth riders may also join regular club rides. Permission must be obtained from the ride leader at least 24 hours in advance for youth to join a regular club ride. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian OR must have parent/legal guardian sign a consent form designating a guardian for them on the ride; youth ages 16-17 may ride without a parent or guardian with advance permission of the ride leader AND a signed parental consent

form (available at which must be given to the ride leader at the start of the ride. Cascade does not sponsor or endorse any non-bicycling activities that people may participate in while on these rides. Each cyclist is responsible for his/her conduct and decisions while on a Cascade ride. Cascade membership and activities are open to anyone able and willing to participate in a safe, courteous and cooperative manner and in support of the purposes of the club. Ride information is also available at: Only Cascade certified ride leaders may post and lead Cascade Daily Rides. See Ride Leader Information on our website or email the Rides Chair at

Bike Smart Seattle ride. All are welcome! **FAMILIES WELCOME**

Eastside Tours Tuesday night ride 20-30 mi • Brisk • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 6:30 p.m. • Overlake Transit Center, 15590 NE 36th St, Redmond • Showers cancel • Eric Gunnerson, 425-753-6032, Join us for our 15th year of evening rides as we explore the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. Our pace on the flats is high Moderate low brisk. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Hills are climbed at your own pace and we regroup at the top of all hills. Please see website for more details before attending. Lights required! Note winter start location; meet just north of buildings.

Sunday, Nov 4 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Monday, Nov 5 MUMPS: Do The Lake 40-60 mi • Moderate • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Tracy Owen Station/Logboom Park, Kenmore • Steady rain cancels • Craig Mohn, 425-890-5234 cell, cmohn_ (texts preferred to VM) The basic route is a counterclockwise loop of north Lake Washington with a food stop en route. Start at Logboom or meet us at the Leschi Starbucks at about 11:15 - contact the ride leader if you have questions about this. Distance and route may vary to suit weather conditions and group. A brisk pace group may be added only if a certified ride leader volunteers to lead it. Check with leader if weather appears questionable.

Tuesday, Nov 6 TREATS Ride the Chief Sealth Trail, Beacon Hill 25 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • David Bordewick, 425-822-8546, Ride the Chief Sealth Trail atop Beacon Hill, Seattle. The climb to the top will be a long gradual route accessible by bicycles. Lunch stop at Leschi on return route along Lake Washington. Cycle Tuesdays 25-35 mi • Super strenuous • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 5:45 p.m. • Gene Coulon Park, next to Kidd Valley, Renton • Ice/snow cancels • Pete Grey, 425-558-0451, pgrey@ • Vince Haag, 425-7857451, Year-round training rides for one day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Large turnout splits into multiple groups. No parking in Coulon parking lot. Lights required.

Wednesday, Nov 7 WRUMPS: South Snohomish Lakes 32 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Lake Ballinger play field, Edmonds • Steady rain cancels • Saul Snatsky, 425-4857896, 425-273-4156 cell, saulsnatsky@ Lakes Serene, Stickney, Silver and Martha Lake. There are no big hills but some long slopes. We will regroup as necessary. Ride on bike trail, suburban and urban roads. Lunch stop at Everett Mall. To find start: I-5 N, Exit 178, left on 236th, follow past golf course to play field parking lot on left; restrooms at start. Call leader on cell between 7 a.m.-9 a.m. if unsure of location or weather.

Thursday, Nov 8 More Cycle Tuesdays 25-35 mi • Super strenuous • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 5:45 p.m. • Gene Coulon Park, next to Kidd Valley Restaurant, Renton • Ice/snow cancels • Lola Jacobsen, 425641-7841 • Tom Baker, 425-221-0631, Year-round training rides for one-day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation, and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Large turnout splits into multiple groups. ** No parking in Coulon Park parking lot. Eastside Tours Thursday night ride 20-30 mi • Brisk • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 6:30 p.m. • Overlake Transit Center, 15590 NE 36th St, Redmond • Showers cancel

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NOVEMBER RIDES For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit • Eric Gunnerson, 425-753-6032, Join us for our 15th year of evening rides as we explore the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. Our pace on the flats is high Moderate low brisk. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Hills are climbed at your own pace and we regroup at the top of all hills. Please see website for more details before attending. Lights required! Note winter start location; meet just north of buildings.

Friday, Nov 9 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Saturday, Nov 10 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Sunday, Nov 11 In Motion, Shopping on California 6 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together • 11 a.m. • Alki Bike and Board in West Seattle • No rain cancellation • Stu Hennessey, 206-9383322, Join West Seattle Spokespeople and In Motion on a pleasant Sunday shopping trip from North Admiral in West Seattle to the Morgan Junction. Stopping at the West Seattle PCC, the Farmers Market, West Seattle Produce, West Seattle Nursery and Aarons Bike Repair. Great for cargo bikes, trailers or safe and secure bags, baskets and carrying devices. Alternative Neighborhood Greenways routes featured. Saints and Sinners 20/25 mi • Moderate • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup • 1:30 p.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Showers cancel • Roger Salstrom, 206-276-8348 Whether busy in the morning (Saints) or recovering from the previous evening (Sinners), or both, come join in for a Sunday afternoon riding experience.

Monday, Nov 12 MUMPS: Do The Lake See MUMPS, 11/5.

Tuesday, Nov 13 TREATS: Fremont to Edmonds 36 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Les Weppler, 206-789-1955 A recreational ride to Edmonds for lunch via the Interurban Trail, Innis Arden and Woodway, then return by way of Perkins Way and Burke-Gilman Trail. Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 11/6. Eastside Tours Tuesday night ride See Eastside Tours Tuesday, 11/6.

Wednesday, Nov 14 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Thursday, Nov 15 THUMPS: Home for Lunch 20-35 mi • Moderate • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 9:30 a.m. • Leschi Starbucks, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Mike Nelson, 206-325-9068

Be home in time for lunch after some urban exploration. Fixies and single speed bikes welcome. Ride leader will be riding a single speed. More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 11/1. Eastside Tours Thursday night ride See Eastside Tours Thursday, 11/1.

Friday, Nov 16 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Saturday, Nov 17 Redondo Park & Ride/Tukwila Loop 29 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map:Online • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Redondo Heights Park and Ride, Federal Way • Ice/snow cancels • Geoff Jackson, 206-650-5370, jackson. This ride is half flat and half rolling with a few steep but not very long hills. Much of the route is on bike trail, designated bike lane, or good road shoulder. This ride follows the least difficult climb from the Green River Valley over the big hill that separates the valley from Puget Sound. If the weather is clear you will have a good view of Puget Sound as we ride through the Des Moines Marina. We will travel on the newest bike lane in South King County. We will regroup frequently. Map and cue sheet are on Rain does not cancel. Ice, snow, or truly awful conditions will cancel. Start at the Redondo park and ride lot in Federal Way. It is located just south of 272nd St, a short distance from the I-5 272nd St exit. Take Exit 147 (S 272nd St). Head west to Pac Hwy S. Turn left and get in the left lane. Turn left at the 276th stoplight into the park & ride. http://www.mapquest. com/maps?address=27454+Pacific+Hwy+S &city=Federal+Way&state=WA&zipcode= 98003&redirect=true

Sunday, Nov 18 S.P.O.K.E.S.: Pumpkin Pie Warm-up 20 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup • Noon • Sammamish River Park, 17995 102nd Av NE, Bothell • Showers cancel • Michelle Burton, 425-890-4936 cell SPOKES will start at the Sammamish River Park (SRP) in Bothell, searching for the most perfect pumpkin pie in the area. Once sated with this yummy squash, we will roll around to Kirkland, returning to SRP. To reach Sammamish River Park, located off 102nd Ave NE, take SR-522 to 102nd Ave NE and cross the small bridge over the Sammamish River; immediately turn right into the unpaved parking area. Monday, Nov 19 MUMPS: Do The Lake See MUMPS, 11/5.

Tuesday, Nov 20 TREATS: Winter Roads and Trails 26-30 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Logboom Park, Kenmore • Showers cancel • Jan Johnson, 425-672-0617 A recreational ride using roads and some sections of trail. A lot of turns, some hills, and a few sections of traffic. Route will

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depend on the WEATHER. There will be a food stop. Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 11/6. Eastside Tours Tuesday night ride See Eastside Tours Tuesday, 11/6.

Wednesday, Nov 21 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Thursday, Nov 22 Thanksgiving Day For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit More Cycle Tuesday: NO RIDE TONIGHT Lola Jacobsen, 425-641-7841 Tom Baker, 425-221-0631, No ride tonight - Happy Thanksgiving! Friday, Nov 23 Fall Leaves Ride 25 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Juanita Beach Park (parking lot), Kirkland • Steady rain cancels • Gail Wentworth, 425-823-1606 A fun, fabulous, fall ride from Juanita Bay to Enatai Beach Park in south Bellevue. Rest stop at Cupcake Royale in Bellevue. Join me for a great ride, hot coffee and cupcakes with friends. See you there! FRUMPS: West and East of Ebey 33 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Maple at Pine, Centennial Trail, Snohomish • Steady rain cancels • Saul Snatsky, 425-485-7896, 425-273-4156 cell, A not-very-hard ride on rural, suburban and urban roads. The ride goes thru Snohomish, Lowell, Everett and across Ebey Island. Restrooms one mile from start. Call leader before 9 a.m. on his cell if unsure of location or weather.

Saturday, Nov 24 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Sunday, Nov 25 Saints and Sinners See Saints and Sinners, 11/11.

Monday, Nov 26 MUMPS: Do The Lake See MUMPS, 11/5.

Tuesday, Nov 27 TREATS: Eastside Wander 30 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Redhook Brewery parking lot, Redmond • No rain cancellation • Clarice Sackett, 425-478-8306, Meet at back of Redhook Brewery parking lot in Redmond. We’ll go north to Maltby, then south on Paradise Lake Road, Ring Hill, Redmond Ridge. Lunch at QFC. Then back via Novelty Hill, Education Hill and Hollywood Hill. Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 11/5. RIDE LEADER CERTIFICATION CLASS 6:30 p.m. • CBC Office, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 138, Seattle No rain cancellation Have you cycled on 5 or more Cascade Free Daily Rides this year or last? Would you like to lead your own rides? Become a Certified Cascade Ride Leader. To register for this Ride Leader Certification Class (class size limited to 15), send an email to with your NAME, CASCADE MEMBER NUMBER, and a CONTACT PHONE NUMBER (home, cell, or work). Find details about becoming a Ride Leader at Leader_Info.cfm. Eastside Tours Tuesday night ride See Eastside Tours Tuesday, 11/6.

Wednesday, 11/28 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Thursday, Nov 29 More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 11/1. Eastside Tours Thursday night ride See Eastside Tours Thursday, 11/1.

Friday, Nov 30 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit

Creating your will? Revising your estate? Please consider including a gift to Cascade in your plans.


ou’ve spent years riding with the Club and helping us create a better community through cycling. Keep the cycling community growing through legacy planning. Whether you’d like your gift to go to a specific program, such as our advocacy efforts or our education programs, we’ll work with you to create a package that honors your interests and ensures that the programs you care about can continue to thrive into the future. For more information and sample bequest language please contact Tarrell Wright, Development Director, at (206) 240-2235.


November 2012

Ride Around Washington announces 15th anniversary route


he Cascade Bicycle Club will celebrate its 15th anniversary Ride Around Washington (RAW) by returning to a former exceptional route. Since RAW 2006 rode down the middle of the state, from Lake Osoyoos near the Canadian border to Maryhill State Park on the Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Bicycle Club members have been asking when this route would be repeated. It is so spectacular because of the diverse terrain, vegetation and climate, excellent roads, and the striking beauty of the scenery. For this 15th anniversary edition we have created a special seven-day ride from a new starting location. The ride starts at Curlew Lake State Park, rolls up the Kettle River through ponderosa pines to Tonasket. For day one we cruise through the orchards along the Okanogan and Columbia rivers on our way to Chelan (and its amazing wineries!). Day three starts with a scenic ride along Lake Chelan and then over the hill, down Navarre Coulee, and back to the Columbia through Wenatchee, then following the Wenatchee River to Leavenworth. Day four is a rest day in Leavenworth, giving you an opportunity to enjoy the Bavarian architecture, the many shops and eating and drinking establishments, plus numerous scenic bicycle ride options.


On day five riders experience a significant climatic change as we move into the drier part of the state. We continue south over Old Blewett Pass, across the plains near Ellensburg, and through the always gorgeous Yakima River Canyon to Sportsman State Park near Yakima. For day six, we head east through the vineyards, hop fields, orchards and wineries of the Yakima River Valley. Passing through Sunnyside, we turn south to visit Mabton and a climb up the Horse Heaven Hills, ensuring a pleasant rolling terrain on our way to Bickelton. Finally on Day 7 we head for Goldendale, and a wonderful descent towards the Columbia River, past the Stonehenge War Memorial to our final venue at Maryhill State Park. If you think this ride is for you, please mark your calendar and save the date. Check this month’s Courier for the “on-sale” date. RAW 2013 is scheduled from Aug. 3 through Aug. 11. Actual riding dates are Sunday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 10. More information about the route, overnight venues, cost and registration details will be available on the website in early December and in the December Courier. We hope to see you on this great ride next summer.

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Welcome, new AmeriCorps members


e’d like to welcome four new AmeriCorps members to Cascade for the year. AmeriCorps members are dedicated to helping us increase our capacity to serve the community, specifically assisting Cascade in creating “Healthy Futures” for people we serve and recruiting volunteers to help us do this. Our four positions include Community Programs, Youth, Major Taylor and Commute assistants.

Hanna McFall, Community Programs Assistant Wheels: The Patriot Bike! 1990 Cannondale ST400 (red frame, blue handlebars, and white fenders and housing) Commute: 7 miles from the Central District Favorite thing/place/gadget/ride: My favorite thing is the perfect (ouchless) bike seat that I don’t own yet. Hanna is a Vashon Islander, and a recent graduate of the University of Washington (Comparative Religion and Community, Environment, and Planning). She has been fortunate enough to travel to three continents, and aspires to continued exploration! Hanna is motivated by the power of communities to support, enhance, and empower learning on both personal and global scales, and hopes to continue learning throughout her life. Bicycling empowered. Hanna to experience exhilarating freedom and independence at a young age, and the opportunity to share that with others is what brings her to Cascade. She has built her last two bicycles from the ground up, and is struggling to resist a third project (help!). Hanna also enjoys running and rock climbing and books by Haruki Murakami. And nutritional yeast.

Ryann Child, Commute Programs Assistant Wheels: Specialized road bike and an $18 findof-the-day garage sale cruiser Commute: 6 miles from Capitol Hill Favorite ride: Biking at twilight after a hot summer day Ryann’s first bike was a formerly pink, but spray-painted red, tricycle hand-me-down from her sister. Upon receiving her first real, post-training-wheels bike, she refused to ride it for months in protest that its green gremlin-themed frame was, once again, disappointingly not pink. However, growing up in sunny and dry Bend, Ore., within easy biking distance of some of Oregon’s best mountain biking trails, Ryann quickly learned that pink or gremlin, all bikes just end up dusty. Studying Environmental Science and Policy and Ethics at Duke University in Durham, N.C., Ryann was reintroduced to bicycles during a summer internship at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Portland her sophomore year where she learned that facilities she’d taken for granted like roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks are, well, not as “concrete” as they seem. Bicycling in particular was no longer about pedaling around a neighborhood in a flashy pink frame, but a means to access goods and services and to live a healthy lifestyle. She remains interested in the intersection of transportation policy, community design and public health. Armed with a new set of fenders, rain pants and memories of Bend’s 300 days of sunshine a year, Ryann is excited about her new status as a Seattleite and a full-time, all-season bi-

cycle commuter. When not bicycling around her new hometown, Ryann enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, skiing, yoga, running, using the word “y’all” and cooking vegetarian food.

Lindsey Parker, Youth Programs Assistant

Member of Cascade Bicycle Club, Bicycle Alliance of Washington and the League of American Bicyclists. Sponsor of Fischer Plumbing, Thumbprint Racing,, Recycled Cycles Racing, Garage Racing, Cucina Fresca, Blue Rooster Racing, Starbucks and Lakemont Cycling Teams.

Wheels: Vintage Raleigh Super Grand Prix Road Bike Commute: 10 miles round-trip from Fremont Favorite rides/trips: I love riding to the Redhook Brewery during the warm spring and summer months, but favorite long ride has been the STP! Lindsey loves living in Seattle, and enjoys searching out the fun corners of the city on her bike. After gaining confidence and riding this past STP, she hopes to finds more adventure by trying out bike touring. Lindsey’s past education experience includes time as a Girl Scout summer camp counselor, and a couple years as a rock climbing instructor at a local climbing gym. Encouraging and inspiring youth to get outside and get active is her main motivation, and she is looking forward to getting more kids on bikes.

Liz Johnson, Major Taylor Program Assistant

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Wheels: Raleigh Ravenio 3.0 Commute: 7 miles, from the Central District Favorite ride: Southbound on Lake Washington Boulevard, on a blustery-but-clear fall weekday, post-morning-rush-hour, with Mt. Rainier dominating the horizon Liz learned to ride a bike what feels like forever-ago. Growing up, she was one of a group of neighborhood kids who delighted in tearing through Bellingham’s woods, narrowly avoiding collisions with old people walking their dogs, and scraping each joint thoroughly enough that the scars are still visible nearly two decades later. She rode her orange Trek, Klaus, to Bellingham High School, where it was safe enough to leave him unlocked, and eventually to UW, where his cable lock was snipped but Liz found and reclaimed him two months later. Eventually and begrudgingly Liz traded Klaus for a faster ride. The old Specialized road bike she found for $200 was older than she was and equipped with friction shifters that she nearly killed herself learning to use. Completing her bachelor’s in philosophy and wrapping up at UW a couple years later meant forfeiting her all-access metro pass. Liz couldn’t afford $5 a day to transport herself, so she started bike commuting in earnest. A year-and-a-half later she can climb even the steepest of Seattle’s hills, has three centuries under her belt and owns enough high-viz spandex to last a lifetime.

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November 2012

“Just think about how good it feels to ride and how you want that for your kids, for them to have that freedom to get around on their own volition and have fun.” CYCLIST OF THE MONTH


by Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer, Age: 35 Wheels: Specialized Roubaix road bike. “So that I have a chance of keeping up with [my husband] on his hybrid.” Occupation: Freelance book editor/ mother


his fall marks the fourth anniversary of Tracy and Luke Cutchlow’s decision to donate their Saturn to a church across the street and adopt a car-free lifestyle, a lifestyle choice they’re continuing to live even after having their first child. “We were living in San Francisco at the time and it was more of a pain to have a car than not,” said Tracy, a Cascade Champion. “And we haven’t needed one because we bike so much. It’s our favorite way of getting around.” That doesn’t mean that it was an altogether easy decision. “When we first gave up the car, there were months and months where we thought, ‘Can we really do this?’” Tracy recalled. “I tracked how much we spent on a car–the gas, the repairs, even all the little costs you forget about like licensing, emission tests, and car washes–and how much we drove it and where to. We were already biking to work at the time and really, it was more of a mental barrier. It was cheaper to just rent a car or take a taxi than own a car.” While it was the math that led them to sell their car, it’s the joy of biking has kept them car-free. “It really helps doing the math on how much it costs to own a car. It changes your perception about paying for a rental or taxi. [The decision to sell the car] was all about the math at first but then what we found was that we really loved it. You spend a lot more time in your neighborhood, interacting with people, and buying locally,” she said. As an adult, Tracy was reintroduced to the practicality and sheer joy of bicycling while living in one of the most bikeable and walkable cities in the United States: Portland. While working at the Oregonian, Tracy decided to participate in the newspaper-sponsored Cycle Oregon event, a weeklong bike tour throughout Oregon. “I was working as a copy editor at nights and weekends so I had all this time during the day to bike,” she explained. “It gave me such a sense of freedom when I was riding,” she recalled. “It was like a 16-year-old getting their first car. I just kept biking because it makes me smile.” Riding her bike became an integral part of her daily life and she became an avid bike commuter, even well into her pregnancy.


“I’m just waiting for the moment that Geneva turns one and her head can support a helmet.” Tracy said, adding that’s she’s already been browsing Craigslist for child seats. While she admits to being more scared now than before her pregnancy, she won’t let it keep her from riding bikes with her daughter. “Becoming a parent changes everything but you just have to be more careful and start slow and safe,” she said. “Seattle does have some good cycling roads, and just think about how good it feels to ride and how you would want that for your kids-for them to have that freedom to get around on your own volition and have fun.” And she wants everyone to experience that freedom and joy. “Spandex and jerseys with a whole bunch of logos scares people away. People should feel like they can incorporate biking in everyday life. It doesn’t have to be about going fast, comparing bikes, and needing special gear,” said Tracy. What is needed, however, is a welcoming bike culture and better infrastructure, she said. “Living in a walkable, bikeable neighborhood is key. If infrastructure were better and people saw regular bicyclists all the time, they’d be less afraid of biking and it would become normal,” she said. “And that’s why I support Cascade. Because they’re working on that.” Know a cyclist who deserves some special recognition? Nominate them for cyclist of the month! Send your ideas to Anne-Marije Rook at

Interested in joining Tracy in becoming a Cascade Champion? Contact Tarrell Wright for more information at (206) 240-2235 or tarrell.wright@

Vol. 42, No. 11


Lakes and Volcanoes District of Chile and Argentina 12-day tour Tour dates: Nov. 3 to 14, 2013 Daily ride details: 30 to 60 miles per day and 2000 feet average elevation gain Group size: 6 minimum, 20 maximum Cost: US $2,900 – $3,280, depending on exchange rates and sign up numbers


iscover the Lakes and Volcanoes District by cycling Argentina’s and Chile’s southern back roads with one of Chile’s finest tour operators, EcoTours Chile. Find out why we have 75 very happy Cascade members who have taken these tours during the last few years. Explore this fascinating part of both countries dominated by clear water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. With friendly locals, you will pedal alongside green rolling meadows and through national parks, visit ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs. Your guide, Ernesto, is a certified national treasure- a gentlemen who will not only show you the best, safest routes, but educate you on everything uniquely Chilean on this fabulous tour! This tour is for nature lovers and folks who enjoy awesome vistas and lightly travelled roads. For 12 days you will be visiting six protected wilderness areas where you will observe endemic birds, learn about some of the most active Chilean volcanoes, and hike through native temperate rain forest in Argentina. And for those who are looking for some extra active sports in a pristine nature setting, this is surely the trip for you. In addition to road cycling, cruising across the Pirihueico Lake and hiking in national parks are more ways to experience the Lakes and Volcanoes Districts in South America. The thermal waters of this area are some of the best in the world. Due to the volcanic activity, you can find hot springs and thermal spas almost everywhere you go. Likewise, the cuisine is another highlight of the tour, with

the ingredients that have made Argentina and Chile known worldwide: wine, delicious produce, seafood from the South Pacific Ocean, Argentinean BBQ and Patagonian food (lamb, wild board, venison, smoked trout, homemade pasta, ice cream and chocolates). Aptly named the Lakes District for the 12 major lakes and dozens more dotting the landscape, this area has been frequently compared to Switzerland. Our tour starts in Pucón, the capital of Adventure Tourism in Chile. From there we head off to the Andean areas of this untamed land, cycling almost entirely on quiet well paved roads alongside different lakes and volcanoes. We’ll cruise across Pirihueico Lake towards Argentina, ride the famous seven-lake route (the same route that Ernesto Che Guevara once rode on his motorbike), pedal alongside Lake Nahuel Huapi and visit the city of Bariloche. Then we’ll cycle across the Andes, in a most spectacular ride from Argentina to Chile and finally head to the Osorno volcano and the Petrohue Falls. We stay at three-star and four-star charming hotels and inns and enjoy hot springs three times during the tour. This well supported cycling program has been especially tailor-made for Cascade members. Please visit the website for exact pricing and reservations at continued on page 12

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Dawgs Ride in the Rain


ttention UW students and employees, Don’t let the rain keep you from biking to campus this November! Put on some rain gear and fenders and join hundreds of your fellow Univ. of Washington students, staff, and faculty in competing in the ninth annual Ride in the Rain competition. For the past three years, Cascade Bicycle Club has partnered with our friends at UW during the month of November to increase bicycling among the campus community, keep fair-weather riders motivated when the rain starts to fall, attract new bicycle commuters, and make bike riding a fun experience. Similar to the Group Health Commute Challenge that takes place in May, participants compete by logging their bicycle trips to and from campus, with prizes awarded for most bicycle trips, most prolific recruiter, and most commute miles. “Students, staff, and faculty have several incentives to participate. For starters, Ride in the Rain reinforces that you’re not alone in riding through the cold and rainy months,” said David Amiton Active Transportation Analyst at UW Transportation Services. “Each year, roughly 1,000 people compete in Ride in the Rain, and many of those participants are on teams.” Amilton said that the challenge not only appeals to the competitive streak in people, it also builds a sense of community. “Sure, some people are competing for the number one spot, but many people are simply competing against their own best selves by setting goals for themselves, even if that’s

riding just one day per week or several days in the course of the month.” Each year, almost 10 percent of participants indicate they’re new to bicycling. To get those new bicyclists up to speed and help more experienced bike commuters shake off the rust, Cascade Bicycle Club supports the program with free bike classes every Tuesday. Topics include everything from riding tips to winter bike maintenance. Cascade also contributes to the prize pot with some very cool swag. The challenge ends with the UW bike gala, a gathered luncheon and award ceremony to recognize the winners as well as everyone who participated and completed more than 20 one-way trips. Learn more and register for Ride in the Rain at

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November 2012

Chile and Argentina 12-day tour continued from page 11

Tour dates: Nov. 3 to 14, 2013 Tour operator: Ecotours Chile Experience: Produced three successful Cascade Bicycle Club tours to Chile in 2008 and one in 2011.

Itinerary Day 01 Santiago – Temuco – Pucón Upon your arrival, our staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and drive you 90 minutes to the city of Pucón – the capital of adventure tourism in Chile – where we’ll check in at your hotel and have a rest. That evening we will check and fit your bicycles, have an orientation and briefing session, and enjoy an introductory dinner with your guides and fellow riders.

Day 02 Pucón – Lake Caburgua – Huife Hot Springs-Pucon optional loop ride We’ll cycle from our hotel to the village of Caburgua where we’ll eat a snack at the beach of Lake Caburgua. The road today is a constant false-flat with a few short climbs – just enough to get your legs going. Before you start cycling, the staff will provide a snack for you to bring with you and some more on the support van. Throughout today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle next to beautiful farms and enjoy views of the Villarrica volcano. After cycling the rolling road to Huife, we will visit the Hot Spring Resort and enjoy a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath Meals included: Breakfast / Snack on route / Lunch Biking distance: 52 km / 32 miles (+ 22 miles if you ride the loop back to Pucón)

Day 03 Pucón – Puesco – Pucón / Loop Ride We’ll cycle from your hotel in Pucón to Curarrehue (a small village at the Argentina border) where we can visit a Cultural Center and learn about the Mapuche, the area’s indigenous people. The road today is generally flat with a few rolling hills – just enough to get your legs going. But after we arrive to Curarrehue we can climb a 15 km section on new asphalt (international road to Argentina) and then get back to this town enjoying the same 15 km riding downhill. Along today’s ride we’ll cycle while enjoying views of three volcanoes, Villarrica, Quetrupillan and Lanín. Biking distance: 100 km / 62 miles Note- ride as much or as little as you like each day —— our sag vans are there to customize the route to suit your needs. Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch

Day 04


Licanray – Panguipulli – Choshuenco / The Chilean 7-lake route! Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. We will ride the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and will cycle three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snowcapped active volcano. We’ll ride through the lake-side town of Licanray on roads bordered by green prairies and native forests. The first 21-mile section passes through green meadows with native forests and the Calafquén Lake on your left; At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes! After a fun descent toward the town and Lake of Panguipulli meaning “land of lions” – we enjoy a picnic lunch by the beach, then contiue riding alongside Lake Panguipulli, ending with a short drive to the amazing Natural Reserve Huilo Huilo, where we’ll eat dinner and stay overnight at the incredible Baobab Hotel & Spa in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve Biking distance: 94.7 km / 58.8 miles. Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner

Day 05 Lake crossing Huilo-Huilo – Lanin NP (Argentina) – San Martín de Los Andes Today we leave Chile and head for Argentina. After breakfast, from Puerto Fuy we’ll board a ferry boat that will take us across the Lake Pirehueico. We’ll travel by the lake during 90 minutes until arriving at Puerto Pirehueico. From this point, we drive 15 minutes to the Chile/Argentina border and go through Customs. Once in Argentina we’ll have lunch at Hosteria Huahum and then enjoy a Hike in National Park Lanin for 2 hours next to Lake Lacar. Once the hike ends we’ll continue driving 1½ hours along Lacar Lake until we get to the charming village of San Martín de Los Andes. After checking in at Hotel Del Viejo Esquiador 3 star, you’ll have the evening at leisure. Hike day - no biking Meals: Breakfast / Lunch /

Day 06 San Martín de Los Andes – Villa La Angostura / The Argentinean “7 lake route” Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. We will ride a section of the “seven lakes route”; a well known scenic road in Argentina that was once traveled by a young man named Ernesto “Che” Guevara. In a day’s journey, this route connects Lakes Lacar, Machónico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso and Espejo. We’ll start riding from our hotel and as we leave San Martín de Los Andes we cycle alongside Lake Lacar through a fun rolling route. The scenery of all this area is made up by the Andean Patagonian forest, formed by various nothofagus species and cypress trees. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a fabulous Argentinean BBQ at a local restaurant. Biking distance: 54 km / 33.5 miles Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner

Day 07 Villa La Angostura - Bariloche / Nahuel Huapi Lake ride Today, we start riding from the hotel in Villa La Angostura toward the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. We’ll ride alongside Lake Nahuel Huapi during the whole route. The road is generally flat with some rolling sections, 60 miles in total. This ride covers half of the famous Circuito Grande, which travels around the lake. Then we’ll continue towards El Bolsón riding the backside of the city of Bariloche. Finally we’ll arrive to Lake Nahuel Huapi where we end the ride with a magnificent view of the area. Biking distance: 96 km / 60 miles Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner

Day 08, Bariloche – Circuito Chico – Cerro Catedral / Loop Ride Prepare yourself for an amazing day. We’ll be riding the world famous Circuito Chico, cycling alongside Lake Nahuel Huapi en route for famous Llao-Llao Hotel, then across Nahuel Huapi National Park with many small lakes and breathtaking lookout points. Once completing the circuit of 15.5 miles, we’ll pedal another 6.21 mile on a busy road and then head toward Cerro Catedral on a 7.5 miles climb. At the base of this famous ski resort you can have an amazing view of the city and the surrounding lakes. Return to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. We recommend you explore the city of Bariloche, which is a great place for shopping and dining. Bike traveled distance: 47 km / 29 miles Meals: Breakfast / Snack on route

Day 09 Villa La Angostura (ARG) – Puyehue (Chile) / The Andres Crossing ride We start driving in the vans for one hour from Bariloche to Villa La Angostura. The cycling today consists of a good rolling climb of two stages (25 mi) and then a thrilling descent to Chile (29 mi); the first one of small easy hills that starts from Villa La Angostura’s downtown (14 miles), and a second stage of 10 miles where we begin a rolling climb across the hills of the Andes Mountain Range. We’ll ride the first 14 miles of a smooth windy road until we reach the Argentinean Custom, then we continue on riding 10 mi until reaching the border point with Chile at an altitude of 4.255 ft. This place is called Hito Samoré at the National Park Puyehue, and from there you can see the heart of The Andes. Then will descend 14 mi until reaching the Chilean customs and from there we’ll ride the final 10 miles to the exit of the National Park. We’ll get in the vans and drive one hour to Osorno and stay overnight at the Sonesta Hotel 5 stars. Biking distance: 87 km / 54 miles Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner /

Day 10 Puerto Octay – Frutillar - Llanquihue / LLanquihue Lake ride

rolling hills with flat stretches until we end the ride by the beach of Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us, the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. We’ll enjoy an incredible buffet lunch in a German family-owned restaurant and then continue biking another 22 miles of rolling and hilly terrain until the village of Llanquihue. From here we’ll drive in the vans 20 minutes to Puerto Varas. Evening at leisure. Biking distance: 76 km / 47 miles Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch /

Day 11 Puerto Varas – Ensenada – Petrohue Falls This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we drive out of Puerto Varas and start riding from the Puerto Octay, alongside Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us - the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. The side of the Volcano reaches the shore of the lake and we’ll pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as we travel to the villages of Las Cascadas and Ensenada. This 41-mile northeast section of the Llanquihue Lake Route is one of the most beautiful routes of the tour. Finally, we will end our last ride arriving at Petrohue Falls, a turquoise waterfall located in the National Park Vicente Perez Rosales. Option extra 7.3 miles /3750ft: Challenge yourself and climb Volcan Osorno and one of the steepest climbs in South America if not Europe. Bike traveled distance: 67 km / 41 miles Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Farewell dinner

Day 12 Puerto Varas – Angelmo Market Airport in Puerto Montt (PMC) Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile. After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans to Puerto Montt City and visit the Market of Angelmó, which is the perfect place for wonderful souvenirs, handcrafts and woolen clothing. Later, we’ll head to the Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago. It’s been a trip you will always remember! End of services.

Cost of Tour $3010 -$2610 USD depending on the final sign-up numbers (6 minimum, 20 maximum people) Single supplement: $700 USD. Bike rental: $270 USD. (Trek 1.5 Carbon lightweight road bikes). Note: Does not include airfare Please visit the website for information/ sign-up on the trip, including links to hotels, full inclusions and other important details:

Today we’ll drive in the vans 12 miles until we reach our starting point, where we will begin cycling. From this point we’ll start our ride towards quaint little villages with a strong German heritage, such as Puerto Octay and Frutillar. The route consists of

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November 2012 Cascade Courier  

Newsletter for the Cascade Bicycle Club. Volume 42, Issue # 11