There are 10,000 fewer bicyclists on the streets of Seattle today; they all left this morning for Portland.
They’re celebrating their love of the bicycle and self-propelled motion by participating in the 33rd annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, the most awesome bicycle spectacle in the Northwest.
Those who aren’t doing the 202.5-mile ride to Portland in one-day are doing it in two. Remembering how long it took me to do my first century, it’s amazing to think that so many people are doing back-to-back centuries.
I’m not riding it this year, but I rode over to Lake Washington Boulevard where I took these shots of the cyclists leaving town.
I never really thought about it, but of the more than 10,000 bib numbers, there has to be a #1 and #2. Well, that’s them above.
They’re a father daughter riding duo — Jeff and Jenny Almgren. Jeff is a super longtime member of Cascade, and the family led group rides for years. Jenny worked for Cascade through Americorps last year, now she’s a youth program coordinator.
Here are some other miscellaneous shots. I was mainly shooting cyclists who left around 7 this morning. Notice how many kids are making the ride.
See a few more photos at ebis50 at Flickr.com
By the way, not all the cyclists are leaving town. Redmond’s 72nd annual Derby Days are this weekend, featuring bicycle racing on Saturday and Sunday.
Also, Bicycle Sundays is scheduled for tomorrow on Lake Washington Boulevard, the same road that was STP’s route out of town on Saturday.