There is a full line-up of bicycling events this weekend in western Washington. The forecast calls for dry sunny weather that remains through Saturday, but cooler temps arrive Sunday with a chance of thunderstorms.
Submitted for your perusal:
Saturday and Sunday:
The Edible Pedal bike ride visits 25 food and fiber farms between Port Townsend and Quilcene on the Olympic Peninsula. All farms will have educational exhibits, with many featuring tasting opportunities; a few will even have live music. Saturday and Sunday, with camping on the grounds at Chimicum Elementary School. Farm Tour Central is the Chimacum Corner Farmstand.
Ride Around the Sound The one-day charity ride for the American Lung Association features five different lengths within a scenic loop around the southern Puget Sound, ending with a ferry ride to the finish party in West Seattle. Rides of 100, 88, 75 and 45 miles, and a family ride. Replaces the old Trek Tri Island charity ride. You can still register on-site Saturday morning.
Passport to Pain A bike ride that visits most of Vashon Island’s challenging hills. Options of 30, 50, and 78 miles; that longest ride has 10,000 feet of elevation gain. Riders get their passport stamped at stations along the way, with each stamp reducing the $100 entry fee by degrees. A barbecue for all at the end of the ride. Starts/ends at Jensen Point. Presented by Vashon Island Rowing Club.
Olympic Bike Adventure Three mileage options along the Olympic Discovery Trail — 60, 25 and 10 miles. Starts at Port Angeles City Pier and follows the trail to the S’Kallam Tribal Center on Sequim Bay. Presented by Sequim Sunrise Rotary and Port Angeles Recreation Department.
Chuckanut Century Bicycle Ride This classic ride features five options from 25 to 124 miles (double metric century), including a standard 100-miler. Look for Chuckanut Drive and Birch Bay. Sponsored by the Mount Baker Bike Club in Bellingham.
Cycle the WAVE Women Against Violence Everywhere is sponsoring this all-women’s cycling experience benefiting domestic violence programs in Washington State. Four rides to accommodate all levels: Little Sister -12 miles, Girly Girl – 25 miles, Middle Sister – 42 miles and the Burly Girl – 59 miles. Participants will be pampered with girly gift bags, sassy tees, plenty of food, mechanical support. Starts at Issaquah High School.
Meanwhile, out in eastern Washington, the Rotary in Motion Ride (Ride the Rim) tours the Spokane Valley with routes ranging from 100 miles to a 5-mile family fun ride. Based in Liberty Lake between Spokane and the Idaho border, the 100-mile course features some challenging climbs, the 50-mile visits Hauser Lake, and the 15- and 25-mile rides use the Centennial Trail. Benefits Rotary International.
Lastly, if you want to enjoy a car-free ride along Lake Washington, the penultimate Bicycle Sunday is this weekend. Lake Washington Boulevard is closed to car traffic between Seward and Mount Baker Beach Parks.