Let the sun shine on Painted Cyclists at Solstice Parade on Saturday

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The Painted Cyclists at this year’s Solstice Parade on Saturday might want to consider some sunscreen in the areas that aren’t slathered in red, orange or other hues.

Painted cyclists

Painted cyclists

Forecasters predict mostly sunny weather for the parade, a highlight of the annual Fremont Solstice Celebration.

Perhaps to give the sun a greater chance of making an appearance, the parade doesn’t kick off until 3 p.m. It forms near 3rd Avenue NW and NW 36th Street in Fremont and rolls out to Gas Works Park, scene of the very entertaining Honk! Fest West all day Saturday.

With all the bridge closures and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in town this weekend, organizers suggest either walking, bicycling, or taking a bus to the event.

Cold ride in 2010

Cold ride in 2010

This being Seattle, no one can traditionally depend on sunny weather until after the Fourth of July. The Seattle Times reported this morning that the city gets just 58 clear days a year, about one-third as Los Angeles. It will definitely be good news if Saturday turns out to be sunny,

The cyclists, numbering way more than 100, meet at paint parties that begin Saturday morning. The main location is CSR Marine at 4701 Shilshole Ave. Only cyclists are allowed here.

Although the Painted Cyclist website says they will “engage and entertain the crowd with our boldness, bareness and enthusiasm,” elsewhere they warn that this is a family event — “… they may not want your junk in their kid’s face. Use good judgment when interacting with spectators.

Fremont Arts Council guide to watching the parade.

Also this weekend

 Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic – June 21, 2014  Three bike ride options of 33, 66 or 100 miles in and around Walla Walla. Lunch stop at Rooks Park and buffet at the finish featuring local food and wine. Benefit for the Ann Fund through the Blue Mountain Community Foundation and Wheatland Wheelers.

Wheels to Meals — June 21, 2014   Six bike routes travel the scenic roads of Pierce County, leaving from Puyallup. Distances of 10 to 75 miles . The bike ride is a fund-raiser ($100 in pledges) for the St. Leo Food Connection, which operates one of the state’s largest food banks. Register

Chelan Century Challenge — June 21, 2014  Three loops of 30 – 40 miles each that combine challenging climbs (8,600 feet total elevataion gain) along with spectacular scenery around Lake Chelan. There is a timed hill on the 2nd and 3rd loops. Starts in Chelan. Presented by Chelan Rotary Community Foundation.

Chelan Cycle de Vine — June 21, 2014  First year for this 30-mile ride out of Chelan that visits area wineries. Riders get punch cards that are endorsed at each winery visited; at the ride’s completion the card will be endorsed by the Chelan Rotary and card holders can return to three of the wineries for an official wine tasting and free glass of wine. Wine-drinking is discouraged at the rest stop during the ride..

Two County Double Metric Century — June 22, 2014    Five cycling loops — 20 to 126 miles – in Thurston and Lewis counties. Starts at Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School, Tumwater. Capital Bicycle Club.


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