Postponed Stinky Spoke bike ride in Redmond is Saturday

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A funny thing happened on the way to the first Stinky Spoke mountain bike ride scheduled on Feb. 9 by the Redmond Rotary — the weather got too stinky for a safe ride.

If you remember, the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest were blanketed under more than a foot of snow (some of which is still piled up in parking lots). The Redmond Rotary, which had taken over the popular decade-old event, was forced to postpone because of treacherous trail conditions on the hilly course.

The new date for the ride — March 9 — is coming up Saturday. All the amenities for this awesome ride are the same, except the forecast is for partly cloudy weather and highs in the upper 40s. The course starts at Redmond Town Hall. Bikers head north on Sammamish River Trail before turning east onto Tolt Pipeline Trail and tackling Heart Attack Hill. The route winds through the hills east of Redmond, and returns via the Powerline Trail.

The Rotary took over the ride in 2019. It’s a fund-raiser for charities supported by Rotary. Beneficiaries include Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Together Center, and Hopelink.

The cost of the ride is $55. For that, all participants will get a Stinky Spoke beanie and a pint glass. Free coffee and mini-bagels will be available at the start at Redmond City Hall. Hot chocolate and snacks will be served along the route.
At the finish line at Redmond City Hall, riders will get a free drink ticket courtesy of PostDoc Brewery.

Riders also get a playing card at each pit stop. Patrick Magee, Rotary’s president elect, said more than $7,000 in prizes have been donated, including a $1,900 Specialized bike donated by Edge and Spoke.

Go to the Stinky Spoke website to register.

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