Ride on Sunday, August 13
In 2017, Obliteride has an all-new 100-mile route on Sunday offering cyclists one of the flattest and most scenic century rides in the region.
The 100-mile ride leaves Fred Hutch with a short incline up to the University bridge. The gentle downhill to Fuhrman Ave E is a nice way to continue this urban section as you then roll east on Boyer Avenue. Once on Boyer you will meander through the Montlake neighborhood, through Madison Valley and then up to Lake Washington Blvd. You’ll turn right, head south, and keep rolling down Lake Washington. Look around at the beautiful trees, homes and lakefront views as you pedal south through Leschi, under I-90 and then cruise along Lake Washington past the Mount Baker Crew House.
The miles will glide under your tires as you approach Seward Park. Enjoy your rest stop—grab some Nuun, water, bars, cookies, chips and whatever else keeps you moving. And get ready…the climb out of Seward Park is the first of the day. The first section is steep and short. You’ll turn left and see another hill, but with a much easier grade. Enjoy the peak and start cruising down, but be sure to obey the stop signs and watch the intersections. It’s a great coast down to Rainier Avenue South and very well-traveled by cyclists year-round.
The left on Rainier Avenue South brings 3-4 miles of shoulder-riding with traffic on your left. Ride single file in the bike lane, signal and verbally alert fellow riders as to potholes, cars and other obstacles. Ride this fairly flat terrain till you reach Renton. Here you’ll see the signs and follow the course marshal as you turn left into the Renton Municipal Airport. These low-traffic roads are familiar to local cyclists and provide a smooth route to the Cedar River Trail.
You will ride slight incline along the Cedar River Trail into Maple Valley where the second rest stop will accommodate your hunger and thirst and provide you with a short break. From there, you will experience rolling hills through the verdant countryside. The serene country roads and farmlands of Kanasket, Cumberland and the Green River Gorge will provide amazing views throughout this quiet portion of the route. Rest stops provide relief for our riders every 13-15 miles.
You’ll return through Black Diamond, Ravensdale and Maple Valley eventually leading you back to the Cedar River Trail and into Renton. Watch for the orange Obliteride branded signs to help navigate you through Renton back to Renton Municipal Airport. From there, you will ride along Rainier Avenue northbound to Seward Park. You will enjoy Bicycle Sunday along Lake Washington Blvd. to Mount Baker Beach. Pedal through Leschi and Madrona and start a short climb up to the Arboretum.
Once you get back to the University Bridge, you’ll turn left to loop around the South end of Lake Union, making your way toward the Finish chute at Gas Works Park.
Enjoy the celebration with live music, food and festive atmosphere of the Obliteride Finish Line.