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    It's Chilly Hilly time!

    Registration tomorrow. Woohoo!
    He's a restless young romantic, wants to run the big machine.......

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    Who's going?
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    I'm in. Signed up for Chilly Hilly and STP yesterday. Might even get a jersey this year. The STP ones look pretty sharp.
    He's a restless young romantic, wants to run the big machine.......

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    It was on my short list until I learned that the conditions of my employment are changing the end of this month. I'll be there if I can swing it.


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    I am thinking about it. Signed up for my first STP though.

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    I am doing both. Just signed up for both. Low and slow... My first on both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusterMcFly View Post
    I am doing both. Just signed up for both. Low and slow... My first on both.
    Good plan on the low and slow. My advice for a first timer, Chilly Hilly is the harder of the two. Don't let it intimdate you. It's hard miles versus the longer hours you'll do on STP.
    He's a restless young romantic, wants to run the big machine.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by klondike300 View Post
    Good plan on the low and slow. My advice for a first timer, Chilly Hilly is the harder of the two. Don't let it intimdate you. It's hard miles versus the longer hours you'll do on STP.
    Good to know! I was in Seattle today (looking at bikes, of course) and wondering about whether I should sign up for the Chilly Hilly after all. I would have to do it on my commuter bike (8 speed IGH) and I am not too sure about it still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anichka View Post
    Good to know! I was in Seattle today (looking at bikes, of course) and wondering about whether I should sign up for the Chilly Hilly after all. I would have to do it on my commuter bike (8 speed IGH) and I am not too sure about it still.
    The nice thing about Chilly Hilly is you're never far from anything. And you can judge your ability by the time you get near Baker Hill. If you're pretty tired at the cider stop. Take the cut off and head to the finish.
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    Thanks. I picked up my 520 yesterday and started to get some more miles in. May use my commuter for the Chilly. Depends on weather from now till then. Don't plan on taking the cut off but will keep it in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anichka View Post
    Good to know! I was in Seattle today (looking at bikes, of course) and wondering about whether I should sign up for the Chilly Hilly after all. I would have to do it on my commuter bike (8 speed IGH) and I am not too sure about it still.
    Do it. I've done it on my fixed gear, but I use it for everything, from daily commuting to Paris-Brest-Paris to training on the track. The bike makes no difference for Chilly Hilly. Or for just about any event, for that matter!

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    I may ride down to the ferry from home on the eastside. If I come over the I-90 bridge, can anyone recommend a good route down to the ferry dock? Just about all my riding is on the eastside so I am not familiar with the Seattle routes. Thanks.

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    I just signed up for both. Really looking forward to Chilly Hilly.


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    I did six or eight CH's and while they were good fun, I just had too many close calls and instances of outright rudeness between riders and car drivers, a couple that escalated to outright road rage. Now I go the weekend after with a few buds and we ride the same course, enjoy the lack of crowds, and save the money. Not that I didn't enjoy the camaraderie, but for me at least, there was just too much density and mixing of people going way too fast with people going way too slow. Yes, I'm getting old.

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    Do you think it's busy the whole time - I mean, for each of the 4 departures on the ferry - or maybe more so the earlier ones? Still debating... I've read so many pros and cons about it here and other places. It would be my first ever ride like this (starting as part of a group).

    I am planning to do some rides with the local club this spring so I get used to riding with others. The prospect of riding the STP with 9,999 others is far more intimidating than the mileage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anichka View Post
    Do you think it's busy the whole time - I mean, for each of the 4 departures on the ferry - or maybe more so the earlier ones? Still debating... I've read so many pros and cons about it here and other places. It would be my first ever ride like this (starting as part of a group).

    I am planning to do some rides with the local club this spring so I get used to riding with others. The prospect of riding the STP with 9,999 others is far more intimidating than the mileage.
    If you're coming on one of the ferries, you'll be in a big group but it generally spreads out pretty quick. The first couple are super full. It will bunch up again on the first big hill but after that, it spreads out pretty nicely. I live on this side so we just time our start in between ferry runs. It wouldn't be any big deal for you to hang around the park and wait for the rush to settle down.

    The STP get's pretty stacked up for the first 20 or so. About 10 miles after the REI stop is when it really starts to spread out. It will stack up again in Puyallup at the hill but after that other than the food stops it's generally not too bad. We ride to Castle Rock on day one so we have less crowds Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
    He's a restless young romantic, wants to run the big machine.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by anichka View Post
    Do you think it's busy the whole time - I mean, for each of the 4 departures on the ferry - or maybe more so the earlier ones? Still debating... I've read so many pros and cons about it here and other places. It would be my first ever ride like this (starting as part of a group).

    I am planning to do some rides with the local club this spring so I get used to riding with others. The prospect of riding the STP with 9,999 others is far more intimidating than the mileage.
    Give it a go. If you're careful, you should be fine. Getting a cup of coffee so you're not in the pack getting off the ferry helps. For me, it was just a matter of deciding I didn't want to run the risk year after year. After seeing so many mishaps and close calls along with some truly idiotic behavior (at both extremes from completely reckless to overly cautious), I found I wasn't enjoying the ride very much.

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    I singed up for STP, but undecided on the Chilly. Waiting for the Spokane weather to break a bit so I can get out and ride. I'll keep riding the trainer and decide at the last minute

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    I survived Chilly Hilly 2013. I was actually expecting more hills. The weather was good except for the wind, but any day in the Puget Sound region on a bike without rain is a success in my opinion. This was the first good road test of my change over to a 53/39 and 11-30 9 speed cassette and it was also successful. I had all the gears I needed for all the climbs , flats and descents on this ride. On one particularly nasty short steep climb I found myself on the left side of the road having to sprint up the hill due to too many stopped and slowed cyclists, not really a good place for the fat guy to be but I rose to the challenge, quite literally. How was the ride for everyone else?


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    This surprised me, since I wasn't planning on riding through it! I work overnight shifts at a hospital on Pill Hill and commute every day by bicycle. Sometimes when I don't have to be back at work later that night I take Myrtle Edwards to the Ship Canal Trail and then up through Fremont to Greenwood as my route home in the morning. As I was rolling down Madison towards the waterfront I started seeing lots of bicyclists and immediately realized what day it must be!

    That was me with the embarrassing click coming from my left crank* basically salmoning through about a hundred of you as you made your way to the ferry terminal along Alaskan Way, the Elliot Bay Trail, and the Ship Canal Trail around 8AM. Thankfully only one group of people tried to ride four abreast across the path. I was very pleased to make it over the Interbay railroad bridge without meeting anyone in the middle!


    * Just paid tuition, can't afford to fix it properly until next week! Gah!
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    black wallnut - i know what steep hill you're talking about i think it's the short one right before the main midway stop @ the park right?

    on saturday i went up to steven's to do some black diamonds, and was kind of regretting that decision sunday morning. however once the blood gets pumping it wasn't really an issue. i made that long baker hill my ***** and only really started bonking at the last 5 miles or so. definitely some beautiful views but also very windy.

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