The traditional start of the season for organized bicycle rides is the state’s oldest ride, the Chilly Hilly.
The name says it all. The ride is probably going to be cold and it’s definitely going to be hilly.
The 42nd Chilly Hilly is Sunday with day-of-ride registration taking place at Winslow’s Bainbridge Island Cycle, 124 Bjune Drive, or in Seattle on Alaskan Way opposite the Coleman Ferry Terminal.
The route on Bainbridge Island is just 33 miles and starts with a ferry ride from Seattle for the majority of riders. The course is packed with 2,700 feet of climbing.
Day of ride registration is $40 including the ferry crossing or $30 to start in Winslow. For more information visit Cascade.org. Discounted registration is available until 9 a.m. Friday.
Depending on the weather, rider turnout ranges from 3,000 to more than 6,000. Weather.com predicts temperatures ranging from 37-45 degrees Sunday with a 50 percent chance of rain during the day.