As big June 22 ride approaches, Capital Bicycle Club cancels September's Ride the South Sound

Tacoma News TribuneJune 16, 2014 

The Capital Bicycle Club will not hold its Ride the South Sound in September after falling behind with event planning and the search for volunteers.

In the club’s June newsletter it wrote, “(Ride organizers) feel that we’ve gotten off to a slow start and it would be better to begin planning now for next year’s ride.”

The club is considering an alternate ride for Sept. 7, the day the RSS was supposed to happen.

The RSS started in 2012 to replace the Tenino-Rainier-Yelm-Bucoda Rally. The TRYBR was shrinking almost every year and a survey by organizers found cyclists found the ride to be subpar.

Members Sue Duffy and Laura Phenix proposed and launched the RSS, a ride that would showcase the South Sound’s scenery and offer options of 10-100 miles.

The club’s biggest ride, the 2-County Double Metric, is scheduled for Sunday, June 22.

Here are the details:


Distances: 23, 31, 76, 105 and 125 miles.

When: Registration opens 7 a.m.-1 p.m. but 125-mile riders are required to register by 8:30 a.m. Finish line closes at 6 p.m.

Where: Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater.

Getting there: From Interstate 5 in Tumwater take Exit 102 then drive east on Trosper Road. Turn Right on Capitol Boulevard and continue to Israel Road. Turn right. City Hall will be on your left.

Of Note: Support vehicles will patrol the course. The course is marked and maps will be available. Food stops will be available along the route. Participants are required to wear a helmet. The 2 County Double Metric is more than 30 years old. The event raises funds for the CBC, Bike Washington, the Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Contest, the International Mountain Bike Association, the League of American Bicyclists and the Thurston County Food Bank.

Cost: $35 for individual riders, riders 17 and younger are free.



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