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Weekend Getaway for Jan. 15

CAPITAL COUCH POTATO RIDE

WHAT: What is Capital Bicycling Club's CUPPA ride series? Well, for one, it's designed to keep you moving through the winter. It stands for Couch Potato Prevention Activity. Saturday's ride will be led by club member Doug Drake. The rides are free and geared for riders of all abilities. First-timers are not required to be a member of the club. Saturday’s ride is 30.3 miles with 744 feet of elevation gain. Riders keep a modest pace, but faster riders sometimes split into a second group. Drake will ride sweep (last) to make sure nobody is left behind. The group also takes a few breaks to regroup and grab a quick snack.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Saturday.

WHERE: Starbucks, 4600 Avery Lane, Lacey.

GETTING THERE: From Interstate 5, take Exit 109 in Lacey. Follow College Street south for 3.7 miles to Avery Lane, then turn right and continue to the starting area at the Starbucks.

ALSO: Turnout for these rides are usually pretty small, Drake said, and the ride could be canceled if the weather is nasty. “But then you can go inside for coffee and talk about the ride that could have been,” Drake said. Routes maps and information are available on the club website. The Capital Bicycling Club promotes cycling in Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties, and offers members benefits such as free winter studio cycling classes, discounted tandem bike rentals and “umpteen group rides.” The club has rides most Sundays and Saturdays in the winter, and indoor training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Membership is $15 per year for individuals or $25 for a family.

INFORMATION: capitalbicycleclub.org.

Craig Hill, craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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