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Ride Tahuya with Ted King

Join us on a ride with Ted King, the ‘King of Gravel’! We’ll head to the Tahuya Hills on some beautiful (and hilly) roads. There’ll be plenty of gravel, as well as an all-paved option.

  • When: Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Where: Seattle Ferry Terminal, 7:35 a.m. ferry to Bremerton
  • What: 80 miles (130 km), paved and gravel (all-paved option)
  • How: Un-Meeting style (everybody is welcome, but it’s not a group ride)

At the end of a long phone conversation about tires for gravel racing, Ted King said: “By the way, I’ll be in Seattle in December for a family visit. Do you want to go for a ride?” Turns out that Laura, Ted’s wife, is from Seattle…

Where would I take the ‘King of Gravel’ during a short visit in Seattle? The Cascade Mountains are covered with snow. There are some nice gravel rides in the Puget Lowland – and the route along the Hood Canal and through the Tahuya Hills is a favorite. A long ride is more fun as a group, so I asked Ted whether it was OK to invite our readers. ‘Of course,’ was the reply. So here we go:

We’ll take the 7:35 ferry from Seattle to Bremerton. (Plan to be there at least 10 minutes ahead of boarding.) We’ll follow the 2018 Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting route (but without the overnight stop). We’ll ride on backroads to Belfair, stop for coffee, and then head into the Tahuya Hills. Once we return to civilization, we’ll have a (late) lunch in Seabeck, before returning to Bremerton. The pace will be spirited, but everybody is welcome to ride at their own pace.

This isn’t a group ride. Like the Un-Meeting, we publish a time and a course, but every rider is riding as an individual. I expect the ride to split up into several groups based on riding styles. We’ll probably meet at the stops, and, of course, there’ll be plenty of time to socialize as a group on the hour-long ferry ride to Bremerton.

Routes on RidewithGPS:

  • Standard route (Distance: 80 miles/130 km; Elevation gain: 1,360 m/4500 ft)
  • optional all-paved shortcut (diverges from standard route, a little less hilly, too)

Mark you calendars and join us for a fun outing!

Update 11/27: The Standard route has been updated. Please use this file instead of the previously posted one. Thank you!

5 Responses to Ride Tahuya with Ted King

  1. Yag November 25, 2019 at 1:27 am #

    Jan,
    Nothing works. I tried to get a relatively recent information (this was posted on janheineblog in 2016, the topic was suspension losses) to no avail.
    Google Search misleads, the old blog is dead, the new is empty (no content on the topic). Please rectify it. Bütte, bütte :-)))
    The links that are dead EVERYWHERE:
    https://janheine.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/
    suspension-losses/.
    https://janheine.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/
    suspension-losses-confirmed/.
    DT Swiss
    Cordially, Yag

    • Jan Heine November 25, 2019 at 8:28 pm #

      We are excited that the blog posts continue to be useful resources. Here is how you find old posts: replace the ‘www.janheine.wordpress.com/year/month/day/’ with ‘www.renehersecycles.com/’ and you’ll find the same post on the new site. I apologize for the inconvenience – we could transfer all the content, but it was simply impossible to create redirects for hundreds of old posts.

      • Fred November 25, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

        Jan computers are quite efficient at doing hundreds of tedious/repetitive things

        If the titles are all the same like that, it’s trivial to write one rewrite rule in the new site that fixes the any old URLs using the transposition you describe.

  2. Frieder Mack November 26, 2019 at 8:07 am #

    Thanks Jan! Looking forward to this ride. FYI, my wife and I live in Bremerton, and are avid road and gravel cyclists. I believe I can help out with some of the route design, especially how to best take a group thru some of the urban areas (Bremerton, Silverdale). Currently the route has some no-go sections (such as thru the naval shipyard), and I can quickly provide good route updates for these. Thanks again!

    • Jan Heine November 26, 2019 at 11:10 am #

      You are right – I forgot about that snafu with the shipyard. The corrected GPS file is now lined. Looking forward to seeing you on the ride.