WEEKEND PREVIEW: Ride for Major Taylor to bring 500 bicyclists to West Seattle on Sunday

A big bike ride in and near West Seattle, White Center, and beyond is set for Sunday (June 27th), and Cascade Bicycle Club spokesperson Paul Tolmé emailed us to be sure you know:

Cascade Bicycle Club’s Ride for Major Taylor will take place this Sunday in West Seattle. We would like to alert residents that there will be bicycles on the roads (and many youth bicyclists) and we ask for drivers to be alert and aware of our youth bicyclists. Cascade and its Major Taylor Project would also like to thank West Seattle residents for being courteous to our riders.

And due to the forecast heat, we’d also like to let residents know that we encourage them to come out and cheer on our riders — and maybe offer willing riders a spray from the garden hose to cool off :)

Above is the 26-mile route map (see the route’s turn-by-turn description on the second page here); below, the 65-mile route (or here, with turn-by-turn on the second page).

Both start from the bicycle playground at White Center’s Dick Thurnau Park. Registration is closed, as they maxed out at 500 riders. P.S. The ride is a benefit for the Major Taylor Project; read about its namesake, a superstar runner and rider in the 19th/20th centuries, here.

9 Replies to "WEEKEND PREVIEW: Ride for Major Taylor to bring 500 bicyclists to West Seattle on Sunday"

  • JTK June 23, 2021 (10:40 pm)

    Perfect timing for the ride… it’s only supposed to be 101 Sunday.  I hope they have paramedics following people on the route…  good luck everyone :) 

    • M June 24, 2021 (9:20 am)

      We have done Seattle to Portland rides a few times in the upper 90s to to low 100. I did STP in one day in 2008 when it was 100 degrees in Portland. I love cycling in the heat. I did a 50 mile hilly ride a couple days ago when it was 87.

  • Alki resident June 23, 2021 (10:59 pm)

    Why not reschedule so paramedics aren’t completely tied up helping bikers? 

  • Mj June 24, 2021 (8:24 am)

    It’s going to be a sizzler.  Riders be careful and check your tires and tire pressure, the heat can stress them.

  • Spoked June 24, 2021 (9:14 am)

    What a cool project, so happy this is a thing and wish the cyclists a great and safe ride. With you in spirit! Wear sunscreen!

  • Jennifer June 24, 2021 (11:39 am)

    Wow, I’ve not heard of this project. Very cool! I hope they have a great time and stay hydrated!! It’s going to be a hot one. Stay safe everyone! 

  • paul tolme June 24, 2021 (3:15 pm)

    Thanks for all your support and patience as our riders pedal through West Seattle. We scheduled this ride months ago, long before the heat was forecast, and we have bumped up the start times to let riders go out earlier before the hottest part of the day. Riders will begin between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.  We will also provide hydration stations for all riders, who should carry two water bottles to refill along the ride. To all West Seattle, White Center, and Vashon Island residents: Cascade Bicycle Club thanks you for sharing your roads with us. Be cool! 

    • Brian June 25, 2021 (5:40 am)

      The early start times are a great idea. Most riders will be done before the hottest part of the day. Drinks, electrolytes, and sunscreen will be important…

  • Jim June 27, 2021 (11:30 am)

    This is a somewhat related question:Which side of a sidewalk/bike trail use a pedestrian use?I frequently walk over the lower bridge, and on Spokane Street to 1st Ave.  Lately I have had bike riders yell at me “Wrong Side #$%&$#! – both when I walk facing the on-coming bike riders and when I walk with my back to the on-coming riders.Someone please let me know the proper protocol – before I have to start using my cane as a spoke adjustment tool for the spandex warped portion of our population.

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