Rides Page: Weekly rides, ride events, and Club Rides
Check the newsletter every month (calendar on p. 2-3 and p. 8) for additions to the rides schedule.
At the beginning of every year, the February Newsletter features the master-schedule for rides and events on p. 4-5.
Local Bike Routes
A set of Trail Maps is also available on the City site. Some trails are open to bicycles; make sure to note the Share the Trails Guidelines document.
All are welcome on weekly rides. Read the ride descriptions below and contact the ride leader to determine if the ride is the right level for your ability. Check for seasonal start times and also make sure of the ride schedule in the winter. Some rides go in summer only, many go all year round!
On winter and rainy rides, please do everyone a favor and put fenders on! Also: be careful around corners and watch for icy patches.
Riders under age 18 are asked to contact the ride leader before your first ride. A parent must accompany you to your first ride start to sign a parental consent waiver.
MBBC Weekly Rides
MBBC Weekly Club Rides are led by MBBC Club Ride Leaders, are sponsored and insured by the club, and are open to everyone to check out the ride. We ask after riding your first ride that you decide whether you'd like to continue riding with the club, and if so, please join! See our membership page for more about MBBC membership.
- Tuesday Evening Summer Ride (Ramp-Up throughout the summer): begins for 2014 on Tuesday, April 8th. Tuesday evenings, meet at 5:45pm, ride starts at 6:00pm April through mid-September. NOTICE: new meeting place starting in 2014. Meet at the Whatcom Community College northeast parking lot - just off Eliza and Kellogg Road, north of the soccer fields. This ride begins in April every year as a warm-up ride to introduce people to the skills of group riding. As summer progresses, it splits into a faster, experienced group (speeds of 18+ mph) as well as a medium speed group (15-17 mph, that will sometimes stop to discuss the skills of group riding, with Doug coaching). An easy-paced group of anywhere from 10-12 mph will ride some weeks, as well as a steady-paced group of 12-14 mph. We use the same 20-mile loop route every week, with shortcuts for those who want to ride a little less. Everyone's invited to have a beer or dinner afterward at any of several watering holes. Contact Doug: chuckanutcentury at mtbakerbikeclub.org, 360-410-6431
- Wednesday Group Ride: Race/Training Pace, 30 mile distance, meet at 5:45 pm, leave at 6pm from Boundary Bay Brewery at Railroad Avenue. Ride separates into fast (18+ mph) and very fast (22+ mph) groups. A moderate group of 16-18mph pace leaves a little before 6pm. From late-September through March this is a night trail ride with lights. This ride returned to ROAD on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Re-group at brewery afterward (7:30 pm). Contact: bikebham at yahoo.com, 360-927-2332.
- Thursday Going Up The County Ride will begin for the 2014 season on Thursday, April 3rd. The ride starts from Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot. This is a half mile north on Lawrence from Nugent's Corner (Lawrence - Hwy 9 - the Mt Baker Hwy). This county ride should be convenient for our members in Deming, Nooksack, Everson... as well as those from surrounding points who want to come out. ~20 miles, 14-17 mph pace, route varies. 6 pm start time. For additional info: John Okan, Jokan001 at Luthersem.edu or 360-393-2435.
- Sunday mornings The Long Slog Ride starts at 9am from Boulevard Park, near the bike racks behind Woods Coffee. Regular (or irregular) slog rides will begin on Sunday, May 18th, 2014. This is a group ride for slower riders who want to build strength and endurance. We'll make water stops and re-group-ups approx every 10 miles. Route maps will be handed out at the start. Bring an energy bar(s) and/or drink to sustain you through a long day, plus money for coffeeshop stop during or after the ride. For additional info: Jennifer Longstaff, mbbcnewsletter at mtbakerbikeclub.org.
- Other group rides will appear throughout the spring and summer as new MBBC Ride Leaders graduate ride-leader training and put together more fun rides - including mountain and trail. Watch the website and newsletter for ride announcements throughout the year.
Other Weekly Rides
These are weekly rides not sponsored nor insured by the MBBC, but also open to everyone to try out. For more information, contact ride leaders: names listed under each ride.
- Sunday Fairhaven "Rabbit Ride" has been going on every week of the year since 2011. Start time 8am, Sundays. Starts at Fairhaven Bike & Ski. 32 mile route down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. Small groups of similarly-paced riders begin leaving at 8am (8:30 in winter) and faster groups leave every 5 minutes thereafter. Fastest riders will leave about 8:30am. When a faster group passes yours, you have the opportunity to try to jump on a wheel and hang on, or stay with your group. This is intended to be a fitness ride and you're encouraged to push yourself. This ride is organized by John Hauter; check with John to get on the mailing list for updates and ride schedules. For more information, contact John Hauter at Fairhaven Bike & Ski. 360-733-4433 or johnh at fairhavenbike.com
- Sunday Edison Social Ride starts from Edison Elementary School parking lot. 30-40 miles, 10-14 mph, route varies. 10 am start time, weather may cancel in winter. For additional info: Alfred Arkley arkley at comcast.net or 360-527-8638. Contact Alfred to get on the email reminder list, in which people discuss winter weather forecasts and whether the ride will go in the winter weeks.
- Tuesday North-Side Social Ride: starts from Pioneer Park in Ferndale, 30-40 miles, 13-16 mph route varies. 10am start time, may be altered by weather in winter. The route is chosen based on where the riders want to regroup for lunch. To check start time and for other information, contact: Robert Parker, email rmp4724 at hotmail.com or 360-671-6910
- Tuesday Hot Laps Ride: 30-40 miles, race pace. Training ride departs from Kulshan Cycles at 6pm to a practice road race course. Summer months only. Check at Kulshan for when the ride will start up every spring.
- Thursday South-Side Social Ride starts from Edison Elementary School parking lot. 30-40 miles, 10-14 mph, route varies. 10 am start time. For additional info: Alfred Arkley arkley at comcast.net or 360-527-8638. Contact Alfred to get on the email reminder list, in which people discuss winter weather forecasts and whether the ride will go in the winter weeks.
- Saturday Donut Ride: 25 to 50 miles, race pace, departs from Kulshan Cycles, 7:30 am October through February, and 7 am March through September. Goes to Ferndale and return, or if you wish continue to Birch Bay and return. Get your weekend miles behind you before most people get out of bed on Saturday! This ride has been a Bellingham tradition forever. Every week of the year!!
- Saturday Recumbent Ride: Everyone is welcome to come out and ride with the recumbents - even you upright riders. Second Saturday of the month at 10 am. 14 mile intown course begins at Kulshan Cycles. This is a very relaxed social ride (avg 10 mph) with a lunch stop. An excellent ride for families or people new to cycling: this group likes to meet and mentor new people! All year, but may cancel depending on weather. More Info: Robert Parker, email: rmp-4724 at hotmail.com or 360-671-6910
Yearly Special MBBC Club Rides
Independence Day Ride
The annual Independence Day Ride begins at Fairhaven Park on July 4th (of course!) and is a ride down Chuckanut, Bayview/Edison, and LaConner/Whitney roads to La Conner for lunch. If you eat too much at lunch, you can burn it off by returning via Colony Road then climb up out of Lake Samish.
Watch for details every summer.
Club Challenge-Yourself Ride: Bill's Hills - Every June! (in 2014: tentatively set for June 15)
Ride the Hills with Bill! Beginning in 2010, a group of intrepid
morons early-season riders tested how well their overwinter legs did by challenging themselves with this ride.
This is a challenging ride with lots of hills in and around Bellingham. There are 3 loops, each covering 30 - 40 miles with 3000 to 4000 feet of elevation gain per loop.
This ride is the MBBC's way of inviting new people to join the club - by jumping into the deep end! Join or update (renew) your club membership and come on out in June for a day of camaraderie (and jump-start your summer training... if you survive!) Thanks to Bill McCourt for architecting the pain.
The MBBC often puts on a Thanksgiving Ride: "ride in the morning to justify that extra piece of pie at dinner."
The Thanksgiving Ride usually begins at Cornwall Park at 10am and is a quick jaunt to Ferndale or Lynden and back. Watch for details every November.
Lighted Neighborhoods Ride - Last Wednesday before Christmas
We like to have some sort of Festive and Fun Lighted Night Ride to spread some cheer together via two wheels, listen to Holiday tunes and see some great decorative yard lights. Get your lights on, decorate yourself and/or your bike and be jolly with MBBC! Check each year, but we usually ride on the Wednesday the week before Christmas, starting at 6pm at the regular Wednesday Night Ride starting place: Depot Market parking lot across the street from Boundary Bay Brewery/Bistro.
New Year's Day Ride - every January 1st
Pedal in the new year. Meet at 10 am at Fairhaven Park on Wednesday, January 1, 2014! The group will depart before 10:30 am for The Old Edison Inn where owners John and Lynn will be expecting us, rain or... less rain. We can leave our bicycles in the beer garden and enjoy the warmth inside.
Nobody will be left behind on this group ride. We pedal only 13.8 miles along Chuckanut Drive (assuming it is mudslide free)! Return the same way or via Colony Road and Lake Samish, or even Bow Hill Road and Old Highway 99.
Each year this ride attracts more and more participants, regardless of weather. Start your new year off right! The ride is coordinated by Mark Wheatley. MarkWheatley at msn.com with questions.
Presidents' Day Ride
The annual MBBC President’s Day ride starts at Cornwall Park at 10am. We will meet by the shelters near the Cornwall entrance at 10am, with the ride leaving at 10:15am. If it’s a nice day we will ride to Lynden and back. If the weather is not so nice, we will do a round trip to Ferndale. There will, of course, be a coffee-shop stop at the turnaround point. Mileage will be 25 or 50 miles, depending on the route. Pace will be moderate to brisk, and snow or ice will cancel.
In 2013 the MBBC put on additional special rides, including The Fall Fling which was a choice of mountain or road route under the colored leaves in Anacortes, Orcas Island Ride which included the option to climb Mt. Constitution, Halloween Costumed Brewery-Tour (self-explanatory), and a President's Day Ride. Watch for incidental special club rides throughout the year, and if you have an idea and want to set up your own ride, the MBBC will support you! Contact the Ride Coordinator for details.
Chuckanut Century is the second Sunday after Labor Day every year.
The Chuckanut Century Bicycle Ride is presented by the Mount Baker Bicycle Club as our signature ride. For more information, including directions, maps, and entry form, please visit our Chuckanut Century Website.