“Hey, you know we could just call my hubby to come pick us up!” said the rider ahead of me, as she struggled up another hill. As I slid by her, I suggested that was a fine idea. And we both laughed. “Yeah, you could come along too…” This is one reason I like the Chilly Hilly. There’s a lot of suffering out there this early in the season and most everyone is totally out to have a good time.
Better this year to call it “The Horrid Soggy”, the Chilly Hilly started in a cool rain that turned to wind by the end of the ride. Counterbalancing the pain though, there’s kids hawking bake sales every mile or two. It is totally calo-rific! I love rice krispy treats and never make them at home, so kids of Bainbridge, you know what to do in 2008!
Speaking of the future, it’s been a few years since I’ve done this ride, and I’m going to call out two new trends that I am against.
1. Wearing iPods or other headphones to a ride. What idiots. “ON YOUR LEFT!” “ON YOUR LEFT!!!!” The only one who couldn’t hear me was at a full stop, thank God.
2. Hipster Bike Clubs using the hard work that the Cascade Club does to organize this ride and all the volunteers out supporting the paying (and “donating”) riders to tack on a “Pirate” bike race. What the hell? Racing along a course of with hundreds of mixed skills riders and using messenger skills on the Chilly Hilly: stupid, classless, and rude. Nice job promoting cycling! Here’s an idea for you hipster anti-society types: use the fresh Dan Henry’s and run it the following weekend or in the middle of the dark and daring night. And a big hiss to their sponsors who probably “don’t get it”…
If you’ve not done this ride, there’s a reason it’s always profiled as one of the best organized rides in the country. It’s a great scenic time and tons of fun. Kudos to Cascade!
The 2007 Chilly Hilly