Our string of four weekends/four centuries during June kicked off with Cascade Bicycle Club’s Flying Wheels Century, billed as the biggest such ride in the state.
The route starts at Marymoor Park in Redmond and travels through the rural Snoqualmie and Snohomish valleys, in places such as Carnation, Fall City, Duvall, Snohomish and Monroe.
We had a great ride on a beautiful route, with lots of rolling hills and of course, a lot of greenery. Afterward, we learned that there had been some notable misbehavior by some cyclists, and a very high degree of unhappiness among some residents in the Carnation-Duvall area.
We didn’t witness anything untoward. But the the fact that we slept late, got a late start and thus ended up on the tail end of the window for starting the century probably worked to our advantage. The elevated angst is disturbing, both for this particular ride and for whatever effects the lingering anger among residents might have. Some commenters to Cascade’s blog say they’re always hesitant to ride in that area, for some longer-term but related reasons.
That’s really unfortunate, as the roads there are exquisite and we like for residents to like cyclists and vice versa.