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MBBC Special Rides and Ride Events

In addition to the MBBC's regular Weekly Rides, the club puts on other special rides throughout the year. We partner with other North Puget Sound bike clubs for NPSBA rides. And beginning in 2019 we're hosting a number of special rides called the MBBC Ride Series.

With all these opportunities to ride, you won't have time to get off your saddle!

MBBC Rides Series 2019

The MBBC put on a new series in 2019: The MBBC Ride Series!  

Each year we plan to put together a series of different rides that hopefully, at least one, will appeal to you.  The 2019 focus was on Road and Gravel.  We would love to include Mountain, so if anyone wants to step up, organize and lead, please contact our series coordinator, Dave Dardano.

Rides for 2019 were as follows below:

GRAVEL - Saturday April 20th

A 35-mile ride traveling on the Railroad Trail, out to Larrabee State Park and back on the Interurban Trail. Leave from Cafe Velo at 8:45 am, Saturday 4/20.  

The ride is about 73% gravel, 27% paved and just over 2,000 feet of climbing. Ride is designed for gravel and cyclocross type bikes.

This is a moderate-pace, no-drop ride and we will re-group frequently. Come prepared for whatever weather the day offers, and please be self-sufficient with respect to your equipment (i.e. check your bike's condition before the ride, and have a spare tube/pump, etc...).

For more information please contact one of the ride leaders:
Chris Behee 360-927-9089,
John Burt (206) 719-0054,  

ROAD – Saturday June 1st  

Roy Miller, one of our long-time MBBC members and of course Canadian resident, toured us through the roads and hills of Abbotstford and Chilliwack BC.  This was a 60 mile ride for more advanced riders.  Those who want to start in Bellingham will meet at the Barkely Haggen at 7am, leave and carpool to the Sumas border crossing, park and walk across to Canada. Don't forget your passport!!

Roy will meet us there and we’re off.  

Of course there will be an ice cream stop 3 miles from the Sumas crossing on the way back! 

For more information contact the ride leader, whose information is included in the calendar entry for this event.

GRAVEL – - Saturday July 27th

This 35-mile ride starts and ends at the Fairhaven Village Green (sidewalk next to the stage and restrooms).  We'll meet at 8:45am, roll-out at 9:00am, then head into the Chuckanuts on a variety of gravel logging roads, single-track, and some pavement.  The route is about 2/3 gravel with 4,000+ feet of climbing so plan on a low gearing.  This ride is designed for gravel and cyclocross type bikes.  This will be a no-drop, stay-together ride designed for advanced riders wanting to explore local gravel riding options.  We will re-group after significant hills, route junctions, etc... Be prepared for flats, (tubes/patches/pumps), and bring water and food to keep yourself fueled-up!

Meet at 8:45 am, depart at 9am from the Fairhaven Village Green (10th Street between Mill and Harris). See Calendar Entry for this ride.

ROAD – Saturday August 17th - Tour de Victoria

We’ll be riding the Tour de Victoria.  This is a great event and one for ALL rider levels. There are various length rides from a kids' ride to a 160km (100 mile) ride.  Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island is an awesome place to ride so come join us!  We have a 20% discount code to apply at registration, accessible to MBBC Members

For more information and to register, see the online calendar entry for this event..

The weather should be great so stay an extra day or two.  Event coordinator Dave will be coordinating the logistics as we get closer.  Contact Dave ASAP if you plan to ride.   At this point, riders who haven't yet signed up will need to make their own Victoria hotel reservations. 

For more information contact the ride leader, whose information is included in the calendar entry for this event. 


MBBC Special Rides throughout the year

MBBC's North Cascades Ride Weekend!

The MBBC often puts together a ride over Highway 20 (North Cascades Hwy). There was no ride in 2018 but we may have one in 2019 if there are enough people interested. This is a two-day ride: out on Friday, overnight in Winthrop, back on Saturday. If you're interested in making the ride happen in the future, tell your friends and get a group together so we can put it on! We need at least 10 riders and 2 SAG drivers to make the ride happen.

North Cascades

Bill's Hills Century returned on August 11, 2019

Bill McCourt’s route of 10,000+ ft of climbing in just over 100 miles around our beloved Bellingham is truly a classic. The ride is open to Mount Baker Bicycle Club members, and if you’re not yet a member, don’t worry, you can sign up at the beginning of the ride. For the price of a $20 membership, you can ride one of – if not THE most challenging centuries in the Northwest. With fully stocked rest stops and great routes, this is the cheapest organized century you will ever do!

The routes are extremely challenging. There are three loops of approximately 30-40 miles with 3,000 to 4,000 feet of climbing each. Just think Sehome Hill, California Street, King Mountain, Emerald Lake, Squalicum Mountain and – well you get the idea – just about every known hill in the Bellingham area. Ride one loop or ride them all, it is up to you.

Fourth of July Ride

Ride on July 4th (but of course), 9:45 am start for this annual MBBC ride.
Meet at Fairhaven Park at 9:45 am, depart 10:00 am. 60 mile round trip, down Chuckanut Drive and into beautiful downtown La Conner.

Everyone rides at their own pace. The group will meet up in La Conner for lunch together at the Calico Cupboard cafe in La Conner, 720 S. 1st Street.

Celebrate Independence Day and some great summer weather with an MBBC ride.

Check the MBBC Events Calendar and Special Events Page every year for the final announcements of plans and the ride leader for each year.

Black Friday Ride

Avoid the shopping pandemonium - get out for a ride instead!

Meet at 10am on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, for a road ride to Ferndale and back (or further depending on energy of riders and weather).

Start at 10am on "Black Friday" at Cornwall Park by the Meridian Street entrance. Details about the 2019 ride will be posted in November 2019.

Lighted Neighborhoods Winter Ride

Let’s spread some cheer together on two wheels, listen to holiday tunes and view some great decorative yard lights in some of Bellingham’s neighborhoods.

Put some lights on, decorate yourself and your bike (battery-powered festive lights are available at Big Lots among other places), bundle up and be jolly with the MBBC!

The 2018 ride was on Wednesday, December 19, and was led by Jillian Trinkhaus (thanks for stepping up, Jillian, to make the ride happen in 2018!) We were lucky to have a warm clear night to enjoy the lights. (We were very lucky that we rode on the 19th, since the 20th brought a huge windstorm!)

New Years Day Ride

Pedal in the new year, every January 1st.

Meet 10am, depart before 10:30am from Fairhaven Park for the Old Edison Inn where owners John and Lynn will be expecting us. We can park our bicycles in the beer garden and enjoy the warmth inside. Friends and family are also invited to join us at the Old Edison Inn for lunch at about 11:30am, even if they don’t ride.

No one will be left behind on this group ride.

We pedal 13.8 miles along Chuckanut Drive. Return the same way or via Colony Road and Lake Samish, or even Bow Hill Road to start your year off steep!

Each year this ride attracts a large group of participants, regardless of the weather. Start your year off with the MBBC.

Our good and faithful New Year's Day ride leader Mark Wheatley again led the ride on January 1, 2019. Gather after 10am in the Fairhaven Park parking lot; we'll leave before 10:30 am for the ride down Chuckanut.