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. Also, in 2017 the MBBC started partnering with other north Puget Sound area bike clubs for our own multi-club series. We look forward to continuing our multi-club series in 2018.
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 hope to have one in 2019. 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.
Bill's Hills Century will return in 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.
In 2017, Bill's Hills was ridden on Sunday, August 13. Riders gather at 6:30 am at Fairhaven's Marine Park, with plan to leave at 6:45. In 2018, Bill is off riding the Transamerica Route, so there will be no Bill's Hills ride. Bill assures us that the ride will return in Summer 2019!
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 2019 ride was on Wednesday, December 19, and was led by Jillian Trinkhaus (thanks for stepping up, Jillian, to make the ride happen in 2019!) 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.