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.
Sign Up for the MBBC's North Cascades Ride Weekend! Aug 10-11
The MBBC is organizing and hosting a bucket list ride! We are leading a 2-day North Cascades ride over Rt 20 on Friday, August 10 and returning on August 11.
We’ll be carpooling from B'ham and driving to the starting point of Newhalem. Departure from Bellingham will be early, probably around 6:30 a.m. Newhalem has a good parking lot where we can leave our cars overnight. We’ll cycle from there, ride over the pass to Winthrop (75 miles) and stay the night at The North Cascades Mountain Hostel, http://www.northcascadesmountainhostel.com. The next day we leave Winthrop and ride back over the pass to Newhalem and drive/carpool back to Bellingham. There is a great burger place called The Eatery in Rockport if we are interested in stopping for food.
If you like a challenge, this is a ride for you! However, please know this is not an easy ride. It is full of climbing both ways and at the end of the 2 days you will have climbed about 13,000 feet.
Going East: https://www.strava.com/routes/13604938.
Going West: https://www.strava.com/routes/13604949.
We will have food/water rest stops along the way. We do need sag drivers to accompany the ride to sweep and set up the rest stops we plan each day. So if any riders know anyone or have a spouse who would like to sag for us, let me know. Also, if anyone is interested in riding one way and sag the other, that might work if we can get a couple people to pair off.
The cost is minimal for this ride. The North Cascades Mountain Hostel is only $25 for the night. All the riders will chip in and pay for meals, energy food at the stops, carpool and sag driver gas, and the sag drivers' overnight stay. We’ll also be having breakfast at the hostel Saturday morning before we ride so we don’t have to drive somewhere and wait for a table. We estimate $65 per rider will cover all these expenses. The only other expense will be Friday night dinner out in Winthrop, which each person covers on their own.
We are limiting this ride to 10 riders so if you are interested please contact Dave Dardano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-325-6849 ASAP. The deadline to commit is no later than Sunday July 27th and your $65 payment will be needed when you commit to lock you in and reserve your spot.
Please contact Dave right away with questions and to get on the rider or SAG driver list!
Skagit Bike Club Hidden Gem Ride: August 4th
North Puget Sound Bike Alliance rides
See information for the specifics of each club's signature rides, plus the series of Hidden Gems rides on the MBBC Events Calendar
. Final details for each ride will be posted approx 2 weeks before the ride.
The MBBC is a partner club in the North Puget Sound Bike Alliance, an unofficial group made up of the MBBC, the Skagit Bicycle Club, Whidbey Island Bike Club, and BIKES Club of Snohomish County.
Members of each club receive a $10 rebate on any of the Signature Road Rides of all the clubs. In 2018, those rides are:
See all the details on our NPSBA page!
- McClinchy Mile - April 29
- Skagit Spring Classic - May 12
- Tour de Whidbey - August 18
- Chuckanut Classic - August 26
In 2017, each club hosted a special local ride and members of all 4 clubs were invited. The host club took riders on one of their favorite local rides: a “Hidden Gem”
that might not be widely known to those outside of the local club. The schedule for the Hidden Gems Ride Series
for 2018 is:
- MBBC's Hidden Gem was on June 9th. Thanks to all who attended!
- The Snohomish County BIKES Club Hidden Gem was on July 7th.
- August 4: SBC in Skagit County (details coming soon!)
- September 8: WIBC on Whidbey Island
Bill's Hills Century - no ride in 2018 - 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 2018 ride will be posted in October or November 2018.
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 2017 ride was on Wednesday, December 20, so it was also a celebration of winter solstice.
Check back in November/December 2018 for the next annual lighted ride.
Thanks for riding in 2017!
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 was back in town for the 2017-2018 holidays (he's currently on a year-long tour with the Peace Corps in Panama). It was great to see Mark on January 1, 2018 and hear about his adventures! Check back in December 2018 for news about the 2019 New Year's Day Ride.