Sufferin' Summits - A Special Kind of Stupid
Come to the Issaquah Alps to take on the hardest ride on the Eastside. The full course features 8500+ feet of climbing over a short 55 miles, for a blistering 155' of climbing per mile. It features four 1000' climbs - Grand Ridge, Squak Mountain, Summit, and the Classic Zoo hill, and adds in the worst short climbs in the area. Expected extended sections at 15%, multiple sections at 20%, and a few steeper sections.
This is a mostly unsupported ride, but there are reasonable places to get water and food. The big benefit of this ride is the views, which look nice if you can see them through your sweat-stained sunglasses. Ride start time is variable based upon expected temperatures; if it's going to be hot we may start earlier.The route will be marked and there is a GPS route available, but note that the route may confuse your GPS so you'll need to pay attention.
There are two shorter options.
The Quarter features 2100' of climbing over 15 miles with a maximum 15% gradient.
The Half features 4700' of climbing over 33 miles with a maximum 20% gradient.
Climbing gearing recommended.