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The Stinky Spoke (www.stinkyspoke.org) is an 18-mile mountain bike “poker ride” held on the statistically most-rotten-weather day of the year. The riders start and finish at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, WA, and follow a route along the Tolt Pipeline, Trilogy, Redmond Watershed, Power Line and Sammamish River trails. Playing cards are collected at stops on the route, with each rider hoping to have a poker hand good enough at the end to win a prize. The beginning of the ride is a painful and amazing scene on “Heart Attack Hill,” as riders attempt to make it up the 300 feet of elevation in ¼ mile without stopping. A cool medallion awaits each who make it! All riders raising more than $250 for Little Bit get their names in the hat for a second set of prizes. All riders raising more than $500 get a cool long-sleeve Stinky Spoke Jersey. If you raise at least $100 for Little Bit, your entry into the 2015 event is FREE. There’s an after-party in a big tent in the Redhook parking lot--with live music, cold beer and hot food. Come out for the kick-off to the Seattle area’s biking year! All proceeds from the event go to Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center (www.littlebit.org).
Event schedule and times
Day-before packet pick-up is available at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center (18675 NE 106th Street, off Avondale in Redmond) from 11-6 Friday, January 17th, plus a Seattle side pick-up location at Polka Dot Jersey bike shop in Leschi. If you can't make that, get your stuff the day-of. Packet includes bib/number, beer glass, drink ticket, beanie, and a bag-o-schwag. Totally cool to pick up packets for your friends too.
Event starts at 9:00am on Saturday, January 18th at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. Riders can head out any time between 9 and 10, but be back by 1pm for the prize drawings! Oh, dress warm, bring an extra pair of gloves if it's rainy and nasty and look forward to some hot drink options at the end this year!