Velodrome and Back

Sometimes we bike a little and sometimes we bike a lot. This time, because the kids were coming with us, we biked a little. 13 miles on the flat (but scenic) Sammamish River Trail.

Megan, Madi, me and Nani

I really shouldn’t complain about the length of this ride, because I could’ve made it a lot longer! Madi and Joseph biked all the way from Wallingford (25 miles each way) and Keenan threw in a 40 mile ride before meeting up with us, followed by another 30 or so afterwards. So…  I was just lazy. It’s time to make peace with my mini-ride.

Joseph and William

The kids usually complain about going on long bike rides, so we compromised. This time we only biked about 6.5 miles each way (from Redhook Brewery to the Velodrome at the Marymoor Park) and I believe we found our sweet spot at the 13 mile mark. William and Nani actually enjoyed themselves!


The Sammamish River Trail is such a pretty trail! It’s definitely the most beautifulest trail in the Seattle area. It does get busy on the weekends, but not nearly as busy as Burke-Gilman.


So we biked that 6.5 miles from Redhook Brewery to the Velodrome. The Velodrome is this ring you ride on. You get a bike with one speed and no brakes (kind of like the bikes in Cuba, but completely different, of course, because these bikes look space age and probably are light as a feather!) and then you go around and around and around on this steep bank and you go fast and try not to tip over. I suppose that’s fun…  But I can’t help but feel you aren’t really getting anywhere. You’re just riding around in circles.


Apparently it’s all about the speed! Some of these guys’ helmets are so aerodynamic! Impressive. I mean, I wouldn’t look good in one, but if you enjoy going really fast, the velodrome might just be for you!


This guy was explaining to us the wonders of the velodrome. It’s 50 bucks for a couple of classes and a punchcard and some other stuff. If you’re interested go to their website and check it out for yourself: Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome


I believe our biking style is a lot more casual… I know mine is. I’m not just saying this as an excuse for why we didn’t stay to do the velodrome. I think all of us would be capable of riding on it (well…  probably not me), we just weren’t interested (definitely not me). Joseph already tried it and Keenan said he may try it sometime soon and Madi said she would try it too if it was closer to her house. I wouldn’t because it looks scary.

I also like going places, not riding around in circles.

But I’m not the expert on going places on your bike. Madi is! She wrote a book about it! It’s a fantastic guide to urban cycling.

Her website is and you can buy her book straight from the Mountaineers Books website or anywhere else that fine books are sold!

Anyways, it was a fun outing. I learned my lesson though and while 13 miles may have been perfect for the kids, I kinda wondered why I even bothered wearing my chamois. Next time, I’ll plan accordingly.

Back: William & Dave, Middle: Nani & Keenan, Front: Megan, me, Madi & Joseph

Screenshot 2016-06-12 18.37.16

  • This Ride: 13.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 42 ft
  • YTD Biking Miles: 602.8
  • YTD Hiking Miles: 36.8
  • YTD Urban Hiking Miles: 71.5

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