By Madeline Coats With over 130 wineries and tasting rooms across Woodinville, biking can be the easiest way to get around wine country. Wine and bike enthusiasts alike are encouraged to join the sixth annual Woodinville Wine Ride along the Sammamish River Trail on Sunday, Sept. 19. The start and finish lines will be located at Woodhouse Wine Estates, and riders can choose between either 17- or 24-mile routes. “The Woodinville Wine Ride is kind of a local favorite,” said Paul Tolmé, spokesperson for Cascade Bicycle Club. “This is something that's open to people of all abilities.” Registration, which costs $50 for members of the bike club and $60 for non-members, closes the weekend prior to the event on Sept. 12. Tolmé said three sample pours are included with the registration as well as a full pour at Woodhouse. Along the ride, participants can stop at The Junction in the Warehouse District to taste wines from Armstrong Family Winery, Gard Vintners and Sol Stone Winery. Bikers will then make their way across town to Cougar Crest Winery on Woodinville-Redmond Road. The ride is also doable on an electric bike, Tolmé noted. He said the bike club will also provide mechanical support for bikes along the routes, if needed. Tolmé urges attendees to purchase a bottle of wine to support the local, family-owned businesses. He said Cascade is offering complementary transportation of any purchased products to the finish line at Woodhouse. Riders under the age of 21 are not allowed into the wine gardens, but they can access tasting rooms and snacks at each rest stop. Non-alcoholic hydration will also be available for folks who don’t necessarily want to drink wine, Tolmé added. “Not everybody drinks wine,” he said. “But even if you don't, it's still a fun ride to go on with friends and family who may.” Cascade, a statewide bicycle organization, puts on these events to help people explore this “beautiful state and recreate and exercise,” Tolmé said. This is just an example of one way the bike club tries to provide opportunities for people to explore the region and “support a good cause,” he added. “We use the revenues that we generate from our events to improve bicycling infrastructure and provide educational opportunities,” he said. The club pushes for safer infrastructure such as bike lanes, trails and neighborhood greenways. According to Cascade, construction of the 42-mile Eastrail is an ongoing priority to increase bike safety for Eastside communities. Tolmé said the club also provides a curriculum of bike education for elementary and middle school kids. Cascade teaches bike lessons to people of all abilities, he added. Revenue from these events also benefit the Major Taylor Project, which is a program designed to empower underserved youth through bicycling. Marshall “Major” Taylor was a Black athlete and cycling legend who set numerous world records all while battling racism throughout his career. The project serves 500 children annually around King and Pierce counties.To register for the wine ride: https://cascade.org/rides-and-events-major-rides-woodinville-wine-ride/woodinville-wine-ride-details.
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