MAY DAY CLASSIC
What: For years, the routes on the May Day Classic bicycle ride from Federal Way to Mount Rainier were named after Hostess snacks. However, with the demise of Hostess, that will not be the case this year. Hostess never sponsored the event (even when it was asked), the organizers just thought it would be fun to have its ride themed after Twinkies and other snacks. “It’s the only time of the year we ate that stuff,” said ride director Phil Meyer. Instead of Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Ding Dongs, this year riders will be get different food along the way. Meyer expects the quality of food to be better, however, because the Hostess snacks were so expensive. Routes are 50, 62 and 104 miles and organizers describe it as “challenging and hilly.”
Where: Phil’s Bike Shop, 2310 SW 336th St., Federal Way
When: Sunday. The course is open from 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration is open from 6-10 a.m.
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Activities: There is a finish line party at Johnny’s Famous Bar and Grill, where all finishers receive a free slice of pie.
Getting there: From Interstate 5, take Exit 142B. State Route 18 becomes 348th Street, then Campus Drive, then 336th Street.
Cost: $25 per ride; unicyclists get in free
Of note: Registration is at Johnny’s Famous Bar and Grill, adjacent to the bike shop. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. SAG support will be provided for stranded riders. There is a rest area with snacks every 20-25 miles. Parking is free at Johnny’s and Phil’s South Sound Cyclery. The ride averages 200 participants per year.