Weekend Getaway: Flying Wheels

What: Flying Wheels is the Cascade Bicycle Club’s official tune-up ride for the Seattle to Portland Classic. But you don’t have to be riding the STP to take on one of this ride’s four loops. The loops are 25, 50, 65 and 100 miles. The longest ride will take you through Monroe, Snohomish and Duvall. The ride has more big climbs than the STP.

When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Where: The ride starts at the Marymoor Park Velodrome, Redmond.

Getting there: From Interstate 5, take Highway 520 toward Redmond, then take the Marymoor Park exit and follow the signs to the park. Park in Lot B at the park’s velodrome.

Cost: $40 and $1 for parking.

Also: The start line opens at 8 a.m. for the 100-mile ride, 9 a.m. for the 50- and 65-mile riders, and 10 a.m. for the 25-mile riders. The start line closes at 11 a.m. The course closes at 7 p.m. A beer garden is open from noon to 7 p.m. After the race, you can enter the Little 100, a 12-lap race at the velodrome.

Information: cascade.org

Craig Hill, The News Tribune