The Stinky Spoke 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, Powerline 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 charity partners get their names in the hat for a second set of prizes. 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 are split between our partners Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center (www.littlebit.org) and Outdoors for All (www.outdoorsforall.org).
Register at stinkyspoke.org