The Spoke Folk Riding Club is a group of over 100 riders from the Sequim and Port Angeles area who ride regularly for the pure fun of riding, to enjoy the companionship of other cyclists, for exercise, and for the joy of being outdoors.
Their regular rides are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. They meet at the Sequim Community Church (no affiliation) parking lot on North 5th Ave in Sequim, near Old Olympic Highway. Roll-out is 9:30 a.m. sharp. The primary routes followed average 20+ miles each, with slight to moderate elevation gain, over local roads between Sequim and Blyn to the east or Agnew out west. The group rides at a moderate pace, with brief stops along the way to re-group—they don’t drop any riders! At the mid-way point on each ride, they’ll take an extended break for refreshments and chat.
Occasionally, they will alter the route some and every so often may decide to have a “Fat Tire Friday” when they dust off their mountain bikes and head for a local trail. And they do several out-of-area rides each year including trips to Whidby Island or Victoria, British Columbia, or elsewhere.
Every so often they also like to challenge themselves selves so they will tackle the Hurricane Ridge route or add miles to one of the primary routes.
Whatever they’re doing, you’ll find it listed on the OPBA calendar here and, if there’s something special or out-of-the-ordinary planned, it’ll be duly noted. So you’ll never have to worry, for example, about showing up expecting a nice leisurely morning road bike ride only to discover everyone else is sitting on their fat-tire steed ready to hit a local trail network.
As you might expect, among 100 or so cyclists, some ride faster, others ride at a slower pace. In other words, there are several sub-groups and each of those has their own variations on the primary routes. So you can easily find folks to ride with regardless of how fast or far you like to go (well, within reason!).
If you get the sense that Spoke Folk is a rather informal lot, you’re right! You might say they’re truly dedicated to informality: Spoke Folk membership is completely ad hoc and it is truly a “leaderless” group with no officers, no dues, no meetings, no obligations. The only firm requirement is that if you want to ride with us, you must wear a helmet, ride safely, and ride courteously.
They do host a CRANKSGIVING food ride for the Sequim Food Bank each year on a Saturday before Thanksgiving, gather once a year for a Christmas Pot Luck dinner, and get together with other local cycling groups to decorate a large “Charlie Brown” Christmas Tree visible in all its glory from US 101 just east of Sequim.
For information on their regular rides or other Spoke Folk activities, check the route and ride listings here on the OPBA website, or the OPBA Facebook Page, or contact Tom Coonelly, at [email protected].
Come join us for a ride!