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Eat and Pedal Your Ass Off at Seattle Century

Biking tastes a lot like dinner on the annual catered ride.

By Allison Williams July 28, 2011

Is it cheating to buy the shirt without doing the bike ride?

Okay, lazypants, here’s your Saturday plan: Cycle a hundred miles through the greater Seattle area in the annual Seattle Century, then top it off with a gourmet dinner and beer garden. You can even cut the workout down to a half century of 50 miles (or quit early, we won’t tell) if your thighs aren’t up to Lance levels.

The ride is a benefit for nonprofit Bike Works and the course is open from 6am–6pm on Saturday July 30. The main route loops from Bothell to Mercer Island, then all the way out to Fall City and Duvall, and has an optional detour to Snoqualmie Falls; the 50-mile version stays west of Lake Sammamish.

The $70 advance fee ($80 on Saturday) buys you regular rest stops, a signed course, and medical and mechanical support in the event of wheezing or wheel failure. And we’re not just talking about grody workout bars at the rest stops; treats include Remlinger Farms berry pies and sandwiches made on Dave’s Killer bread.

Show up early for a breakfast of hard-boiled eggs, fruit, and coffee. But don’t get too full—the whole day ends with the most important part, the microbrew garden. Plus, a gourmet meal of salmon, asparagus, and chicken with marionberry sauce should soothe the screams of pain from your lower half.

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