MBBC Special Rides and Ride Events
In addition to the MBBC's regular Weekly Rides
, the club puts on other special rides throughout the year. Also, starting in 2017, the MBBC is partnering with other north Puget Sound area bike clubs for our own multi-club series.
North Puget Sound Bike Alliance rides
See information for the specifics of each club's signature rides, plus the series of Hidden Gems rides on the MBBC Events Calendar
. Final details for each ride will be posted approx 2 weeks before the ride.
The MBBC is a partner club in the North Puget Sound Bike Alliance, an unofficial group made up of the MBBC, the Skagit Bicycle Club, Whidbey Island Bike Club, and BIKES Club of Snohomish County.
Members of each club receive a $10 rebate on any of the four Signature Rides of all the clubs. Those rides are:
In addition, starting in 2017, each club is hosting a special local ride and members of all 4 clubs are invited. The host club will take riders on one of their favorite local rides: a “Hidden Gem”
that might not be widely known to those outside of the local club. The schedule for the Hidden Gems Ride Series
- June 3: Whidbey Island Bike Club hosted ride.
- July 8: BIKES Club hosted ride - Snohomish area. Three different routes and difficulty/speed from social to moderate.
- August 5: Skagit Bicycle Club ride - Skagit Valley (Burlington, La Conner, Anacortes etc)
- September 9: MBBC ride out and about in north Whatcom County. See details on the ride's Events Calendar Listing.
Bill's Hills Century
Bill McCourt’s route of 10,000+ ft of climbing in just over 100 miles around our beloved Bellingham is truly a classic. The ride is open to Mount Baker Bicycle Club members, and if you’re not yet a member, don’t worry, you can sign up at the beginning of the ride. For the price of a $20 membership, you can ride one of – if not the – most challenging centuries in the Northwest. With fully stocked rest stops and great routes, this is the cheapest organized century you will ever do!
The routes are extremely challenging. There are three loops of approximately 30-40 miles with 3,000 to 4,000 feet of climbing each. Just think Sehome Hill, California Street, King Mountain, Emerald Lake, Squalicum Mountain and – well you get the idea – just about every known hill in the Bellingham area. Ride one loop or ride them all, it is up to you.
In 2017, Bill's Hills was ridden on Sunday, August 13. Riders gather at 6:30 am at Fairhaven's Marine Park, with plan to leave at 6:45. Watch for the date for Bill's Hills 2018!
Fourth of July Ride
Ride on July 4th (but of course), 9:45 am start for this annual MBBC ride.
Meet at Fairhaven Park at 9:45 am, depart 10:00 am. 60 mile round trip, down Chuckanut Drive and into beautiful downtown La Conner.
Everyone rides at their own pace. The group will meet up in La Conner for lunch together at the Calico Cupboard cafe in La Conner
, 720 S. 1st Street.
Celebrate Independence Day and some great summer weather with an MBBC ride.
Check the MBBC Events Calendar
and Special Events Page
every year for the final announcements of plans and the ride leader for each year.
New Years Day Ride
Pedal in the new year, every January 1st.
Meet 10am, depart before 10:30am from Fairhaven Park for the Old Edison Inn where owners John and Lynn will be expecting us. We can park our bicycles in the beer garden and enjoy the warmth inside. Friends and family are also invited to join us at the Old Edison Inn for lunch at about 11:30am, even if they don’t ride.
No one will be left behind on this group ride.
We pedal 13.8 miles along Chuckanut Drive. Return the same way or via Colony Road and Lake Samish, or even Bow Hill Road to start your year off steep!
Each year this ride attracts a large group of participants, regardless of the weather. Start your year off with the MBBC.
More details to be posted before January 2018. Check back in December 2017!
Black Friday Ride
Avoid the shopping pandemonium - get out for a ride instead!
Meet at 10am on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, for a road ride to Ferndale and back (or further depending on energy of riders and weather).
In 2016 we started at Cornwall Park by the Meridian Street entrance. Check back for details about the 2017 Black Friday ride in November.
Lighted Neighborhoods Winter Ride
Let’s spread some cheer together on two wheels, listen to holiday tunes and view some great decorative yard lights in some of Bellingham’s neighborhoods.
Put some lights on, decorate yourself and your bike (battery-powered festive lights are available at Big Lots among other places), and be jolly with the MBBC!
We’ll meet at the Depot Market parking lot on Railroad at 5:45 pm and leave at 6pm. We'll be creating a route to casually pedal down quiet streets and view the best lights.
Gather after the ride for dinner somewhere downtown at approx 7:30 pm.
Date and route, plus ride leader, will be arranged in November 2017. In 2016 the ride was a bit of a bust because there was so much ice on the roads, we couldn't even get into some of the lighted neighborhoods. In 2017 we'll hope for a less icy December and will try to schedule the ride around the weather.