It’s time again for the Stinky Weather Poker Ride on Jan. 14 through Woodinville and Redmond. The bicycle ride is to raise money for and, it seems, to get your bike really muddy.
Ride organizers claim to have chosen the date so the weather would be, well, stinky. “We picked what should be the worst day of the year for weather (combination of the rainiest and the coldest),” organizers wrote on the nonprofit’s website.
The 18.5 mile bicycle ride will start just north of the Sammamish River Trail then cut up the Tolt Pipeline Trail from Woodinville-Redmond Road, dubbed “Heart Attack Hill” over Hollywood Hill and back to the Tolt, over to Trilogy in Redmond, through the Redmond Watershed then back to the Tolt and the Sammamish River Trail, finally arriving at Redhook Brewery for the end of the ride party (see the video).
Along the way, cyclists pick up playing cards hoping to get a winning poker hand back at Redhook for prizes. has donated a bike as one prize. Every cyclist gets an official Stinky Spoke beanie, a Stinky Spoke beer glass (which Redhook will fill with brew or soda after the ride), and a bag of other donated goodies.
Registration is underway and can be done online here. Cost is $40 for pre-registration or $50 at the 9 a.m. start line.