It’s been described as epic, hardcore and heartwarming. Stinky, too.
Come Jan. 25, the StinkySpoke Mountain Bike Charity Poker Ride will return to the Redmond area with a 20-mile ride that starts and finishes at Willows Run Golf Complex. Tires will get rolling at 9 a.m.
The Redmond Rotary Club-hosted charity event — often held on the stinkiest weather day of the year — brings a new location and route for 2020. Riders will follow the Tolt Pipeline, along Trilogy, the Redmond Watershed, down the Power Line and finally winding through Sammamish River trails. The Poker Ride will have participants collecting cards at stops along the route, and each rider hopes to have a prize-winning poker hand at the end.
The challenging route — with a stretch of trail called “heart-attack hill” — has stops with volunteers and refreshments along the way to rejuvenate.
All proceeds go to the Redmond Rotary Club Foundation that supports charitable causes, locally and internationally. In recent years, the ride raised funds toward local charities, Together Center, Hopelink and Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center.
The new location at Willow’s Run provides more room for riders and more parking.
“There’s hot live music and the beer will be cold,” Redmond Rotary Club member Tim Arnold said. “We’ve been promised by the band that Elvis will making an appearance after the ride!”
“Great people, terrible weather! But great fun when it’s all over! We don’t exercise enough outdoors with this weather,” said Holly Kerzic Zimberoff, a 2018 rider.
Riders can find more information and register at www.stinkyspoke.net.