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Cyclists swarm into Olympic National Park for Ride the Hurricane

Cyclists swarm into Olympic National Park for Ride the Hurricane

PORT ANGELES — Shaun Bishop of Puyallup added a fifth jersey to his Ride the Hurricane collection when he registered for Sunday’s annual cycling event…

Monday, Aug 08

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PORT ANGELES — Shaun Bishop of Puyallup added a fifth jersey to his Ride the Hurricane collection when he registered for Sunday’s annual cycling event that had riders pedaling from Port Angeles City Pier to the 5,242-foot summit of Hurricane Ridge and back.

From 7 a.m. to noon, the road from the entrance to Olympic National Park at Heart O’ the Hills was closed to traffic, giving cyclists a rare opportunity to focus on the challenge of getting to the top without worrying about vehicular traffic.

Bishop, 44, said he keeps returning to Ride the Hurricane for the simple reason that he likes being outside and riding his bike.

“You just need to pace yourself, find a gear and stick to it,” Bishop said. “And don’t forget to enjoy the view.”

This year’s event was the first since 2019 in which Canadians could participate; COVID travel restrictions in 2020 and 2021 prevented them from taking part.

Karen Hough, 65, and Jacqueline Zweng, 44, of Victoria, B.C., and Alex Kennedy, 52, of Courtney, B.C., were among the 85 or so Canadian cyclists who arrived on the 7:40 a.m. Coho ferry Sunday morning.

Hough was the only one of the three who had participated in Ride the Hurricane before.Zweng admitted it was the first time she’d ever ridden the Coho.“I’m looking forward to getting to the top and seeing Victoria,” Zweng said. “I’ve never seen it from that perspective before.”Hough said her only advice to her friends was: “Not getting to the top is not an option, […]

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