Since I live on the same side of Puget Sound as Bainbridge Island, I drove to Bainbridge Island in the truck and found parking in the Town and Country Store parking lot with a bunch of other local cyclists. I paid my late fee of $30, received my ride packet and started the course at 0845. My start time corresponded with the arrival of the ferry and the roads were clogged with cyclists. Even though the ride is considered a social event, some of us riders treat it like a race and can't help passing slower riders. After about 10miles the traffic thinned out.
The route headed out of town and circled the island on mostly back roads. And the hills are constantly showing up every couple of miles and most of them are steep but not too long. Rest stops are set up at a couple of locations. My favorite one is at the American Legion Hall about 2/3 of the way around the island. The Girl Scouts set up tables of treats that are included in the registration fee, but donations are appreciated.
After the long climb over Baker Hill, the southern half of the island is the best part as the road runs along the shoreline with views of the Olympic Mountains on the western side and Seattle on the eastern side. The sun was out most of the day and the temps got into the mid 50's making for a very pleasant ride.
I found this year to be relatively easy for me. It has been several years since the last time I rode the Chilly Hilly. I felt so good afterward, that the next day I went for another very fast ride of 22miles.
My crumpled and sweaty number bib.
The route of Chilly Hilly 2010. 32.7 miles with about 3000 ft of climbing. We went counterclockwise.
Short, steep hill.
American Legion Hall with the table of treats.