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Trident Triple bicycle race will roll on

Terrorists can’t stop the Trident Triple.

The popular bike ride through Kitsap and parts of Mason counties, set for Saturday, is still going strong in its seventh year despite heightened security at Subase Bangor.

In the wake of Sept. 11, access to Bangor (and all other military installations) has been tightened up for the participating riders who previously had no problems touring the home of the Pacific Trident submarine fleet.

Getting permission for the ride to pass through the scenic installation wasn’t much of a hurdle for the event organizers.

“The Bangor staff was very generous in making this opportunity available during a time of heightened security,” said Trident Triple organizer Jeanie Schulze.

Everyone who has already been approved base access will be required to stop and show a photo I.D. and no bags larger than a fanny pack will be permitted. All riders who want to get on Bangor must be at the gate prior to 11 a.m. and must exit the base no later than 1 p.m.

But for those who missed the early registration deadline of June 7, another route is available that will lead riders to the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport.

“It’s a good alternative,” Schulze said. “And this way has been configured to have the identical mileage as those who can get on Bangor.”

All of the rides originate and end at the Kitsap Mall, and just how far riders opt to go depends on how much countryside they get to see. Schulze said most riders are finished by 2 p.m.

There are routes as short as 20 or 30 miles for the casual bicyclist with moderate riding skills.

For those with a higher stamina or training for the Seattle-to-Portland run, there’s a 52-mile route through Seabeck that culminates in a high-speed run down Newberry Hill Road.

Those born on a bicycle might want to face the challenge of the 102-mile-long route. Riders will split from the 52-mile route and head south through Holly, Dewatto and Tahuya before returning north via Belfair, Gorst and Bremerton to the finish line in Silverdale.

“It’s a very difficult route,” Schulze said, noting there are plenty of hills to traverse in the Dewatto-Tahuya area that will challenge even the most skilled of riders.

Each path has been clearly marked with “Dan Henry” marks on the pavement which will allow riders plenty of chances to either shorten or lengthen their journey.

And to prevent saddle sores, there are five fully supported rest stops where riders can fill up their water bottles, grab a bite to eat, bandage their road rash, use a bathroom and wipe the sweat from their brow.

Entry into the Trident Triple is $20 for adults and $15 for children age 15 and younger. Registration is from 7-10 a.m. at the north end of the Kitsap Mall parking lot.

According to Schulze, proceeds benefit The Paul Linder Educational Foundation for Central Kitsap Schools to provide academic grants and the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce at (360) 692-6800 or register on-line at www.silverdalechamber.com.

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