Riders in a breakaway accelerate into the backstretch.
Cycling

Late Summer Seward Session

Under hazy skies, the 2018 Voler Seward Park Thursday Night Cycling Series is in its waning days. There are four events every evening: 5:00 Course Open for Warm-Up, coaches clinics 5:30 First-timers & Cat 4, 5 6:00 Cat 3, 4 7:00 Pro & Cat 1, 2, 3 If you are …

Sensity lenses at maximum darkness during an ascent of the Clarno grade in Central Oregon during Race Across Oregon 2018. Credit: Zach Goodin, .RAWyeti Images
Eyewear

The n + 1: Sensity Photochromic Lenses

To prepare for this year’s 20th anniversary edition of the Race Across Oregon I needed to replace some prescription sunglasses. Since the race was 622+ miles non-stop, we’d be racing through the night. I needed a solution that would handle the bright desert conditions on the east side of the …

The view from the top of the climb gives fantastic vista of the Olympic Mountains, Seattle, Mercer Island, and Lake Washington.
Climbs

Newcastle Climb

The climb to Newcastle Golf Course is a short .65 mile spur that frequently gets added to rides up and over Cougar Mt. The entrance to the climb is easy to identify if you are coming from the Coal Creek (west) side of Lakemont Blvd. The straightaway up to the …

Jessica Cutler is the founder of the Northwest Women's Cycling Project.
Cycling

The Double Grind | Jessica Cutler

Jessica Cutler joins Michael and Craig to discuss women’s professional cycling, misogyny and gender disparities in cycling, body issues, and her journey as a pro-cycling development team director for the Northwest Women’s Cyclocross Project. But before that, PruDog and Chef Craig awkwardly ramble on about the Tour De France, rider …

Sophia ran a personal best of 17:48 in the 5K at this year's Run for the Pies in Carnation.
Runner profile

Sophia Liu Running to the Olympics

The women athletes profiled on Northwest in Motion tend to have one thing in common: They typically enter their respective sports not as kids or teens, but in their mid to late-20s, often as the result of serendipity. Their first forays into athletic competition are usually the result of joining …

Adult beverages

The Double Grind | Bastille Day 2018

In this episode The Double Grind visits Bastille in Ballard for their Tour de France viewing party and wine tasting event presented by Cadence Winery. Hosts Michael “PruDog” Pruitt and Chef Craig Hetherington chat with Cadence wine’s founder Ben Smith about wine, gravel cycling, and gravel bikes. Then they review …

All smiles above treeline on the Church Mountain trail; Mt. Baker in the background
Backcountry travel

Trail Running in the North Cascades: Festival 542

Highway 542, the Mt Baker Scenic Byway, runs east-west from Bellingham to Artist Point. It is the access point to some of the Northwest’s best mountain terrain: fantastic trails, North Cascades National Park, mountaineering, skiing at Mt. Baker Ski Area, and some of the best backcountry skiing in North America …

Jennifer Wheeler has her sights focused down the course and the individual pursuit at the 2020 Olympics.
Cycling

Mid-July at the Seward Park Series

Held on Thursday evenings during the spring and summer, this classic Seattle weekly hammerfest is a focal point for the region’s road bike racing community. Most participants ride to the race, race, then ride home often with a pit stop to commiserate with friends. If you are new to the …

"We just climbed that." The incredible view from near the top of the eastern Washington Pass climb
Climbs

Cycling the North Cascades Highway

By this time of year, I’ve usually cycled the North Cascades Hwy (WA State Hwy 20) out-and-back to Mazama at least twice. Unfortunately asthma has delayed my usual hit list of ambitious summertime rides. It’s usually too hot in July to do a long ride with minimal water and shade, …

The Early Winter Spires and Liberty Bell from the Washington Pass Overlook. The Beckey Route on the southwest side of Liberty Bell (rightmost spire) is probably the most famous alpine rock climb in the North Cascades.
Mountaineering

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

If you play in the mountains or cliffs anywhere from Alaska to Southern California, Fred Beckey’s life has touched yours. Beckey was the original climbing “dirtbag,” and among his many firsts, pioneered an obsessive-compulsive climbing lifestyle that spanned 80 years. The recently released Kickstarted documentary “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred …