Community

NW MTB Series 2018: “Wednesday Night Worlds”

The 2018 NW MTB Series, aka the “Wednesday Night World Championships” is underway. Last evening’s event had perfect weather and record attendance with over 200 participants. The series is held on the trails at North SeaTac Park, and the course changes from week to week. Some of the courses, like …

Cycling

Double Grind Podcast | 2018 Goldendale Medio

PruDog and Chef Craig are back after a week competing over who was sicker. They discuss Big Bike’s embrace of the gravel category. PruDog has reservations: is Big Bike designing products for riders or for racers? Craig says everyone should be able to work on their own bike (and ignores …

Community

UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge 2018

Ultra running events (events longer than a marathon distance) are up 1,000% in the last decade according to The Guardian. Although racing events have the most visible presence, here in the Pacific Northwest there are a couple intriguing variations on the ultra running theme. Aspire Adventure Running, one of Northwest …

Adult beverages

The Double Grind Podcast | 2018 Gorge Grinder

In this episode Michael “PruDog” Pruitt and Chef Craig Hetherington talk about the 2018 Gorge Grinder (formerly Gorge Roubaix) gravel ride in Hood River, OR as well as what they had for dinner the night before. But before they that they analyze why Nibali is getting his ass waxed, figure …

Opinion

An Entrepreneur’s Perspective: Data Privacy, Security, & Social Networks

For the last few years I’ve been on an admittedly quixotic entrepreneurial adventure building a fitness-focused social network. We pitched motion.social as “Meetup for fitness groups” and “a tool for planning and sharing fitness activities with friends, groups, clubs, and teams.” With fresh experience in the social space, here is …

Bicycles

An Evening with Gerard Vroomen

Gerard Vroomen is arguably the cycling industry’s leading innovator. Last Friday evening Vroomen was at Seattle’s Métier to discuss his background, and the path that has led to his latest projects, the 3T Strada in particular. Vroomen got into bike development as researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), …

Adventure rides

Adventure Cycling in the Snoqualmie Forest

Although there has been niche interest in gravel cycling in the Northwest since the mid-2000s, the subdiscipline is experiencing a boom in interest as riders look for car-free alternatives that emphasize fun with friends over Strava KOMs. The Snoqualmie Forest (aka (“Campbell Global”), near Fall City and Carnation, is among …

Adventure racing

Tyler Farrar Sighting at Lake Sammamish Half

You never know who are might see at our local running (or bicycle) races. 33-year old Tyler Farrar is a Wenatchee-born bike racer who ascended to the highest levels of the sport. His accomplishments include stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Tour de France, Three Days of …

ebikes

The CERO One Cargo eBike

Although eBikes get a lot of attention because of their ‘performance enhancing’ benefits (read: “mechanical doping”), their real potential is at the utilitarian end of the spectrum. The most innovative eBike brands are replacements for automobiles, not recreational toys. eBikes designed for commuting and running errands is where the innovation …

Adult beverages

Destination: Mt. Bachelor Ski Area

Located about 20 miles west of Bend and Sunriver, Mt. Bachelor is THE place in Oregon for serious skiers and boarders. Mt. Bachelor is a volcano that lies at the northern end of the Mt. Bachelor Volcanic Chain. It gets its name because it “stands apart” from the “Three Sisters” …