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 …

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2018 Ballard Criterium presented by Carter Volkswagen

Saturday June 9 is the 25th edition of Seattle’s classic Ballard Criterium (also previously known as the “Twilight Criterium”) road bicycle race. As of the beginning of 2018 there was some question about whether it would happen. Apex Cycling Team has been managing the event for the past three years, …

Legs and bodies fly onto the backstretch.
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Wednesday Evenings with SRC

For most of us, the best way to achieve our health and fitness goals is to join a group, club, or team. It is hugely beneficial to connect with others who are on the same path. It doesn’t matter whether you are doing a contemplative activity like yoga or meditation, …

Pretty in pink: A cherry blossom tree accentuates the view at the hairpin turn.
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Seward Park Series: Pretty in Pink

With cherry blossoms in nearly full bloom around Lake Washington, this week’s Seward Park Series was “pretty in pink.” This classic Seattle weekly hammerfest is now in its 29th year, and is a focal point for the region’s bike racing community. Most participants ride to the race, race, then ride …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Bicycle culture

The MAMIL Movie

“MAMIL” is a new cycling documentary that will be screening one night only throughout the US at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 21. “MAMIL,” an acronym familiar to many cycling enthusiasts, stands for “Middle Aged Men in Lycra.” MAMILs are a manifestation of the mid-life crisis phenomenon, except instead of …

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We Can All Be Trail Angels

According to the Awesome Project, a Trail Angel is someone who provides help, transportation, lodging, or food to a hiker. Many times these random acts of kindness are what it takes for a hiker to pull through and continue on their journey when they feel like they have reached their …

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Central Oregon Nordic Club Plays Year Round

More than just a ski club, Central Oregon Nordic Club (CONC) invites members to maintain friendships throughout the year with hikes & work parties. While Mount Bachelor clings tenaciously to her snowy cap despite the advance of Spring, the Nordic ski season is winding down for most members of the …