View of Bellingham Bay from mid-ride at the Chuckanut Grind
Cycling

The Double Grind | Cracked By The ‘Ham

Remember how Tenacious D made played the best song in the world and then forgot it so had to do a tribute song instead? Well, let’s just say we just recorded the best podcast in the world but thanks to an ill-timed software crash you’re getting this tribute episode instead! …

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, …

Cycling

The Double Grind | Trombley Begins

In this episode of The Double Grind Michael and Craig chat with Seattle-area gravel veteran Robert Trombley about Dirty Kanza, gravel and endurance rides, and gear. Other discussion topics include: condom colored chain wax, comebacks, what we rode, what we gonna ride, and Chef Craig tolerates the Oddly Incompetent Middle-Aged …

The home stretch: The descent from the north side of Navarre Coulee Rd to Lake Chelan.
Climbs

Chelan Century Challenge 2018

The Chelan Century Challenge is one of the best event rides in Washington state: –the Chelan Rotary does a great job hosting and supporting the ride –the scenery is (mostly) spectacular –the course is challenging –Fresh cherries —Abundant wineries Check out the posts about it from 2011 and 2014. This …

The Eastside Rail Corridor Trail and the East Lake Sammamish Trail have small-grained firmly packed gravel that is suitable for standard road bike tires.
Adult beverages

Three Views of King County

I’ve never been a fan of the area’s multi-use trails. My disdain is mainly the result of undesirable experiences on the Burke Gilman Trail between the University of Washington and Log Boom Park. But, the recent opening of a section of the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail between I-90 and Gene …

Sam wearing his Audi kit and some pre-race game face. Credit: Yee Feng
Cycling

Young Rider Profile: Sam Zivin

Although many of us learn to cycle at an early age, by the time we’re teens it’s an outlier sport. As Conor Klupar mentioned in 2012 “Being a high school athlete is tough if your sport doesn’t involve a ball.” Hence, it’s always exciting to see juniors who are passionate …

Sergey is happier now that he is no longer a smoker.
Cycling

Sergey Kasparov’s Smoking Cessation Program

Overcoming addiction is formidable to say the least. 28 year old Sergey Kasparov is successfully replacing an unwholesome relationship with tobacco with a wholesome addiction to cycling. Recently, Sergey’s exploits have been getting noticed on Strava where he is at the top of the leaderboard for numerous segments. Seattle-area racer …

Community

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, …

The 2017 Tour de France peloton climbing just as a fierce downpour begins.
Cycling

Experience Tour de France Alps Stages 12 & 13

Francesca Carmichael, owner, brain, and sole “woman power” behind a Seattle-area Italy-focused business, has come up with an exciting last-minute itinerary for a trip to France and Italy planned around viewing stages 12 (Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs/Alpe d’Huez) and 13 (Bourg d’Oisans/Valence) of this year’s Tour de France. Those Tour stages …