Doctoral student Megan Bland setting up the impact rig.
Cycling

New Ratings from Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

In an effort to help cyclists make informed bike helmet purchases, the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab with funding provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has released new ratings for 20 bicycle helmets, which brings the total number of tested bicycle helmets to 50. The ratings give each helmet …

Thomas Sumter's Proviz jacket and gloves really stand out.
Best practices

Ride Safely at Night

The dark season is upon us, which means it’s time for the annual ritual when folks hotly debate the dos and don’ts of running and riding at night. Even avid, long-time area cyclists are surprised to learn that blinking front lights are illegal on bikes in Washington state. They are …

Autumn 2018: An advisory sign in Seattle's Sam Smith Park
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Contest: Night Riding & Running Best Practices

The dark season is upon us: day length is currently decreasing by about 3 minutes per day. The shortest day of 2018 happens on Dec 21, which for long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest is the day we all rejoice because the days start to get longer. It’s also the …

Cycling

Jamie Van Beek: She’s Persisting

One of the most common themes across the women athletes profiled here is that they came to their respective sports relatively late—usually after college. For whatever reason, athletics didn’t catch on during their school years, or they didn’t think of themselves as athletic when they were younger. 46-year-old Bellingham native …

Community

Seward Park 2018 Finale

Thursday August 30 was the finale of the 2018 Voler Thursday Night Cycling Series at Seward Park. The late summer light filtered through the trees and clouds just long enough to get a few dramatic pictures during the 6:00 race. Final results 7:00 PM Race: Teddy Schwartz Nick Bennette Will …

Kendall Katwalk August 18, 2018
Cycling

Smoke Season Weather Window

I’m surprised to see how many folks have been out running and cycling during the recent smoky weather. It’s as if the rest of us need to HTFU. Current AQI: Exercising in unhealthy air isn’t like lifting weights: it’s not going to make your lungs “stronger.” And, just because you …

Fat tire formation
Adult beverages

NW MTB Series 2018 Finale

Wednesday evening was the finale of the 2018 NW Mountain Bike Series. Also known as the “Wednesday Night World Championships,” this was the series’ fifth season. The “world championships” reference pokes fun at the fact that although riders at local races and group rides are just out for bragging rights, …

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 …

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. Of course bragging rights come with getting to the vista at the head of the pack, but most group rides in Seattle typically regroup after all climbs …

Racers at the 2018 Northwest Kermesse Series. Photo credit: Jim Wallingford
Cycling

The Double Grind | It’s Kermesse Time

It’s a mercifully short episode after last week’s marathon. Also we’re now on iTunes! Go subscribe, The tour may be over but we still have thoughts about whether Lance has finally come clean (spoiler: no), broken bones, giving #RidicDick Moscon the boot, Kermesse racing and how to cook cod. Plus, …