Cycling

Pedaling Circles at Seward and Ballard

This week’s theme turned out to be how bicycle racers will ride in circles just to inflict pain and suffering on one another. First stop, the Seward Park Series on Thursday evening. I arrived when the 5:30 event was in the final laps, just in time to see the peloton …

Cycling

Seward Scenes: May 22

Although the lighting didn’t look particularly promising, I ventured to this week’s Seward Park Thursday Night Cycling Series event to experiment with my trusty little Sony RX100 to try to capture images of speedy cyclists in the fading light of a cloudy evening. The results were so-so in my opinion; …

Cycling

Classic Seattle Spring Evening Spin

One of my standard rides, a ride I’ve done hundreds of times, is a loop around the south end of Mercer Island then down to Renton and back to Seattle. When you travel over the same roads and pathways hundreds of times it’s easy to miss the obvious. During this …

Climbs

Cycling Hwy 20: First Tracks 2014

Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway, opened for the season Thursday May 8. As the date approached, cycling friends were buzzing with anticipation about the first good opportunity to do the 100-mile out and back across Rainy and Washington Passes to Mazama. High Performance Cycling teammates initially targeted Sunday May …

Community

25 Years of Bicycle Racing at Seward Park

Seattle’s Seward Park Thursday Night Cycling Series celebrates its 25th season this year. The series has been running since 1990 through the efforts of David Douglas. It all started because the Seward Park Community group was looking at ways to cultivate legitimate activities at the park. A Seward Park-area cyclist …

Bicycle Retail

Cycle University Celebrates 10 Years

Monday, May 5, Cycle University, celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Led by “Dean” Craig Undem, CycleU has established itself as an integral piece of Seattle’s bicycle culture. CycleU is a retail bike shop that also provides coaching services, off-season indoor training, sponsors several bicycle and multisport teams, and is active with …

Cycling

Spring Weekend Cycle

Despite the the record rainfall we’ve had since February, it doesn’t seem like I have heard as many weather-related complaints as I’d expect. I feel fortunate to have gotten out on some long dry rides so early in the season (not to mention a ride from Ashford to Paradise in …

Cycling

Seattle Area Classic: South Sound Tour w/ an Alki Chaser

Late Saturday morning there was a mid-ride deluge that caught many of us off-guard. Yeah, the forecast said rain after 11 AM, but for some reason most of us didn’t believe it. I was at the intersection of May Valley and Issaquah-Hobart Road when the raindrops started to fall and …

Coffee

Seattle-Area Classic: Logboom-Snohomish-Monroe

Add to your list of Seattle-area must-dos: The loop from Log Boom Park (aka Tracy Owen Station) in Kenmore to Snohomish, Monroe then back to Log Boom. The basic loop is about 65 miles. On a day with dry skies and warm temperatures, I felt inspired and ambitious, so I …

Coffee

“Honoring the Cobbles” of Queen Anne

The invite came from Randonneur and all-arounder Sol Manion. He wanted to do something to “honor the cobbles” in the rugged, legendary Tour of Flanders (last Sunday) and Paris Roubaix (this Sunday). Sol’s training often includes short high-intensity trips around Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, and his legs know those cobbled …