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 …

Climbs

Seattle Area Classic: May Valley & Tiger Mt.

The Seattle area does not lack for “classic” rides that are standard parts of our route repertoire. One of my favorites is the May Valley-Tiger Mountain combo. It can be done in a variety of ways, with options to add mileage and hills in a large loop starting from Seattle. …

Climbs

Out and Back: Sequim to Hurricane Ridge

Although I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1994, I’d never been to Hurricane Ridge via any mode of transport let alone on a bike. It had been on my cycling hit list for years, but it took me until last September to finally make the pilgrimage. The climb is …

Coffee

Kitsap-Bainbridge Ports and Forts Tour

When I set out on Sunday’s adventure I had no idea I’d be chasing the ghosts of Ma and Pa Kettle. Ma and Pa Kettle were comic film characters in a film series that was produced in the late ’40s and ’50s, and which continued on network television into the …

Cycling

Major Taylor Spinathon 2014

Now in it’s 6th year, Seattle’s chapter of the Major Taylor Project (MTP) is hosting its 4th Annual Spinathon on Thursday, March 20 5-8 PM. Spin spots are still available at the Magnuson Athletic Club location. (The Spinathon is also happening at Live Love Flow, but this location is fully …

Cycling

Profiled: Hagens Berman U-23 Cycling Program

Late last summer, Herriott Sports Performance (HSP) announced that it had secured the management role for the Hagens Berman U-23 Cycling Program. With Hagens-Berman as the title sponsor for 2014, they will be overseeing the development of a group of eleven riders ranging in age from 16 to 21, which …

Cycling

Paul Krebsbach’s 18,000 Miles

It’s official: 54 year old Paul Krebsbach (Cucina Fresca Cycling Team) finished the 2013 season with these amazing stats: 18,216.4 miles 1117 hours 811,112′ climbed 297 days on the bike 55 rides over 100 miles 1,095,210 calories burned (which according to Paul is equivalent to 7300 beers) What inspired this …

Adventure rides

Brian Ecker’s 1,000,000th Foot

Sunday was the culmination of Bellingham’s Brian Ecker’s 2013 cycling project, which was to climb 1,000,000′ on the bike. Brian was joined by eleven friends to celebrate the event with a ~25 mile spin from downtown Bellingham around Lake Samish. Brian accomplished his 2013 goal by breaking the 1M mega …

Cycling

Tubeless Tire Trauma

I have been rolling tubeless tires on one of my bikes for about three years now and have been very happy with their performance. The benefits touted by manufacturers include lower rolling resistance, improved shock absorption, and the ability to roll at lower pressures which means a smoother ride. The …

Cycling

Just Passing Through

During Sunday’s final installment of the 2013 MFG Cyclocross series at Woodland Park I captured this series of Jessica Cutler (on the right) passing another racer at the barrier and run-up: Although I’m sure Jessica would claim she felt otherwise, she made it look effortless to flow over this exceptionally …