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 January!). Last weekend was another great opportunity to spend a day on the bike. On Saturday … [Read more...] about Spring Weekend Cycle
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 I spent the next hour trying to stay warm as I pedaled home in the cold downpour. The transit across … [Read more...] about Seattle Area Classic: South Sound Tour w/ an Alki Chaser
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 rode to the start point and returned to Seattle via the east side of Lake Washington to make it a … [Read more...] about Seattle-Area Classic: Logboom-Snohomish-Monroe
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 streets by heart. His proposed route … [Read more...] about “Honoring the Cobbles” of Queen Anne
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. A basic out and back to Tiger Mountain from Seattle is ~40+ miles. For Sunday's ride our group was … [Read more...] about Seattle Area Classic: May Valley & Tiger Mt.