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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 …

Regroup at the 2018 Elbe Multi Strada ride
Cycling

The Double Grind | Giro-tacular

Your hosts just can’t seem to get excited for the Amgen Tour of California this year, but muster some luke-warm Giro takes. Plus, an exhaustive/exhausting look at the PNW gravel calendar for the next month and a recap of PruDog’s dominating 2nd place (out of 5) at the 2018 Elbe …

Jennifer heading to start line of ToC Stage 2
Cycling

Jennifer Wheeler: Team USA @ Tour of California

Seattle’s Jennifer Wheeler raced professionally in 2011 and 2012 with the TIBCO/Silicon Valley Bank Women’s Cycling Team when, after a couple of hard crashes and unsatisfying results, she quit bike racing and focused on establishing a “normal” work career. She got a job at Microsoft. She tried Crossfit and weightlifting, …

Daniel Perry tongue wagging and thumbs up mid-way through the Montreux Everesting attempt.
Climbs

Montreux Everesting Project

Everesting is a kind of challenge that requires doing hill repeats until you’ve ascended the height of Mt. Everest (29,029′.) As I’m writing this, Egencia Cycling teammates Daniel Perry, Daniel Rossano, and Thomas Baron are a bit past mid-way through an Everesting attempt on Montreux Hill in Issaquah, about 15 …

Pretty in pink: A cherry blossom tree accentuates the view at the hairpin turn.
Community

Seward Park Series: Pretty in Pink

With cherry blossoms in nearly full bloom around Lake Washington, this week’s Seward Park Series was “pretty in pink.” This classic Seattle weekly hammerfest is now in its 29th year, and is a focal point for the region’s bike racing community. Most participants ride to the race, race, then ride …

The group stayed together except on the climbs. Credit: Wes Salmon.
Cycling

The Double Grind | 2018 Goldendale Medio

PruDog and Chef Craig are back after a week competing over who was sicker. They discuss Big Bike’s embrace of the gravel category. PruDog has reservations: is Big Bike designing products for riders or for racers? Craig says everyone should be able to work on their own bike (and ignores …

The group stayed together except on the climbs. Credit: Wes Salmon.
Cycling

The Double Grind | Pilot

This is the inaugural edition of the Double Grind Podcast. Double Grind is an informal discussion between Seattle cyclists about current cycling topics. In this episode Michael Pruitt and Craig Hetherington discuss the cobble classics, pro bike racer doping and fashion choices, upcoming gravel rides, and gear that works for …

Bicycles

An Evening with Gerard Vroomen

Gerard Vroomen is arguably the cycling industry’s leading innovator. Last Friday evening Vroomen was at Seattle’s Métier to discuss his background, and the path that has led to his latest projects, the 3T Strada in particular. Vroomen got into bike development as researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), …

Adventure racing

Richard Kresser Running Toward Joy

Beaming with exuberance and emanating positivity, Richard Kresser is a prominent activist expanding the boundaries of running and multisport endurance adventures in the Northwest and beyond. Richard grew up in Iowa, where he felt challenged by an older brother who demonstrated abundant athletic talent. “Growing up, I was always undersized …