Climbs

Ronde PDX

This is one crazy ride! You may have heard of the infamous Ronde PDX, an annual ride in Portland that has developed a cult following. Developed by Brad Ross and Hugh Givens, and inspired by Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour de Flanders), the route covers ~50 miles and ~7,900′ of climbing …

Cycling

Seward Park Series Week Two

There was a large turnout for the second week of the Seward Park Series’, especially the 5:30 and 6:00 races. The 5:30 race is for first-time and category 4-5 racers; the 6:00 race is for category 3 and 4 racers; the 7:00 race is for category 1-3 and professional racers. …

Cycling

Seward Park Series 2015 Kickoff

In beautiful spring conditions, this Thursday marked the opening of the Seward Park Series’ 26th season. The Seward Series is an integral part of Seattle’s cycling culture and to emphasize its importance is nicknamed the “Thursday Night World Championships.” Not to be confused with the Tuesday Night World Championships, which …

Best practices

Introducing She Bikes

Yes, it is hard to believe…but cycling–that pursuit in which men shave their legs and wear skin-tight clothing–is a (white) mens’ club. Just take a look at these stats from People for Bikes: 87% of U.S. competitive cyclists are male, and 12% are female: At the professional level, women racers …

Cycling

Garage Racing Adds Women’s Squad

Every Fall Seattle’s racing teams shuffle a bit with racers moving to teams that are a better fit for their cycling and racing ambitions, or for more compatible social dynamics. The big news for 2015 is the addition of a new women’s squad to the long-established Garage Racing team, which …

Cycling

The 508 Crew Report

This is the second in a two-part post about the experiences of Mick Walsh, Chris Ragsdale, and Bob Brudvik at this year’s Silver State 508. Part one. I was following Mick’s progress at the event’s web site, and late in the day Mick’s results looked a bit off to me, …

Cycling

Mick Walsh’s Silver State 508

This is the first in a two-part post about the experiences of Mick Walsh, Chris Ragsdale, and Bob Brudvik’s at this year’s Silver State 508. Part two. The Silver State 508 is one of ultra bicycle racing’s top objectives. Formerly known as the Furnace Creek 508 when it was held …

Bicycle culture

Introducing the Cascade Bicycle Center

Significant upgrade? Yes! Today was the grand opening of the Cascade Bicycle Club’s new home, called the Cascade Bicycle Center. I got a preview during construction in early October, and it was amazing to see the final result of a lot of tenacious hard work. The idea was the brainchild …

Charity events

Obliteride 2014 Final Tally: $2.25M for Fred Hutch

The final tally is in for the 2014 edition of the Obliteride charity event for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Nearly 1,000 people cycled more than 60,000 miles and raised a total of $2,250,000.An impressive number considering this is only the second year for this event. Obliteride executive director Amy …

Cycling

Meet the Teams Season; Intro to Women’s Cycling

Seattle’s “meet the teams” season is an opportunity for folks new to racing to check out some of Seattle’s bicycle teams, and determine which might the best match–both in terms of shared chemistry as well as racing ambitions. This year’s series began on August 26 and runs through November 1. …