Cycling

Cascade Ultra 2014

August 16-17 was the fourth iteration of the ~450-mile Cascade Ultra, which operated for several years as a Rotary-sponsored event called the Coup de Cascades. To date there has only been participation by the most dedicated area ultra racers, but the new race promoter, Shannon Henery, has a long-term vision …

Charity events

Obliteride 2014: Cycling to End Cancer

There are so many charity bike rides it can feel overwhelming to choose the one(s) in which to participate. My typical reaction is to do nothing. In the past I’ve focused my charity bike-riding efforts on the ALS Doubleday ride in Skagit County, which benefits the ALS Association’s Evergreen Chapter. …

Charity events

Summer Charity Ride Season; Local Woman Riding Trois Etapes

If there is a “season” for charity bicycle rides, mid to late summer is it. This list is long…but just to highlight a few local upcoming events: This weekend I will be participating in the Obliteride benefitting the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. Donate to High Performance Cycling‘s Obliteride team …

Cycling

Trio Completes First Seattle-Mt Rainier Summit-Seattle Round Trip

Last weekend the Seattle-based trio of Apex Racing teammates Travis Biechele, Jason Connell, and Chris Ragsdale rode bikes from Seattle to Paradise via Longmire, climbed to the summit Mt. Rainier via the standard/‎Disappointment Cleaver route (with Bill Booth joining them as a 4th on the rope team), then cycled back …

Cycling

Trio Attempting Seattle-Rainier Summit-Seattle Round Trip

Traditional 4th of July weekend festivities don’t include enough epic for the Seattle-based trio of Apex Racing teammates Travis Biechele, Jason Connell, and Chris Ragsdale. Their plan: ride bikes from Seattle to Paradise via Longmire, summit Mt. Rainier via the standard/‎Disappointment Cleaver route (with Bill Booth joining them as a …

Community

Major Taylor Project Ready for STP 2014

It’s always invigorating to chat with Ed Ewing about Seattle’s Major Taylor Project (MTP). Ed’s enthusiasm for the project has continued to grow since it’s inception, and his enthusiasm has thoroughly infected Seattle’s cycling culture. Ed is the right person at the right place at the right time to make …

Cycling

Walsh and Thomas Debrief RAW 2014

It was “third time’s a charm” in this year’s Race Across the West (RAW) for Seattle’s Mick Walsh and his Boulder-based teammate George Thomas. The pair won the 2-man race and set a course record. This was Mick’s third RAW attempt, and his second two-man attempt with George. George, the …

Climbs

Lake Chelan Century Challenge 2014

The “Chelan Century” is a regular event on the High Performance Cycling team calendar. Over 100 miles and 9,609′ of climbing make this an ambitious cycling objective, and during the past few years we have typically had 25+ teammates at the ride. The ride consists of three loops that all …

Cycling

Tongue-wagging @ Seward Park

The sun was bright and the sky was blue when I started rolling toward Seward Park, but by the time I got there it was gray and threatening rain. Despite the dark evening conditions I got some decent captures this week. I never really know whether I have anything good …

Cycling

WA Racers Represent at 2014 RAAM and RAW

Last evening I happened to watch this Atlantic video about the Barkley Marathons, an ultra running “fun run” (??) in Wartburg, Tennessee. The organizer of that event had this great quote about his event: “…you see the extremes of joy that come with sport…that you only get when failure was …