Craig Hetherington, co-host of the Double Grind Podcast
Gravel

Double Grind Podcast | Deathbike 2018

It’s Giro d’Italia time. But, instead of talking about the Giro we’re bringing you Deathbike ’18. What the hell is that? Well you’ll just have to listen to us yammer on to find out. PruDog and Chef Craig discuss some hidden gems of the greater Seattle gravel scene. Plus, can …

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

Double Grind Podcast | Best Of The Spring

Awkward pauses and freestyle theme songs are what this week’s episode are all about. Oh, what we like best about the cycling this spring. And stuff we didn’t like too. Look, we could lie but let’s be honest. You probably could find something better to do than listen to this …

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

Double Grind Podcast | 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 …

Adult beverages

The Double Grind Podcast | 2018 Gorge Grinder

In this episode Michael “PruDog” Pruitt and Chef Craig Hetherington talk about the 2018 Gorge Grinder (formerly Gorge Roubaix) gravel ride in Hood River, OR as well as what they had for dinner the night before. But before they that they analyze why Nibali is getting his ass waxed, figure …

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

The Double Grind Podcast | 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 …

Adventure rides

Adventure Cycling in the Snoqualmie Forest

Although there has been niche interest in gravel cycling in the Northwest since the mid-2000s, the subdiscipline is experiencing a boom in interest as riders look for car-free alternatives that emphasize fun with friends over Strava KOMs. The Snoqualmie Forest (aka (“Campbell Global”), near Fall City and Carnation, is among …

Destinations

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Earlier this year I joined a 100km “PruBaix” ride hosted by Michael Pruitt on the east side that connected the Tolt Pipeline Trail, the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, and the East Lake Sammamish Trail. Michael proudly estimated that route as being 85% on multi-use trails. As we chatted during the ride …

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

Gravel Comes of Age in the PNW

The PNW gravel riding scene has been incubating for quite a long time (one source even says gravel bikes originated here?), and judging from the increase in gravel/dirt-specific rides popping up in my social stream, this year appears to be an important inflection point. More folks are doing gravel fondo …

Cycling

Gravel Grinding Season is Here

As cycling becomes increasingly popular in North America, the sport is naturally progressing in new and interesting ways. One new-ish direction gaining momentum is events and races that involve (increasing amounts of) gravel. The NY Times reports that “gravel grinders” were born in the Midwest, where the lack of hilly …

Cycling

Do the Ronde Ohop 2012

Back in January the Velocity blog highlighted the then upcoming winter/spring Kermesse race series. The 2012 series wraps up August 18, 2012 with the Ronde Ohop 2012. Kermesse races are often described as a cyclocross-road race hybrid, but that’s not quite right: Kermesses are a circuit race (in which the …