Cyclocross

Magnuson Park Cross 2016

The competitors at Magnuson Park Cross 2016 did not seem disappointed that #stormpocalypse2016 failed to deliver the goods. Enough rain had fallen to make conditions challenging and fun, and everyone was covered in mud to prove it. Competitors and spectators alike were smiling, although the competitors’ faces did show concentration, …

Coffee

Rainy Weekend Alternatives

With that giant green and blue blob boiling on the weather doppler, you may be pondering alternatives to a rain-soaked bike ride on Saturday. Here are two suggestions: Metabolic Efficiency Clinic at Real Rehab: Metabolic efficiency is quickly becoming adopted by professional and age group athletes as well as by …

Inclement Weather

A Bike Ride with Governor Inslee

The invite came from High Performance Cycling teammate Ed Zuckerman, whose day job is with the League of Conservation Voters. I actually had something “better” planned for day of the proposed ride, but my wife set me straight: “Will you ever get an opportunity to ride with the governor again?” …

Cycling

Seattle Area Classic: South Sound Tour w/ an Alki Chaser

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 …

Inclement Weather

Afternoon Attitude Adjustment

After a monotonous grayscale February I needed an attitude adjustment. The prescription: I took the afternoon off and went for a bike ride. I’m still smiling. I’ve been doing a very challenging “total body conditioning” class on Saturdays and my legs were still sore. I wasn’t sure how the ride …

Climbs

A Day to Channel Your Inner Philippe Gilbert

It was 40 degrees and spitting rain when I rolled to today’s High Performance Cycling team ride, just at the margin of what I consider tolerable cycling conditions, though perfect for Randonneurs preparing for their upcoming Solstice 200K. I hadn’t been on the road in a few weeks, and was …

Cycling

Flotsam & Jetsam

I’m not as adventurous as the folks over at Bike Hugger, but I did take advantage of this afternoon’s break between storms to survey the carnage from last week’s weather events. Aside from the expected downed branches, a counter-clockwise spin around Mercer Island didn’t reveal any surprises. But, as I …

Inclement Weather

Leschi Cycling Scene

Faced with impending flood watches and warnings in western Washington, riders were out in force this morning to get in some dry road miles. My ride started in Leschi: The place to be seen when you’re decked out in lycra and rolling skinny tires.

Inclement Weather

Weather Window!

A full-force La Niña means the opportunities for a dry ride are far and few between these days. Today’s weather window yielded gorgeous Fall cycling conditions on Mercer Island this afternoon:

Contest winners

Commuters: Get Visible (Originally posted: February 28, 2008)

The season of dark commuting is upon us, and here is a reminder of what is possible–one of the winners from 2008’s “Most Visible Night Cyclist” contest: