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 …

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 …

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

Tyler Farrar Sighting at Lake Sammamish Half

You never know who are might see at our local running (or bicycle) races. 33-year old Tyler Farrar is a Wenatchee-born bike racer who ascended to the highest levels of the sport. His accomplishments include stage wins at the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, Tour de France, Three Days of …

Cycling

Phil Stephens: Exit Interview

After ten years in the Seattle area, Phil “Bilko” Stephens is leaving us to be closer to his family in the midwest. Phil had been working at BikeFit in Kirkland, but was more widely known for teaching skills clinics at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome, and as “the voice” announcing …

Cycling

Rider Profile: Dennis Crane

Dennis Crane is probably the most visible and creative photographer documenting Seattle’s bike racing scene. At area cyclocross races, and at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome, you’ll see Dennis dashing around with multiple cameras dangling from his tall lanky frame trying get the next perfect shot, or as he puts …

Backcountry travel

Ras & Kathy Vaughan: Just Ordinary Human Beings

Within the progression of ultra running, Ras & Kathy Vaughan are rather unlikely activists. Ras’ first backpacking trip at age 11 ended with his Boy Scout troop being rescued by helicopter. When Ras and Kathy met in 1996 neither had any formal athletic experience, and Ras in particular was doing …

Personalities

Ragsdale & Crew Successful at Moab 240

Seattle’s Chris Ragsdale, considered one of the US’ top ultra cyclists, has increasingly put his athletic efforts into ultra running. As Chris’ training buddy Jim Ryan has noted, Chris is building a resume as an all-around ultra athlete. After a successful but painful 2013 Race Across America, Chris re-evaluated his …

History

Rocket Ride Celebrates 10th Year

This Saturday November 4 marks the start of the 10th year of the Rocket Ride, hosted by David “Rocket” Richter and Métier. It happens every Saturday until the end of February. Rocket Ride has the reputation as the area’s most challenging ride due to a combination of the route, the …

Personalities

Ragsdale and Ryan at the Moab 200

Over the past few years Seattle’s Chris Ragsdale, who earned a reputation as one of the US’ top ultra cyclists, has increasingly put his athletic efforts into ultra running. Next on Chris’ hit list is the Moab 200, which starts October 13. I had to do a double-take to verify …