Jennifer heading to start line of ToC Stage 2
Cycling

Jennifer Wheeler: Team USA @ Tour of California

Seattle’s Jennifer Wheeler raced professionally in 2011 and 2012 with the TIBCO/Silicon Valley Bank Women’s Cycling Team when, after a couple of hard crashes and unsatisfying results, she quit bike racing and focused on establishing a “normal” work career. She got a job at Microsoft. She tried Crossfit and weightlifting, …

Personalities

An Evening with Ann Trason

Trail running legend Ann Trason will be in Seattle at Seven Hills Running Shop next Monday evening at 7PM. RSVP here. She’s bringing one of her Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run cougar trophies to Seven Hills where it will reside on long-term loan. Check out Western States’ history and see …

Credit: Jerry Gamez
Climbs

Jess Mullen Everests Chirico

Last year “Everesting” was a thing amongst a small subset of area cyclists. In a nutshell, Everesting is doing hill repeats until you’ve ascended the height of Mt. Everest (29,029′.) While there doesn’t seem to be the same level of enthusiasm for Everesting amongst cyclists this year, prominent area ultra …

Community

NW MTB Series 2018: “Wednesday Night Worlds”

The 2018 NW MTB Series, aka the “Wednesday Night World Championships” is underway. Last evening’s event had perfect weather and record attendance with over 200 participants. The series is held on the trails at North SeaTac Park, and the course changes from week to week. Some of the courses, like …

Destinations

Ellen Lavoie OKTs the JWT

Ellen Lavoie has always been a “body in motion.” Growing up in rural New England she loved to play in the woods. She has also always been a free spirit who found it hard to stick with things. As a kid she tried team sports, but they never felt right. …

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 …

Backpacking

Jessica Kelley Goes Wild

I first got to know Jessica Kelley in 2013 when she was a coach with Cycle University, and was the liaison with the Cascade Bicycle Club’s High Performance Cycling team. At the time she probably thought of herself as a triathlete, and as you can see in the video below, …

Charity events

2017 Cycle the WAVE

Cycle the WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) kicked off their 2017 fundraising efforts last Friday evening at the Mercer Island Community Center with their 2017 Raise Your Glass wine tasting & fundraiser. Now in its 10th year, Cycle the WAVE is a fully supported, non-competitive, deluxe all-women’s bike and walk …

Cycling

Jennifer Wheeler 2.0

Back in 2010 a young(er) Jennifer Wheeler, a transplant from Indiana, was lighting up the local racing scene, which led to a two-year stint as a pro. After leaving pro cycling she experimented with several different athletic endeavors, but has once again set her sights on competing at the highest …

Community

Regroup, Refocus, Recover

Take your ego out of recovery. A pulled hamstring has put a damper on my return to mountain biking this season. I can spin quite nicely, but don’t have the push or power to keep up with my usual riding buddies. Falling off the back of the pack is discouraging — and …