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 …

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 …

History

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 …

Destinations

Meet the Bend Bella Cycling Club

Central Oregon’s largest women’s cycling club emphasizes fun, skills, and confidence building — on the road and on mountain trails. When I lived in Vancouver, WA the local cycling club (Vancouver Bicycle Club) proved to be my social lifeline. Through it I met a great group of people who quickly became some …

Juniors

Rider Profile: Megan Doherty

15-year-old Bellevue resident Megan Doherty scored two age-group victories at the USA Cycling Amateur Road Championships on June 30 – July 3, in Louisville, KY. Megan blazed the 21 km time trial course in 32:52.57, ninety seconds faster than the nearest competitor. She won the 54 km National Championship Road …

Juniors

Seward Park Series May 12, 2016

Conditions were gorgeous for last week’s Voler Thursday Night Seward Park Series. Each evening there are three races: 5:30, 6:00, and 7:00. A highlight of the 5:30 event was a couple of juniors who spent time at the sharp end of the spear: Flickr album of the 5:30 race. The …

Cyclocross

Rider Profile: Jessica Cutler in Transition

Jessica Cutler grew up on Bainbridge Island and journeyed through a difficult adolescence to discover that she had significant talent as a cycling athlete. After ascending to the top levels of women’s cyclocross competition in the US, she’s in a transition process that includes mentoring young women who show promise. …

The Streets of Seattle

Let’s Talk about Women’s Competitive Cycling

Let’s begin by stating the obvious: In the US, male cyclists vastly outnumber women. Depending on how the subgroups are counted (commuters, recreational riders), roughly 75% of US cyclists are men. In contrast, in most European countries the ratio is closer to 50/50, and in some countries women cyclists slightly …

Women

Introducing She Bikes

Yes, it is hard to believe…but cycling–that pursuit in which men shave their legs and wear skin-tight clothing–is a (white) mens’ club. Just take a look at these stats from People for Bikes: 87% of U.S. competitive cyclists are male, and 12% are female: At the professional level, women racers …

Racing

Garage Racing Adds Women’s Squad

Every Fall Seattle’s racing teams shuffle a bit with racers moving to teams that are a better fit for their cycling and racing ambitions, or for more compatible social dynamics. The big news for 2015 is the addition of a new women’s squad to the long-established Garage Racing team, which …