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 …

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Paddle sports

Greg Barton, Pedaling Paddler

If you’ve been cycling (or doing whatever your sport is) for very long, you quickly realize to never to underestimate anyone’s abilities, despite physical appearances. First impressions can be deceiving. A few years ago, at the start of a High Performance Cycling team ride, Greg Barton introduced himself as a …

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A Bike (Re) Fit

I last got a bike fit back in 2014. That fit was prompted by an incredibly bad day on the bike, which served as a reminder that bike fits should be done periodically, even when you think “nothing has changed.” Most folks seem to consider a bike fit an unnecessary …

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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, …

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Bicycle culture

Coffeeneuring 2017: Riding for Coffee and Baked Goods

Some of the best bike rides include a stop for coffee and baked goods, ideally with a couple of buddies. In 2010, several Randonneurs formalized the linkage between cycling, coffee, and pastries into an annual Coffeeneuring Challenge. Coffeeneuring was conceived by Seattle Randonneur Joe Platzner (who also briefly served as …

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Best practices

Self-Restraint on the BGT

Saturday morning between 8 and 9 I was cycling northbound on the Burke Gilman Trail (aka the “BGT” or simply “the trail”) to join a group ride at Log Boom Park. The BGT is a 27-mile multi-use recreational trail that runs from Ballard, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, then …

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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 …

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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 …

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Backcountry travel

Destination: West Coast Trail

Located along the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, the West Coast Trail (WCT) is called “the (backpacking) trip of a lifetime,” and it’s been on my hit list for over 20 years. Because of the relatively remote location, it is as much a project as a backpacking trip, and I …

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Rider Profile: Dale Harless

For me, some of the best inspiration comes from both ends of the age spectrum. Earlier this year we touched base with the young Apex rider, Adrian Magun. In the “age is no excuse category,” Seattle septuagenarian Dale Harless has been a fierce competitor since high school, racing bikes since …

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