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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 …

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Destinations

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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Cycling

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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Cycling

Race Across Oregon: Powered by Teamwork

Ultra endurance bike racers rely on their crew to get them to the finish line. From the outside, bike racing looks like an individual sport. After all, an individual crosses the finish line, and the first person to cross the line gets all of the accolades. In fact, bike racing …

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Adult beverages

Involve Your Friends in a Themed Ride

A fun and easy way to get people involved in your rides (be they mountain or road) is to come up with a theme. A theme adds an element of fun, helps to build relationships, and can take the pressure off of riders who are worried about keeping up with …

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Running

Get Faster by Running with Faster People

Running faster requires determination, commitment and, for me, at least one training partner to drag me along. While I know plenty of people are able to do long runs and tempos solo, I rarely meet a speedster who can consistently get hard work done on the track by themselves. I …

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Community

We Can All Be Trail Angels

According to the Awesome Project, a Trail Angel is someone who provides help, transportation, lodging, or food to a hiker. Many times these random acts of kindness are what it takes for a hiker to pull through and continue on their journey when they feel like they have reached their …

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Cycling

Almost Solstice at Seward

The conditions were spectacular to race bikes and shoot pics at last Thursday’s Seward Park Series: 5:30 Photos 6:00 Photos 7:00 Photos Racing continues every Thursday through August 31.

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Climbs

Everesting Inspiration: Larry Beck

Beginning at 4PM last Saturday June 24th, Daniel Perry, Fabien Le Gallo, Ben Sam Hager, and Aharon Elston attempted a double Everest of Norway Hill in Bothell. Daniel and Fabien successfully completed the double Everest, then Daniel kept going and logged a total of over 20,000 meters of climbing to …

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