Stories
Friends

7 Tips to Make Racing With Friends Fun

So you excitedly signed up for a race and realized that you have no one to go with? Fear not! I have some tips on how to get your friends to join in on the fun. 1. Choose an interesting or easy to access race Driveable, or right in town, …

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The group stayed together except on the climbs. Credit: Wes Salmon.
Adventure rides

Gravel Comes of Age in the PNW

The PNW gravel riding scene has been incubating for quite a long time (one source even says gravel bikes originated here?), and judging from the increase in gravel/dirt-specific rides popping up in my social stream, this year appears to be an important inflection point. More folks are doing gravel fondo …

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Community

Central Oregon Nordic Club Plays Year Round

More than just a ski club, Central Oregon Nordic Club (CONC) invites members to maintain friendships throughout the year with hikes & work parties. While Mount Bachelor clings tenaciously to her snowy cap despite the advance of Spring, the Nordic ski season is winding down for most members of the …

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Cycling

Ballard Criterium 2017

Last Saturday was the 24th edition of Ascent Cycles Ballard Criterium powered by Carter Vollkswagen, one of Seattle’s most iconic bike races. Racers compete on a 1/2 mile course on the treacherous streets of Old Ballard, complete with a long brick section on Ballard Ave., and a diabolically-placed manhole cover …

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Community

5 Ways to Celebrate Global Running Day with Other Runners

Did you know that Global Running Day is June 7th? Thousands of runners all over the world celebrate their love of the sport by trekking the trails, pounding the pavement, and in some cases, firing up the treadmill. Because runners like to share our excitement for the sport, Global Running …

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Cycling

Starstruck at Seward Park

After one of the wettest and coldest winters on record, stupendous spring conditions inspired a huge turnout at the May 25 edition of the Voler Seward Park Thursday Night Cycling Series. The Seward Park Series is classic Seattle bike racing: Ride to the race, race, ride home with buddies and …

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Destinations

Climbing Pinedrops Trail

This unmarked trail in the Phil’s Trail system provides a great workout for legs & lungs. Nothing technical, just a good, fun climb. As mountain biking season kicks into full gear in Central Oregon, my friends and I have started tackling longer hills. A good climb can get the blood …

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Climbs

Daniel Perry: Everesting a Hill Near You

Do you dream of endless climbing on your bike? Add ‘Everesting‘ to your to do list. Although I naively believe I have a modest grip on the latest cycling trends, I completely missed ‘Everesting.’ ‘Everesting’ is doing 29,029ft (8,848m) of hill repeats all in one effort. Fun? Yes, for some, …

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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 …

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Community

Boston Marathon Recap: How My Running Group Made A Hard Race The Best Time

Showing up to a marathon averaging less than 20 miles a week for a 21-week training cycle is a bad idea. It hit me how scary that was as I attempted to psyche myself up when answering the question “are you excited?” before boarding a plane to attend the Boston …

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