Stories
The home stretch: The descent from the north side of Navarre Coulee Rd to Lake Chelan.
Climbs

Chelan Century Challenge 2018

The Chelan Century Challenge is one of the best event rides in Washington state: –the Chelan Rotary does a great job hosting and supporting the ride –the scenery is (mostly) spectacular –the course is challenging –Fresh cherries —Abundant wineries Check out the posts about it from 2011 and 2014. This …

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The Eastside Rail Corridor Trail and the East Lake Sammamish Trail have small-grained firmly packed gravel that is suitable for standard road bike tires.
Adult beverages

Three Views of King County

I’ve never been a fan of the area’s multi-use trails. My disdain is mainly the result of undesirable experiences on the Burke Gilman Trail between the University of Washington and Log Boom Park. But, the recent opening of a section of the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail between I-90 and Gene …

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Ian Tubbs Releasing The Recliner
Gravel

The Double Grind | Kanza Is Fun?

On today’s episode we talk to someone who actually knows stuff, Ian Tubbs. Unlike us he actually does well at big events like Dirty Kanza. Although he claims there are no piranha in Kansas so maybe it’s all a hoax. We chat about rides and Chef Craig saves PruDog from …

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That is a lonely cup of stovetop espresso. Next time add a friend or two and enjoy!
Coffee

The n + 1: Bialetti Moka Express

Cycling’s Rule #12 is that the correct number of bikes to own is n + 1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Although n + 1 is widely employed by cyclists, it applies to a long gear list: –backpacks –eyewear –footwear –skis –snowboards …just to name a …

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Sam wearing his Audi kit and some pre-race game face. Credit: Yee Feng
Cycling

Young Rider Profile: Sam Zivin

Although many of us learn to cycle at an early age, by the time we’re teens it’s an outlier sport. As Conor Klupar mentioned in 2012 “Being a high school athlete is tough if your sport doesn’t involve a ball.” Hence, it’s always exciting to see juniors who are passionate …

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The group stayed together except on the climbs. Credit: Wes Salmon.
Bicycle culture

The Double Grind | Smoothie As Speed Gel

In this episode our fearless (and uninformed) hosts review the latest in ridiculous news from the cycling world. Our worst fashion nightmare has returned to Europe to race the Tour de Suisse so we decide to discuss men with shaved bodies lathering themselves with gels. Did we do any rides …

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Sergey is happier now that he is no longer a smoker.
Cycling

Sergey Kasparov’s Smoking Cessation Program

Overcoming addiction is formidable to say the least. 28 year old Sergey Kasparov is successfully replacing an unwholesome relationship with tobacco with a wholesome addiction to cycling. Recently, Sergey’s exploits have been getting noticed on Strava where he is at the top of the leaderboard for numerous segments. Seattle-area racer …

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Community

2018 Ballard Criterium presented by Carter Volkswagen

Saturday June 9 is the 25th edition of Seattle’s classic Ballard Criterium (also previously known as the “Twilight Criterium”) road bicycle race. As of the beginning of 2018 there was some question about whether it would happen. Apex Cycling Team has been managing the event for the past three years, …

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The 2017 Tour de France peloton climbing just as a fierce downpour begins.
Cycling

Experience Tour de France Alps Stages 12 & 13

Francesca Carmichael, owner, brain, and sole “woman power” behind a Seattle-area Italy-focused business, has come up with an exciting last-minute itinerary for a trip to France and Italy planned around viewing stages 12 (Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs/Alpe d’Huez) and 13 (Bourg d’Oisans/Valence) of this year’s Tour de France. Those Tour stages …

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Regroup at the 2018 Elbe Multi Strada ride
Cycling

The Double Grind | Giro-tacular

Your hosts just can’t seem to get excited for the Amgen Tour of California this year, but muster some luke-warm Giro takes. Plus, an exhaustive/exhausting look at the PNW gravel calendar for the next month and a recap of PruDog’s dominating 2nd place (out of 5) at the 2018 Elbe …

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