Stories
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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Jennifer heading to start line of ToC Stage 2
Cycling

Jennifer Wheeler: Team USA @ Tour of California

Seattle’s Jennifer Wheeler raced professionally in 2011 and 2012 with the TIBCO/Silicon Valley Bank Women’s Cycling Team when, after a couple of hard crashes and unsatisfying results, she quit bike racing and focused on establishing a “normal” work career. She got a job at Microsoft. She tried Crossfit and weightlifting, …

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Craig Hetherington, co-host of the Double Grind Podcast
Gravel

The Double Grind | Deathbike 2018

It’s Giro d’Italia time. But, instead of talking about the Giro we’re bringing you Deathbike ’18. What the hell is that? Well you’ll just have to listen to us yammer on to find out. PruDog and Chef Craig discuss some hidden gems of the greater Seattle gravel scene. Plus, can …

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Daniel Perry tongue wagging and thumbs up mid-way through the Montreux Everesting attempt.
Climbs

Montreux Everesting Project

Everesting is a kind of challenge that requires doing hill repeats until you’ve ascended the height of Mt. Everest (29,029′.) As I’m writing this, Egencia Cycling teammates Daniel Perry, Daniel Rossano, and Thomas Baron are a bit past mid-way through an Everesting attempt on Montreux Hill in Issaquah, about 15 …

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The new 520 trail provides commuters and recreational users with a great new option to get across Lake Washington.
Best practices

The 520 Trail: Love It or Hate It?

One of the most exciting new developments in regional transportation alternatives has been the multi-use trail on the new Hwy 520 Floating Bridge across Lake Washington. The trail opened on December 20 and has had more that more than 70,000 trips to date. The new trail significantly shortens bike commutes …

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