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Destination: Mt. Bachelor Ski Area

Located about 20 miles west of Bend and Sunriver, Mt. Bachelor is THE place in Oregon for serious skiers and boarders. Mt. Bachelor is a volcano that lies at the northern end of the Mt. Bachelor Volcanic Chain. It gets its name because it “stands apart” from the “Three Sisters” …

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Adventure racing

Richard Kresser Running Toward Joy

Beaming with exuberance and emanating positivity, Richard Kresser is a prominent activist expanding the boundaries of running and multisport endurance adventures in the Northwest and beyond. Richard grew up in Iowa, where he felt challenged by an older brother who demonstrated abundant athletic talent. “Growing up, I was always undersized …

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Cycling

Phil Stephens: Exit Interview

After ten years in the Seattle area, Phil “Bilko” Stephens is leaving us to be closer to his family in the midwest. Phil had been working at BikeFit in Kirkland, but was more widely known for teaching skills clinics at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome, and as “the voice” announcing …

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Clothing

How to Wash Your Kit

Dirty, muddy, stinky, sweaty clothing are all part of being active in the Pacific Northwest. Our “mud season” extends from September through early July. Our relatively high humidity means sweat-soaked clothing year round. Keeping your clothing clean and neutral-smelling is tricky. “Polypro” fabrics are great in that they are lightweight …

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Destinations

Ellen Lavoie OKTs the JWT

Ellen Lavoie has always been a “body in motion.” Growing up in rural New England she loved to play in the woods. She has also always been a free spirit who found it hard to stick with things. As a kid she tried team sports, but they never felt right. …

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Bicycle culture

The MAMIL Movie

“MAMIL” is a new cycling documentary that will be screening one night only throughout the US at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 21. “MAMIL,” an acronym familiar to many cycling enthusiasts, stands for “Middle Aged Men in Lycra.” MAMILs are a manifestation of the mid-life crisis phenomenon, except instead of …

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Cycling

Rider Profile: Dennis Crane

Dennis Crane is probably the most visible and creative photographer documenting Seattle’s bike racing scene. At area cyclocross races, and at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome, you’ll see Dennis dashing around with multiple cameras dangling from his tall lanky frame trying get the next perfect shot, or as he puts …

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Backcountry travel

Ras & Kathy Vaughan: Just Ordinary Human Beings

Within the progression of ultra running, Ras & Kathy Vaughan are rather unlikely activists. Ras’ first backpacking trip at age 11 ended with his Boy Scout troop being rescued by helicopter. When Ras and Kathy met in 1996 neither had any formal athletic experience, and Ras in particular was doing …

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Backcountry travel

A Lexicon for Ultra: Running | Mountaineering | Hiking | Walking

Like all athletic disciplines, ultra running has its own unique vocabulary which can be off-putting at first. For starters, the term “ultra running” is a bit of a misnomer. A major misconception is that “ultra (and trail) running” involves running at all times. Yes, depending on the route, the very …

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The Streets of Seattle

Bicycle Urbanist Cycles Seattle

As part of the opening of Futurama Redux: Urban Mobility After Cars and Oil, Florian Lorenz, Executive Director of Smarter than Car joined Tom Fucoloro (The Seattle Bike Blog) and myself for a short bike tour of Seattle. The objective was to show Florian some of the challenges and opportunities …

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