Browse Month by July 2011

Tour de Watertower this Saturday!

If you haven’t pre-registered for the Tour de Watertower yet, you still have time! Pre-registration continues through tomorrow evening. All pre-registered racers will receive their start times via e-mail on Friday, and only need to show up with enough time to check in and ride. Your time is counted from your assigned start time whether you’re there or not, so be sure to give yourself a few minutes to check in.

Can’t pre-register but still want to race? Not a problem! Show up at the start (Cool Guy Park – along the trail starting at Lakeview Blvd E & Belmont Ave E) by 12:30 with your $10 and you’ll be assigned a time after all the pre-registered racers.

Not planning to race at all, but still want to contribute? We’re still looking for volunteers, both at the start and finish and throughout the course. Let me know that you’re interested in helping out, and we will find something for you to do!

Don’t forget that riders will be finishing at Victory Lounge on Eastlake, where we will be keeping track of the standings as each comes in. Later in the evening, those that can still ride will be heading over to Fremont to party through the night at Rubber Side Down, benefiting Seattle Bike Polo.

And don’t forget to check out our sponsors, who are generously donating some prizes in addition to the cash payout. Be sure to let them know you appreciate their support!

Portland Design Works | Mopha

art, Bicycle, Events, Seattle

15 Years of Blood, Sweat and Gears.

To help celebrate FIFTEEN years of Dead Baby Bikes there will be an art show at Vecta Photo in Georgetown, Friday July 29th through Saturday August 6th.

This will be a multimedia gallery exhibit including club bikes, memorabilia, photo’s, sticker’s, race art, film and tallbike jousting.

Alley Cat Racing, Bicycle, Events, Seattle

Polkadot rocker this weekend in Seattle

Heidi sent this over today- it sounds like between the Polkadot rocker, the Tour de Watertower and the Rapha ride- there will be lots of hills and Tour de France watching going on in Seattle.


The Polka Dot Rocker:
Date: July 16th, 2011
Time: 12pm Registration at Schooner Exact
Price: $10

The Polka Dot Rocker is a 3-4 hour points race up all of your favorite hills around Seattle. There will be whiskey involved. It starts at noon for a few beers at Schooner Exact and ends with a party at the Summit Pub with drink specials and a viewing of that days TDF stage. We’ve got a really fun course lined up and tons of prizes.

There’ll be a men’s, women’s, SS, and Joker category. The first 30 folks to sign up day of the race will get a “custom” Stanley flask.

Sponsors include:

Raleigh, Stanley, OR, Dank, Schooner Exact, Phil Wood, Chrome, Second Ascent, Red Star, Dry Fly, Nuun, Knog, Donkelope, 2020, and the Summit!

We’re bringing back the Rocker, you better get ready.

Our event facebook:

Bicycle, Events, Rides, Seattle

Rapha comes to Seattle. For the gentlemen (and ladies)

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Cascade Bicycle Studio, Rapha will be coming to Seattle on July 15th and 16th.

The details are as follows:
The Gentlemen’s* Ride will start and finish at Cascade Bicycle Studio, venturing through sections of roads through Magnolia, West Seattle, and South Seattle. Unknown by some, un-ridden by most. The ride will be around 40 miles with 2,500 ft of climbing.

The Friday evening before the ride, we will be showing ‘D’Acciaio‘, Ben Ingham’s intimate view of Dario Pegoretti in his workshop, followed by Rapha Continental, The Movie. An account of our most beautiful rides in North America from 2010.

Friday, July 15th: MOVIE NIGHT
7:00pm ice cream truck – 8:00pm movie starts
Cascade Bicycle Studio
115 North 36th Street, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98103

Saturday, July 16th: GENTLEMEN’S RIDE
7:00am Coffee and showing the Tour de France Stage 14 – 9:00am departure
Cascade Bicycle Studio
115 North 36th Street, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98103

Please RSVP to:

The link to the event is here.

* Riders of all levels and genders welcome. We use the term ‘Gentlemen’ to imply a respect for the rules of the road. A cue-sheet for the route will be provided. You know us; there will be gravel. So please bring a spare tube and the appropriate supplies.

Alley Cat Racing, Bicycle, Events, GO MEANS GO events, Races, Seattle

Sat 7/23 – Tour de Watertower 2011


For the past two years, Ryan has been challenging Seattle’s street riders in July (during that other race in France or somewhere) to ride to the cities highest points with no one but themselves to rely on – the Tour de Watertower Guerilla Time Trial. Riders are turned loose on an announced course to put in the best time the can manage for glory (and cash). Did you think you were getting off easy this year just because he is off fishing in Alaska? TOO BAD. With a course beamed in straight from the Gulf of Alaska I present to you… the Tour de Watertower 2011.


As before, riders will be released minutes apart from one another so that each is facing only Seattle’s best climbs and their own limits. New for this year, we’ll be taking preregistrations , so you get you can get your start time before race day and not have to wait around. The first racer will be scheduled out the gate at one o’clock. Please plan to be at the start 10 minutes before your leave time to insure you can be checked in. You can still register in person on race day, but you will be given a slot after all the preregistered racers. Preregistration ends at 11:59pm, Thursday, July 21.

Registration is $10. Cash beyond expenses will join into a pot with other $$ for the fastest guys and gals. Payouts and depth will be determined based on participation. Get your friends to race, then win their money! We also have some non-cash prizes, too, details to come.

You can preregister here. Don’t want to race but feel like hanging out? Come by the start, or head over to Victory Lounge at 3pm to start checking out who’s in the lead. There will also be some after-partying in Fremont into the evening, so be sure to check back for details. We will also need some volunteers to keep our riders honest and keep things running smoothly, so if you’re interested please get in touch.

But before you celebrate, there is the training. And since we’re getting such a late start on announcements this year, we’re going to give it to you straight (we reserve the right to make very slight changes to the exact location as needed to manage the check-in’s, but you will be notified ahead of time):

  • START – Cool Guy Park – along the trail starting at Lakeview Blvd E & Belmont Ave E
  • High Point – 35th Ave SW & SW Myrtle St
  • West Seattle – SW Charlestown St. & 39th Ave SW
  • Magnolia – 38th Ave. W between Dravus and Prosper Across from 3218 38th Ave. W.
  • Observatory Court – Queen Anne – Lee St. @ Warren Ave N Across from 1420 Warren Ave N. At sign in front of tennis courts adjacent to Fire Station #8
  • Woodland Park – Phinney Ave. N. between N. 53rd st & N 54th St.
  • Maple Leaf – Roosevelt Way NE and NE 86th st.
  • Volunteer Park – 1247 15th Ave. E located on Volunteer Park Road, near entrance at E Prospect St.
  • FINISH – Victory Lounge – 433 Eastlake Avenue E

See it on Google Maps

All stops must be completed in the order listed above, but your route between them is up to you. All travel must be done on bicycle (you hear that, Rob?).

Need that pre-register link a few more times?


And don’t forget to check out our sponsors, who are generously donating some prizes in addition to the cash payout. Be sure to let them know you appreciate their support!

Portland Design Works | Mopha

Bicycle, Events, Seattle

Follow the Bikes! July 22nd


Tours include CleanScapes operation facility, Bike Works headquarters and Alchemy Goods manufacturing warehouse. Leo Schmidt “Lampcycle” art will be on display.

11:00 Registration, recycled art viewing and gourmet buffet lunch
11:30 Re-Cycling presentations begin
1:00 Tour CleanScapes
1:15 Bus to Bike Works tour
2:15 Bus to Alchemy Goods tour
3:00 Bus returns to CleanScapes

Information and registration HERE