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Alley Cat Racing, Bicycle, Bicycle Racing, Races, Road, Seattle, Washington

5th Annual Girls of Summer Alleycat Race

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It’s that time of year again. When the girls come out to rip up the streets of Seattle in Menstrual Monday’s “Girls of Summer” all female alleycat race.

This no rules race around the Emerald city is open to women of all ages and skill levels whether this is your first alleycat race or your 40th.

The race features a bunch of fun checkpoints and great prizes from Seattle-area companies such as Raleigh, Recycled Cycles, and Detours.

 

Sat. June, 13. $5 registration 2PM. Racing starts at 3PM.

GOS Facebook page

Menstrual Monday’s Blog Post

 

 

Portland, Rides, Road

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

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I spend much of my off time volunteering with a local non-profit, working with people disabilities to help get them active in the outdoors. Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along for a ride with the Wounded Warrior Project down in Oregon in exchange for my homegrown “mechanical” skills.

We took a drive a 4 hour drive to scenic Hood River, which would serve as our basecamp for the weekend. While Hood River has long been known as a mecca for windsurfing and kite boarding, it’s also home to some fantastic mountain biking and road cycling.

And breweries.

Lots and lots of breweries. Of you like adult beverages, Hood River will not disappoint.

The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is an actual old highway that runs parallel to the current highway 84/ Oregon 30 along the banks of the mighty Columbia river like a watery Mason-Dixon line separating the states of Washington and Oregon so they don’t battle it out for Pacific NW supremacy. The complete route, which includes sections where you ride along the highway shoulder as well as fully protected sections, runs the distance between Troutdale and the Dalles.  Total distance is just over 80 miles each way.

For this particular ride, we stuck to the sections of the trail that were fully protected, for safety sake.

The trail runs along a ridge line high above the current highway, so you get great views and very little road noise. 13 or so miles are completely closed to motorized vehicles, giving riders a chance to ride at their own pace and stop when they want for photos.

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Along the way are numerous parks to rest or camp at, as well as plenty of things to see. The Bonneville Dam is on the route, as is the Bridge of the Gods  and one of the PCT trail heads (for you “Wild” enthusiasts).

Even though over 300,000 people a day use this trail, the path never seemed congested, and is very family friendly. The parking at the trailheads, however, paint a different picture, so get there early.

I’m planning a trip for later in the summer where I can experience the 160 mile out and back in its entirety, so stay tuned. I’m just waiting for my brother to get settled into his new place in the Portland area, so I don’t have to pay for parking!

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Bicycle, Bike Porn, Ride Your Bike, Road

Road Bike Party 3.

I love the hashtag #dontbesucharoadie. This little video, the third, rolls that hashtag up into a nice little package and shoves it where the sun don’t shine. Proof too, that the bike is only part of the equation.

Bicycle, Cyclocross, Gear, Road

Introducing Wraith Fabrications

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Checked my inbox this morning to find this sexy snap from Adam Eldridge’s new project Wraith Fabrications. Wraith is launching a line of hand-made, stock-sized frames made here in US. It looks like Adam is hoping to bring the philosophy used at Stanridge to a frame/fork combo with less of a price barrier.

Wraith is offering both a road and cross frame constructed from triple-butted Columbus Life (and a Zona backend on the CX) tubing. The frame/fork combos run $1090, and have a limited quantity available for pre-order with a $300 deposit. Frames set to ship next month. Check out the site for sizing and details.

Bicycle Racing, Rides, Road, Seattle

Rocket Ride: The Love of Suffering

The Rocket Ride brings together some of the fastest road riders/racers in the Seattle area. A weekly training ride made up of mostly members of and friends of HSP. It is a tough ride on a good day, and if you know our typical Seattle winter weather, well its usually not a good day.

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This past Saturday friend of GMG Andy Bokanev followed the ride in a support vehicle documenting the suffering in the less than idea road riding conditions. Temperatures were pegged firmly in the upper-30 territory and the light drizzle turned to cold rain, to sleet, and then to snow.

Check out Andy’s full photo set of the ride HERE.
More on HSP (Harriot Sports Performance) HERE.

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Bicycle Racing, Media, News, Road

PNW Cyclist Chris Horner Wins the 2013 Vuelta a España

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Chris Horner, the Bend, OR cyclist completed the biggest victory of his career on Sunday, becoming the first American in history to win the Vuelta a España and the oldest champion, at age 41, of any of pro cycling’s Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España). Probably slightly different than how most Americans spend the month before their 42nd birthday. The previous oldest winner for one of the Grand Tours was Firmin Lambot, who won the 1922 Tour de France at age 36.

Chris Horner

More on Chris Horner’s win at BBC Sport  and Dave Moulton’s Blog.

Bicycle, Races, Road

100th Tour de France

After 100 years- Le Tour de France is just about on par with some of the sweet new fixie edits that kids are coming out with nowadays.  Almost.

But I’d still watch the Tour of France any day of the week.

I dig the kid watching it on his smart phone at the bmx park.

Any bets on whether or not they’ll have an effigy of Lance to burn?

Alley Cat Racing, Bicycle, Events, Races, Rides, Road, Seattle

Rabbit Hole Alleycat + Sprint! (Saturday!)

What’s that?! The Dead Baby Downhill isn’t ENOUGH for you? You want, crave, NEED more more more alleycat action? Yeah. Me too.

This is the second alleycat that I’ve seen from Alan Zian Chen and Wade Schultz. The last one was a blast, even though all the stops were UW buildings that I had no idea how to locate. And the sprints afterwards are super fun. These guys put on a good race, and this one should be no exception. Prizes coming in from Zlog, Sureshot coffee, Monorail Espresso, Recycled Cycles, Namsayin, and CASH PRIZES should be enough incentive to get over your post-downhill hangover and get out and race. Plus, these guys even pushed the start time (4PM) to let you get plenty of fluids, Advil, and greasy hangover food in you before the start. Nice fellas.
$10 for the whole sha-bang!
CASH goes back to winners! Prizes!
MEET: COOL GUY PARK AKA BELLEVUE PLACE
REGISTRATION: 3:00PM (PLENTY OF TIME to recover from DBDXVI)
RACE START: 4:00PM sharp, sprints to be held after alleycat at location TBA.
Bring your bike, pen, bag, lock, beer!