Photos: A Walk in the Park

Written by greghxc on . Posted in Bicycle Racing, Cyclocross, Seattle No Comments

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No one will ever confuse me for a competitive cyclist, and any time someone talks about an upcoming cyclocross race, I can only think of Clubber Lang’s pre-fight interview from Rocky III:

But there is something incredible about watching riders push themselves beyond their limits, often with nothing more than pride or their own expectations on the line. This past Sunday, I got up early (my own little sacrifice, it’s ok to be in awe) to head out to MFG Cyclocross’s Woodland Park GP to capture riders facing the course, their peers and themselves. These are some of the results.

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(Lots more after the break…)

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Civilian.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Bicycle, Cyclocross No Comments

Cyclocross season in the Pacific Northwest is coming to a close for the most part- much to the chagrin of my mud covered, drunken team mates. Myself, I only made one race in Anchorage, and none in Seattle or anywhere else. I hope that is different next season. It seems that cross has been gaining popularity day by day, and it seems like a great thing. How could it not? There are races for all age groups and skill levels, the community is generally friendly and it’s more spectator friendly than many other disciplines of cycling. Though you can get into cross with any bike you have laying around, eventually you’ll want to upgrade. Say hello to Civilian.

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Always on the lookout for US made products, I’m liking what I’m seeing here. Based in Portland, owner Tyson Hart is making a competitve and versatile bike available to the masses at a price that

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Don’t forget to VOTE today

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Advocacy No Comments

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Well today is the day to get out to vote. Of course you should ride your bike to the polls. Vote for who you vill, but please- vote. The decisions that our elected officials directly impact the infrastructure put in place to support cycling, public transit and walking in our cities. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years. Who gets voted into office with tomorrow’s election will pave the way for the transportation of the future, women’s rights, racial equality, legal marijuana, marriage equality, the list goes on.

Also, this:

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Review: GU Energy supplements

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Gear, Reviews No Comments

One requirement of survival is food. Another is water. When cycling or doing anything physical, you need to make sure that you’re hydrated and you’re consuming calories to give you energy- to stay doing awesome stuff. A balanced meal? Sure. But who’s got time for that?

If I’m going to go on a ride, chances are I’m not going to take the time to pack a home cooked meal for the road. I’ll grab snacks and throw them in my pack and roll out. GU ENERGY has made it easy for you in making smart little energy boosts in an easy to carry package. For my overnight century ride across the Copper I threw in a handful of stuff that Spencer over at GU sent over. I haven’t used energy gels much, but they’ve come in handy just before a cross races so I figured what the heck, seems as good a time as any… I threw out a few of the wrappers, but started saving them to refresh my memory on their taste.

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GU ENERGY GELS: Box of 24 gel packets – $31.50 These little gels are easy to eat, and don’t feel like a lump in the throat as you may expect. They’re super easy to pack and give over 20g of carbs, as well as potassium, sodium, and other stuff that you need to keep the engine running.

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter.  It tasted like Chocolate AND peanut butter. Go figure. It didn’t taste chalky at all, and
  • Salted Caramel. This one was actually pretty damn good. The salty sweet was quite good.
  • New Flavor! I don’t think it really helped me out that it just exclaimed “New flavor” without giving any warning as to what was held within. It was salty, but fruity- I can only imagine that it’s their “salted watermelon” flavor that is now announced. I wasn’t a fan on my ride, but like I say- if I was expecting it maybe I’d think higher of it.
  • Caramel Machiatto. A little too sweet for me. The coffee flavor was good- it reminded me of those sweet coffee candies that my grandma used to have during the holidays.

 

 

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GU BREW. 24 single serve stick packs – $32.40

When you sweat, you need to replenish your electrolytes. Some light carbs, why not- you need them to keep going. I know that myself at least- I don’t hydrate as much as I should to maximize my energy levels and bounce back I exert myself. In my hydration pack I like to have plain water and it’s nice to have a water bottle with one of these little guys adding a little more oomph.

  • Lemon Lime. A decent blend of tart and sweet. I found it was important to let it sit a while to make sure they fully dissolve.
  • Blueberry Pomegranate. It sounds great- and doesn’t taste horrible, but often times with powdered drinks as in this case- just calling it Purple Drank might be better. I just couldn’t get the blueberry pomegranate complete taste.

I also tried the Raspberry Chomps, Box of 16 packets – $31.75. I think I would prefer to carry the gels to the Chomps- they had a tendency to stick to my teeth.

Eating packaged food like this of course isn’t suggested for every meal. It is helpful though to have things like this around for rides, races or just to carry in your pack if you decide on an impromptu jaunt into the woods. Great to have in a safety pack in your truck in case you get a flat tire somewhere far off too.

Not attending Interlake this year, it was nice of GU to send these along to I could give ‘em a go. Thanks again guys.

 

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Can’t Run, Never Will. The words.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Alaska, Bicycle, fat bike 4 Comments




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It’s been a couple days since my return and the snow line is heading down the mountains. I walked up to the top of the ski hill and there were patches of snow and ice scattering the trail towards the top. Before I get this published it may reach town. Our deck stairs have been covered with frost the last few days and the lakes are getting a thin layer of ice- hopefully sign that ice skating will be around the corner.

Cordova, Alaska. The town that I call home. A little fishing village where Prince William Sound meets the Gulf of Alaska. Population 1,500 in the winter- it nearly doubles in the summer. This time of year is quiet. Then the occasional tragedy of a drug overdose death makes a headline in our weekly paper. I wish I was kidding, I am unfortunately, not.

But… Life does go on. And though sometimes times are hard in our little town, things are often good. Here we go with something positive- a bike ride, even.

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Ritte Crossberg Disc

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Ritte has brought a number of fun and sexy videos as well as bikes into the fold since their inception in 2008. They are based in LA, which means they are already cooler than most anybody you know, have great style, and get to hobnob with famous people like OJ Simpson and Ron Jeremy. Here they are paying homage to a bike ride with a bunch of people that ride bikes and smoke cigarettes. Look at those legs! They look just like a bunch of fun loving guys headed to the lake, they have their water balloon launchers wrapped around their shoulders (great thinking!)

Ritte+Smokers-1Well Ritte isn’t just a brand with a pretty face. They make pretty bikes as well. Word on the street is they just came out with a new bike for those that like to combine the worst elements of bike racing and cross country running. Welcome to the party, Ritte Crossberg Disc. I can only hope that the smallest size is known as the “Ritte Crossberg Compact Disc” and comes with a mix CD.

Some details from Ritte:

  • Frame: 7005 Series Aluminum, disc only, 135mm rear axle spacing.
  • Fork: Ritte Full Carbon Disc for use with 160mm rotor
  • Head Tube: Tapered 1 -1/8″ top – 1 -1/2″ bottom (Headset included.)
  • Bottom Bracket: Press Fit 30
  • Routing: External. For mechanical shifting and mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes.
  • Brake Rotors: 160mm front / 140mm or 160mm rear
  • Seat Post: 27.2mm (not included)
  • MSRP $1250 for the frameset.

They also make a stainless steel bike which is 2 Legit 2 Quit, that would give me a forever-boner if it came in a SSCX version with S&S couplers…

Keep an eye out for these guys. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you giggle and if you got the cash, they’ll make you a bike- which is pretty much one of the best things ever.

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Boreas waterproof backpacks

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Though not cycling specific, I’ve been using a Boreas pack- the ultralight Topaz, for a little while now for day trips with the pack raft. At 25L, it’s large enough for me to throw the raft and paddles in. I can go on a day trip on the bike or on foot- and weighing in under 14 oz., I hardly know it’s there. One downside is that I’m limited by only packing stuff in there that can get wet, as it has no waterproofing whatsoever. Enter the Waterproof Series.
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New stuff from Blackburn

Written by Ryan on . Posted in fat bike, Gear No Comments

Blackburn has been bringing a lot of new gear out- especially for those that ride off the beaten path. As anybody that keeps an eye on the bike industry likely knows, fat bikes, 29+ and “adventure bikes” are in high demand. With this, alternatives to the traditional front and rear pannier touring setups are being experimented with for trips of different lengths. Overnights and shorter (as well as lengthy) off road tours can make bike mounted luggage more appealing. Blackburn also has a crew of “Rangers” out there exploring- even as you read this.

Their Outpost line is where you’ll find the goods for gearing up your bike for some off road adventures.

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Ritte gets it.

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Bikes are serious business. There’s no room for humor or jokes in such a serious business. Ritte gets that and here they have a poignant little short that epitomizes just how serious it all is. Seriously.

And they make nice bikes to boot.

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