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Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking, Washington

Downhill and Dirty in the Desert




I spent enough years drinking cheap booze and “attending” classes at Eastern Washington University to be called “Doctor.”

During that time, I enjoyed the awesome and flowy trails offered by the dry side of Washington.

For anyone new to the area, most of Washington state lies east of the Cascade mountains where it rains little more than it does in Arizona. Thus, lots of fast and fun desert off road riding. One of the pinnacles of the early mountain bike racing season is the Hubapalooza downhill race and the People’s Enduro, the first stop on the All Gravity race series.

The trails are located at Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani park. This year’s event offers free camping for registered riders in the Camp Sekani parking lot. In addition to downhill and enduro racing, there is a fun night ride for registered riders and a jam session for dirt jumping enthusiasts.

If you’re looking to get out of the rain and clouds, come on out for some dusty fun.

I will be racing the enduro on Sunday, but I’ll be hanging out at Camp Sekani sampling the offerings of Evanson Handcrafted Distilling all weekend.

Come on out for fun in the sun!


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!
RACE START: 4:00PM sharp, sprints to be held after alleycat at location TBA.
Bring your bike, pen, bag, lock, beer!

Bicycle, Events, Seattle

This weekend in bikes.

There are some good things happening in Seattle this weekend.  I also wanted to get the word out about Pedaler’s Fair.

Pedaler’s Fair will be happening on April 21-22 in Ballard.  We are looking for folks to be involved.  We are seeking makers from around the state to come on down and sell their handmade wares.  Sign up at

We are also looking for people to be a part of the Pedaler’s Fair in other ways.  Do you have graphics and/or web expertise?  Great!  Have a knack for promoting events?  Fantastic!  Full of great ideas? Excellent!  Contact us with how you’d like to be involved.


This weekend:

Tacoma MOB Ride: Friday, January 27


Bike Works Annual Warehouse Sale is set for Sunday, January 29

Bike Works, the South Seattle bike education non-profit, is hosting its 3rd Annual Warehouse Sale this Sunday, January 29.  The sale will include discounted used bikes, used bike frames, and new and used bike parts and accessories.  This year, the sale will have an added festive atmosphere as there will be pedi-cab service (for a fee) between our shop (at 3709 S Ferdinand) to our warehouse (at 3715 S Hudson).  Additionally, a local tamale vendor will be present.

All proceeds from the sale benefit our 501(c)3 non-profit, which empowers youth through bike education.  Bike Works also promotes bicycling by teaching adult bike repair classes and by providing affordable used bikes through our community bike shop.

The Warehouse Sale is this Sunday, January 29, from noon to 4pm, at our warehouse at 3715 South Hudson St. in the Columbia CIty neighborhood of South Seattle

Also Sunday:

2012 Cyclocross Worlds Viewing Party at CBS

January 29th at 9:00 am

Urban Cyclocross Ride at 10:45 am

Roll out of bed, skip checking the results on the internet and join us for a replay of the 2012 Cyclocross World Championships from Koksijde, Belgium to watch the Belgians take on the World. Will this be the year Sven Nys finally caps a stellar season with World Championship or will Zdenek Stybar three-peat? Maybe Kevin Pauwels will win one for the wrong-side dismounters. Personally we are rooting for Rob Peeters after his trip to StarCrossed this season. You say what about Americans Jeremy Powers and Ryan Trebon, we will see!


Bicycle, Events

Hey Seattle: Single? Time to mingle…

Aldan sent this over today:

Single cyclists will have a chance to meet other bike lovers on Tuesday, August 9th at Hub and Bespoke’sSlow Ride Speed Date” event in Fremont. Participants will take 3-minute bike rides with members of the opposite sex on a pre-set path through the neighborhood. Riders will note the individuals they are interested in, and Hub and Bespoke will later notify each person of any matches.

“This event offers a chance for bike-riding singles to meet people with similar interests, based on the premise that cyclists tend to have many other values in common,” says Aldan Shank, co-founder of Hub and Bespoke.

Anyone interested in participating should email Spots are limited, and a bike is required. The event will start at 5:45pm at the Hub and Bespoke shop (513 N 36th St) and will conclude with a friendly mixer at a neighborhood venue. More details available on the Hub and Bespoke blog (


Alley Cat Racing, Events, Seattle

In Seattle: The Dead Baby Downhill

If you’ve never heard of the Dead Baby Downhill- you’ve been missing out on a part of Seattle bike culture like none other.  Beer drinkin’, bike ridin’, hell raisin’….  Freak bikes, tall bike jousting, live music, and just a fantastic time all around.

It’s simple really.  Meet at a bar at the top of a hill- race to the bottom where the biggest bike party on the west coast takes place.  Have fun all night long.  There is also a messenger alleycat race- that is way harder than I am…

Check the DB website for more info.

And just so you know- the Shipwreck Tavern is located at 4210 Southwest Admiral Way in West Seattle.  It is a bar- so under 21’ers can’t get in- sorry.  The race is open to all ages, but once again- no one under 21 gets to whet their appetite with tasty beers procured by the Dead Baby Bike Club.

Ride your bike there, and be safe.

*No babies were harmed in the promotion of this event.

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

Tomorrow in Seattle.

Get your legs and liver ready- tomorrow is going to be a hell of a day in Seattle.

Tour de Watertower starts things off. If you didn’t pre-register that’s ok- just come to Cool Guy Park to see the racers start the sufferfest that is Tour de Watertower.  It’s going to be a hot one- make sure you bring water…

  • 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

You can also stop by the finish at Victory Lounge beginning at 3pm to see the racers coming in, enjoy drink specials and watch the Tour de France.  A big thanks to our sponsors, as well as to Victory Lounge.  Show them some love for supporting our event!

Portland Design Works | Mopha

After you’ve raced your little heart out- its time to get on over to the Rubber Side Down polo party.

Starting at 7pm and going into the wee hours- there will be bands, beer, a DJ, bike games.  It’s going to be a real hoot. In addition to polo kids just loving to party for the hell of it- this party will benefit 206 POLO and help raise funds to make the 2011 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships (which will take place in Seattle) even more awesome that it’s bound to be.

The Wherehouse

3310 Wallingford Ave
Seattle, WA
See you in the streets!
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.

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

Bicycle, Events, Rides, Seattle

7/2 Spokespeople Ride

Please join SPOKESPEOPLE,, on the first Saturday of every month for a fun, low-carbon, community ride. All Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd & Densmore and ride on the road to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please come by 1:45 if you are new to riding in groups or if you need help with adjusting your helmet or bike. All ages and skill levels welcome! All rides are on the road with traffic, and include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques for new, returning and reluctant cyclists. Please join us! This is a Bike Smart Seattle ride. All are welcome!