Jan Gloom

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by jakemaedke 1 Comment

There are only so many rides I can handle in the dark/cold/grey month of January before I go a bit crazy.  And by crazy I don’t mean an armed take over of a federal building, (more…)

Festive 500

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by jakemaedke 2 Comments

For the past couple years 500 kilometers from Dec 24 – Dec 31 has been a cake walk.  Okay, it’s never easy, but I always say that for December it could be much worse.  Well it finally happened, the much worse part.   (more…)

The Season of Adventure

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 by jakemaedke 2 Comments

I can’t speak for the group, a few guys may have been on the bike a bit, but I have for the most part spent the month of November eating/drinking like a pig, and at best getting on my bike for the occasional Weds Nite to which I immediately cancel out any benefit with the mandatory Weds Nite post ride beverage -or six.   (more…)

Inside GFW w/ Brig Seidl

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by jakemaedke 1 Comment

After a 3 month hiatus the Vicious Cycle Gran Fondo series resumed on Sept 26th for the respect-demanding Winthrop finale in the beautiful North Cascades. I was wondering if some of the legitimate series contenders had lost focus in those 12 weeks and perhaps had even gotten a little soft and blowsy in anticipation of the impending Holiday Season so a pretender might be able to sneak himself into the mix. And because my training regimen is 95% comprised of a daily 35 mile commute my conditioning doesn’t really have any peaks or tapers over the course of the entire year. Maybe, just maybe some of us minnows could ambush the big guns on an off day. (more…)

Eburg Preview

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by jakemaedke 1 Comment

A few weeks  back I had the opportunity to get out with a couple buddies and ride the gravel portion of GFEburg.   (more…)

On The Otherside of The Megaphone at B&B

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by jakemaedke No Comments

The Bavarian Bike and Brew Festival has always been one of my favorite events.  Since my first time in 07 I think I have only missed one.  It tends to suit my style, a long grind to the top, then a long bomber downhill… that finishes in a beer garden, told you it fit my style.  (more…)

Laughing and Crying with Brig at GFL

Posted on: June 7th, 2015 by jakemaedke No Comments

Guest Blogger Brig Seidl

Event: Leavenworth Gran Fondo

Team: Ridge Cycle Sport

Rider: Brig Seidl

Mechanic: No so much

Date: 5/31/2015

Outcome: No jumping ahead! Read the report. (more…)

Weds Nite @ Freund

Posted on: May 23rd, 2015 by jakemaedke 1 Comment

Last Wednesday we rallied our local weds night group ride for a road trip to check out the new trail at Freund Canyon and for a little Bike and Brews preview.  It was sooo good, hope you can make it to the race on June 6!

Nitty Gritty Dirt Fondo

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by jakemaedke 1 Comment

This was the first year of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Fondo by Emde Sports and I’d kind of had it on my radar for awhile, but I couldn’t bring myself to commit until Thursday.   (more…)

Le Tour de Bloom

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by jakemaedke 2 Comments

I haven’t participated in a road race for years.  Not because I have anything against them, or because I feel bitter because I get my ass handed to me everytime, well maybe a little bit of that.  Mostly because I’m busy with other stuff (and I suck at them). (more…)


2016 Vicious Cycle Events:

March 20Gran Fondo Ephrata
April 2FTR Beezley Burn
April 17Gran Fondo Goldendale
April 30FTR Beacon and Legs (tentative)
May 14FTR Squilchuck Chainsmoker (tentative)
May 22Gran Fondo Leavenworth
June 4FTR Bike and Brew
June 12Gran Fondo Ellensburg
June 18FTR Sun Mtn Big Ring
Sept 24Gran Fondo Winthrop
Clif Bar Signs Now Iron Horse Brewery Arlberg Sports
The Bicycle Shop, Moses Lake, Washington Methow Cycle and Sport Mahall Bikeworks