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As Good as it Gets

Wow, Gran Fondo Goldendale is one spectacular ride.  And I’m not just saying that because I want to sell more registrations, I’m saying that as a dude who rides bikes a lot and is blown away by how rad it is.  But lets back up a bit, you may remember the story from last year where I participated in GFG.  It was awesome and I had hoped I could pull it off again this year.  As the event drew near I could see the pieces of the puzzle falling into place.  I have such rad family of volunteers!  Everything came together nicely and by 9:00 am Sunday morning all of the work that goes into these feels soooo worth it.  Especially when your on a bike!  Again, Brooklynn successfully led us out of town (you never know with her) and we were on our way.  The sun was out and GFG was as spectacular as ever.  Snowy mountain peaks (5? I lost count) some road, some gravel, little climbs, big climbs, twisty rippin fast down hills, still buzzin from it all.  I will spare you my long winded story as it would sound very much like last year: ride hard trying to hang with guys that are too fast for me, realize that part way through, and spend the rest of the ride paying dearly for it.  But somehow still getting across the finish line with a reasonable time.  Awesome day!!!  Again, gotta give it up for my crew, so awesome to just go ride my bike and know that GFG is in good hands!

GFG 2016
All smiles rollin out of town.
GFG
Top of Horseshoe Bend, Hood and Adams on the horizon.

Count down…

It’s been a long winter but it’s finally time.  GFE is THIS Sunday and they start coming at you pretty fast after that.  A couple of us got out for a pre-ride a few weeks ago.  It was basically our first time on the course since last year.  Everything looked pretty good.  No snow, not really even any mud to speak of.  It was about as nice a day as you could ask for, blue skies and a nice breeze pushing us home from Palisades.  Looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday, weather is shaping up to be decent.  Better than last year anyway!

Pre Ride
Cruzin through Palisades with a nice tailwind
Pre Ride
Top of Three Devils -so much better than the bottom.

Inside GFW w/ Brig Seidl

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. Continue reading “Inside GFW w/ Brig Seidl”

On The Otherside of The Megaphone at B&B

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.  Continue reading “On The Otherside of The Megaphone at B&B”