The Ellensburg Gran Fondo is the most recent addition to Vicious Cycle’s quiver of gravel classics with just its 2nd addition taking place this past Sunday. Each arrow in this quiver has its own distinctive personality which contributes to the dynamic of how the race unfolds. I mean ride, how the ride unfolds. It’s not a race remember we’re all out there just lollygagging around after all. GF Ellensburg’s particular feature is the long undulating road section off the start before anything serious happens. The first big obstacle, the climb out of Cle Elum, is over an hour into it whereas in GFs Ephrata, Leavenworth, and Winthrop you get clobbered like a baby seal with something onerous that blows the group apart within minutes after the start. Continue reading “GFEburg ride report by Brig”→
Last year’s GF Leavenworth was the debut outing for my new Norco Threshold and my first crack at going tubeless which ended badly when both tires blew out in a shower of sealant before the race even began. Back in went tubes. But this year I was again convinced to try tubeless for Leavenworth and shelled out some pretty serious coin to get professionally set up with some Schwalbe G-One tires. They looked pretty sweet – my main criteria for judging just about any bicycle or accessory – so I eagerly took it out for a short test ride and naturally punctured immediately and the sealant proceeded to work about as much as Frank Benish and Joe Martin combined, ie not at all, despite repeated inflations. Grrrr. As usual what functions flawlessly for everyone else doesn’t seem to apply to me. The night before the race Evan stuck a plug in it and I wheeled to the start line the next morning holding my breath with zero confidence in my tires and 2 tubes in my pocket for insurance. Continue reading “Riding with Brig at GFL”→
Why do we do it (mtb races), why xc? It would seem the GF’s have the potential to be more profitable, any financial adviser would tell us DUMP THE FTR! Sometimes we ask ourselves the same thing… But it’s an easy answer: it’s who we are, we love it. XC is the purest form of bicycle racing, you gotta be a DHer and a roadie all in one. You gotta have the whole package, skillz and fitness. We know you have a lot of choices, and weekends are a precious commodity. We appreciate every one of you who come out to our events. We work hard to keep them fun, and fresh. Perfect example is the Chainsmoker coming up this Saturday. Great mix of new and old, flow and tech, banzai and grind. Yep we love this xc thing, and the FTR is here to stay. See you at the ‘chuck this Saturday.
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!
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, Continue reading “Jan Gloom”→
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!
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). Continue reading “Le Tour de Bloom”→
Beacon and Legs has become a favorite for good reason, it has the funnest course on the circuit. There, I said it. So much flow, just can’t help but to almost enjoy a xc race. But lest you get too comfortable it’s shaping up to have some pretty awesome racing action too. In the Pro field the target is on KBP who is running the #1 plate and fresh off a win at the Burn. But with names like Sam Schultz, Cole Patton, Ben Parsons, and a host of others, it’s anyone’s game. The Cat 1 45+ is another stacked field and one to watch. Greg Turpin took the W at Beezley, but don’t think that Doug Graver or Mike Rolcik are going to roll over. But quite possible the best racing of the day looks to be the Cat 3 Juniors which have a bunch pre-registered. So awesome to see, this is the future of our sport! See you Saturday!