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A Scorching Ride in Wenatchee

A Scorching Ride in Wenatchee

A couple of weekends ago, three of us from the Native Planet Cycling club headed out to Wenatchee for a day of riding. Naturally, we timed the ride for one of the hottest days and during what would turn out to be the beginning of a large fire in Eastern Washington. The plan for the ride was to start out from East Wenatchee and ride up and over Badger Mountain and back. Then ride up Mission Ridge before heading out to Joe Miller Road for...

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Lake Chelan Century Challenge 2014

Lake Chelan Century Challenge 2014

OK, this post is a bit late. That’s what happens when life gets busy in the summer time! I recently did the Lake Chelan Century Challenge a couple of weeks ago and had a great ride. I’ve heard a lot about the ride from friends and I decided to do it this year. The Lake Chelan Century Challenge covers about 108 miles with 9,000 feet of climbing. The “main attraction” is the McNeil Canyon Climb, which climbs about...

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Gran Fondo Leavenworth 2014

Gran Fondo Leavenworth 2014

Last Sunday, I had the (mis)fortune of doing the Gran Fondo Leavenworth. The ride is part of a series put on by Vicious Cycle. The Gran Fondo Leavenworth is ~90 miles with 45 miles on non-pavement (gravel, forest roads, dirt, etc.) with ~8,600 feet of climbing. The ride covers 3 climbs, each with their own personality. The mix of vaired and rugged terrain, extensive climbing, remoteness and unrelenting heat, this was one of the toughest...

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Review: ‘Cycling Sojourner’ – a Great Touring Guide for Cyclists in WA

Review: ‘Cycling Sojourner’ – a Great Touring Guide for Cyclists in WA

As a cyclist in the Pacific Northwest, I am continually impressed by the hidden gems of cycling nirvana that exist in Washington state. Washington offers a breadth of beauty and riding experiences. A rider can ride the cool rainforest environment on the Olympic Peninsula to the hot desert roads in Eastern Washington to the majestic Cascade Range. Have you ever wished you had a companion who could take you on a gorgeous and inspiring new...

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Gravel Grinding Up To The Snoqualmie Tunnel

Gravel Grinding Up To The Snoqualmie Tunnel

I was feeling the urge last week to put on some more gravel miles. The John Wayne Pioneer Trail has been on my list of trails to ride and riding up to the Snoqualmie Tunnel always sounded like a great idea. You can learn more about the trail here. Last week, I took a Friday off with a buddy of mine and we decided to try out the trail with the Snoqualmie Tunnel as our goal. We started from Cedar Falls, which is a short drive off of I-90...

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Gravel Grinding on Tiger Mountain

Gravel Grinding on Tiger Mountain

With Spring emerging in the Pacific Northwest providing glimpses of sunny and dry days, it’s always a good idea to take advantage of the day and ride. As the Leavenworth Gran Fondo gets closer, my thoughts turn to how on earth am I going to get ready for this ride. Based on some good tips from a reader of a previous post, I learned about the forest roads around Tiger Mountain being a good place to train for the fondo. After checking...

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TrainerRoad.com: 12 Weeks and 17% Improvement

TrainerRoad.com: 12 Weeks and 17% Improvement

With my vision horribly narrowed, breath labored and burning, and sweat cascading down my face, I dared to look up and confront my results. Self-doubt creeps in. Did I improve at all? Am I doing worse? The number staring me in the face erases away all my doubts: 283 watts. My new FTP. After 12 weeks of using TrainerRoad.com, my FTP improved by 17% and destroys my peak FTP of 255 watts from last season. Does TrainerRoad.com work? Damn right...

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