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Category: Cycling


Michael Franti to headline Aug. 9 kick-off party for Fred Hutchinson’s Cancer Research Center’s Obliteride

I recently rode a portion of the Obliteride course with event manager Mark Grantor. At one point he said there was going to be some “pretty cool” music at the kick-off party, “but I can’t say who yet.”

Turns out, it’s actually really cool. Michael Franti will headline the party.

Here’s the announcement released moments ago by Obliteride:

Michael Franti & Spearhead will pump up the crowd with energetic and fun music at Obliteride’s kick-off party at Gas Works Park on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. All riders registered to participate in this fundraiser for Fred Hutchinson

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Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is a rite of passage for thousands

This weekend I had the honor to ride the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic with my wife, Kristen. We bought her a bike when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 to give her something to look forward to and a vehicle for doing something impressive post cancer.

Surgery, 20 nights in the hospital while undergoing chemo and it seems she’s kicked cancer’s butt. She’ll be five years cancer free in November. However, the bike we bought her hung in the garage for years unused until we took a short ride last summer. She decided she liked riding and

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Olympia, Tacoma honored among nation’s most bicycle friendly communities.

The League of American Bicyclists announced its rankings of bicycle friendly communities today and nothing has really changed in the South Sound.

Communities who earn rankings are given a designations of platinum (highest), gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention.

Olympia remains at the silver level, behind only Seattle’s gold ranking in Washington. Bellingham, Port Townsend and Redmond also earned silver rankings.

Tacoma remains at the bronze level with Bainbridge Island, Snohomish, Spokane and Vancouver.

Anacortes rounded out the Washington communities on the list with an honorable mention.

On May 1 the league announced Washington as the nation’s

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Washington named most bike friendly state for sixth year in a row

For the sixth year in a row Washington tops the list of the nation’s most bike friendly states, the League of American Bicyclists announced this morning, the first day of National Bike Month.

“I’m proud that Washington state has again claimed the mantle of the most bicycle-friendly state in America,” Governor Jay Inslee, an avid cyclist, said in statement released by the league. “Here in Washington, we recognize a 21st-century transportation system not only includes roads, rail, airports, transit, and ferries, but also bike lanes, sidewalks and trails. Bicycles create jobs, connect communities, and give Washingtonians healthier choices to get

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Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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Fat bikes might be the next big thing in the Methow Valley

Check out The News Tribune and Olympian’s Adventure sections on Sunday for a look at fat bikes. No, you don’t have to be fat to ride these bikes. It’s the bike tires that are fat – about twice the size of the largest mountain bike tires – allowing cyclists to ride over snow almost as if they are floating.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Also here’s a short promotional video shot by Steven Foreman while we were fat biking Big Valley late last month.


New mountain bike trail on Tiger Mountain opens Wednesday

The state Department of Natural Resources will opening the new East Tiger Summit Mountain Bike Trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest Wednesday.

The 1.4-mile trail is the first new mountain bike trail built on Tiger Mountain in 20 years. The department partnered with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on the project. The trail was built by agency, alliance and Washington Conservation Corps crews, and volunteers who dedicated hundreds of hours to support the project.

The trail is scheduled to close for the season on Oct. 15. The actual closing may be adjusted based on trail conditions. The Tiger Summit Trailhead

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Lance Armstrong drops fight with USADA, issues statement. Agency to issue lifetime ban, strip icon of record 7 Tour de France titles, Olympic medal.

If you haven’t heard the news yet, Lance Armstrong dropped his protests against the USADA and will be banned for life and be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and 2000 Olympic bronze medal.

Via Twitter Armstrong referred to the USADA’s investigation as a “pitiful charade.” Here’s the statement Armstrong posted on tonight.:

AUSTIN, Texas – August 23rd, 2012 – There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage

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