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Category: Cycling


Tacoma businessman Steve Albers dies from injuries sustained during RAMROD bike ride

Steve Maynard reports this morning that Tacoma businessman Steve Albers has died from injuries sustained during an accident Thursday during RAMROD, Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day.

Albers is the ninth person to die in Mount Rainier National Park in the last eight months. A snowshoer died in December. On Jan. 1, ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while trying to stop a motorist suspected in a Renton-area shooting. The shooter was found dead in Paradise River the next day.

In mid January two climbers and two hikers went missing on the mountain during a snow storm.

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Road to Windy Ridge at Mount St. Helens opens Friday

Starting Friday, visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to drive to Windy Ridge, the closest point to the crater accessible by automobile.

Forest Road 99 open’s for the summer on Friday morning. The road also provides access to Spirit Lake, Meta Lake and hiking trails such as Norway Pass.

Forest Road 26 also opens Friday. The road accesses Norway Pass, Goat Mountain Trail and the Mount Margaret backcountry. The road has been repaired after portions were wiped out by flooding.

Also, a portion Obstruction Point Road in Olympic National Park also opens Friday. Snow as deep as six

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New rule could give mountain bikers more access to National Parks, Rainier not likely to be impacted

A new plan that would give mountain bikers more access to national parks, will have almost no impact on Mount Rainier National Park, chief ranger Chuck Young said this afternoon.

“It’s not even on the table,” Young said, noting that 97 percent of the park is designated wilderness.

The National Park Service announced Thursday it will expand bicycle access but will continue to prohibit bikes in wilderness areas.

“Bikes are a great way to exercise, get healthy, and experience the great outdoors,” National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said in a prepared statement. “This new rule gives park superintendents greater

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Tour de France: Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar tries to storm rival’s bus after third fall in as many days

From the Associated Press:

SAINT-QUENTIN, France (AP) — U.S. sprinter Tyler Farrar finished the fifth stage of the Tour de France bloodied and angry, and had to be pulled away from the rider he blamed for causing his third crash in as many days.

Before stunned onlookers, Farrar dropped his bicycle and stormed into the Argos-Shimano team bus of rival sprinter Tom Veelers, shouting “you don’t do that to someone.”

Argos Shimano riders pushed Farrar off their bus while staff from the American’s Garmin-Sharp team ran to pull him back inside their own bus, which

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Seattle to Portland Bicycle registration to reopen on Monday

After selling out quicker than ever this year, the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic will reopen registration Monday at 12:01 a.m. This is a new opportunity the Cascade Bicycle Club is offering this season.

“We expect that registrations will go quickly, so be sure to mark your calendar if you have your heart set on joining 10,000 other riders for the largest multi-day bicycling event in the Northwest,” the club wrote in an email distributed to cyclists Tuesday night.

The 200-mile STP, which winds through Pierce and Thurston counties on its first day, sold out in February this year.


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Foothills Trail designated a national recreation trail

Pierce County’s Foothills Regional Trail today was one of 54 trails designated as a national recreation trail. The announcement was made earlier today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The designations add almost 1,400 miles of trails to the National Trails System. Spanning 23 states, the land and water trails provide opportunities for communities to connect to the outdoors, Salazar said in a news release.

The Foothills Trail covers 15 miles from Puyallup to South Prairie and two miles in Buckley. When complete, the trail will cover more than 28 miles.

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Washington named top bike friendly state … again

Washington is once again the most bicycle friendly state in the country according to the League of American Bicyclists. It’s the fifth year in a row Washington has received the distinction.

“We’re encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington …,” league president Andy Clarke said in a prepared statement.  “But, as the scores clearly highlight, there’s much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and funding.  Overall, we see states – and especially state Departments of Transportation and state legislatures – lagging behind cities and the expectations of local cyclists, despite the many well-documented benefits of a

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