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Peaty Wins Worlds! Evil’s Steve Smith 10th, Issaquah’s Luke Strobel 39th

In Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking on September 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

Finally, after a nonpareil career where the only vacancy in the trophy case was the world championship, Steve Peat outclassed a stellar field to earn his first striped jersey. The powerful Brit led a brilliant top 5 — Greg Minnaar, Mic Hannah, Fabien Barel and Sam Hill — in Canberra, Australia, to take home the gold by a razor-thin .05 of a second.

Seattle-based Evil’s Steve Smith finished 10th and the pride of Issaquah, Luke Strobel, wound up a respectable 39th.

Full results here.

Jill Kintner takes silver at Worlds!

In Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking on September 6, 2009 at 11:23 am

The good news at the World Championships is that Seattle’s Jill Kintner beat arch rival Melissa Buhl. The bad news is neither could keep up with the local, Ozzie Caroline Buchanan. Taking nothing away from Buchanan, this was a case of a good rider having the local-knowledge advantage and managing to leverage it when things counted most. Jill was the top qualifier and full of expectations for glory, but it just was not to be.

On her blog Jill sounds a bit disconsolate, admitting “I’m pretty flat right now.” But hey Jill, think of it this way: You beat every racer in the world except one. For us fans, we see the (literal) silver lining this way: Knowing how competitive Jill is, it means she’s gotta come back next year for the stripes. And that can only be good for us and the sport! More from Velo News.

Along with weather, bike calendar is heating up!

In Bicycle Racing, Bicycling, Mountain Biking on May 28, 2009 at 6:38 am

As we exit Bike Month with a big party this afternoon and an Alki Beach “Spectacular” on Sunday, the cycling events calendar is really starting to heat up. How nice of the weather to cooperate! Another 5-star weekend is forecast as we roll into June.

Some events worth noting:

From 4 to 7 today at the Burke-Gilman Trail between University Ave. and Brooklyn (there’s a big grassy open area there), Cascade Bicycle Club will host its 5th annual “UW Hubbub” with free drinks from Honest Tea, music from Better World and, in my kind of race, a “How Slow Can You Go?” biking contest. Also bike fittings from GHC and registration from the UW police department. Head on down, it’ll be fun!

From 9 to 5 on Sunday, Cascade will offer its “Summer Bike Spectacular,” along Alki Way between California and 63rd S.W. There’s lots of stuff for kids, including mini-bike races and parades, but the highlight promises to be trials expert Ryan Leech, doing things on a bike you wouldn’t want to try on your own two feet. Leech puts on a great aerial act, well worth the trip. Catch him either at 12:30 or 2:30 p.m.

The annual Bavarian Bike & Brews Fest will race again on Saturday, June 6, in Leavenworth. This is No. 4 in the Northwest Indie race series and always a memorable occasion on the race calendar. This is also National Trails Day with IMBA, coordinated locally by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which has made Duthie Hill this year’s focus.

Fluidride’s downhill series, so far having a spectacular run this year, will continue with No. 3 from June 12 through 14 at the Silver Mountain resort in Kellogg, ID.

On the road side, the 22nd annual gorgeous Apple Century Ride will run from Wenatchee on June 6 along the scenic Columbia and Entiat Rivers.

For complete calendar listings, pick up a copy of The Bicycle Paper at a local bike shop or recreational outlet, or check out the online version.

Now get out ‘n ride!!

Dave Wiens on Bike Advocacy

In Bicycle advocacy, Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking on March 1, 2009 at 8:14 am

Dave Wiens, the former mountain bike racer who currently specializes in distance competition and kicked Lance Armstrong’s ass at last year’s grueling Leadville 100, weighs in on bike advocacy after the latest Outside magazine’s profile on him:

“The bottom line here in the Gunnison Valley today is that trail users, including our freeriding community, and our land managers at the BLM, the Forest Service and the Division of Wildlife, have established effective working relationships and maintain consistent and open dialogue. Do we always agree? Probably not. Have our local land managers made an effort to understand our disparate group of trail users? Absolutely. Have we as trail users been able to get our constituents to understand the perspective and the scope of what land managers must take into consideration while managing public lands? We’re working on it and making progress.”

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Fluidride Cup Schedule Announced

In Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking on February 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm

The 2009 lineup is out, kicking off April 3 through 5 in Port Angeles.

To get a feel join the Fluidride Forum and start planning! See y’all there!

Be sure to check out the rockin’ vids (scroll down the first link)!

Beautiful, masochistic BC Bike Race adds solo category

In Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking, Multi-Day Trips on February 19, 2009 at 7:42 am

Because only slackers need the support of a whole team

Registration opens Feb. 24th for this exercise in self-punishment. Only 400 spots open, so you’d better jump on it fast. I’ve never raced this event but have a friend whose friend did it practically solo when the rest of the team disintegrated on her. That is one tough woman. The map shows the scope but not quite the depth of this ugly, wonderful challenge.

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