Ride to support Stone Way bike lanes

At Greg’s behest Elias and I did a ride to protest the fact that the city went back on their promise to have a bike lane on Stone way

Which quickly got written up on the Strangers blog Comment: I saw the “Bike Bullies” guy they mentioned here.. I had to laugh. Elias and I slowly chugging along on the tandem is SO DAMN SCARY. We’re SUCH BULLIES!

When we got home and I was watching the news to see if there was anything about it… No mention of it on the news, even though a helicopter hovered over head for about 15 minutes – I guess we we didn’t clog up traffic enough. Elias did hear the word “protest” and got all excited – ’cause he knew he had protested something today (we had been
talking about it this week).

As a note, Elias biked this route to get from camp to the protest, then around the protest loop once, then back home. He did 12.5 miles, a new
record for him. I did an extra 2.5 miles to go pick him up by going from my house up and over 68th to Magnusson park where his camp is on the tandem with the stoker
position empty. I know it looks odd. I get many weird looks (like “did
you forget someone??!?!”) That’s a big heavy bike and I had to go up and
over hills with it. I don’t know what’s worse, the bike with out him on
it or the bike with him on it… he does help, but does he help 57lbs

Street Scramble

From the official Street Scramble site:


Saturday, June 9, 10 AM – Everett

Friday, June 22, 7 PM – Seward Park

Saturday, July 7, 10 AM – Ballard

Saturday, July 21-22, Night & Day at Green Lake

Sunday, July 29, Pike’s Place Market

Saturday, September 1, 10 AM, Puyallup

Sunday, September 23, 10:30 AM, Fremont. Foot only!

Tuesday, October 9, Yakima

Saturday, December 8, 10 AM, Pike’s Place Market. Foot only!

Street Scramble can be enjoyed by anyone who (a) can travel under their own power for 90 minutes – walking, running, biking, wheelchair, skating, or scootering, (b) can follow a street map, and (c) likes to explore.*Map fragmentMap fragmentWhen you arrive at Street Scramble, you will register (or check in, if you pre-registered). Then, a half hour before the start time, you will receive a map with about thirty checkpoint locations circled. Each circle has a number between 10 and 99. The point value of the checkpoint is equal to its number rounded down to the tens; for example, checkpoint 35 is worth 30 points; checkpoint 12 is worth 10 points. You will also receive a scorecard with a description of a feature to be found at each checkpoint, such as “statue of woman” or “public pier”. PlanningPlanningYou (together with your team, if you have a team) will then plan which checkpoints you will try to visit, and in what order. You can visit as many or as few checkpoints as you want, and in any order. Your team will need to stay together at all times. You can change your plan as you go along, but it’s very helpful to at least start with some kind of plan.A few minutes before the start there will be a pre-Scramble briefing where the event director will review rules and safety.There will be a countdown to the start after which you will head out to visit checkpoints. Again, your team must stay together at all times. Checkpoints are found at the exact centers of the circles on the map. When you arrive at a checkpoint location, look for the feature described on the scorecard. You will answer a simple multiple-choice question, found on your scorecard, to prove you were there. Example:

Statue of woman: What is the last word on the plaque next to the statue? (a) Arts (b) Commission (c) Space

Circle the correct answer and proceed to another checkpoint.To participate in the 90 minute option, you must return to the event center within 90 minutes. To participate in the 3 hour option, return within 3 hours. You can decide which option you want while you’re out there. Returning on time requires planning!

The map is usually a USGS topographical map. The map will have only a few street names on it, so it will be important for you to keep track of where you are on the map. Because the USGS updates its maps infrequently, the map will not be completely up to date and you will see streets and buildings on the map that no longer exist– an interesting window into the past.

When you return, you will turn in your scorecard. It is important to be on time because you will lose points for each minute you are late. We will keep your scorecard, but you get to take your map home with you. We will tally your score while you enjoy refreshments, included in your entry fee. After refreshments (40 to 60 minutes after the finish), award ribbons will be given out for those with the highest scores in different categories.

* Strollers and power wheelchairs are OK for those who need them. If you can’t read a map, you can be on a team with someone who can.

Road Race: Vance Creek RR (Elma, WA)

Vance Creek Road Race

Elma, WA

Date: Sunday, April 29

Location: Vance Creek Park, Elma, WA

Course Description: 12.8 mile loop that starts flat with rollers in the first 2 miles with a 1 km climb at 5 miles. The course then turns downhill to flat twisty farmland. Perfect for the all-rounder.

Cost: $20 race day, Pro 1&2 $25. Day of race registration only. USCF license required to race. One day license for category 5 men and 4 women is $10 and available at the race. To race in category 3 races and above you must have an USCF annual license ($60) which can be purchased at www.usacycling.org only (not for sale at the race).

Prizes: Cash/Merchandise

Registration: Registration, Parking, Starting Line, Awards are at Vance Creek Park. Registration opens at 8:00 AM.

Race Numbers: WSBA numbers will be used and can be purchased at www.wsbaracing.com because numbers won’t be for sale at the race. Rental numbers will be available at the race for a $10 rental fee (of which $5 is refundable). For out-of-state riders there is no fee to rent a number just a $5 deposit. Number on your left side. (Not on top of your back please)

Race Schedule:

Morning Races:
9:30 – 4/5 Men, 43 Miles (3 1/2 laps), Prizes 3 Places
9:35 – Masters, C/D, 43 Miles (3 1/2 laps), Prizes 3 Places
9:40 – Women, 1-3, 43 Miles (3 1/2 laps), 30% of Cat 1-3 Entry Fees 5 Places
9:45 – Women 4, 30 Miles (2 1/2 laps), Prizes 3 Places

Afternoon Races:
1:00 – Pro 1-2 Men, 78 Miles (6 1/2 laps), 30% of Cat 1/2 Entry Fees 5 Places
1:05 – 3 Men, 69 Miles (5 1/2 Laps), 20% of Cat 3 Entry Fees 5 Places
1:10 – Masters A/B, 69 Miles (5 1/2 Laps), Prizes 3 Places

Notes: Promoter reserves the right to combine or split races based on the number of riders. All races start at Vance Creek Park.

Directions from Seattle: Go south to Olympia at take Exit #104 off I-5 to Hwy 101 (to Ocean Beaches/Shelton). Follow 101 for ~6 miles to exit marked Hwy 8 to Aberdeen. Follow Hwy West to Aberdeen/Elma. Take second Elma exit, turn left at Stop Sign. Take the 2nd right. Follow signs to Vance Creek Park. (~500 meters)

Directions from Portland: Take 1-5 North and follow it to US 12 West Exit 88-B toward Aberdeen/Tenino. Turn onto US 12 West and follow it to Elma (approximately 26 miles). At Elma turn left to stay on US 12 West. Take the next Elma exit which is a ½ mile and turn left at Stop Sign. Take the 2nd right. Follow signs to Vance Creek Park. (~500 meters)

Other Information: Masters A/B (Age 30+ cat. 1-3) Masters C/D (age 30 cat. 4-5 and age 50+ all

Warm Ups: Please minimize warming up on the course.

Contact: Jack Brodhead at jbrodhead@centurytel.net or email Dave Wamsley at wams@comcast.net for more information.

Official Flyer

Olympic Cycling Classic

I just found out about an interesting ride… two metric century routes up on the top of the Olympic Penninsula. Here’s the details from the flyer, and more info is available at http://www.olympiccyclingclassic.com

Roosevelt and Stevens Middle Schools’ Parent-Teacher Organizations will host the third annual

Olympic Cycling Classic…

Altitude with Attitude.

The century/metric ride through the foothills of the Olympic Mountains and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca – a 6,500-foot elevation gain – is not for the faint of heart.

Don’t forget to bring your family to the 8-Mile Family Fun Ride beginning at the City Pier following the waterfront trail to Ediz Hook. With its view of Port Angeles and the harbor, it is geared to riders of all ages.

All proceedes go to the combined schools: Roosevelt and Stevens PTOs.

We send our sincere thanks to all the riders who participated in our inaugural event, and extend our invitation to join us for another cycling and site-seeing adventure!

Road Race: Independence Valley RR (Rochester, WA)

Center of Map
Swede Hall, 18543 Albany St SW, Rochester, WA 98579

Sponsor: Team Group Health

Flyer: http://www.bikecafe.net/newsmgt/bn/?a=1911&z=7

Cat 5 Men: 9:40 AM, 2 laps / 39 miles

MotionBased link showing course: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/546964 

Directions from Seattle: Take 1-5 South and follow it to US 12 West Exit 88 toward Aberdeen/Tenino. Turn Right on US 12 West and go 5 miles to Rochester and turn LEFT onto Albany ST SW. Parking and registration is a half mile up the road on your right at Swede Hall. About an hour and a half driving distance.