Stories

For us cycling is about experiences. We certainly value benefits like fitness but in the end it is the sensations, visions and friendships that riding hands us that drive our passion for cycling. Rides are rehashed at coffee shops. Races are debriefed in the car on the ride home. Here we tell some of these stories and ask you to share as well.

Windy Ridge

One of the first sites we came across was a long valley that was littered with broken trees from the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. They looked to be white, petrified and all pointing away from the volcano.  The next major scenic item we came across was Spirit Lake, which had logs piled up along the south shore, like an extension of the land; it was quite a sight to see.

Windy Ridge2023-06-07T23:33:10+00:00

End of Summer Island Adventure

To finish out this incredible summer, we felt that we needed more than just one epic day on the bike, so last June, plans were set in motion for an inter-island adventure throughout the San Juan Islands. The planning started early in order to secure campsites, since it would be over the Labor Day weekend.

End of Summer Island Adventure2023-06-07T23:34:31+00:00

All the way to Paris!

Last summer, I went to France for the iconic Paris-Brest-Paris bike ride. The ride is 1,230 km and participants have 90 hours to complete it. What a dream! I pedaled day and night alongside almost 6,000 cyclists of many nationalities. An entire country cheered us towards the beautiful city of Brest in proud Bretagne.

All the way to Paris!2023-06-08T20:02:58+00:00

North Cascades Highway

We knew there was no support, no food, little water and no phone coverage, so we stuffed our pockets, brought along extra water and filters (just in case) and encouraged extra safe riding due to the lack of instant 911 access. The first 10 miles was a nice warmup. We took it extra slow and really enjoyed the views.

North Cascades Highway2023-06-07T23:50:10+00:00

Lower West Fork – Teanaway

More often than not, we learn about rides that are “so epic” and “so amazing” that eventually we start to believe that every ride that gets documented, through photos or in writing, is really that way. Truth be told, not all begin with an espresso and a pastry and finish with a dreamy descent.

Lower West Fork – Teanaway2023-06-07T23:38:28+00:00

Ephrata Gran Fondo

This edition of the Gran Fondo Ephrata had been a hard one. It rained, heavy at times, for a majority or the 80 mile ride—30 of which was gravel, though there was a section where, perhaps, “path” would be a better a better description.

Ephrata Gran Fondo2023-06-07T23:39:13+00:00

A Weekend in Lyle

Lyle, Washington is a tiny town on the Columbia River in southern WA State. It is certain that no one has ever asked what these two disparate entities have in common. Another certainty is the answer: They are agglutinative. This ridiculous word is pronounced ugh-lute-in-ative and it means having the power to unite. I became [...]

A Weekend in Lyle2023-06-08T20:02:59+00:00

Our Impressions of Festka One

Festka One Framesets Zac and Terry have each been riding their Feskta One framesets for about eight months. The wet winter has interrupted their time on their “sunny day” bikes but they have nice sampling of the performance and sat down to share their impressions of the newest brand in the studio. Zac – The Festka One [...]

Our Impressions of Festka One2023-06-08T19:58:12+00:00
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