Seattle to Portland 2009

Word on the street is that STP will sell out soon. After taking last year off with a two-month old, I’m back in the saddle and registered for STP 2009 and planning my second one-day ride to Portland.

While it sounds a bit crazy, having done both the one- and two-day rides, I honestly don’t know that I’ll ever ride a two-day STP again. The extra effort it takes to pull through 200 miles in one day far outweighs the pain of having to sit through another century on a sore rear end on day two. That, and I’m a damn sucker for the silly “One Day Rider” patch.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, and with the numbers looking to max out at 10,000 riders it continues to be the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest.

If you haven’t yet started training - get on it! Despite the novice reputation that STP often gets, there is nothing novice about riding 200 miles on your bike. It’s not too late to hook up with Cascade’s Training Series for some great rides at varying paces. And whether your planning for a one- or two-day STP, go sign up for Flying Wheels before it’s too late. Flying Wheels is a great opportunity to get in some decent mileage without having to plan food stops.

For those new to the event, I strongly encourage a read through “How-Not-To” Ride STP from my first STP in 2006. And if it’s your first one-day ride, head on over to Surviving A One-Day STP.

I’ll be reporting all the best from Flying Wheels and STP back to The Hugga, so stay tuned. And if I ever get myself out of the dark ages and hook up with a camera phone, perhaps there be twitpics @kellidiane for the rides.

En Route to Ignite Seattle

Rode over to Ignite Seattle on the Brompton wearing a Hugga Wool T, Rudy Exowinds, Lazer "Tron" Urbanize helmet with blinky lights, and Bright Pocket pants from Cordarounds.

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Seemed stylish to me, but the crew at Hugga HQ was laughing.

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Bicycle Sunday

This weekend marks the first Bike Sunday of the season. So hitch up the trailers, pack a picnic and bring the family out for a nice ride along the lake. More information is available from Seattle Parks & Recreation.

Bicycle along Lake Washington Boulevard south of Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park’s entrance. Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized traffic from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

MoSo AEA SEA

That jumble of acronyms is for the Mobile Social @ Event Apart in Seattle this Sunday, May 3rd from 4 - 6PM. We’ll ride from the Waterfront to the South Park neighborhood for a keg tapping at Schooner Exact Brewery. After a few beers, we’ll give away some schwag and a Yuba Mundo.

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That’s Matt from Schooner Exact in the photo. He likes beer and bikes and Bike Hugger. Man_Nerd

Good Cop Bad Cop

After reading about bad cops and cyclists, it was nice to see this video, but Copenhagnize has debunked it as propaganda from the Danish Road Safety Council, a pro-car lobby.

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