Entries by Kelli

Kidical Mass Seattle

We got a tip from a reader about a fun new event launching in Seattle this weekend. After starting in Eugene, Oregon, Kidical Mass will ride in Seattle beginning Friday, May 15th.

Kidical Mass is a fun, safe, easy-going, and law-abiding family bike ride for kids of all ages. It started last year in Eugene, Oregon, and has since spread to other bikey burgs, like Seattle!

Our group rides include a nice mix of experienced cyclists, and folks just getting started. We hope to educate bike-curious parents about ways to bicycle with children, help kids learn to ride safely in the city, and increase the visibility of family biking on Seattle streets. Kids are traffic too! All manner of bikes and high-occupancy velos are welcome.

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.


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.

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.

Summer Rides

I’m planning my first ride of the season tomorrow, getting ready to ramp up for the summer ride schedule. For those of us who aren’t quite into the racing or commuter scenes, here’s a recap of Seattle’s most popular summer rides.

  • Flying Wheels Summer Century (June 13, 2009). With a finish line festival at Marymoor Velodrome, this event offers 25-, 45-, 65- and 100-mile loops through some of the area’s scenic foothills. Don’t be fooled by the pretty picture though, the hills offer a surprising challenge.

  • Livestrong Challenge (June 21, 2009). Beginning and ending at Seattle Center, the event offers a 5k run/walk in addition to 10-, 45-, 70- and 100-mile loops around the city and surrounding area.

  • Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (July 11-12, 2009). Celebrating it’s 30th year, STP offers a one- and two-day ride to Portland, for a total of 200 miles. (Actually, it’s about 204 miles, and there’s an obscenely brutal hill about 2 miles from the finish line.)

Bike Expo 2009

Despite the rainy weather, area cyclists showed up in droves for Cascade’s annual Bike Expo. After a year in SoDo, the expo returned to Magnuson Park this year. Bigger and better than ever, exhibitors have taken over all of Hanger 30 and an adjacent tent, will several others in the surrounding area.

The events began last night with an appearance by Bob Roll. Hysterical beyond words, the audience left sore from laughter and with a better understanding of cycling from the perspective of Bobke himself. With tales of vicious climbs, unfathomable riding weather and complete debauchery, Bobke gave us his own recap of the Tour of California and predictions for what may be the most dramatic Tour de France that July has ever seen.

Events continue tomorrow at Hanger 30 where you’re likely to find some day-two deals between the great line-up of presenters.

If you’re not able to attend, Cascade will be tweeting and the Flickr stream is likely to have more additions.

An Evening with Bob Roll

It’s that time of year again. Us fair-weather riders are dusting off the bike and getting ready for the season ahead. This weekend’s Bike Expo has a full line-up, including everything from the kid’s bike zone, to the return of The Metal Cowboy. This year, Bob Roll will be joining the fun for Friday night’s Expo Gala.

The Bike Expo is back at Magnuson Park this year, open Saturday, March 14th from 9:00AM - 6:00PM; and Sunday, March 15th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Entrance is $8 for a single day and $10 for both. (An Evening with Bob Roll requires a separate ticket.)

See you at the Expo!

I-90 Safety Meet-Up

When: Tuesday, March 10, 4 - 6 p.m.

Where: Sam Smith Park, 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle

Directions: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=4242

In response to the attack and mugging of a cyclist near Sam Smith Park on February 26, 2009, Cascade Bicycle Club will hold a rider safety community meeting at Sam Smith Park on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 4 p.m. to address the issue and provide safety information to cyclists. This most recent attack is, unfortunately, not the first to occur in the area near the I-90 bike tunnel. City of Seattle staff and representatives from Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct will join Cascade Bicycle Club at the meet-up to hear from cyclists, to share ideas on how they can work together to prevent future attacks and to learn what the city is doing to address the problem. Snacks and safety information will be provided.

Cyclists who have experienced an assault or a close call while riding through the I-90 bike tunnel area are encouraged to email their story to m.j.kelly@cascadebicycleclub.org, even if the incident was not reported to the police at the time.

Chilly Hilly 2009

A Northwest cycling tradition marked the beginning of the season on Sunday, as more than 3,500 people rode around Bainbridge Island for the 2009 installment of Chilly Hilly.

Though I wasn’t out getting wet with all the other hard-core folk out there, I was happy (and warm) keeping up via Cascade’s twitter feed and following the many photos.

And so we officially kick off this year’s line-up of Cascade’s events. Clip in, folks.

Chilly Hilly

BYOL:  Bring Your Own Lane

For all of you awesome commuters, here’s a bright idea. Bring your own bike lane, for increased visibility, even when the streets don’t offer one. Though we’re pretty sure that SDOT would take issue with using lasers on the street.


STP: Silly Tyvek Pullover

Don’t get me wrong, I love STP. But the Tyvek jacket, not so much. I’m in the minority, it seems, as several thousand STPers will ride out of Husky Stadium at the crack of dawn tomorrow, many of them proudly wearing their new paper coats as they take off for Portland.

The Tyvek jacket serves a purpose, sure. It’s lightweight, breaks the wind, keeps in some heat, and squishes up small enough to tuck into a cycling jersey. But they also crackle like paper if you’re riding faster than 12 mph and are not remotely flattering on any body type. Frankly, I can’t stand them.

A note to the powers-that-be at Cascade - I’d rather be able to opt-out of the paper coat at the time of registration and see my money be put to better use as a donation to the education foundation.

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