CXRex in Effect

Guess CXRex has his own category to not eat the other competitors, but would like to see him on more than a warm up lap…form was quite good for having huge legs and tiny arms too. Read more about CX in Issue 29 and this weekend in Seattle, it’s the UCI-sanctioned Subaru Cup.

Peter’s Camera


Fitting that Issue 29 is about cross and includes photos from Peter, when the community helped him get a new camera this week. Mark V is sure it was his rooster tail that finally killed the camera, but probably a few seasons of shooting in the wet ultimately corroded it. For the intro to his gallery, I asked Peter why he was out there every weekend

I think the reason cross has such a draw. You can wear what you want. You can compete against yourself or the best in the northwest. In a “I” world you can turn yourself inside out. Get dirty like a kid, bring the family and have a great time. We have lost our sense of community and this is a weekly block party for the fall and winter. Company picnics and a Cul-de-sac parties have gone away. It is rarely that an entire family can compete individually and you can get a child to cheer for their parents.

See the rest of Peter’s photos in the issue and on SmugMug. I suggested Peter set aside some crowdfunded budget for a proper rain cover too.

Puddles and Splashing


Photo: Woodinville Bicycles

This also happened while we were out of town, a muddy CX race with Mark V in the water hazard like a kid splashing through puddles. As he told me, “Lotsa mud and sand; destroyed some bearings AND the coup de grace on my front carbon wheel. Wore thru the carbon sidewall.”

A day for disc brakes, eh?

Metier Seattle


While we’re out of town, a new shop opened up…Metier Seattle is about racing and coffee. Located at 1017 East Union in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the owners describe the new space as

An environment built for those who believe as we do, that anything worth doing is worth perfecting.


Besides coffee, that includes training, racing, and victory. Intended for people of all interests and abilities, at Metier you can hang out, train in the gym with top-notch consultants, take a yoga class, check out new bikes and equipment, have a drink or watch a game or a race on the big screen.


After hearing all that fitness vision stuff, what I really wanna know is what brand of coffee are they serving?

The Alps


From the top of Mont Salève looking at France and Switzerland, and where mountain bikers take the tram up and ride down. More on this destination when we’re back in the States. For now, a photo from the shoot.

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