While “hitting the trail” is a year-round activity for hikers, runners and cyclists, Saturday has been dubbed “Opening Day.” Spokane area groups are riding the coattails of a national event by organizing guided hikes and bike tours to connect trail users with the area’s wealth of opportunities.
The trick to breaking in your biking legs in the spring is to not actually break a leg. This proves challenging when most of your winter balance exercise was limited to not wiping out while salting your driveway. With these snow-barren days, it seemed only appropriate to acquiesce to the reality that my skis have little use. However, the trail conditions are pretty stellar, so long as you can dodge the critters coming out of hibernation early.
The first thing people notice: The tires, wider than the forearms of most grown men. Then, the inevitable first question: Where’s the motor? The fat bike – a seemingly typical mountain bike frame with tires ranging from 3.7 to 4.8 inches wide – owes its origin to Fairbanks, Alaska.
After a strong ride with a weekly group, Janet and David Merriman pedaled home, with a detour to check on a friend’s house they were watching. As dusk gathered, they turned left on 16th, east of Sullivan in the Valley, taking it easy after the 25-mile run out of Wheel Sport East. They saw deer grazing off to the right as a car approached. Suddenly a fawn darted from the left into the path of the car.
A Pittsburgh woman has an ace in the hold of her bike for keeping up with her hardcore cyclist husband on a 100-mile-a-day ride across the U.S. Cathy Rogers, 57, who describes herself as “a casual cyclist,” left Redmond on Monday and plans to ride into Spokane today with 13 other cyclists in The Big Ride Across America fundraiser for the American Lung Association.
OUTGOING – The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition has rounded up a dozen local leaders in trails-related efforts for the annual “State of the Trails” presentations Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. “Every year the coalition invites land managers to give a report on what is happening with our hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, kayaking, canoeing outdoor adventure areas,” said Lunell Haught, INTC coordinator. “We all come together in one big meeting so that you do not need to go to 10 different meetings to find out the latest news.”
Try as I might, and I admit to not trying too hard, I can’t remember anything from the time my butt lifted off my bicycle seat and I knew the inevitable was about to happen, until I was sitting on my rear on the side of a Spokane Valley street. That was last September and the only other thing I fail to remember was a few days later when I was knocked out in the operating room so Dr. Jonathan Keeve could insert a plate to stabilize my left collarbone.
Mountain bikers from across the Pacific Northwest converged on the Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani Park trail complex on Upriver Drive last weekend. They were there to kick off the spring riding season with two days of racing known as the Hub-A-Palooza. The main draw was the Double Down Hoe Down, a downhill race that has become a featured event on the regional circuit. The Double Down Hoe Down starts at the top of a ridge above Camp Sekani and drops about 450 vertical feet over a mile of cliffs, basalt rock gardens, kickers and a bobsled run of banked chicanes at the finish. The signature feature on the course is known as “Girfmoor,” a heart-stopping plunge from a 15-foot cliff over a 15-foot gap.
Bicycling events are like spring wildflowers, sprouting here and there in February and March before bursting into full bloom from April into fall. More than 100 events are scheduled in the region with something for every style of rider – short- or long-distance, family-friendly or hard-core, mountain bike or road bike.
No one has influenced so many facets of Inland Northwest fisheries as Allan Scholz during his 35 years at Eastern Washington University. The 67-year-old biology professor is transitioning into retirement, leaving a legacy that would rival Mark Few if fisheries science were a ball sport …
HUNTING – Friday, April 3, is the deadline to apply for one of 25 disabled hunter vehicle access permits to access otherwise gated areas on Inland Empire Paper Company lands. ...
CYCLING --Today is the last day for very fit bicyclists to enter the lottery to become one of the 800 riders allowed to enter the annual RAMROD on July 30. ...