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David Merriman carries a first aid kit, complete with information and a procedural guide, during every one of his bike rides. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Couple's key to bike safety is preparation

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.

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Cyclist Cathy Rogers riding electric bike across the U.S. for charity

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.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014

Centennial Trail upgrades planned. (FILE)

Out & About: Groups to update ‘State of the Trails’

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.” 

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

After a bicycle accident, Jeff Jordan had a ponderosa pine branch surgically removed from his abdomen.

Older cyclists find ways to compensate 

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.

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Connor Cawthorne knows it is imperative to commit and not hesitate during a downhill run over rocky terrain at Camp Sekani. (Colin Mulvany)

Dropping down: Mountain bikers take to Upriver Drive area 

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.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

A competitor flies over an natural granite outcropping jump during the Double Down Hoe Down downhill bicycle race at Camp Sekani. (Rich Landers)

From mild to wild, cycling events abound

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.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 9, 2014

SUNDAY, FEB. 2, 2014

Popular spring and summer bike rides sell out

Bicyclists can relax until spring before planning most of their 2014 cycling season. But the following popular spring and summer rides sell out so quickly, you have to be planning and making your application now. Chilly Hilly: Feb. 23, traditionally the region’s first notable cycling events of the season. The 41st annual event starts with an early-morning ferry ride from Seattle before unleashing cyclists on a 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island that bags 2,675 feet of cumulative elevation. Organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club, registration for nonmembers opens Tuesday;

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SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014

Hikers pass McArthur Lake near Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, where permit quotas fill three months in advance. (Rich Landers)

Advance planning required for cabins, lookouts, permits

Snooze and you lose in the quest to bunk in a Forest Service cabin along the St. Joe River, float a prized Idaho wilderness river or backpack through wildly popular parks and wilderness areas. Winter is the season for thinking ahead to summer adventures that require a special permit or reservations.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 5, 2014

The Slavin Conservation area, like many of the areas preserved by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program, are close to Spokane, enabling visitors such as these Spokane Mountaineers, to make quick visits even on weekday evenings after work.  (Rich Landers)

Spokane County trails plan updated

An update to the 2008 Spokane County Regional Trails Plan will help integrate routes for walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists and equestrians into planning and development as the population grows, officials say. The draft plan, up for county approval this month, identifies 677 miles of routes ranging from single tracks to the 12-foot-wide Centennial Trail, said Parks Department planner Paul Knowles.

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