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CYCLING –A class on basic bicycle maintenance is being offered Thursday (July 26), 7 p.m., at REI in Spokane.
This class is free to attend and space is limited. Register at www.rei.com/spokane.
CYCLING — Local cycling guru Michael Emde has an enticing tidbit for participants in Saturday's Jederman Gran Fondo:
There are no traffic lights and there are only 20 over the length of the 112 mile course… The forecast is for 84F and very little wind!
The Jedermann Gran Fondo is a timed 112 mile cycling ride and cycling festival that will start and finish in Cheney, says Emde, event organizer.
The course in this inaugural event will visit the back roads and farming communities of Sprague, Tokio, Harrington, Edwall and back to Cheney.
In Europe, timed recreational events have been around for decades and each country has a different name for them. In Germany they’re called “Jedermann Rennen's” which translates to “Everyone’s Race”. In Italy they call it a “Gran Fondo” which translates to “Great Ride”. Combine the two and “Jedermann Gran Fondo” translates to “Everyone’s Great Ride.”
Custom medals will be awarded Saturday for times under 6 hours, under 8 hours and under 10 hours.
Cyclists can enter as an individual OR as a 2-person relay team.
This ride includes mechanical support, food stops, a post race meal, dessert, libations, music, raffles and more.
BICYCLING – The orgnaizers of SpokeFest, the annual September bicycle celebration that branches out from downtown Spokane, are offering an early sign-up incentive:
Choose from four different routes on Sept. 9:
- 1 or 2.5-mile Park Loop and Bike Safety Rodeo,
- 9-mile Spokane Falls Route,
- 21–mile Classic River Route
- 47-mile Four Mounds Route.
All of the rides and events start downtown and finish at the SpokeFair on the Post Street Bridge next to Riverfront Park.
Read on for more details.
What's the hardest paved-streets hill within the city limits of Spokane?
What would a cyclist-hating Spokane motorist yell at these lads?
The correct answer? How about “Move over once, move over twice”?
On my way home this afternoon, before I even got out of downtown, I saw another cyclist.
She looked like she might be in the 18-21 age range. She wasn't wearing a helmet but she had on a backpack.
Inside the backpack was an adult cat. Only the head of this gray and white pet was visible out of the top of the pack. My first reaction was a silently disapproving “That's not a good idea.”
But as I studied the scene from a distance, I realized the cat seemed perfectly calm. Maybe he or she has been riding with that girl since kittenhood.
Wonder what sort of backseat driver that cat is. What does it say to the girl as they cruise along?
“If you see a tuna stand, be sure to pull over.”
OUTDOOR NEIGHBORHOODS — Celebrate Summer Solstice where motor vehicles will be out and kids and their families will rule the streets in the Comsock-Manito Neighborhoods Wednesday (June 20) 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The second of two Summer Parkways events will bring a celebration to the streets as traffic is closed off to allow families to bike, hike, dance, skate and enjoy the streets for three hours.
See a map of the traffic-free route in the Comstock/Manito Neighborhood.
A sheriff's deputy who fell while chasing a fleeing suspect last month got lucky in a traffic stop early Tuesday and located the man's roommate.
The driver alerted Deputy Ryan Truman that suspect Brandon J. Hoffman, 22, was living at his home in the 12500 block of North Freya Street. Truman and another deputy went to the home and arrested Hoffman.
Truman had been looking to arrest Hoffman since the man threw his bicycle at him and ran away after being stopped for riding without a front light and rear reflectors about 4 a.m. May 18.
Truman said Hoffman gave him a false name, but he was able to identify him through booking photos and other police records.
Truman yelled at Hoffman to stop several times as he an away, but he “fell during the foot pursuit and sustained minor injuries,” and the man got away.
Hoffman was booked into jail on charges of making a false statement, resisting arrest and third-degree assault.
OUTDOOR SPORTS — Learn the basics of great outdoor activities this summer — sailing, kayaking, climbing, and stand-up paddleboarding— in reasonably priced skills clinics organized by Outdoor Pursuits of North Idaho College.
The clinics are being offered all summer at the NIC Beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Cool!
For a list of all the clinics, dates and registration info: Outdoor Pursuits registration: (208) 769-7809
BICYCLING — A few slots remain open in the June 2 CHaFE 150 bicycle event ride out of Sandpoint.
The 5th annual catered event includes 150- and 80-mile ride options in a Gran Fondo format.
Read on for details.
BICYCLING — The Route of the Hiawatha rail trail near Lookout Pass will be open for the season starting Saturday, says Phil Edholm at Lookout Pass Ski Area.
That's great news for folks planning bicycling outings over the Memorial Day weekend. Heck, people were skinning up and skiing the slopes in the area last week.
The nationally acclaimed 15-mile rail-trail uses the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Mont., and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho.
The unpaved route features 10 tunnels and 7 trestles as high as 230 feet within the Loop Creek canyon at the crest of the scenic Bitterroot Mountains. The grade is a gentle 1.6 percent.
Trail passes, shuttle tickets, mountain bike rentals, souvenirs and picnic lunches are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area, just off I-90 at the Idaho/Montana border 12 miles east of Historic Wallace, Idaho.
Call (208) 744-1301 or visit www.ridethehiawatha.com for trail information. Equipment reservations are recommended.
The Hiawatha Trail is set to be open daily through Sept. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
CYCLING — A 20-mile bike path has just been completed offering cyclists a motor-vehicle-free route for safe passage between Jackson, Wyo., and Grand Teton National Park.
Finally, bicyclists can breath easy among the tourists and enjoy the Grand Tetons as they pedal through this popular cycling corridor.
MOUNTAIN BIKING — The Spokane Fat Tire Trail Riders Club is showing of the new Anthills feature film Strength In Numbers as a fundraiser for local trail projects.
Check it out May 25 The film at Spokane Falls Community Colleges SUB Lounge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:15. Tickets available online in advance,$12 (w/service fee) or $14 at the door.
BICYCLING — Ride of Silence, a global moment of solidarity, is bringing bicyclists together tonight for the 10th annual informal ride to commemorate cyclists who have been killed in accidents involving motor vehicles.
In Spokane, riders will meet 6 p.m. at Riverfront Park between the fountain and runner sculptures. The route is a loop that involves part of downtown.
Info: Craig Hofmeister at email@example.com
BICYCLING – We learn to bicycle when we’re young. No license is required. But it’s not just kid stuff, as you can learn in one of the League of American Bicyclists’ classes being offered in Spokane.
As Spokane cyclist Cindy Green put it, “Even after 4,000 miles of bike touring and three years of bike commuting in Washington, D.C., I learned so much in this class I became an instructor.”
She’s referring to the “Smart Cycling: Traffic Skills 101” class taught for years in this region by local cycling guru Eileen Hyatt. Green and Erika Henry of Spokane Regional Health District will be teaching the classes in addition to Hyatt this year.
Sign up online: Choose “Spokane Bicycle Traffic Skills” and select your class dates.
The eight-hour class – spread over two or three days in severa sessions being offered — gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely, and legally, on streets, Hyatt said.
Learn principles of riding with traffic, predicting and avoiding motorist errors, bike handling skills, basic bicycle maintenance and essential gear.
The class is recommended for adults and children above age 15. Students 15-17 must have a parent present. One of the sesson is for women only.
Cost: just $10, thanks to a $40 scholarship offered to each participant this year from a grant through the City of Spokane.
- May 15 and 21;
- May 30, June 6 and 13 (for women only);
- June 5 and 9;
- June 21 and 23.
Bike to Work Week is May 20-26 in Spokane. Sign up here to log your miles and be involved in the free start-off breakfast and the wrap-up party.
Maybe it would be helpful if we could all agree on a couple of things.
Some cyclists are asses.
So are some of cycling's critics.
OUTDOOR COMPETITION — The 8th annual Leadman Triathlon will launch high on Silver Mountain on Saturday for a 13.4 mile triathlon down \and dirty race to Kellogg.
Athletes will start in five different heats, beginning on top of Kellogg peak at 11 a.m., descending 4,000 vertical feet to the finish line at Silver Mountain’s Gondola Village.
The race starts with a 50 yard sprint to the skis or board followed by a 1.2 mile high-speed slide to the bike transition near the midpoint of Chair 4.
Racers then start a 7.5 mile slush and mud downhill bike ride to uptown Kellogg. From there, it’s a 4.7 mile run through Galena Ridge to the finish under the Red Bull arch at the Silver Mountain parking lot.
“The best places to view the action are the ski to bike transition on the mountain, the bike to run transition point at Market and Main Street and the finish line,” says Karey Scholey, Event Director. “The first finishers will cross the finish line around 11:45.”
Info: (208) 783-1507.
The Silver Mountain Ski area will be open on Saturday (April 28), 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
RIVERS — Rivers around the region filled with runoff to flood stage on Saturday. The water got so high, even mountain bikers were impacted in Riverside State Park.
The photo was snapped Saturday by Spokane cyclist Daniel DeRuyter. He posed his bike where the rapidly rising Spokane River had inundated the trail in the Little Vietnam area on the south side of the river just downstream from the Bowl and Pitcher.
Said DeRuyter, “The alarming thing about this photo is that when I grabbed my bike to leave, the water had risen in level to touch my tires! Yikes.”
It's possible to consider yourself a bicyclist and not enjoy beer that tastes like aspirin-flavored liquid tar.
There seems to be some confusion about this. So I wanted to clear it up.
CYCLING — The 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic — which can be done in one or two days — shows no signs of declining in popularity.
STP, the Northwest's largest multi-day cycling event, capped at 10,000 riders, filled it's quota on Feb. 21 this year — a full month earlier than in 2011.
The event was founded 32 years ago and is organized like a well-tuned machine by the Cascade Bicycle Club.
Who rode STP in 2011?
- 10,000 riders
- Oldest rider: 85
- 18% first-time riders
- 100 safety and medical riders
- 30 Ride Referees
- 228 riders who have participated in 10+ STPs
- One rider who has ridden them all: Jerry Baker!
- Riders came from 42 states plus Canada (Alberta, B.C. & Ontario) and England.
Two bills of interest to outdoor recreationists have died in the Idaho Legislature.
- Legislation that would have taken away the authority of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to regulate hunting with ATVs died in the state Senate on a 20-15 vote. See the story here.
- Idaho state Rep. Roy Lacey's H.586 would have required motorists to give bicyclists a three-foot safety zone when passing them on the roadway. See the story here.
BICYCLING — RAW — the popular Ride Around Washington organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club — is focusing its 2012 on the region from Chewelah south through Spokane and around the Palouse.
The seven-day, 400-mile supported bike tour isn't until Aug. 4-10, but it's already 92 percent SOLD OUT.
Download the 2012 RAW Ride Guide for a detailed description.
- The guide is a masterpiece of organization, with checklists worth reading for any bicycle tours.
Online-only registration for RAW opened on January 10, 2012. It was 92 percent sold out on March 27.
Cyclists may join the Cascade Bicycle Club when registering for the event or in advance by visiting the membership page.
CYCLING — RAMROD, the grueling Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day, isn't until July 26, but Saturday (March 31) is the deadline to register for the lottery drawing to get in to one of the region's premier thigh-busting bicycling events.
Sponsored by the Redmond Cycling Club, RAMROD is a challenging ultra-ride of 152 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing. The nature of the ride, with three major climbs and a route through Mount Rainier National Park, requires the club to limit the event to 800 cyclists.
Applications are accepted through March 31 for the lottery to determine participants.
Drawing is April 12.
BICYCLING — Here’s another sign of springtime in Yellowstone National Park: Portions of the park have opened to bicycling.
The park has closed to snowmobiles for the winter but has yet to open to motorized vehicles for the summer.
In the meantime, bicyclists can travel between West Yellowstone, Madison, Norris and Mammoth Hot Springs, although not to Old Faithful or Canyon.
Park officials say bicyclists should be well prepared for weather that can quickly change to severe snow, ice and cold. Potentially dangerous animals including bison and grizzly bears are out and about and no services are available.
Yellowstone officials say anybody bicycling in Yellowstone this time of year should be ready to endure winter conditions for an extended period and be able to rescue themselves if necessary.
BICYCLING — The Spokane Bike Swap is taking shape at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Bike vendors are setting up and sellers can bring bikes in until 8 p.m.
Shop for bikes Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-noon.
Admission: $5 per person, free for 12 and under.
CYCLING — The mantra of less government control in Idaho apparently doesn't apply to bicyclists.
An Idaho representative wants to forbid bicyclists from riding two abreast as part of a bike-safety measure that would also require drivers to maintain a three-foot distance from cyclists when passing.
The Spokesman-Review reported that Rep. Marv Hagedorn of Meridian suggested adding the two-abreast ban to the bill before it was sent to the House for amendments on an 8-4 vote.
Its sponsor, Rep. Roy Lacey of Pocatello, hopes to make it safer for non-motorized transportation on Idaho’s roadways.
Lacey’s measure also covers pedestrians, joggers, wheelchairs and horses.
Not everybody was supportive.
House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke cited an existing law requiring motorists to exercise due care when passing.
But Kurt Holzer, a Boise attorney and cyclist, says this bill helps define just what “due care” means.
BICYCLING — March means bicyclists soon will be blooming in profusion. Here's an instructive poster to check out from Big Thigh Country.
ADVENTURING — Spokane Mountaineer Connie Connelly is set to share highlights of recent far-flung outdoor trips in a free slide show program tonight.
Follow Connelly biking the rice paddies of Southern China and hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking Turkey.
The program starts 7 p.m. at the Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6011 E. Mansfield (go north on Fancher Road from Trent and turn right just before the tracks).