Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ellensburg Area Ride

If you enjoy a quality ride, the John Wayne/Iron Horse Trail starting in Ellensburg is it.  It's neither a road ride, nor a mountain ride.  I would call it a gravel grind and since it can be a windy out and back, it's sometimes a windy mixer.

I like to leave Eburg, head West and then turn around at the old homestead just beyond the first tunnel. I bring a flash light or compact head light, as the tunnel is long enough that it is very dark in the middle.  You get the slight incline of the old rail bed, the sights of the river and the safety of a trail.

It's best on either a wide tired road bike, a fat tired cyclocross ( I use 38c) or a slick equipped MTB.  I have hit 20 mph on the gravel with a slight wind at my back.  I felt safe doing so, as the gravel can be an ok surface.  Hopefully one day the trail can be paved like the trails in Bend or Coeur d'Alene.

No water on the trail, but there is water at the Thorp fruit stand.

Expect to see very few fellow cyclists (You'll see more fly-fishers on the river in fact)

Take your spare tube and a patch kit.  It's lonesome out there.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


So I decided to try out the legendary Winthrop Fondo.  The last Fondo in six this year that I did.  We started the morning out with a brisk sunny day, temps in the 50's.  Then we starting climbing and climbing, 30 plus miles and about 7,000 feet of elevation.  Awesome epic views of the alpine country up there.  You go from thoughts of I never want to do this again to recovering on the decent and deciding this isn't as bad as I thought!  Then all hell breaks loose....  after making it down the crazy fire road decents, 7 miles from the Conconully 50 mile rest stop my rear wheel grenades over the third cattle guard!  After laying on the chip seal realizing nothing is broken other than skin I survey the damage....   I will be walking until help comes.  Lucky and fortunate in so many ways.  The wreck could have been way worse, within minutes this young couple who was out grouse hunting picked me up and gave me a ride to the rest stop!  There I got to get hauled back to Winthrop via the sag wagon.  Thank you Brooklynn Maedke!  I'm pretty sure I would have finished this monster but we will not know until I try it again!  If you are in for challenges this ride is a good one, I would highly recommend it!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

8 mile

If you haven't ridden the 8 mile trail  system down by Hood River area you need to!  Great little campground area and fantastic single track smack in the middle of some old growth timber.  Good times were had with Ivan, Sean and Warren!!!!!  My Trance was loving this trail especially the downhills!

Ellensburg Pass via Wenas with Warren, Phil, Kyle and Shannon......

Saturday was a fun road ride with a little ride thrown in.  We left the bike shop and headed out thru Selah and out towards Wenas Lake.  We kept riding until the pavement ended and then we climbed up and over into Ellensburg.  The climb was pretty gradual and only about 3.5-4 miles.  Then you ride mostly down still on gravel for about eight miles.  The steap downhill starts on pavement and sends you flying into Ellensburg!  Then we turned and headed back to Yakima via the Canyon road.  My Giant TCX was perfect for the ride and other than a lack of fitness for the last 20 miles I was really comfy!!!  The ride ended up being 85 miles with 4500 ft of climbing.  Not a bad day.  oh yeah could have done with out the smoke but oh well!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

2 Ride Reports

Here is a great picture of Jerry after riding the High Cascades 100

"Well, I finished the race! I think my time was 10:10 with a

mile detour. I was on pace for a 9:30 but my stomach went
south at mile 80. I don't know how many were in my group
but I took 34th and 97th out of 372."

And here is team rider Tyler taking a break along the Kachees Ridge Trail.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stevens Pass

So I took my trusty Trance to Stevens Pass with my buddies from Vicious Cycles this last Saturday!  They all rented downhill bikes while I played on my versatile awesome Trance!  
It had rained the night before, temps were in the low 60's life couldn't get better!  It's a fun bike park for someone looking to get their feet wet in the downhill scene and have some fun!  Good work to the trail builders up there!!!