4/10/17

Chuckanut Grind is a Success!

We rolled out with 30 riders and proceeded to go up Blanchard and Alger Alp. It was a long day, but we were rewarded with beer and pizza at Stone's Throw Brewery. Click the picture above to go to a shared album that will be filling up with folks photos. Thanks to everyone for coming out and thanks to the support crew that made yesterday possible.

3/31/17

Chuckanut Grind


Next up is the Chuckanut Grind on Sunday, April 9th. This will be a grinduro-style event (a scattered group ride with checkpoints) featuring some awesome gravel, pavement, and singletrack sections. Ride begins with coffee at Fairhaven Park at 8:30am and ends in the afternoon at Stones Throw Brewing. As with all of our group rides, space is limited - register now!

Route Description-
Chuckanut Grind is continuing the tradition of Cascade Cross's Spring Smash. We'll be exploring the southern Chuckanuts. The high points of the day include the Samish Overlook on Blanchard Mountain and Alger Alp. The ride will be around 50 miles and include 4,000 feet of climbing. We will traveling over a variety of surfaces, so don't be grumpy when there is mud and slippery roots. Here is an example of the route from last year.

What Bike-
After the Electric Grind, there have been discussions of what is the best bike for these grinduro-style events. Riders came equipped with cyclocross, monster-cross, cross country, road, all-road, off-road touring, gravel, adventure, and randonnuering bikes. Braking styles also varied, although disc brakes were prevalent. There were slicks, file tread, and knobby tires setup with tubes and tubeless ranging from 32 millimeters to 2.5 inches. Suspension was present in the form of forks, seatposts, and even stems. We do not have the authority to recommend a particular setup and we probably would never get around to putting on these rides if we had to come up with a Grind Corps® Endorsed Bike. That is part of what makes bikes so great. You get to switch out components and modify the intended purposes in order to get your bike. So join us, learn from your community, and figure out what works for you. (That said, widen your gear range because we are going to continue climbing mountains.)

3/27/17

Electric Grind is a success!

 Electric Grind Photos
We rolled out with 35 riders and proceeded to go up and over King, Squalicum, and Stewart. Click the picture above to go to a shared album that will be filling up with folks photos. Thanks to everyone for coming out and thanks to Kona Bike Shop for the aid station.

3/12/17

Electric Grind


Next up is the Electric Grind on Sunday, March 26th. This will be a grinduro-style event (a scattered group ride with checkpoints) featuring some awesome gravel, pavement, and singletrack sections. Ride begins with coffee at Cornwall Park and ends with lunch at Blue Mountain Grill in Wickersham - but not before going up and over King, Squalicum, and Stewart mountains! There will be options to ride or be shuttled back into town after lunch. Join us for a fun and challenging day exploring one of our favorite routes. As with all of our group rides, space is limited - register now! We're meeting at Cornwall Park at 8:30am and rolling at 9:00am.
Thanks!

2/27/17

Burnout Brunch is a success!


Turned out there was a little snow. Lucky for us, because we didn't bring any ice for the champagne. (Click on the photo to link to an album of the day's adventures.)

2/18/17

Burnout Brunch

Burnout Brunch

We understand that many of you have been checking this page in great anticipation of our first event next week—Lummi Gr’it. We are bummed to tell you that plan didn’t work out. Neither did plans B through F, seriously. So in the spirit of relentless forward motion we continue on to Plan G. Join us next Sunday for a group ride out to Burnout for brunch. This is a sub-30 mile ride with a southern brunch in the middle. Ground is wet, so choose rubber accordingly. Still questioning if you should roll out with us? One word—Mimosas! Please pre-reg to help us with a headcount for food and before the 30 spots fill up.


PS: It's free, but only reg if you will ride rain or shine.
PPS: Email us if you want to volunteer to help pull this off.

8/30/16

Wildly Successful!


Look for a write-up in the coming weeks, but for now hopefully these notes will suffice. If not, click on the photo above to take you to a lot of pictures. Five riders rolled out at five in the morning this past Sunday. We hit Samish Bay at sunrise and headed east. After the Cascade Trail and Baker Lake Road we found ourselves at the Swift Creek trailhead. A long, wet hike brought us just below Artist Point at dusk. We lost a rider here due to extreme ITB pain. Four continued on with a fast and dark descent. A few hours later we faced another casualty, this time due to a faulty rear hub. Three riders rolled into Bellingham 21 hours after their departure. 135 miles of riding and 10.5 miles of hiking later R.A.M.B.O.D. is a success. Until proven otherwise (although I'm sure we're wrong) we're claiming the first human-powered circumnavigation of Mt. Baker in a day. Thanks to the riders and the support crew.

6/22/16

R.A.M.B.O.D.



Ride Around Mount Baker in One Day
a pack-bike brevet

August 28th, 2016
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The Ride:

Join us for a jaunt around Mount Baker that includes a 200km brevet broken in half with an 18km hike up the Swift Creek drainage. This is a self-support ride, so come prepared. That said, we will have a party station at the ski area stocked with mac-and-cheese and micheladas. Also, take note of the term pack-bike brevet. We will be traversing through a wilderness area and as such bikes will be on our backs for the hike.