6/13/17

The Tires of Grind Corps

Confused on what tires to bring to the rides? Check out Fabio's new book "The Tires of Grind Corps" for all the info your heart desires. Click on the photo above to see the variety of tires showing up on our rides.

Still can't decide? Then we recommend a middle ground tire like the Clement X'plor MSO 700x36. That said, go as wide as you can.

5/29/17

Cascade Fondo


Next up is the Cascade Fondo on Sunday, July 2nd. We are excited to explore this route now that the snow has finally melted. This ride will be a fondo format, which means a self-paced, supported ride with mapped and marked routes, cue sheets, nutrition/mechanical support, and a sag wagon. We are sending  this update out a little earlier so you can plan to join us the night before for a campout (see below). 

Ride begins with coffee at Birdsview Brewing Company on Highway 20 at 8:00am and ends back at the brewery for dinner and a beer. As with all of our rides, space is limited - register now!

Route Description
The Birdsview Brewing Company is found on Highway 20 seven miles west of Concrete, WA. The ride will be leaving the brewery along the Cascade Trail and continuing into the foothills south of Concrete. The ride is 68 miles and includes 4,800 feet of climbing (see elevation profile below). We will be riding 40 miles on gravel and 28 miles on pavement.






*Note: A GPS route and cue sheet will be provided to registered riders the Friday before the ride.

Camping!
We are staying on the banks of the Skagit River at Rasar State Park the Saturday night before the ride and probably Sunday night as well. The brewery and start of the ride are just around the corner. Drive down the night before and join us for a campfire.

5/23/17

Whatcom Fondo is a Success!


25 riders rolled out and 20 completed the full course. The weather was incredible for our long day! The course consisted of 55 miles and 6,600 feet of elevation gain, although 5,000 of those feet occurred in 8 miles of ride. Here are results for the 20 riders that completed the full course. Also, click the picture above to go to a shared album that will be filling up with folks' photos.

We appreciate all of your support as we try to bring more gravel rides to Bellingham. Thank yous go out to our sponsors as well as our volunteers:

Erin Hardy
Josh Parrish & Crew

See you next at the Cascade Fondo!

5/8/17

Whatcom Fondo



Next up is the Whatcom Fondo on Sunday, May 21st. This ride will be a fondo format, which means self-paced, supported ride with mapped and marked routes, cue sheets, mechanical support, and a sag wagon. Ride begins with coffee at Bloedel Donovan Park at 7:30am and ends back at the park. Lunch from Cafe Velo will be provided mid-ride. As with all of our rides, space is limited - register now!

*ANNOUNCEMENT*

First of all, we'd like to say *THANK YOU* to everyone who has participated in our events so far this season. We've had a great time hosting our group rides, and hopefully you've had a fun time riding along with us. We'd also like to apologize for any frustrations folks have experienced, whether with group dynamics, route uncertainty, or unpredictable conditions, as well as for not getting updates out as soon or as often as we'd like.

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!

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.)