Group Rides

Join us for evening indoor training rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm at the Recycle Bicycle Shop in downtown Ellensburg.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Time to transition

Here we are at the tail end of September and fall is definitely in the air. Brisk morning temperatures followed by some warmer afternoons. Makes for a beautiful time of year here in the Kittitas Valley.

With the change in season comes the change in training plans. Indoor training will start up sometime in October at the bike shop, days will be shorter meaning rides will need to occur mid-day or on weekends. Cross training opportunities abound as does cyclocross for those interested in the fasted growing area of cycling.

Rifle season for hunters will start up in a couple of weeks so riding in the hills on a mountain bike will be limited.

Start planning now for your off season to ensure your 2011 cycling brings many rewards.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Manastash early registration ending

Early registration for the Manastash Metric Century ride is ending tomorrow, Friday, September 17. After that the entry fee will increase $10. Shirts are separate this year.

Print off your registration form at and then drop it off at the RSVP office at 707 N. Pearl to beat the deadline.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cycling withdrawals

Since the digital tv signal switch for over the air (free) television I have enjoyed watching Universal Sports as part of KNDO's broadcast. The station broadcast a great variety of non-traditional or main sports like swimming, track and field, gymnastics and, most importantly, cycling.

The cycling events included the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana, world road championships, triathlon championships, cyclocross world championships and world indoor track cycling championships.

Sadly, KNDO decided to quit broadcasting Universal Sports in favor of the regional SWX - sports, weather and light news - out of Spokane. This is an unfortunate decision in my mind as the KNDO stations will not get as many viewers when losing a "major" station like Universal Sports.

Now I have complete withdrawals since I saw three days of the Tour of Spain and then the broadcast disappeared. In fact, maybe it's some minor depression in knowing the only way I can enjoy all that cycling is via the internet and after having tv for free the past 8 yrs I have a hard time thinking about paying $15 for the Tours of Spain and Italy live on the internet and $30 for the Tour de France.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Group ride start time change

Please note the group rides on Tuesday and Thursday evening will have a new start time of 5:00 pm starting on Tuesday, September 14th. This is to allow us a little more time to ride safely before it starts to get dark.

A new Facebook group

For those of you on Facebook, a group called Ellensburg Cycling has been created that you can join. The hope is it can be another way to connect the cycling community in Kittitas County.

There are many things that you can do including:

1) Commenting on your favorite ride/route
2) Look for someone to ride with
3) Show a photo of your bike
4) Let others know where hazards (dogs, cows, obnoxious drivers) are hiding out

As you can see the sky is the limit right now. Several of us have been talking about a cycling club for Kittitas county. This page on Facebook can be a good indicator if that's even feasible.

Search for Ellensburg Cycling and join the group.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cycling buries a great

Au revoir

Today in France the cycling world will bury Laurent Fignon. Fignon won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984. He also won the Giro d'Italia during his successful run as a professional cyclist. He is most known for losing the 1989 Tour de France to American Greg Lemond by 8 seconds in the final time trial into Paris. He was 50 years old and lost a battle with cancer.

I was a teenager when Fignon broke onto the scene. We had to depend on delayed and heavily edited CBS Sports broadcasts to get footage of the Tour de France. I was just starting to really enjoy cycling and was having a blast riding. My perception (especially 1989) of Fignon was of the brash, quiet and non-sociable person that the cycling media portrayed him as. I bought, and read, his autobiography early this summer and realized Fignon was not the man that the media portrayed. He had a genuine love for riding and could be quite relaxed and fun to be around. As I read the book I realized Fignon started riding for the same reason I do - the sheer fun of it. It wasn't serious for him at the beginning. But, it soon became that way because he had such phenomenal talent.

Like most stars this image was created by the media because he got tired of his words always being twisted around and decided he was better off not talking to the press. One wouldn't know that without hearing it from him.

My view of Fignon has definitely changed. I admire this man for what he was able to do in the cycling world, especially when he really started riding as a teenager. He was so good that he could show up to some of the early races, with little practice, and riding a less than professional race bike and ride away with a win.

Injuries took their toll on Fignon and his career and, in my mind, probably prevented him from winning one or two more Tour de France races. He won his early races on a Gitane racing bike. I don't have a "Team Pro" model but, rather, will ride one of my other Gitane's with a token race placard zip tied on the frame in his honor today.

Au revoir, Laurent. Thanks for the memories.