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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Obliteride (Aug. 12-14) event adds a check in station in Poulsbo!

Hello to all: 

OBLITERIDE organizers added a check-in option in Poulsbo so that those that wish to participate don't have to go to Seattle to sign-in. Rick Feeney and members of the West Sound Cycling Club have kindly offer to host the check in and rest stop location in Poulsbo. 
Following is the official PR sent to local media:

July 25, 2016   
FROM: Visit Kitsap Peninsula
Contact: Patricia Graf-Hoke, Director
/Kitsap Organizations Support Fred Hutch 2016 Obliteride Fundraiser/
Visit Kitsap Peninsula and other organizations on the Kitsap Peninsula have joined forces to support the 2016 Obliteride bike ride on August 12-14. The annual event raises critical funds to help the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.  
“Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research benefits people of all ages around the Puget Sound and around the world. We invite everyone to join the fun and cheer us on,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Even better, sign-up to do the ride with a friend, join a team or start one of your own. There’s still time to sign up and help Fred Hutch obliteride cancer.” 
Obliterate organizers announced they plan to try something new this year to make it easier for riders from Bainbridge Island and other communities on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas to join the ride. Riders that want to sign-up for the for the scenic 85, 100 or 150 mile route, but wish to skip the ferry ride to Seattle on Saturday, may now check-in and start their ride in Poulsbo’s Little Norway. However, organizers encourage all riders to make the trip to the official start line at Fred Hutch in Seattle so they may experience the camaraderie, hear from cancer survivors and Fred Hutch scientists, and be part of the community spirit that makes Obliteride so special. 
"We’re excited to make it easier for people living on the west side of Puget Sound to join up with Obliteride on Saturday morning, if they can't make it to Seattle,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “We invite all riders no matter where they live to join us for our awesome kickoff party at Gas Works Park Friday night. It’s such a fun and moving community event!”. 
Riders who want to take advantage of this new Poulsbo check-in option must contact Obliteride before Aug. 8, 2016 and then on Saturday, August 13, 2016, check-in at the Muriel Edwards Waterfront Park Pavilion in Poulsbo [link to map] between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Please be aware that latecomers will not be allowed to ride. To notify Obliteride of your plans, or for more information, email  Registration information and instructions are available at
Other Kitsap Peninsula organizations that will provide volunteer time and support include the Silverdale Cyclery, REI-Silverdale and Kitsap Physical Therapy. The West Sound Cycling Club is host of the Poulsbo rest-stop and check-in; Visit Kitsap Peninsula and the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce will host the rest stop at Fire Station#17; team Gig Harbor Cares will host the stop of Skansie Brother Park and team Warrior Energy will host the rest-stop in Steilacoom.  For information about other Kitsap area volunteers and supporters, and to learn how you may help, go to  
Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch in its first three years. Nearly 1,200 people rode in Obliteride last year. Participants raise a minimum of $500 or $1,000 depending on their route. Every dollar riders raise goes to Fred Hutch.
Obliteride is so much more than a bike ride. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering.
To be part of this exciting event the weekend of Aug. 12-14, 2016, sign up to ride 10-150 miles or volunteer at

Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

The women's trail ride will not be meeting next week. We'll see you the week after. Stay safe and enjoy the day.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Larry Scott Memorial Trail

We’re fortunate to live in an area with abundant cycling opportunities. One local favorite here in Port Townsend is the Larry Scott Memorial Trail (LSMT). Three trailheads provide access and vehicle parking. The Port Townsend Boat Haven Trailhead marks one end of the trail and the Milo Curry Trailhead off Discovery Road the other, with the Cape George Trailhead off Cape George Road in the middle. End to end, the LSMT provides 7.3 miles of traffic-free riding with limited road crossings.

The hardpack gravel surface of the LSMT is smoother than many chipseal roads, making for a pleasant ride for all types of tires, with asphalt pavement along the Highway 20 underpass segment of the trail. The gentle grade makes the LSMT a great ride for cyclists of all skill levels, with a few areas of moderate grade to let you test your spin. Walkers, runners, and horseback riders also use the trail. Milepost markers tell you how far you've gone in half-mile increments and signposts keep you on the trail at points of access. Trailhead kiosks feature maps and information.

See these two sites for other information:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thank your Dad for being rad

Ride with Dad
For the encouragement, the long rides, and for patching up your scraped knees. For the cheers, the fixed flats, for teaching you how to skid. For going slow when you were little and for trying to keep up now that you're grown.
This Father's Day, celebrate cycling's best moments by sharing some miles with the guy who taught you to ride.
Stop in and see what you can find.  We're open 9-6pm Monday through Saturday, and 11-4pm Sunday.