Jake the Snake

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Kona Jake the Snake
Kona Jake the Snake built up to be one lucky kids race bike for the Kirkland triathlon next weekend. He also choose the Redline monster pedals in green to complete the bike.

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Cyclocross Clinic with Matthew Hill

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We are excited that Matthew Hill will be helping us with a cyclocross clinic this Saturday to help get everyone warmed up before the race on Monday.

Check out Matthew’s blog http://crosssports.net/ and/or fallow him on twitter @crosssports

Plan on meeting at the store at 1p and bring your cross bike (or mountain bike) ready to ride off road!

*Please note: there is a $10 fee for the workout to cover expenses and coaches time. Thanks!

**Fee included as part of Mr Crampy’s Crew membership

Cyclocross Team Meeting

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A meet and greet for all interested in finding a fun CX team to ride with for this fall season. For those interested we have the fit kit for our new cx kits available to try on and will be taking pre-orders.

If you can’t make the meeting please drop by the shop sometime this week to try on the kits so we can get orders done by the end of the week

Please join us for the good times and pass it on to others who might be interested in joining. RSVP to the Facebook Event

Cyclocross Clinic with Matthew Hill and Redline Bikes

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We are excited that Matthew Hill will be helping us with a cyclocross clinic this Tuesday (Aug 1, 2012). Redline bikes will also be there so you can check out the new bikes!

Check out Matthew’s blog http://crosssports.net/ and/or fallow him on twitter @crosssports

Plan on meeting at the store at 6:30p and bring your cross bike (or mountain bike) ready to ride off road!

*Please note: there is a $10 fee for the workout to cover expenses and coaches time. Thanks!
**Fee included as part of Mr Crampy’s Crew membership

New Mr. Crampy’s Bike Team

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Mr. Crampy’s is forming an all new USCA cycling team. The purpose for this team is as we used to say in the ski racing world… ‘go fast and have fun’! This team will consist of riders of all ages, gender, speed and experience. Our primary focus in the first year will be cyclocross and track but will include a few team road races. Team members are welcome to race as little or lot as they choose, and participating in other athletic activities and sports is not only allowed but encouraged! To top it all off our in-house designer has put together a great looking team kit so we’ll look good doing it.

We are hosting a get together On Tuesday August 16th. Starting with a road ride around Lake Sammamamish at 6p and fallowed by a meet and greet for all interested in finding a fun CX team to ride with for the fall season at 7p.

Please join us for the good times and pass it on to others who might be interested in joining. RSVP to the Facebook Event

Getting off the road

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Redmond Watershed Preserve

I have been hearing a lot about how much fun and how great workout it is to ride a cyclocross bike ever since Kyle got his Boo bike and then they started riding every Saturday mornings while I did the trainer rides inside.

Luckily Steph, a good friend of ours let me borrow her bike so I could try it and see what I thought. The first ride was a week after I ran a marathon so Kyle went easy on me and we just rode down from the shop to Lake Sammamish State Park and got stuck in some mud, got wet and rode back. By the time we got back I was very tired with frozen toes.

Even though the first ride was ok I decided to try again this morning when I woke up to pouring rain and I did not want to do my 3 hour ride on the trainer inside or freezing out on the road. Since Kyle was heading up to the Redmond Watershed to run with the Run26 group so I grabbed the cyclocross bike to ride.

Within a couple minutes I was lost but just followed the signs that said bikes were ok. The trail was muddy but nothing to bad when I geared down. I wish I had remembered to wear my garmin/heart-rate monitor so I could know better how hard I was working. I never got cold even my hands or toes. I just kept ridding through the trails and exploring – if a trail would end in a neighborhood I just turned around and back tracked. I had to dismount a few times for fallen trees but most of the time I stayed on.

I rode for about 1:30 up on the trails and honestly did not want to stop it was so much fun riding a bike outside and I felt great. Sadly we had to get back to the shop so I finished up the rest of my ride out on the soft surface equestrian trail that goes next to the Sammamish River Regional Trail. It was not quite as much fun as the watershed but it was still a good workout and more fun than ridding on the paved trail.

Overall I am hooked and so happy I got my long ride in outside, my legs are tired and I had so much fun riding, did not have to worry about dirty or wet roads and traffic because I was on trail. Next weekend I plan on riding my full 3+ hours in the watershed and am trying to figure out how I can get a smaller bike that will fit a bit better. What I am really excited about is it will be a great way to get my long Ironman training rides in while the weather kind of sucks while working on my bike handling skills.

-MacBeth

Maiden voyage on the Boo cross bike

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Sunday was the maiden voyage on the new Boo custom cross bike. Ken Hiatt and I headed up to the Watershed on a chilly morning way overdressed. The trails were perfect, mud, off camber and plenty of fallen trees across the trail for dismounts and bunny hopping. I have to set the record straight, anyone that thinks these bamboo bikes are just a gimmick needs to ride one!!! The way that bike absorbed the trail and bent around corners was amazing, and every time I gassed or hit a hill it was off like a dart. As a material bamboo is ideal for this type of riding, the linear fibers allow it to be supple and absorb the terrain, maintaining good ground contact while retaining plenty of stiffness between the carbon joints for power transfer.

All I can say is I have a new passion for trail riding! I hope to convince more of you to join me this winter and into the next year… Think Multicross

Kyle & Ken in full kits