bittersweet good bye

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After 4 years we have some sad news, we have made the difficult decision to close Mr. Crampy’s Multisport. It is not without a great deal of thought that we made this call. We are proud to have had the opportunity to serve the multisport community for the last few years and watch many of you take on life changing challenges. The last few years have brought some new challenges to us as well and that is a large part of our decision. Looking back the people we have met through the store enriched our lives, the friends that we have made have brought not only great memories but the promise of many more to come, and most of all a handful of you have become part of our family.
This is in no way a departure for us from the multisport community, instead it is a rebirth. We are excited to have more time and opportunities to enjoy events, activities and adventures.

As many of you know in the last couple years we formed a multisport club associated with the store called ‘The Crew’. We have decided to keep this as an active organization but will be opening it up to all as a public multisport group. The purpose of this club is to bring together active people that are looking to share in multisport training, events and adventures. Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Facebook group.

We would like to thank our families and friends for all of their support, our almost 2,400 facebook friends, and most of all, our loyal customers and the Crew. With out all of you Mr. Crampy’s would not have had the impact it did or the good times we shared. We would like to take a minute to call out a few people individually to thank for all their hard work…

Ken Hiatt, never in my life have I met someone as genuine and giving. Ken donated thousands of hours in the shop and even though work has taken him to the other side of the country he is and always will be one of our dearest friends.

Justin Lovitt, it has been a privilege to work side by side with you and watch you grow. You are without a doubt core to what Mr. Crampy’s was all about. You have a bright future in front of you and I look foreword to a continued friendship.

Mike ‘Mic’ McLane, it seems that as the universe took one saint away from us (Ken) another was delivered. Mic has also volunteered countless hours in the shop and been a leader in the Crew over the last several years. More importantly he has also become part of our family.

Sean Harwin, it has been a privilege to work with you as well and watch you grow, not only as an athlete and professional but as a person. Your generosity enabled Mr. Crampy’s to continue to support this community for as long as it did. Now I look foreword to spending some time training with you again.

Nina Sayed, another part of the family, we have enjoyed watching you grow up here and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

Linda Ness (Mom), you have been the glue behind the scenes since day one. Taking care of the books as well as your financial and moral support. This would have been impossible without you!

We will be open until April 19th. Everything will be on sale at the store until then, so stop on by to pick up your last purchases. We will also continue to represent Hypr standup paddle boards as well as a few other brands so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you want to learn what the latest SUP craze is all about!

Thanks again for all your support, it really has been an amazing couple of years. It really is a bittersweet good bye!

– Kyle Watson

Bring on Sufferfest

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Sufferfest

The weather is changing and it is getting darker earlier so it is that time of year where we bring out the bike trainers and start suffering inside together. Though Fall and winter we will be doing Sufferfest indoor cycling workouts Tuesday and Thursday evening starting at 6:30p. Once the rain really starts we will start Saturday morning sessions as well.

The Sufferfest – Introduction from The Sufferfest on Vimeo.

We just ask for $10 for drop ins or $200 for one year unlimited as part of Crew membership to help cover things like towels, water, the purchase of the videos.

So join us each week for a different Sufferfest video to keep things fresh and fun (in that painful sort of way). All you need to bring is your bike, a towel (we usually have some if you forget), a water bottle and get ready for a good :45 min to an hour+ workout! Trainers are first come first serve and come a bit early to set up and warm up, sufferfest will start at 6:30p.

Mr Crampy's Sufferfest Group

Pivot Cycles Demo Day

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Pivot Cycles Demo at Duthi

Mr Crampy’s is proud to host Pivot Cycles for a Demo Day at Duthie Park on August 9th, 2013 from 11am – 7pm. A perfect starting point to put these bikes through the paces. Ride the amazing bikes from Pivot featuring the venerable DW link suspension and see what the buzz is all about. Don’t miss out! Just bring a credit card and matching ID, helmet and shoes, pedals if you have them. We’ll provide the bikes and some cold beverages…

Any small updates and additional details will be posted on our facebook event

 

Mic’s First XC Mountain Bike Race

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Well, my first ever mountain bike race is officially in the books, and with that, a great deal of what made me nervous in the days and weeks leading up to it, are now behind me.

Hopefully, for anyone even remotely thinking about XC (cross country) mountain bike racing (and you should be, it’s a blast), I hope this will help you feel a little bit more inclined to try it out after reading this, if you are at all like I am, and just nervous to give it a go do to the uncertainties.

One of the biggest uncertainties I had, was how the events are even run. In fact, trying to even find information regarding any of the Washington series was difficult. It took me a while before I found them, and I’m not even sure if I’ve found them all.

For this, I’m going to focus on BuDu Racing’s “Singletrack Cycles West Side Mountain Bike Series”, a mass start XC format race.

Here is a quick rundown of information about BuDu events.

BuDu Racing – Singletrack Cycles West Side Mountain Bike Series : XC
URL – http://www.buduracing.com
Events – 8
Cost – $28 ($17 for under 18)
Registration – Online and Day Of

Categories: (You can skip this if you understand Categories, the only thing to note is MTB Racing uses a 3 category system as opposed to 4 and 5 of other deciplines)

BuDu hosts a self seeding, non governing body sanctioned racing series. You do not need a USA Cycling race license, or any other governing bodies race license. You show up, you fill out your waiver, pay your fee, and you prepare to race.

Racing categories are broken up into age groups. The following categories are:

Cat 3 (Beginner) – Relatively or completely new to mtb racing. This is where you most likely want to start, as it will give you an idea of your own fitness level, as well as help prepare you for what to expect overall.

Cat 2 (Sport/Intermediate) – If you have raced before, or are familiar with XC format, this might be where you want to start. Cat 2 grids will be quicker, as well as have additional laps over Cat 3.

Cat 1 (Expert) – If you’ve raced, and you know you’ll be bored in a Cat 2 race, and are confident you won’t get lapped with the additional laps over the Cat 2 race, then there will be where you are. I am also pretty sure you are bored with reading this already ☺

BuDu events are Family Friendly, in that they will allow pretty much anyone on the course who knows how to ride a bike.

Age Categories are broken up into the following:
12 and Under
13-18
19-29
30-39
40-49
50+

Age groups reflect your age as of December 31st of the current year, meaning that if you are currently 29, but your birthday is in November, you would race the 30-39 age group within your category.

Arrival
You should focus on trying to arrive early enough to give yourself plenty of time to register (if you have not pre-registered), affix your number to the front of your bike on the handlebars, and pre-ride the course if you can. Look at giving yourself a good solid 40 minutes to pre-ride the course. For Cat 3 racers, this means you need to be in line for register when registration opens (and hope to be in the front!) and having enough time to get back in order to prepare for your race.

This also gives you time to go over your bike one last time before the race start, as well as prepare yourself and your gear (such as your camelbak if you are wearing one), and make sure you have enough hydration and food for your race.

Pre-Ride and what to expect
Pre-riding the course will allow you to take mental notes of obstacles, area’s you feel you will possibly struggle, and area’s you know you will excel, allowing you to better strategize and ride comfortably during your race and prevent injuring yourself.

Pre-riding is obviously completely optional, but for some, such as myself, I find it to be relaxing to be able to see the course prior to racing (I pre-ride the course once or twice before a CX race).

XC race courses are made up of single track (1 bike width) and double track (2 or more bike widths with climbing, and descending, fast sections, slow sections, mud, loose dirt, roots, rocks and trees.

Race Start
Race starts are mass starts based on age group within your category.

Show up to the starting line about 10 minutes prior to a start to get situated, and in place, and be able to listen to any instructions that the race starter gives. This is when you will be notified of any last minute changes in the race course or schedule.

Age groups are called up to start a race as waves, you will line up with your age group (in rows) and the starter will count down, and your race will begin.

The Race
You’re racing! Pedal Pedal Pedal!

The Finish
You finished! You can collapse now!

Stick Around
BuDu does their awards ceremonies after the race has fully completed and results are posted. You can look up your results once they are posted and know how you did.

Plan for the next race
Now I know you will be hooked, so I expect to see you at the next race ☺ Hope this little write-up encourages some of you to come out and race! It really is extremely exciting, and you’re on a mountain bike, so how could it not be?

Michael McLane

Kicking off 2013 Mr Crampy’s Crew

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First crew meetings of the year.

Lets get ready for lots of riding, new activities, awesome new kits, and brand new sponsors. Join us on either Sat Feb 16th at 11:30a or Tuesday night Feb 19th at 7:30/8p after Sufferfest to learn more about what we have planned for the coming year!

The Crew is non-exclusive, we welcome member of other teams and organizations. There are no coaching programs offered by the club, instead you are free to work with any coach you choose. As a member it is expected that you take your turn in leading or organizing activities and share your experience with the other members.

Benefits Overview
10% discount at Mr. Crampy’s year round
Additional crew shopping days with larger discounts on all items including bikes and trainers
Training facility for indoor/outdoor cycling, running and strength training
Free indoor cycling classes/video series ($10 each value)
Summer open water masters program with buoys, paddle boards and a large group ($15 each value)
Free clinics based on the crew’s intrests ($25 each value)
Bike team including Cyclocross, Track and Mountain Bike
Social group of other athletic people with a casual and freindly atmosphere

The Mr. Crampy’s Multisport facility have several very cool elements for the club’s use…
lockers, towels and water service
spinning area with trainers, projector and sound system
bike storage for $10 a month or $100 annual ($35 a month or $250 annual value)
meeting place for activities
free wi-fi
kitchen area with fridge, coffee maker and griddle
TRX, grid roller, trigger point and exercise balls

Truely Multisport
Group training sessions for swim, bike, run (on and off road)
Cyclocross, track and mountain bike teams
Snow sports; alpine & nordic skiing and snow shoeing
Standup paddle boarding
Hiking and climbing
Orienteering
Biathlon
Scuba diving & snorkeling
Sky diving
The options are only limited by the interests and experiences of the club members!

Holiday Events

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Illumination Ride on Dec 14th at 6p

Bundle up and join us for an Illuminated ride though Redmond!
Everyone is welcome to join including kids though if they can’t do the distance on their own please have them in a trailer or on a tandem so we can stay together as one merry group.

The Ride details
Start at Mr Crampy’s and ride make a stop for Holiday drink or treat and then ride back to the store for some more holiday cheer.

Please invite your friends and RSVP so I can let any place we stop know how many of us there will be!

Flashers on your bike and helmet are recommended for this NIGHT Ride but lets display some holiday spirit and decorate with christmas light and get creative!
Add to the evening’s festivities by adorning your bicycle with brightly colored lights, garlands or other holiday decorations. Most creative bike wins a prize!

Holiday Party, Sufferfest and evening Potluck on Saturday Dec 15th

We would like to celebrate the Holidays and thank all of our great customers!

15% off almost everything in store as a thank you for helping us have such a great year. We have lots of great holiday stocking stuffers and gift items for the special triathlete/cycling/runner in your life.

We will start the day (at 9:30 am) with a morning spin session and Hawaiian themed pancakes. Bring your own trainer or RSVP to test out one of the Lemond fitness trainers.

Through out the day we will have cookies and other treats to help bring in some holiday cheer.

Then at 5:30p join us to meet some of the Crew for an end of Cyclocross Season Celebration and Holiday Potluck!

Holiday Toy Drive

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Toy Drive

Join us in helping make this holiday season a happy one for the families at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House by donating an unwrapped gift when you come to the bike ride!

The Seattle Ronald McDonald House provides housing to families who are going through a difficult time while caring for a seriously ill child who is receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s. These families come to the house from throughout the Northwest, Alaska and beyond. Most arrive with their lives having suddenly been turned upside down, filled with fear, confusion and uncertainty. Most can’t afford housing, and that’s where the House comes in, providing these families with a home filled with community, support – and hope.

During the holidays (and actually, all the time), the house provides for 80 poeple. Most wont be able to go home for the holiday’s. Lets help spread the holiday cheer! Donate children’s books, crayons, board games and puzzles. Please do not wrap the gifts and all gifts must be new.

Small Business Saturday Sale

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Small Business Saturday Sale
Join us for a special in-store event on Small Business Saturday Nov 24th!

Selected items including wetsuits, shoes, clothing and more will be up to 40% off

For an additional 10% off already marked down items bring a small unwrapped gift to help make this holiday season a happy one for the families at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House

RSVP on Facebook

 

 

 

Fall 2012 Sufferfest

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Fall 2012 session of suffering starts Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 7p.

Just $80 for the 10 class punch card or $10 for drop ins. Free for Crew members
Join us each week for a different Sufferfest video to keep things fresh and fun (in that painful sort of way). Once it starts raining we will also be doing saturday morning sessions so stay tunes.

Check out the videos at http://www.thesufferfest.com/

Bring your bike, a towel, a water bottle. Come a couple minutes early to get your bike set up and ready for a good :45 to hour long workout!

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