Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gran Fondo Goldendale the best

Ride report from Gran Fondo Goldendale April 17th

 Known as the most scenic Fondo in the Vicious Cycles Gran Fondo Series this years addition did not disappoint. Weather was optimum with sunny skies, temperatures in the mid to high seventies with just a slight wind.  That all came together to showcase the views of the Columbia Gorge, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Ranier, and Mount Saint Helens.  As we rolled out of town an excited rider pointed out that Mount Jefferson was also visible in the distant horizon on this day.  The feeling was special  as it was going to be a four volcano day, "you don't get many of those"  the friendly rider mentioned to us.

 Goldendale is located at the breaking point of the arid region of eastern Washington known as the rain shadow caused by the cascade mountains directly to the west.  The cascade effect is felt north and south along a region that is known as Cascadia.  This line connects Wanatchee Washington to Bend Oregon, covers both states and continues into British Columbia all sharing similar distinct breaks in rainfall caused by the volcanic range.  Goldendale in particular has a unique perspective of being on top of the Columbia plateau while being centrally located with in a short visual distance of the most dramatic mountains in the entire cascade range. It's location was chosen by astronomers William Cambell and Heber Curtis in 1918 for an experiment to determine the suns gravitational pull on other stars.  Goldendale keeps this heritage as a unique place to see the universe and is home to one of the largest public observatories in the northwest region.  It also is a rural town based on agriculture, timber and was supported in the past by the closed aluminum plant along the gorge that closed in 2003.  The area around the small towns of Goldendale, Centerville, Lyle and Klickitat are spattered with beautiful ranches and farms all placing themselves uniquely within the landscape.

As a cyclist riding either mountain bikes along the Columbia Gorge near Lyle and White Salmon or as a road cyclists riding around the scenic byways this area is a treasure of winding roads and trails.  Gran Fondo Goldendale puts it all together  the course is put together by longtime Eastern Washington cyclist Jake Meadke,  Jake is a rider and it shows I first met Jake about a decade and a half ago and I felt he may be a kindred spirit when we both realized we were probably the only ones that raced the Squirlchucker mountain bike race near Mission Ridge on Saturday and then drove to Government Camp and did the Ski Bowl mountain bike race on Sunday just because they both sounded fun.  Jake is one of best all round riders to come out of our area not just because of his riding skills which are plentiful but for the passion he has for riding .  This mind set has let Jake develop a very well thought out course with dramatic points spaced out evenly along the route.

Gran Fondo Goldendale starts with a gentle climb into the hills north of town filled with Douglas Firs and Ponderosa Pines then continues turning south on some gravel roads into Centerville for a quick feed at the school by this point you get a good feel and taste of things to come.  After the first feed zone the route continues south up to the peaks along the top of the Columbia Gorge briefly descending down some ruff dirt roads with extreme views of the Columbia river far below before climbing back to the north side of the peaks riding between the windmills.

The Goldendale course then heads west and climbs up a white oak tree covered ridge breaking towards the canyon formed by the Kickitat river you then follow around the horn of the ridge and descend via an extraordinarily winding road that consistantly looses elevation into Lyle. Once at Lyle riders are presented with an excellently stocked feed zone with all kinds of food and treats along with Cliff Blocks and other cycling specific nutrition.  I especially liked the mini Pita Pit wraps, they were about the size of a mini Snickers bar and were filled with either turkey, chicken and veggies.   I ate at least a half dozen of them before we continued on. These little wraps were delicious and it wasn't just the fifty plus miles we had put in so far talking.

After the Feed zone in Lyle  the course heads south along the Klickitat river for a beautiful ride along the river with dramatic bends along the canyons.  What is unique about the ridges around the Klickitat river canyon is that they contain mature old growth Oregon White Oak groves.  Oregon White Oaks, Quercus garryana or Gerry Oaks offer the only known substrate for rare slow growing species of pin lichens.  In particular the pin lichens found in these groves technically called Calicium quercinum can only be found in just two places in North America the other being in Illinois.  What is even more unique is that in these strains of Calicium quercinum the ones in the Klickitat watershed may be totally unique on planet earth as discovered as recently as 2010 by botanist Kathryn Beck.  This makes the journey up river continuing thru the town of Klickitat on a narrow two lane road a significant moment and begs for a return trip and special care.

The most dramatic and physically demanding section of the Grand Fondo Goldendale course begins after crossing the Klickitat again this time back to the east.  At this point in the ride with many miles already in the legs the technical, steep, dirt, gravel and rock road climbs out of the canyon formed by the Klickitat and returns to the Columbia Plateau.  The climb forms memories of physical pain and natural beauty as it etches though Oregon White Oaks and steep canyons until reaching green flowing pastures on the plateau.  Once at the top striking views of Mt Hood pressed the mountains massiveness into frame.  As we road by the friendly wave of two ranchers standing by their pickup truck in the field this put the moment of experiencing the climb into perspective.  This land is special. rare, gorgeous this is the epitome of the Columbia Gorge please treat with care and enjoy.

In the end we were happy to finish and the tired feeling in our legs and bodies were filled with experience which will be put in the bank and draw interest for years to come.  Me and my wife were happy to see so many friends and team mates out riding on this day.  It was so nice to see my old time friends Anthony Cree and Brian Marcroft at the start once again. We still seem to find each other either at races, trails, roads or places were riding bikes can be had twenty years in and counting.  Also to all the High Gear Coaching riders, Charlie Wilcox, Warren Hurley, Eric Armstrong, Jeremiah Schliesman and Sean Jennart it is great to be a part of this Team.  And to all the Tri-City area riders Chad Woods, Chuck Cone, Dan Cooley, Phil Nelson, Craig Fortner and to our current out of towner friends Jared Despain and Chuck Wyckoff.  Chuck Wyckoff  you road strong hopefully your new bike helped out and thanks for all the support and business with our shop over the last couple years. And to Jared Despain we looked at the results and you killed it definitely in the front group good job.    Here is to more adventures riding in 2016


Brian Cimmiyotti

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

In other news pro talent at eMTB race

Over the last weekend at Sea-Otter Hai Bike put on a eMTB race and attracted pro talent. It showcased the possibilities with these fun bicycles. Oh and bye the way we are an authorized Dealer for Hai Bike the leader in E-bike Technology and have a couple to try on the floor. So come check them out.  Below is the Hai Bike press release for the Haibike eMTB race and winners

Christoph Sauser Wins Haibike eMTB Race

When it comes to racing mountain bikes, with or without some help from an electric motor, Christoph Sauser proved once again he’s one of the fastest riders in the world. Racing against over 100 riders in the inaugural Haibike eMTB Race powered by Bosch, Sauser powered to the front of the pack, adding yet another win to his impressive resume at the Sea Otter Classic.

Riders young and old, most of which had never tried an electric pedal-assist mountain bike before, blasted around the XC circuit course at Sea Otter in the hour-long race. Sauser, followed closely by a trio of pro e-bike riders from France, opened an early lead in the race. However, with his legendary bike handling skills, Sauser was able to break away by the third lap and finished with a commanding 40-second lead.

“We couldn’t be happier with how the race went—it exceeded all our expectations,” said Ken Miner, Haibike's U.S. Director of Sales. “Every single one of our 55 demo bikes was used in the race and everyone was having a blast out on the course. This was a perfect opportunity to showcase both the fun and performance our bikes offer to riders of all abilities.”

Video Courtesy of Cyclocross Magazine

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Chinook Spring Road Series and Rock the Bike Cycling Festival June 11th featuring the Dirty Dozen Grand Fondo Classic

Chinook Cycling Club is again putting on the annual Spring Road Series.  This is a Chinook Cycling Club run road bike training series it started April 16th and will run every other Saturday until June 4th.  While it is not a true race series it is by design a great way for local cyclists to train and learn the basics of road bike racing and develop participants for racing northwest area road bike races like the Tour of Walla Walla, Baker City Cycling Classic, Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race, Cascade Cycling Classic and others.  Even if your not interested in racing it is also just a great way to go out and ride hard with your friends. Rides start at 9:30am on Saturday mornings check the Chinook Cycling Club website for courses and start locations.

Want more rides and cycling events in the Columbia Basin you got it.  The Steve,  Justin and crew at Dirty Dozen Cycling Events have added a Grand Fondo June 11th to the all ready legendary Dirty Dozen Cycling Classic September 10th.  This is also in collaboration with the Bike Tri-Cities Bike Challenge awards party and Bike Fair also happening Saturday June 11th.  It is going to be a big day in the Tri-Cities for cyclists of all styles and levels and Scott's Cycle and Sports is excited to be a part. Amie from the CF Ride, David from REI,  Doug from Tri-Cities Credit Union, Aaron from High Gear Coaching, Justin and Steve from Dirty Dozen Cycling Events and Brian from Scott's Cycle and Sports have been planning and organizing not only the May Bike Challenge but the Bike Tri-Cities Rock the Bike Cycling Festival.  So mark your calendars for Saturday June 11th as this is going to be one of the biggest family and cycling enthusiast events in the Columbia Basin for 2016.  Bike Tri-Cities formally Three Rivers Bicycle Coalition has been working on quite a few things in the past few months from local bicycle advocacy to organizing the Local May Bike Challenge in collaboration with the League of American Bicyclists National Campaign.  A lot of collaboration has been had with local bicycle shops and the growing enthusiasm and group effort has been exciting and motivating for us at Scott's Cycle and Sports.  For us this is what it is all about,  getting more people to ride bicycles and get more people into the positive benefits of cycling at all levels.  Starting with the May Bike Challenge and following with the June 11th Rock the Bike Cycling Festival which also includes the Dirty Dozen Grand Fondo Classic 2016, Bike Tri-Cities has been very busy promoting cycling for 2016.

Friday, March 11, 2016

One Day Sale Details and Fun Stuff

Our Scott's One Day Sale which means that our local bicycle shop is giving one day only pricing of 20% off everything.  We our your Local Bike Shop or LBS. The Scott's One Day Sale is our biggest sale of the year and the only time we can give you these special discounts.  There are many reason why you should come by and check out our sale these are just a few 

1.) We will be giving One Day Sale Pricing to all MyO custom bikes from Orbea. Chech it out and find out why building your dream bike can also be a good deal at the Scott's One Day Sale. Owner/Manager at Scott's Cycle and Sports Kennewick, Brian Cimmiyotti can walk you through the process and pick out custom component and paint specifications

2.) The Raleigh Revere Series

The Revere 3 is a woman's specific road bike equipped with Shimano 105 11speed, disc brakes, super big and tuff thru axles and the ability to fit up to a 35mm wide tire. To make things even better the price has been reduced by Raleigh from $1399 to an incredible $1199. That means with Scott's One Day Sale Pricing it will be $959 tomorrow only.

3.) The Raleigh Merit Series
The Merit 3 is a all conditions road bike equipped with Shimano 105 11speed, TRP disc brakes, 15mm and 12mm thru axles and the ability to fit up to a 35mm wide tire. To make things even better the price has been reduced by Raleigh from $1399 to an incredible $1199. That means with Scott's One Day Sale Pricing it will be $959 tomorrow only.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Scott's to Scott's 2016 Route and Ride Date set for April 24th

The Route for Scott's to Scott's 2016

Scott's to Scott's map my ride Link
Scott’s to Scott’s 2016
The annual Scott’s to Scott’s bike ride covers the roads between Scott’s Cycle and Sports Kennewick and Scott’s Cycle and Sports Hermiston. The route includes beautiful country roads of Weber Canyon, Plymouth,Locust Grove and Badger canyon to complete 80 mile circuit.  Riders from Oregon and Washington are treated to lunch and aid stations along the way

Where: Scott’s Cycle and Sports
When: Riders leaving from McNary Dam park in Oregon leave at 7:00am on Sunday April 24th

Riders leaving from the Kennewick Scott’s Cycle and Sports start at 10:00am on Sunday April 24th
What: The ride is Free!! and supported!!! All riders get lunch once they get to McNary Dam Park in Oregon. There will be aid stations along the route both Scott’s locations featuring home made cookies.  Scott’s to Scott’s is a customer appreciation ride and way of thanking area riders for supporting our business and to give them even more fun opportunities to get out and ride.

Scott's One Day Sale Saturday March 12th

Scott's Cycle and Sports Annual One Day Sale is this Saturday March 12th 2016.  As usual this is our biggest sale of the year and the best time to stock up with cycling gear of year and get that new bicycle.  Scott's Cycle and Sports Kennewick will be open 9am-7pm and the entire Scott's Team including the guys at High Gear Coaching will be there to help.  On this day everything is 20% off including special orders.  
To add to the festivities free gourmet hotdogs from Between the Buns will be made available to customers to enjoy

Also every purchase will be entered into a raffle for more prizes featuring high value cycling gear from Louis Garneau, Serfas Fox and many more

Monday, February 29, 2016

Bissextus announcement for the One Day Sale March 12th

Today February 29th 2016 the day of the Bissextus is Scott's Cycle and Sports official announcement of the annual Scott's One Day Sale Saturday March 12th 2016.

Bissextus is the day which is added to the Gregorian calender year every fourth year with few exceptions. What are those exceptions you ask?  Something like the February 29th's that are evenly divisible by 100, unless they are divisible by 400.  It all adds up to calculating the six hour difference in length between the common 365 day year and the actual length of the solar year.  It basically means that adding a Bissextus will more accurately take into account our place in the universe compared to the common calender.

This years One Day Sale is going to be the best time to get your new bicycle or stock up on gear for the Season.  On this Day March 12th everything is 20% off including special orders

Scott's Cycle and Sports makes this announcement to our customers now as this week February 29th thru March 7th is the best time get in your special orders.   At this time we can get those specific items on your wish list ordered and ready for pick up March 12th in time for getting you a 20% discount.

Scott's Cycle and Sports already has the best inventory of bicycles and accessories in the Columbia Basin.   We most likely have what you want in stock. Come by our shop and check out what you may need for the 2016 cycling season.  If you can not wait till the 12th of March mention this Blog post and we will get you 10% off and split the difference.