Get those bikes ready for a year of RIDING with WIBC

Bike-OverhaulDON’T LET YOUR BIKE END UP IN A PILE OF PARTS BY DOING YOUR OWN REHAB

To get the best out of your bike and to protect yourself and your investment, have your bike regularly serviced.   Rust, corrosion and dirt can add unnecessary wear to your parts and make a bicycle unsafe or work against you.

During January and February 2014 our buddies at 

Half Link in Langley are offering bike overhauls for HALF PRICE!

For $125 they’ll completely disassemble, clean & inspect your bike.  Parts not included.

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Start your New Year’s resolution to ride more – with a SAFE BIKE! 

Have a healthy bike for Mussels in the Kettles!  

Half Link is Open Monday through Friday, 10 – 6.  Saturday 9 – 4.  Closed on Sunday.

5603 Bayview road  Langley, WA 98260 – 360-331-7980

Half Link bike OVERHAUL – $250 $125

Bike disassembled down to the frame, cleaned and inspected
Heaset, hubs & bottom bracket are serviced
Drivetrain is cleaned
Wheels trued
Cables/Housing replaced
Handlebars taped/grips changed
Bike is reassembled & fine tuned

 

 

 

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New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year!!

Time for the WIBC Top 12, 2014 Resolutions!

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You love our roads and trails.  You love to ride. 

So why not adopt one of the following 2014, WIBC resolutions:

Ride the 2014 Mussels in the Kettles – bring the whole family.  Routes for all age and level riders!  

Register for 2104 Mussels in the Kettles

Donate to WIBC!  Support your club.  Check out the 2014 Ride schedule.

Ride somewhere different.  Plan a road or mtn bike adventure. Take a trip to the other end of the Island or explore some of our great Island County roads or trails.

Show up for a club event! Help plan our club’s future. Attend monthly group rides and social events.

Come out for some trail work. Check out the WIBC website calendar for trail work opportunities.

Work on your skills! Find a coach, do a clinic, challenge yourself in a race.

Buy some cool WIBC stuff!

Make more riding friends! Ride with someone new, or introduce someone to the sport of road or mountain biking.

Be friendly to others on the road, wave and say hello to all our trail users :-)

Volunteer to lead a ride or organize one.

Make it epic! Ride to your ride and get to know Whidbey Island back roads.

See how many people you can get on your bike and still have enough room to pedal and make the wheels move.  

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Riding in the New Year!

WIBC Ebey LogoWIBC has a lot to be thankful for as we ring, and ride, in the new year!  Come on 2014 – Let’s RIDE

2013 was kicked off with exhilarating and sometimes muddy winter rides, Mussels and the Kettles, a couple of members rode in Europe (we’ve only seen photos of them in front of cafe’s, coffee shops and pubs, but we’re pretty sure they did some riding too), and lots of fun rides and events up and down the island and beyond.

Got Wheels & We Got Around! 

As we head into 2014 with the same fun, exhilarating and muddy rides of winter, all geared up for Mussels in the Kettles in 8 weeks – Saturday, March 8th, we want to thank our members for their continuing membership.  It’s your membership that helps us produce WIBC events like Mussels in the Kettles, attracts sponsors for our events, rides and community outreach programs!  THANKS for your membership!  We’re looking forward to a great 2014 for the club.

BIKERS are the nicest people! 

THANKS too – to our families, friends, neighbors and community leaders who have participated in WIBC events, rides and programs!  See you soon! Mussels in the Kettles registration is open!

Stay tuned to this blog for biking memories of 2013! 

Mussels in the Kettles – LET’s RIDE!

3 routes – all ages and abilities welcome! 

 Saturday – March 8th 2014

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Sign Up today – 2014 Mussels in the Kettles Registration Form

WIBC Membership & WIBC Release

(NOTE: WIBC must have a Waiver and Release Agreement on file for all riders)

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NO Kettles Clean Up – PLUS – Holiday shopping tips

 Your off the hook.  There will NOT be a clean up party on Kettle trails this weekend – December 14 & 15  – NO Kettles clean up!  Go have fun! 

IF anyone wants to do any clean up on their own – head on.  We appreciate the help keeping broken branches, etc. & trash, off the trails! 

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BIG BIKER SHOPPING!

How bout a WIBC membership for a stocking stuffer.

Your WIBC membership helps the club to promote and elevate biking in our area, individually or in groups, through our website, advocacy and support to the community by developing biking opportunities for all ages, holding bike safety classes and participating in bike rack/lock/trail and routing programs.  Join today or give a membership as a gift.  WIBC Membership and the WIBC Release

MUSSELS IN THE KETTLES 2014 – Mark your calendars – Let’s ride!

Holiday & End of year SALES

SHOP LOCAL – Help keep these biking gear heads in business

Enjoy saving money?  Shop at one of our local bike shops – December 14 & 15th.  

Bicycle Northwest in Oak Harbor has a HUGH sale going on.  Up to 75% off clothes and other biking parts and accessories.  31780 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277  (360) 279-8919

Half-Link in Langley has a 20% off sale this weekend too!  5603 Bayview Rd, Langley, WA 98260
(360) 331-7980

Skagit Cycle has a year end sale going on right now.

WIBC members get 10% discounts at many area bike shops – inquire at time of purchase.

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2 Thanksgiving Rides with WIBC – Wednesday and Thursday

Wednesday – November 27th – 6pm

Kettles GREEN Trail  

Bring your lights!

Get some calories off before the big Thanksgiving meal & sit’n around watching football! 

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Thanksgiving Morning 9AM

Thursday – November 28th (pre-Turkey Dinner)  

Back before Turkey and Football

Meet at the trailhead on ‘A’ Ave. 

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We will ride for about 1.5-2 hrs and cover @ 9 miles.  You could classify this ride as a ‘workout’

…so a bit strenuous, but nothing too hard.  

Thanksgiving Day ride organized by WIBC Member John Clark – Thanks John!  

To car pool with John – contact him by email at GONEFISHING4EVER at Yahoo dot com

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Creative Gift Giving for Cyclists & Time to Order WIBC Jerseys

Give the gift of WIBC membership

With six weeks left till the holidays – it’s time to share some Whidbey Island Bicycle Club gift ideas.

Give someone a WIBC membership or renew your membership for 2014.

Membership for your favorite cyclist/s

$15 individual and $20 for a family.

Remember current WIBC members only pay $5 to ride in the 2014 “Mussels in the Kettles”.  Non WIBC members pay $20 prior to March 1st  ($30  after March 1st, up to day of ride). The non-member family of four registration is $35.

WIBC needs a release form on file for new members > here

WIBC Gear

WIBC will also do our last order of the year for jerseys, visit Atac Sportswear site for sizing and let us know what size and type of jersey you would like to order, deadline for orders is 11-16-13.

Order >here

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Nov 9th & Nov 11th – Good times with WIBC

Saturday November 9th & Monday November 11th – Join WIBC for some Trail Maintenance & a Veterans Day Ride

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Kettles Trail Maintenance Party - Meet at Main Gate on SR20 

Saturday, Nov. 9th – 9:00 to 11:00am

We’ll be clearing brush on Roy Evans and Whipper Snapper

Bring the usual brushing tools (loppers,
rakes, pruning saws).  We’ll have a couple of brush whackers too.

Thanks for your interest in trails.

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WIBC Annual Veterans Day Ride

  Monday – November 11th – 11 am

Meet at the Gun Battery in Ft Ebey.  

No State Park parking pass required due to the holiday

Thank You Veterans

Maps and suggestion of routes but no marked course.  Currently WIBC has one or two ride groups set up, one being fast and technical, the other being a milder group, but a good bike and some legs and skills will be required for each group.
Novice and junior riders will be welcomed and we will suggest routes.  WIBC has no ride leaders at this time for Novice/junior group.
A fire ring and refreshment afterwards at the bike-in hike-in camp site.  Ride will last about two hours with stops and re-groups.  Bring your own water, snacks or energy food.
Ride will be canceled for winds over 40 mph or heavy rain.
This is a WIBC event so only current WIBC members and families can participate, if you have ridden with the club in the past but are not a current member you will need to renew your membership, or join WIBC to ride.
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SCARY BIKERS

The WIBC Trick or Treat Mountain Bike Ride, sponsored by Honeymoon Bay Coffee Roasters & the Whidbey Island Bicycle Club, was a huge success, and very scary too.

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TONS of scary bikers converged at the Fort Ebey State Park Gun Battery – ready to do some screaming riding!

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WIBC “Decor Volunteers” did a great job setting the stage for a truly creepy time in the gun battery

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This guy crawled out of Sunnyside to come up for some good times riding with us

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He brought a friend.

FYI – Zombie’s ride mountain bikes!

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The Zombie Police made sure the Zombies stayed in line and minded their manners.

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After the ride we all gathered to hear a rousing speech and prepare for the camp-fire and marshmallows!

WIBC hopes the experience will motivate everyone to get out there and explore 

the great trail systems on Whidbey!  

No need to go far – the best trails are right here on Whidbey

We had 80 riders participate with no significant injuries!!!!  We had 38 WIBC members and the rest where guests.

 Everyone did a great job of toughing out the technical sections and climbs.

The WIBC members that stepped up to host the decorated stations did a awesome job. Volunteers maned the gun battery, craft station, face painting, the trick station, the random sections out in the forest and the area 51 camp fire.

THANKS to all WIBC member volunteers, riders and guests for helping to make the WIBC Trick or Treat Mountain Bike Ride a big success and great time!! 

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BOO! Sunday October 20th Meet at Noon!

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It’s the Great WIBC Halloween Ride Charlie Brown

Sponsored by Honeymoon Bay Coffee Roasters & the Whidbey Island Bicycle Club 

Sunday, October 20th – 12noon sign up 

1pm Let‘s Ride!

Meet at the Fort Ebey Gun Battery

Trail ride in the Kettles and Ft Ebey - Tricks and treats for all ages

Inexperienced riders and good riders welcome.  All courses take approx. 1 hr. 

Costumes Optional - Helmets Required 

Make sure your costumes are wheels and trail safe.

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Courses for all ages, bikes, push bike and training wheels.  

Kids can ride together but a responsible adult must stay at the event for the entire time.

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RIDE THROUGH THE HAUNTED HALLS of FORT EBEY

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We’ll have a Campfire 3pm !  Look out for Pirates, Lions, Tigers and Bears  

This Sunday, October 20th – 12noon sign up 

1pm Let‘s Ride!

Meet at the Fort Ebey Gun Battery

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High grade coffees available, locally roasted, using roasting expertise and a vintage cast iron roaster to create coffees with exceptional flavor.

Get some for home, or pass some on as a gift.  Support our local bean roasters at Honeymoon Bay Roasters!

Honeymoon Bay supports WIBC and WIBC supports Honeymoon Bay!  

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TRICK or TREAT RIDE with WIBC and Friends

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Sunday, October 20th12noon sign up 

1pm Let‘s Ride!

Trail ride in the Kettles and Ft Ebey

Tricks and treats for all ages

Costumes Optional - Helmets Required 

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 Sunday, October 20th - Sign Up – 12 noon

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 Introduce biking to your kids early, and make it fun!  

Courses for all ages, bikes, push bike and training wheels.  Inexperienced riders and good riders welcome.  All courses take approx. 1 hr. 

Come with the kids, get to know WIBC club members and our biking families.  Have fun riding Fort Ebey.  We’ll have a Campfire 3pm too!  

Kids can ride together but a responsible adult must stay at the event for the entire time.

Meet at Fort Ebey Gun Battery – sign ups start at noon 

Make sure your costumes are wheels and trail safe.

Costume advise – bell bottoms, blindfolds and mermaid tails are bad,

mummy costumes can be your unraveling and helmets fit over most wigs

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High grade coffees available, locally roasted, using roasting expertise and a vintage cast iron roaster to create coffees with exceptional flavor.

Get some for home, or pass some on as a gift.  Support our local bean roasters!

Honeymoon Bay supports WIBC and WIBC supports Honeymoon Bay!  

 


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Occupy Your Bike and The Hub’s Community Ride – Oct. 13th

Community Ride & Picnic

At Langley Middle School & Maxwelton Beach

Sunday, October 13th ~ 12 Noon – Meet at Langley Middle School at NOON

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Occupy Your Bike’s second community ride of the year will be this coming Sunday – Oct. 13th

All ages and abilities welcome

Come ride, bring the kids and a friend

Occupy Your Bike and The HUB invite you to join a Community Bike Ride!

383202_187228091370564_828542821_nMeet at Langley Middle School at 12 noon and ride to Maxwelton Beach for a potluck picnic.

This 7.5-mile ride will be supported with lighted escorts, so it is a great ride for beginners, families, or those who are building their confidence riding on the street. Optional return ride afterward.

Beverages & reusable plates, cups, and utensils will be provided at Maxwelton Beach

If you cannot attend, please help spread the word. Tatiana will provide the basic foods and drinks for the picnic, but additional items are welcome and appreciated.

Contact Derek Hoshiko at:

(360) 579-2886

bookofchoice@gmail.com

Connect to the Occupy Your Bike on Facebook >here

Connect to The Hub on Facebook >here 

WIBC says LET’S RIDE 

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Turn N’ Berm ~ Oct. 5th & 6th

Let’s rock at the Stevens Pass Bike Park this weekend! 

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Saturday Oct. 5th & Sunday Oct. 6th

First annual Turn n’ Berm Festival

Registrations start at 10 am to Noon

Time to RIDE, ROMP and have a BLAST! 

Bikes, competitions, music, mountains, mud and FUN!

 Downhill races, “semi-serious races”, keg drag races, wheelie contests, air bag jumps,

and more, more, more!!! 

All ages and level riders welcome

Let’s make a big WIBC splash at Turn N’ Berm

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Quotes below from the Stevens Pass Bike Park site

“Pedal up the road then smash down the trail and repeat!”

“Wheelie Contest – Classic event with extra points for nose wheelies!”

“You might be fast, but how fast are you with an empty keg dragging behind your bike?”

“Music – Get your Miley Cyrus twerk on with tunes from Leavenworth’s finest, DJ WerdBurd”

YEAH MAN ~ this is gunna be FUN!  

Click here for MORE! 

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IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day ~ Saturday ~ Oct. 5th

Fidalgo Trail Riders is happy to introduce the IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking  Day!

LET’S RIDE

Saturday, October 5th ~ 9am – 3pm 

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Group rides leave at 9:30am and 11:00am from Fidalgo Trail Riders booth

at the entrance to the water tank off trail 104 at the end of 29th St. east of  Little Cranberry Lake 

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If you can’t make a group ride, stop by the Fidalgo Trail Riders booth for a list of recommended routes for riding with kids

Great starting place for first time trail riders as well as advanced enthusiasts

Rides have options appropriate for push bikes and all training wheel free off-road bikes.

Helmets are mandatory

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

This 2013 IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event is a world-wide event encouraging communities to celebrate the joy of riding in dirt with our youth, riders of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to bring a kid out to experience the joy of being in the woods and riding trails.

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WIBC says Let’s Ride with the Fidalgo Trail Riders and the International Mountain Bike Association! 

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Let’s Ride!

WIBC, Occupy Your Bike and Oak Harbor School District have teamed up for

some great events for your kids and their bikes

Get out your calendar and start planning

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Saturday, Sept 28th, at 10:00 to 12noon
Bike safety check and Rodeo
1500 NW 2nd Ave, Oak Harbor
Sponsored by Oak harbor School District
The following events take place at Langley Middle School September 30th thru October 10th
for Langley Middle School students.
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Monday & Tuesday, September 30th & October1st  
In class safety instruction
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Thursday, October 3rd
Bike Rodeo
1st half of student body  (Mr. Jokinen)
Meet at parking lot
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Friday October 4th
Bike Rodeo
2nd half of student body (Mr. Gianni)
Meet at parking lot
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Monday October 7th
Langley Ride
1st half of student body (Mr. Jokinen)
Meet at parking lot
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Tuesday  October 8th
Langley Ride
2nd half of student body (Mr. Gianni)
Meet at parking lot 
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Wednesday & Thursday – October 9th & 10th
 Bike Maintenance Classes
Sponsored by Occupy Your Bike Club
9th grade – half of student body 
10th grade – second half of student body 
(Classes rotate 20-30 students per class)
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If you miss any of the Bike Safety Check Classes
connect to the WIBC safety page to run through the points
of bike maintainance and safety >here
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MAXWELTON BEACH AREA GROUP RIDE 

all ages welcome !!

Sunday, October 13th

Starts at 12-noon 

Meet at Langley Middle School parking lot

Come join with friends and neighbors for a great day on wheels!

Sponsored by Occupy Your Bike Club

RIDE HARD – RIDE SAFE! 
 
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WIBC Annual Trick or Treat RIDE!

Sunday, October 20th – 1 to 5pm

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All Ages Welcome! 
FREE! 
Sponsored by Whidbey Island Bicycle Club
BRING A FRIEND!
Park Discovery Pass Required 

Costumes optional – but be sure your costume is bike safe!

In other words bring something to tie up your bell-bottoms, clown or other floppy pants

& make sure you can see through your funny glasses!  FYI – Pirates wear tights!

Sign up and get an annual Discovery Pass or a single day pass >here

Support our parks and your park maintained bike trails through the Discovery Pass

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Tour de Whidbey

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Tour de Whidbey 2013 was predicted to be a soggy event, and in the days leading up to September 21st,  I could find little enthusiasm for the ride among those who had been planning to attend. I was prepared to take my rain bike and associated gear so I could show my support for the event, but wasn’t prepared to enjoy it. That morning, however, the roads were relatively dry and the clouds were not very threatening.

The weather report still promised misery and woe, but I began to think otherwise. I was going to be driving Brian and Ron down to the ride start and they showed up in full rain gear. I, however, had retooled. I wore bib shorts and my light, long sleeve WIBC jersey. I also left the rain bike at home and brought out a much more spritely singlespeed rig. We loaded the bikes and drove down to Greenbank to find a bustling ride ops center under promising looking skies. Brad, Courtney and Matt were manning the WIBC tent, where riders could learn about the club and get some expert wrench work compliments of Brad. The sun peaked out now and then and our bright WIBC jerseys caught everyone’s attention.

Brian, Ron and I went in to barn to get our numbers, t-shirts and pancake breakfast. The food was great and I washed it down with complementary Whidbey Coffee. Everything was well organized, and we were disappointed that the weather centers had chased away many would-be Whidbey riders. As we prepared to depart on our chosen South 50 route, we began to see several other WIBC members showing up. Nick was there too, and ready for a serious attack on the course. Nick had his carbon wheels and was intent on a sub 5 hour century. Unfortunately, none of the rest of us were as eager as nick that day and so he embarked on the challenge solo, though we were all root’n for him.

The South 50 course starts out climbing up highway 525, past the Greenbank Store and on up to Resort road where it turns off the highway and winds along the water. There were several riders ahead of us as we climbed along that highway, and when we approached the turn onto Resort road, I heard Matt call out a hearty “Car back! Four cars back”. There was one in rider in front of me and I began to slow so as not to overshoot the turn, while the cars passed. But, that rider in front had other plans as he suddenly made a hearty left turn signal and turned his wheel into traffic the moment he raised his arm, with nary a glance behind him. I think I began wincing a split second before the tires of a full sized passenger van began screeching as the driver tried to slow from 45 mph to 0 in just yards. I think the cyclist could have actually turned back out of the road as the screech began, but he just kept going and somehow those breaks grabbed their drums and the tires grabbed the supposed-to-be-wet pavement and the universe aligned just right so as to allow that rider to live one more day. It was all anyone could think or talk about for the next half hour and the story probably continued to be repeated two days later.

The rest of the ride went smoothly and we greedily ate up sandwiches, fruit, cookies and other goodies at the rest stops and basked in the increasingly sunny weather. At one point we passed WIBC member Jennifercomic b who was taking a first time Tour rider out for the challenge. Jennifer said her friend made it 42 miles, which given the hills, is plenty for any novice rider. We also met a man who was celebrating his 70th birthday by riding 70 miles of the Tour course. The rider was from Friday Harbor and he was an inspiration for all of us. There was plenty to see with all the views of the water, landscape and the many one-off sights like this crocodile eating an unfortunate duck:0921130920 Our group of four split after Langley, with Brian and I staying on the 50 mile route, while Matt and Ron took the 40. After stopping at the French road rest stop, we wondered if the next tour could find a way to place that stop at the end of Swede Hill road since the riders would have really earned their calories by that point and the Maxwelton Park would have bathrooms readily available.

Brian and I took a detour onto Sunlight Beach Road when we reached it, dropping down to the entrance to a dike trail across Useless Bay. The trail brought us to a posh neighborhood on Soundview Drive, which we followed to the entrance of a second dike trail that recrossed Useless Bay. We found ourselves on the very scenic, Shore Avenue. The views along the whole detour proved fantastic, though they required a very leisurely pace.  Shore Avenue brought us to Double Bluff road, which quickly returned us to our Tour de Whidbey route.

After Doublebluff,  it was just a few more steep climbs and a nice rolling course along Smuggler’s Cove road before we were back at the farm and ready for chili! And that vegetarian chili, made by Whidbey Pies & Cafe, was really good stuff.

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Update your Membership / Become a new WIBC Member

It’s WIBC membership update time!  Renew or join us for the first time

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Your membership allows you to participate, as an insured member, in WIBC events for free, or at reduced rates (monthly and weekly social rides, Mussels in the Kettles, Ride the Moose, Summer potluck, South Whidbey Vino tour, Trick or Treat ride, and Full Moon Rides).  We have a good time with all our rides, but we really do hope to grow our calendar by finding new ride leaders for every type of riding, from city strolls to longer rolls through the countryside. Your membership also allows you to be one of those ride leaders, which is as easy as saying “I want to lead this kind of ride on this day” and giving that information to us to put on the calendar and/or advertise on the website, email, Facebook and maybe even in the local newspaper. You may think that being a ride leader is a dubious honor, yet there is much to be gained with making connections to other riders with your similar riding interests.
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WIBC is also a single voice in the community for cycling advocacy and safe routes and trails on Whidbey Island.  Our advocacy efforts alone may be one of the most important reasons to join WIBC. Our club is the contact point for the Washington State Department of Transportation as well as city and county agencies that have an interest in the way cycling affects the community on Whidbey Island. Our members represent the club and pass on your voices in various meetings and workshops that impact how cycling infrastructure develops on our island. Part of your membership fee goes directly to supporting the League of American Cyclists, the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Association. WIBC also supports and assists other organizations and events on Whidbey Island that promote a healthy lifestyle such as the Deception Pass Park Foundation, and other Island County non-prfits, plus team sponsorships. WIBC has also been working to connect high school students with opportunities to acquire community service credits.
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WIBC is a part of Whidbey Island. When bicycle tourists make plans to come to Whidbey, they contact us to ask about routes, places to stay, bike shops, where they can rent bikes or if any of our members would ride with them. Our club is small, our membership dues are small, but our goals are big and with your membership renewal, and hopefully your willingness to lead a ride or two, our club can be a real asset to its members and the Whidbey Island Community.
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We look forward to your renewal of your membership in WIBC
Don’t forget – Tour de Whidbey is coming up September 21st!  See you there!  Expert, intermediate and amateur rider there’s a route for everyone.  Fun for the whole family! 
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Mt Baker Full Moon Ride

Mt Baker Full Moon Ride

This was our 2nd Annual Mt Baker Full Moon Ride. We had 5 riders this year, which if you do the math is a five hundred percent increase! Our riders had staggered start times, which helped keep ascent times closer together. The moon was in full force for pretty much the entire ride and the views were spectacular, though not easy to capture with our little cameras. There were quite a few people on top that were either camping or just up to have a moon party and several of them hooted and congratulated us as we ascended the final run up to Artist’s Point–a bit like a Tour de France, though unfortunately nobody ran by our side in a cape and underwear like the latter spectacle. Ride highlights included low traffic, very warm conditions (except during a portion of the descent), and a few unidentifiable wildlife encounters. If you got the heads up and were on the fence about attending this ride, I am sorry to say you really missed out on a rare opportunity–keep your fingers crossed for great conditions next year!

The riders were: Jack, Lewis, John, Brian and Brian. Our pictures were not that great and we only managed to get John and the two Brians, but at least the event was recorded.

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Tour de Whidbey September 21, 2013

STAY READY or GET READY here comes the Tour de Whidbey

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 

 

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WIBC hopes everyone had a great riding year so far!  And we’re looking forward to catching up with friends and neighbors on the tour again this year.  LET’S RIDE!

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100 mile route that is a figure-8 course, beginning and ending at the historic Greenbank Farm.  It is considered one of the more challenging century rides in the state.  YEEEE HA!

Two 50 mile routes, which offer riders a choice of enjoying Central/North or Central/South Whidbey Island sights and scenes.  Either will give intermediate riders a workout.  YOU CAN DO IT!

40 mile and 30 mile South Whidbey routes that provide the same gorgeous scenery but with less elevation change.  IT’S YOUR TIME!

A family friendly 10 mile route that has a virtually flat route through historic prairie, beach and farm lands west of the town of Coupeville.  THINK OF IT THIS WAY:  You’ll need to train so that’ll cut down on homework and chores time for the next couple weeks.  Talk to your parents, ride the Tour de Whidbey!

Ride Supports the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation 

The Tour de Whidbey is the annual fundraising event of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation. Each year the Tour raises funds to purchase equipment for our hospital.

2013 GOAL

$40,000 towards the purchase of a Breast MRI Scan System - WE CAN DO IT!

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Good times.

The Tour de Whidbey is a family friendly event! Riders must be 12 years or older to participate in the 30, 40, 50 and 100 mile rides. No age restriction to ride the 10 mile route.  All minors (children under 18) must be accompanied by an adult rider over 18.  No more than 3 minors per adult rider.  A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian for any minor rider.

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A Race Report

So it was suggested that we post some member ride reports in the blog. Well here is my last race–not a win, but notable for the venue!–by Brian Wood

Pineapple Hill Road Race, July 14, 2013

Our family vacation to Hawai’i provided me with my first opportunity to try a road race outside of Washington State. Bike Factory Hawaii’s Quick Release Racing was hosting its third edition of the Pineapple Hill Road Race, a 14.1 mile loop course in an agricultural belt of Oahu’s North Central region. I was signed up for the 35+ Master’s Category, which was to complete three laps with 900+ feet of gain for each lap.

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Google Maps view of the course (via Ride With GPS cycling route maker)

We arrived at the course start, Kaukonahua road, at 6:15 am, fifteen minutes before the scheduled half-hour check-in window and an hour and a half before the race start. I was accompanied by my wife, Rae, and brother-in-law Jarret. We seemed to be among the first to arrive, which was curious with the start time being so close, but I figured that most of the racers were on island time. There were no volunteers or signs to direct us, so we just pulled up on the grassy road siding.
imageBrother-in-Law Jarret surveying the course.

We were on a road that passed between old pineapple fields that Dole had given up on years ago when they found lots of land and cheaper labor in other countries. The tall, stiff grasses that grew there now formed an unbroken wall of vegetation that rose higher than our SUV and extended beyond the view ahead of us.

I pulled my bike from the car, mounted the front wheel, adjusted the stem alignment and removed the frame pump and wheel reflector it was equipped with. The bike was a rental-the largest available-though not quite big enough for me and far from the top of the line. It was a Specialized Allez equipped with Tiagra shifters and a clunky FSA crankset. The bike looked good, but it felt like it was made from some kind of lead alloy, which was probably due to the wheel set and low-end drivetrain. At least the handling felt natural.

Once the bike was prepped, and I had donned my racing kit, I hopped on my steed and noodled on up to the registration tent where I obtained my race number and timing chip to mount on my front wheel skewer. There, I learned that we would be using Hawaiian port-a-potties for our nature calls, namely the aforementioned tall grass fields that bordered us. I was not excited about pushing through the dense, wide-bladed, eight-foot grass with its rough edges, and even less excited about my reason for doing it.
Eventually my pre-race prep was concluded and I rolled out for a few minutes of warm-up. The day before, I put in about 22 miles of easy spinning to get used to the Allez and I had also been hitting the spin bikes at the Pearl City 24 hour fitness for the last week in an effort to keep my conditioning. Although I wasn’t completely unprepared for this race, the spin bike was a poor substitute for real riding and what was more, I had not counted on coming down with a head cold two days prior to this race. I could also add poor sleep to my list of peak performance detractors, but bike weight, illness and sleep aside, I knew the biggest challenge would be the heat. Even at 7am, the sun was bearing down on us with a vengeance and I hoped two water bottles would be enough.

Then it was time. We all cued up to the start line.

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First the CAT 1, 2 and 3 riders at 7:30, followed by the 4/5 Elite group at 7:35 and then my group, the master’s, at 7:40. The females started just after us at 7:45. As I expected, all the fields were small. There were a few riders from the outer islands, but I was the only mainlander. Oahu certainly had the population to support bicycle racing, but my guess was that it just wasn’t on the local list of favorite pastimes. It was hard to compete with surfing and fishing and of course half a million drivers crowded onto a relatively small island didn’t help promote cycling either.

Finally we were off. It wasn’t a neutral start, but neither did anyone seem to want to attack right away either. The first half of the course was a descent, the grade gentle at first, but getting steeper and curvaceous as we made our way down through the old pineapple fields. The view was magnificent with fields on both sides and on the left the land dropped away into a gorge before climbing up the rugged Waianae Mountain range just a few miles away. The turquoise blue of the Pacific was before us in the distance.

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The women’s category in, just after the start.

Further down the road, ironwood tees had been planted on either side of the highway, their venerable twisted trunks looking as permanent as the mountain rock. The thick evergreen needles of the trees shaded the road and gave it the feel of an old country lane. It was in the trees that the grade became sharper and the pace, thanks to gravity, began to pick up as we dropped down towards the little town of Waialua. The road surface was good, with a few rough spots to spook the unwary, but some of the curves were a bit daunting at speed. It seemed that five of us, (myself and numbers 103, 110, 112 and 113) were off the front as we came down the hill and into the first marshaled turn; all traces of an introductory pace were gone and I found myself breathing with a purpose as we passed Waialua’s famous Paakaa Kai Bakery. Skinny cyclists must have contrasted well with the bakery’s signature snow puff pastries for anyone looking for irony in the scene.

The course brought us to a round-about just outside of the town of Haleiwa and then our group of five turned onto Kamehameha Highway and its signature climb through the pineapple fields. Our pace was stiff, and we met the four mile climb with vigor. At first I was doing my share of pace making, but I quickly sensed that I may have underestimated the strength of some of these riders and so I backed off. We settled into a rhythm, taking short turns up front, but it was a hard pace and the heat and humidity were getting to me. I hoped that lap two would be less intense and cursed myself for helping to drive up the pace in the beginning. Kamehameha was a busy highway, but it had a good shoulder and the cars could easily see us. Still, there were a lot of cars and struggling as I was, I knew I had to keep my head clear. Our train had reached actual pineapple fields, gardens really, to decorate the famous and touristy Helemano (Dole) Plantation on our right side. We were half-way up the 900 foot ascent when the wind began to blow at us. I was feeling the fatigue and my turns up front grew shorter. Rider 112 was staying out of the rotation altogether, but I couldn’t bring myself to shirk my turn. I was hot and suffering and that, of course, was when the break came.

I had just pulled off the front and I was trying to fall in behind the last rider when someone called out “Glass!” It was not an idle call. There WAS glass on the road, and a lot of it. I looked for a clean line, and saw one to the right-everyone else risked the traffic and went left. Then the 35 year old rider, #103, attacked. The next two in line, 110 and 113, were ready, but rider 112 had to fight hard to get back on the train. I wasn’t so lucky. I was too far to the right and caught out in the wind with four bike lengths separating me. I struggled to close the gap, but it just seemed to get wider. I didn’t try for long. I was too tired already. I had been having my doubts about hanging with the lead group even before the break and part of me just said “it’s for the best, ride your own race, but don’t let go of fifth place.”

imageLosing ground after the broken glass attack : (

I saw the lead group pass a rider from the CAT 4 elite group that had five minutes on us and shortly thereafter I also passed that same rider. I wondered if the rider we passed had had a mechanical (not the case, he was just getting passed) as I watched the lead group slowly climb out of view.
imageCAT 4/5 elite rider about to be caught by the old men. I am now off the back of the master’s lead group.

Now, I struggled solo against the sun, wind and grade. Then suddenly I saw a rider to my left, and then another and I pulled myself together and jumped on the second train out of Haleiwa. This time the pace was good, giving me time to recover and even to share the load. My new group consisted of myself and 107, 111, and 124. Finally, the climb ended and as we made our way in to complete the first lap there was time for a few words of camaraderie. This group had planned to pass me before I could respond, I had been a mark, but now I was one of the crew. I could see that everyone was taking the pace down a notch after the hill. We turned onto the short stretch that was Kamananui Road and then turned again, back onto Kaukonahua to complete the first loop. The easier pace was ok with me except that I needed one more acceleration before taking a breather and I gunned it for the line, giving Rae a nice picture of her husband leading the pack (I figured with all the riders and various groups on the course, she probably didn’t realize that I was actually only holding fifth place in my category).
I eased up after my photo op, allowing our four man group to reform and explained to them the purpose of my sudden acceleration to the line, which was understood by all. We were beginning the second descent and I was feeling much improved. I slurped down an energy gel and drank some water (hoping I had enough to last me) and decided it was time to pick up the pace. This time I put some energy into the descent, trading places with 124and wondering if the other two guys were hanging on. We rounded the corner and the group came together again, but damage had been done. As we started the climb again, I accelerated until our strong descender, 124, fell off the back. I hadn’t expected to lose 124, but cramps had found him. (Later, during our post-race chat, rider 124 recounted that a second racer had cramped up right next to him, the cramps coming on the racer so suddenly that he was unable to unclip from his pedals in time and fell over.) It was time for me to take a break and share the climbing load. 50 year old rider 111, seemed strong and though he avoided accelerating, he put in his share of pulls. However, Rider 107, despite a spritely 41 years of age, was more conservative with his pulls, putting in token efforts or skipping them altogether. I resolved to push up the pace on each of my pulls to keep it clear that we were racing and not just out for a vigorous social ride. I could feel the effort, but our climb was considerably tamer than it had been on my first round ( a 43 minute lap versus under 40). As we came to the end of the climb, the rider 111 commented that we had all better grab water in the feed zone. Grab water?
“Are they handing out drinks?” I asked.
“Don’t you have someone waiting to hand water to you?” 111 replied.
I had never thought of staging anything in a feed zone before. I suppose I had thought feed zones were just for the pros and on really long stage races, but now I saw how 43 miles of heavy effort in the hot sun could leave a rider in rather desperate need of water. When I explained my ignorance, 111 said I could take one from his team as I passed. I was amazed. Aloha spirit in the middle of a race? I readily accepted the offer and as I passed his pit crew I latched onto that bidon like a vice. The ice water reward was like a full nights rest in a bottle and suddenly I felt like racing again.

imageThanking rider 111 for the ice cold bidon.

We were on the last lap and back on the long descent. Not wanting to offend my ice water benefactor with too early an attack, I just slowly pushed up the pace a tad, figuring that nobody would complain about a bit of modest work on a descent. 111 and 107 were with me, though not passing, so I continued to pedal the descent–flying down one of the prettiest roads on Oahu. At the bottom I made the turn and then eased up into the first rise so our pace line could re-form. I really only wanted to share the work with 111 on the big climb, but 107 was still with us for now. I let 111 take front while I recovered from all the pace making over the last six miles and he led us into the big climb, but he seemed to be taking it easy so I decided to take my pull earlier than I had hoped and kick things up a notch. My plan was to set a stiff pace and thereby drop 107 on this first, long, steep grade. Unfortunately, my pace was too effective and I lost both 107 and 111, the latter having fallen prey to the cramp monster-the cruel nemesis of Pineapple Hill.

imageSolo ascent on the last lap.

So my last climb was to be a solo one. I could feel the fatigue trying to take hold, but rather than easing up I tried to hold a solid pace when the hurt was on and to accelerate each time the grade eased. I saw a rider stopped on the hill ahead and as I reached him I asked, “flat?”
“Cramps,” the rider replied. I gave him a knowing nod as I chugged past him.
Near the top of hill, where Japanese tourists poured from the busses at Dole Plantation, I caught another rider, and accelerated past him so he couldn’t jump onto my wheel. Then I was at the top, tired, but ready to accelerate towards the last turn onto the final stretch. The turn came quickly, and with it a surprise. The main engine of the lead train, rider 103, who had dropped me on the first climb was just ahead of me. Had he flatted? He seemed to be just plodding along. Could I regain fourth place? 103 did not look back and I wondered if I would be able to take him just before the finish. I figured the wind would cover the sound of my acceleration and if I passed him with enough speed I was sure he would be unable, or unwilling to respond. I was wrong. What I should have done was close the gap steadily before attacking hard in the last 200 meters, but the gentle rise to the finish made the line appear closer than it was. I was tapping my reserves too early. I shot past him and a look back did not seem show that I was in danger of being caught. One look was not enough, however, and while I had dug deep both on the solo climb and here at the end, he had been taking it easy (after a mechanical had wiped out his early lead), and his 35 year old legs had plenty of power to take me down in a 200 meter sprint. I had to accept my 5th place finish.

imageA fifth place finish out of about 30 riders, if you count the 4/5 elites.

With my deficits accounted for, I was pretty happy with 5th. My time was nearly two minutes better than the top time of the CAT 4/5 Elite riders-a group that may need to consider a name change after losing to seven riders from the master’s class. All the organizers and riders were very congenial and everyone was eager to share their own version of the events while watching for the last riders to come in. Medals were handed out to the top three riders in each category, along with a pineapple to commemorate an excellent course. I took a final pitstop in the tall grass fields and then headed home.

imagePost-race “talk-story” to use the local vernacular.
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Rae was up at 5:00am to help me get set for the race! With my all wife’s support of my cycling hobby, I’m already a winner.

imageA little gel and I could make this a new look for me.

 

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Additional bike storage available on Amtrak Cascades

Yee-Ha!  More Bike Storage on the train!

Time to plan a trip with the bikes for some drop and rides!  Who wants to start planning? 

securedownloadThe Washington State Department of Transportation and Amtrak recently added more bicycle storage racks to all Amtrak Cascades trains, with space for 10 bicycles now available. Riders can reserve a seat and bike space through http://www.amtrakcascades.com/ or by calling 1-800 -USA- RAIL.

“Washington is a six-time champ as the top bicycle-friendly state and these bike racks will make it easier for bicyclists to combine Amtrak Cascades and bicycle travel to tour the Pacific Northwest – from Eugene, Ore. to Vancouver, BC, and all stops in between,” said Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

On-board bicycle storage racks must be reserved in advance and can only accommodate standard bicycles. The racks allow Amtrak staff to hang and secure standard bicycles on the walls of baggage cars. Tandem, recumbent, or other specialized bicycles will require a bicycle bag or box and must be checked as baggage at staffed Amtrak stations. Travelers who do not have a bicycle box can purchase one at staffed Amtrak stations for $15.

When Amtrak Cascades trains began service in 1999, six bicycle storage racks were included in each train’s baggage car.

To reserve a bicycle rack, buy tickets early for the best fares. All cities are on sale at 25 percent off when purchased early. Once on the train, local food and drink is available in recently- upgraded bistro cars.

WHO’S UP FOR PLANNING A TRIP?  

DON’T FORGET TO RSVP for Ride the Moose! 

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Road Bike Ride, Metric Century, 40 Mile or 25 Mile course. Three groups of riders for each course: fast (16 + mph average), moderate (12-15 mph average), or leisure (8-12 mph Average). Each course will have one or more  predetermined regroup spots and an unsupported food/water break at the halfway point and the end of the ride.
Pig roast, beer garden, live music and activities for the family after the ride. Cost of the ride is free, please consider bringing a cash donation of $5 or more for local Oak Harbor charities supported by the “Fidalgo Avenue Merchants Association” and Oak Harbor Pig Roast.  Contact us at administrator@whidbeybicycleclub.org if you have not received your evite.  

 

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