Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tell Us How You Really Feel: Riding Bikes

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:12 PM

  • Matt Fox
Bend has gained a bit of a reputation as a destination for bike-lovers. But biking is a broad category, including a wide range of recreational styles as well as commuting. Each type of cyclist has different habits, preferences and, dare we say, a different personalities. One thing we've noticed is that there seems to be less overlap between recreational cyclists and bike commuters than one would expect. To test that theory, we present our latest poll.

Tell us about your biking habits and elaborate in the comments.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

This is What the Cyclocross Course Looks Like Right Now

Posted By on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Tomorrow should be hilarious.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beautiful Urban Downhill Biking

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

GoPro technology has evolved in the last few years and Aaron Chase, Brian Lopes and Chris Van Dine are pushing whats possible with a helmet-cam and a bike to a new level. In Valparaiso, Chile the downhill riders fly through the hills of the steep village turning anything into a feature to ride. Check it out!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

TONIGHT: Two Bike Events Worth Attending

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Yes, it's a busy night for bike nerds. Both events look great. Here's how to decide.

Bend Bikes Community Forum
Best for: bicycle advocates/infrastructure wonks/alternative transportation proponents:


More here.

Bike-Packing/Snowbiking/Mountain Biking 10 Essentials Presentation
Best for: adventurers/fitness freaks/backpackers with bad knees/bike-packing curious/fat bike enthusiasts:


More here.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

VIDEO: City of Bend Highlights New Bike Lanes

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

The City of Bend recently released a video touting all the recent bicycle infrastructure upgrades that have occurred over the past few months. We're VERY excited to see the city, which has been partnering with Commute Options and the Bend Police Department, take alternative transportation seriously. Adding bike lanes, sharrows and colored bike lanes—it's all a huge step forward for Bend.

But we're not even close to competing with the brilliant biking infrastructure of similar-sized cities like Boulder, Billings, Mont. and Eugene. Bike lanes in Bend are still broken into sections and lack east-west and north-south connectivity (the city and Commute Options are working on this). Basically, and despite Bend's fit, bike-crazy population, plenty of residents still don't feel comfortable commuting on two wheels. I don't think we can deem Bend “extremely safe” for bikes until people like my 64-year-old mother feel good about riding from Juniper to downtown.

Increased ridership is a good gauge of just how bike-friendly a city truly is.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Horner Heading Home to Bend Following Crash at World Champs

Posted By on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Horner is the man.
  • Horner is the man.

Bend's Chris Horner, who, following his impressive late-summer win at the Vuelta a Espana recently became the oldest rider to capture a grand tour title, is out for the rest of the season. Horner, 41, broke his ribs in a crash at Sunday's rain-soaked world championships road race in Florence and, like 70 percent of the field, failed to finish the race. He will miss Italy's II Lombari, which starts this weekend and, later this month, China's Tour of Beijing.

After his win in Spain, Horner made headlines again when he released his biological passport data (documented information kept by the sport's governing body that keeps track of a rider's blood values year-in and year-out in order to spotlight sudden jumps that would indicate blood-doping) in response to naysayers who questioned his performance. While blood values can change month to month, it's interesting to note that based on his passport, his hematocrit levels in 2008 (45%) were lower than in 2013 (41.6%), the year in which he had the race of his life. Hematocrit is an indicator of one's oxygen carrying capacity, which affect overall endurance.

Surprisingly, even after Horner's win in Spain against the world's best climbers, the Bend rider still has not secured a contract for next season. It's expected he will sign something with Trek, one of his current team's major sponsors. Trek stands to take over as title sponsor of the RadioShack-Leopard-Trek team next year.

For now, Horner is heading back to Bend to rest and rehab. Don't be surprised if you see the wily vet sign up for some regional and national-level cyclocross races—he's a damn good bike handler and a competitive 'cross racer.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Masters Nats: The guy who we said might win, did

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Phipps won todays road race, despite the gnarly conditions.
  • Alex Chiu
  • Phipps won today's road race, despite the gnarly conditions.

Chris Phipps, a ridiculously fit 43-year-old Bay Area racer who we highlighted in last week's issue, won today's road race, which ended at Mt. Bachelor. The race is part of the five-day USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships.

Reports from the finish line are scary. It sounds like today's storm, and resulting hail, made for painful conditions. One observer noted that racers had welts on their backs from the massive hailstones. Other racers reportedly took cover under guard rails, searching for shelter from the ping pong ball-size hail.

Yesterday, Roger Worthington of Worthy Brewing, and his riding partner Michael Johnson, won the 90+ age group tandem time trial. A hearty congratulations to all Bend podium finishers. Here are available results thus far. The Redmond crits are up next, starting tomorrow.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Update on Mt. Bachelor's New Bike Park (with Photos)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM

By now, you're likely aware that Mt. Bachelor is about to open its new lift-served downhill mountain bike park. We rode it last week. It was fun. You can read about it here.

Today they revealed new information. Here's what's up:

Opening day: Friday, Sept. 13
Hours: 10am-4pm, daily
Closing day: Monday, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day)
Ticket price: $29 for full day; $19 for afternoon session (starting at 1pm); 3-ticket pack for $69

Annnnnd here are more photos (and a trail map!).


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Friday, August 16, 2013

Bend's New Bike Lanes

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

We've been covering the hell out of Bend's bicycle infrastructure improvement plans, so it's a happy day when we can reveal results. Though the bike lane below (on Greenwood) is not new, the high-viz green paint is.

On Hwy 20/Greenwood Ave. and 8th St (both east and westbound).
  • Brian Potwin
  • On Hwy 20/Greenwood Ave. and 8th St (both east and westbound).

Bend also recently got its first sharrow, near NE 8th St. and NE Greenwood.

Sharrows keep riders centered in the road and clear of opened car doors.
  • Brian Potwin
  • Sharrows keep riders centered in the road and clear of opened car doors.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

VIDEO: Obnoxious Tour Fan Gets What He Deserves on Alpe D'Huez

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Fans have become increasingly brazen and inched dangerously close to the riders competing in big stage races, like the Tour de France. This is particularity troublesome when the riders are crawling up big mountains at slower speeds. Fans feel like it's acceptable to break there concentration and running alongside, etc.

Yesterday this happened during stage 18. Watch for the dude in a blue shirt. He takes crowd control into his own hands as American rider Tejay Van Garderen soldiers on up the hill, almost winning the stage.

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Optum Pro Cycling Team Silent Auction at Goodlife Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Team Optum loves a good cause.
  • Team Optum loves a good cause.

One of the strongest teams at this year's Cascade Cycling Classic, Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies, is hosting a silent auction 6 pm Sunday, July 21 at GoodLife Brewing to support World Bicycle Relief, a far-reaching bike charity program. The nonprofit seeks to empower and strengthen rural communities in Africa through bike donations. Sunday, frame sets, wheels and other team gear will be up for grabs.

Optum is home to Bend's Alex Candelario, a rider who's long been known as one of the best sprinters in the domestic peloton. Look for Candelario to lead out one of Optum's young sprinters during Saturday night's downtown crit (men start at 7pm).

Oregonians Jade Wilcoxson and Brianna Walle, two of the fastest women in America, are on Optum's women's team and have, thus far, posted impressive results at the CCC. At Thursday's 16-mile time trial, Walle finished fourth, 1:09 back, and Wilcoxson took fifth, 1:14 behind winner Alison Powers, NOW and Novartis team.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cascade Cycling Classic is On!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Bends Alex Candelario is in top form and looking to crush this week.
  • Sam Wiebe
  • Bend's Alex Candelario is in top form and looking to crush this week.

The 34th annual, six-stage Cascade Cycling Classic kicked off today with a short prologue. Head to the Tetherow club house to see today's finish (the men don't even start until 7pm and the short 2.5-mile course will take only minutes to complete). Check the Cascade Classic page for a complete schedule of events, but be sure to make Saturday's downtown crit, which is always a big draw (women start at 5:45pm, men at 7pm).

Crow's Feet Commons is hosting a number of team meet and great events. Don't miss these:
6pm, Thursday July 18: Meet the Optum Pro Women's Team, home to National Champ (and Oregonian) Jade Wilcoxson. et all.

9am, Saturday July 20: A one-hour ride with Team Jelly Belly followed by a Q&A at 10am. Meet National Champ Freddie Rodriguez.

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