RideTacoma.com to shut down

I launched RideTacoma last november without much fanfare and just focused keeping Tacoma’s cyclists informed of what was happening in the local scene. I had aspirations to keep building on the name and the community, and making RideTacoma more and more useful, but I never felt like I had the time and energy to dive in and make it what I wanted it to be.

A few weeks ago I got a promotion at work and now I have more responsibilities. I just don’t have the brain-space to keep it barely running, let alone develop and grow it. It’s a tough decision to make and one that has been weighing on me this past week. I want to keep it going, because it is a good resource, but I also want to be able to give it more then I am able.

So, as of today RideTacoma is going on a long hiatus. I will try to leave the site up as long as I can. If there is anyone who is on board with RideTacoma’s mission and wants to keep it going, please let me know and we can talk about what that might look like.

It’s been a pleasure. Thanks for your support and I hope to see you on the roads.

Matthias Bonjour

Tacoma Cyclocross wants you!

Now that the end of the Summer races are near the Cyclocross community is starting to hose off their bikes and stretch out their hamstrings in eager anticipation of the oncoming season. Tacoma’s own Cyclocross group invite you to get involved, experienced and newbies alike:

Tacoma Cyclocross is getting excited for the upcoming season. We have our first “Beginner’s Clinic” in a couple weeks, and would love to see a bunch of new faces. Last year, we helped introduce a half-dozen or so people to the sport. Our group is laid-back, family-friendly, open to all, and FREE! We practice weekly leading up to the season, then congregate and race together on the weekends. It’s a great time!

Ride: RAMROBERT with the Spokies – 7am Saturday

From the Spokies:

The Spokies are doing “RAMROBERT” again Saturday. You’ll need to contact Robert and let him know him you’re up for our little torturefest. So we will carpool from W. 27th street Forza at 7:00AM sharp this Saturday, July 28th and drive our cars to the Mt. Rainier Viewpoint past Greenwater. We will then pedal our road bicycles up Cayuse Pass and continue to the top of Chinook Pass. We will then turn around and descend to Ohanapecosh and then turn around and climb the other side of Cayuse Pass and continue to the top of Chinook Pass again. We will turn around and descend to the entrance to Sunrise Road and then climb up to Sunrise. We will have lunch up there at the restaurant and ride back to the car.
It would be great if those who are going to do this ride could RSVP. We do this ride every year and it has been a great experience.
Robert Deehan
(253) 272-9682
deehare@earthlink.net

7am Carpool | Saturday, 28th July | 27th St Forza

Saturday Ride Roundup

We apologise for the sparseness of posts this week. I just got a promotion and it’s taking a large portion of my brain-space. Looks like its going to be a sunny and warm day – perfect to get out!

9am leaving from Tacoma Bike (@tacomabike):

Join us Saturday mornings at 9am for a fun but challenging road ride to destinations such as Orting, Gig Harbor, Bonney Lake and Dupont. Rides are generally 35-40 miles long, and average about 15mph with minimal food/rest stops. Dress for the weather & bring flat repair tools. Rides are led byJim Ahrens, former USCF official and road/track/cyclocross racer. This is a no-drop ride. Map

8am from Forza at 27th and Bridgeport for the Spokie Cycling Club (@OldTownBicycle):

This is the Saturday morning Spokie Cycling Club Ride. We average about 17 MPH for the entire ride going about 20-25 MPH on flat roads. No lunch stop. Route is decided at Forza on the morning of the ride. We begin and end every ride together and have a lot of fun. Coffee and conversation at Forza at the end of every ride. If this kind of riding sounds like fun come join us! For more information call Robert Deehan (253) 272-9682. Map

9am MBT ride in Capitol State Forest with the Capital Bicycling Club

XC or Shuttle Trail Rides, depending on what the group wants to do. Pace varies. Everyone waits at the fire road crossings for you no matter your pace. Usually 15 plus riders. Rain or Shine. Map

Saturday Ride Roundup

72 degrees and partly cloudy. Should be a good day for riding tomorrow.

9am leaving from Tacoma Bike (@tacomabike):

This ride is not about speed. Length or ride is 100km, with 1500m vertial, and no more than 4 hours riding time. We have four climbs on Gig Harbor but none are Dana Road. No matter your riding skills we have a no drop rule in the C & B groups so feel free to join in. Strongly recommend bringing full water bottles and energy food, picture ID and checking your bike and equipment before the ride Saturday. Please contact Jim Ahrens if you have any questions. Map

8am from Forza at 27th and Bridgeport for the Spokie Cycling Club (@OldTownBicycle):

This is the Saturday morning Spokie Cycling Club Ride. We average about 17 MPH for the entire ride going about 20-25 MPH on flat roads. No lunch stop. Route is decided at Forza on the morning of the ride. We begin and end every ride together and have a lot of fun. Coffee and conversation at Forza at the end of every ride. If this kind of riding sounds like fun come join us! For more information call Robert Deehan (253) 272-9682. Map

8am Pancake Breakfast Ride from Proctor Starbucks with the Tacoma Wheelmen

Join Steve and Phyllis for their traditional Pancake breakfast ride in Spanaway. Map

9am Saturday Social Ride to Lincoln Creek/ Independence Valley with the Capital Bicycling Club

34 miles, Pace 2, 3. Tour the rolling hills of Lincoln Creek, take a short climb up Manners Road, and enjoy the wonderfully long downhill on the other side to return to Rochester along Independence Creek. Moderate pace. Riders who want more miles and more hills have the option of taking on the Garrard Creek Loop on their own, or bicycling to the ride start from Olympia. Meet at Swede Hall in Rochester, 18543 Albany St. SW. Map

9am MBT ride in Capitol State Forest with the Capital Bicycling Club

XC or Shuttle Trail Rides, depending on what the group wants to do. Pace varies. Everyone waits at the fire road crossings for you no matter your pace. Usually 15 plus riders. Rain or Shine. Map

Event: City Budget Priority Meeting No. 3. – Tonight 6pm

If you missed yesterday’s Stadium Meeting you have two more opportunities coming up. Tonight, join other cyclists outside Lincoln High School at 5:45pm to make your voice heard. Kris Symer has created another Facebook Event to join. You’ll find strength and inspiration in numbers

Continued funding for Tacoma’s Mobility Program is critical to creating a environment that develops and improves our city. A modern pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will be key to ensure Tacoma’s recent growth continues.

Thursday, July 19: 6 p.m. at Lincoln High School (701 S. 37th St.)