Race: Girls of Summer Alleycat –

Our very own Mr. Newport received an email this week calling out for Tacowomen to represent at an upcoming alleycat in Seattle:

Hi Matt,

My name is Kristen.  I’m a co-organizer of a Seattle monthly women’s bicycle ride called Menstrual Monday.  We are hosting our second annual all-lady alley cat bicycle race called Girls of Summer on June 23rd.  Last year’s race was a big success — we got 46 racers out and had prizes for all of them.  This year, we’ve added even more sponsors and have a great prize pile that includes a brand new road bike from Raleigh.

I’m writing today to ask for a favor.  As I mentioned, we had a good turn-out last year and we’re looking to expand this year.  We had no Tacoma presence in our ridership last year, so we’d like to make sure that we’re doing a more thorough job of advertising this year.  We searched google for Tacoma bike blogs, and your Tacoma Bike Ranch appears to have a good reader base.  Would you please write a post about our race for any of your readers who are Tacoman lady cyclists?  I’ve attached the race flyer, and more information can be found on our website:  http://menstrualmonday.com/blog/girls-of-summer-alleycat-2012/

Thanks in advance for your help!  Please feel free to write or call with any questions or concerns.

Kristen Forseth
Menstrual Monday co-organizer

Race: Twilight Criterium Dates and Location set

Preparations for Tacoma’s own Twilight Criterium are in full swing. A lap race around closed-off city streets, criteriums are exciting races to watch and be a part of. Last year, I participated in my first race ever at the Twilight. Here’s the info:

Date: Saturday, June 30th 2012
Time: 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Proctor Business District in Tacoma

Course Map:

For all the Registration and Race info visit: TacomaTwilight.com

More on the Criterium Move from the TNT

Article posted today on the Tacoma News Tribune (who’s Mike Baker?):

Hundreds of bike racers and fans converged on downtown Tacoma last summer for a day of bicycle racing known as the Tacoma Twilight Criterium. They won’t be back this summer.

Instead they’ll have the third annual race on a closed course around the Proctor Business District, where the new lead organizer has a new store. He said Thursday that the district is more welcoming.

“I didn’t want to do it downtown because it doesn’t have the right vibe,” said Tacoma Bike owner Mike Baker, who has taken over the planning from the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Commission after budget cuts forced it to pare down its events.

Baker, whose original location is in the Dome District, said downtown’s “streets are too wide. There are too many open spaces.”

“And, I never got a truly warm and fuzzy feeling from the downtown business owners,” he said.

You can read the rest of the story here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/04/20/2114460/feeling-unloved-downtown-backers.html#storylink=cpy

Twilight Criterium Moving to Proctor

Looks like Tacoma’s Twilight Criterium will be moving to Proctor. It’s set for the 30th June. From the Tacoma News Tribune:

At least 300 bike racers converged on downtown Tacoma last summer for a day of bicycle racing known as the Tacoma Twilight Criterium. They won’t be back this summer.

Mike Brown, owner of Tacoma Bike and one of the organizers of the race, says the event is moving to the Proctor neighborhood after two years downtown.

He said excitement about the race by Proctor businesses was the primary reason for moving the race that requires closing about a mile of roads.

This year’s race is scheduled for June 30, according to the Washington State Bicycle Association’s racing calendar.

Last year’s Crit was my first ever race and while it’s a shame that the downtown is losing out on a fantastic opportunity I know Proctor will be a most excellent host! TacomaTwilight.com is down right now, but hopefully we’ll find out more soon. I look forward to racing again.

Race: Andy Salmon Kermesse – Eatonville, WA – Feb 5th

From BicyclePaper.com:

At Mashel Loop Field. Race cover 7-10 laps of Mashel-Hisqually loop, 1 mile road, 2.25 mile dirt. Start at 10am. Open to all. Neutral wheel support. Bring your WSBA numbers.

Sponsored by Ohop /commons


A Kermesse is a looped race similar to a Criterium (but longer) and features a mix of paved and dirt sections. Looks to be a lot of fun.

Registration information here - I’d link to a map, but I can’t find the Nisqually-Mashel State Park anywhere!

Charity Ride: Stinky Spoke (Stinky Weather Poker Run) – Jan 14

From BicyclePaper.com:

The Stinky Spoke (Stinky Weather Poker Run) presented by Carter Subaru, is a 18-mile mountain bike poker run, held on what’s predictably the most rotten-weather day of the year. Riders collect playing cards with hopes of winning a prize at the end. All proceeds benefit Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center of Woodinville. Also this year, we’ll have a separate drawing for prizes from all those that raise more than $250 for the charity. At the end of the ride, there’s a beer tent, food, and live music. All riders get a Stinky Spoke beanie, a beer glass, a beer ticket at the party, and a schwag-bag of goodies.

Event is capped at 1000 riders, and is expected to fill early this year! $40 online pre-registration starting Nov 1, 2011.

Sponsored by Carter Subaru

Todd Cowles

Race: Trails Duathlon Series #1 – Fort Steilacoom Park. Jan 7th

From BicyclePaper.com:

Trails Duathlon Series #1
1/7 - Multisport

Lakewood, WA

At Fort Stelacoom Park. Two course options long: 5k run, 15 miles bike, 5k run or short version 5k run, 5 miles bike. Fast and fun course. Solo or team of 2 entries available. Swag and prizes. MTB or CX bikes allowed.

For more info and registration visit 4thdimensionracing.com