Author Archives: angelarides

About angelarides

I have many practical skills. I have a PhD in Medieval Literature. I can solder an LED hula hoop. Oh, and I ride and write about bikes.

Correct Use of “Ultimate”: BC Bike Race Really is the Ultimate Singletrack Experience

Imagine seven days of riding technical Pacific NW singletrack, enough camaraderie to match the competitive spirit in the air, and racing on trails that you are excited to ride. You might find yourself using descriptors like “ultimate” or “epic” among … Continue reading

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Getting the Party Started: Stottlemeyer 60 Mountain Bike Race (Port Gamble, WA)

The weather was pretty nice last Saturday—I hope you did something epic with it. Epic certainly defines the time that I and my fellow Sturdy Bitch Racing teammates had at the NW Epic Series’ Stottlemeyer 30/60 mountain bike race in … Continue reading

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Trying Something New at the Black Diamond XTERRA (Black Diamond, WA)

So I don’t do triathlons (and I haven’t run a 10K-distance in years). Still, at some point, signing up for the Black Diamond XTERRA triathlon on August 5th must have seemed like a good idea, because there I was. But … Continue reading

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Sun and Fun at the Stottlemeyer 30/60 Endurance Race (Port Gamble, WA)

We racers could not believe our luck: a bluebird day with mid-60-degree weather instead of the wet, muddy conditions we’d come to expect this time of year. I had forgotten to swap out my heavier mud tires for more appropriate … Continue reading

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What are the Duthie Trail Gnomes Building Now?

The forest gnomes are busy building again at Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park. (Did they ever stop?) I caught a glimpse of these magical beings yesterday, after my teammate Katie and I took a fun, swooping run down Ryan’s Eternal Flow. … Continue reading

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Seattle Sun Shines on the Urban Coyote ‘Cross Event

Rain is usually a participant in the annual Urban Coyote poker ride, but this time around it was pleasantly absent, making for a glorious Saturday cyclocross tour (and light gambling/drinking session) through the parks and streets of Seattle. More than … Continue reading

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Doing More Than You Think You Can at the Leadville 100 MTB Race (Leadville, CO)

“You’re better than you think you are. You can do more than you think you can.” These words of encouragement, famously spoken by race director Ken Chlouber the evening before each Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race, are surprisingly comforting … Continue reading

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Building Character at the High Cascade 100 MTB Race (Bend, OR)

What’s worse than riding your mountain bike 100 uninterrupted miles? Riding it one-hundred-and-six miles, which was the length of this year’s Mudslinger Events High Cascade 100 race course, held last Saturday in Bend, Oregon. And what’s worse than riding 106 … Continue reading

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Mountain Biking 101 With Sturdy B Racing

A few weeks ago, my mountain bike team, Sturdy Bitch Racing, held a women’s coaching clinic for new mountain bikers at Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park in Issaquah, Washington. For a couple of ladies, this was the first time riding … Continue reading

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Smooth—But Not Easy—Riding at the Echo Valley Endurance MTB Race (Chelan, WA)

It may have been a “roadie” course—with not a rock or root to be seen—but few would call the Echo Valley 30/60 Endurance Race an “easy” ride. Last weekend’s race certainly made me work for my 3rd place finish. Host to … Continue reading

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