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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.

Stoked on the Stottlemeyer 30/60 Endurance Race (Port Gamble, WA)

Who knew racing could be as fun as riding? Cross-country mountain bike racers know what I’m talking about: the courses we race around these parts tend to be devoid of the technical challenges we actually love to ride. There are … Continue reading

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Is McGarry’s Secret Weapon the Golden Hair or the Diamondback Dreamliner? You Decide.

If you listened to pro rider Mike Metzger talk about Kelly McGarry’s “lovely golden long hair” while announcing last Saturday’s Ranchstyle Slopestyle Competition in Grand Junction, Colorado, you might think he’s half in love with the Diamondback-sponsored rider from New … Continue reading

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Big Tricks Win Big at Ranchstyle Slopestyle (Grand Junction, CO)

Back flips, tail whips and 360s were the ticket into the final round of the slopestyle competition at the Ranchstyle Mountain Bike Festival yesterday, May 7,  in Grand Junction, Colorado.  But it took the best riders of the Freeride World … Continue reading

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Argentina Wine and Wheels Tour

Wineries in Mendoza—Argentina’s equivalent to Napa Valley—may be a little late to the wine tourism game, but they’re sold on it now. For the last several years, select wineries (both big and small) have opened their doors to visitors eager … Continue reading

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A River Runs Through It: A Wet, Wet Galbraith Keeps Its Flow (Bellingham, WA)

In the Northwest’s rainier months (that is, about eight months out of the year), parts of the Galbraith trail system can become a virtual water world… but don’t worry; for the most part, the riding’s just fine. Just because some … Continue reading

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GoPro Fun at Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park

Last January my friend Brian and I went in together on a GoPro video camera, which we picked up at the Sturdy Bitches’ silent auction/fundraiser (with 50% proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Fund). Of course we decided that Duthie … Continue reading

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They Don’t Have This Ride at Disney World: Mountain Biking Gets Big in Ocala, Florida

They don’t have this ride at Disney World. Does this look like Florida to you? In a state where the largest “mountain” tops out at 344 feet, mountain bikers looking for their fix have to get creative. Not to worry; … Continue reading

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Ladies Have Their Night Out at the W.O.W. Event (Seattle, WA)

“Ladies Night” typically means that women drink free—and so drink free they did at the third annual Women on Wheels, a women-only cycling extravaganza held yesterday at Gregg’s Cycle in the Green Lake neighborhood. But that’s not all they did… … Continue reading

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The End in Sight: Grand Ridge To Duthie, Coming Soon (Issaquah, WA)

That’s right. Soon there will be mud-free mountain biking all the way from Grand Ridge to Duthie Hill. Well, maybe not mud-free, but definitely less mud. The long-awaited Grand Ridge bridge-over-muddy water  is nearing completion, courtesy of the Washington Trails … Continue reading

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Breasts, Bikes, Beer and Bitches: A Breast Cancer Fund Auction

Mountain bikers sure know how to have a good time—especially when it’s for a good cause. Last Thursday the Sturdy Bitch Racing team* held a silent auction at Seattle’s St. Andrew’s Bar & Grill and, with the help of generous donors … Continue reading

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