St. Helens Vid Offers Cure for the Blues

Next week, I will be doing a 60 @ Sixty presentation for my peers (Castle Rock senior citizens). Clearly, they are desperate for speakers. I decided to put together a slideshow that is more comprehensive that the one I published in July, which was about five [Continue Reading]

60 @ Sixty Video

It’s sometimes difficult to explain why riding 60 miles of trail in a single day is a significant challenge. This video does a pretty good job of laying it out.   We rode through alpine meadows, east-side pine forest, and blast zone. We were in old growth [Continue Reading]

Elderly Man Nails 60 @ Sixty

It took a sterling support crew, spot-on logistics, and a take-no-prisoners ride pace, but we got the job done. The dream I’ve had for the last year – to ride 60 miles of prime trail in a single day to celebrate my sixtieth birthday – was achieved [Continue Reading]

Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt

Yes, my brother, Dave, turns 56 today. For a guy who’s almost as old as Lipton, the old geezer still gets around pretty good. Leave your birthday wishes at the bottom of this post. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Dave was a problem child in [Continue Reading]

Ape Canyon Trail Work Complete

Premier, high-elevation trail in disrepair? No money for USFS crews? Nobody else willing to step up? Who you gonna call? Growlers Gulch Racing, of course. On July 26, the Mountain Bike Mutts – a trail-building arm of Growlers Gulch Racing – and several [Continue Reading]

Sign up at TDG for St. Helens Trail Work

Brian Mahon will be heading up two work parties at Mount St. Helens – one in June and the other in July. I’ve mentioned before that the Forest Service has no money for trail work. That means it is up to riders like us to keep this magnificent area [Continue Reading]

Five Wheels on Tap at Growlers in 2009

The Tour de Gulch Board of Directors – with help from an independent study group – has established the essential dates for the 2009 ride season. Please note that there has been some slight tweaking, including the addition of another wheel.Yes, [Continue Reading]

Cowlitz County Website Features Mountain Biking

In an effort to attract more mountain bikers to the area, the Cowlitz County Tourism Bureau asked me to create a page on their website highlighting some of the most popular rides in the vicinity, including Ape Canyon, Siouxon, Lewis River, and Falls Creek. Oddly, you’ll find that Growlers is not mentioned.

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St. Helens – Ape Canyon and Mount Margaret

Got a chance to ride at St. Helens twice last weekend. The weather was phenomenal, and the rain earlier in the week made the tread as good as you’re ever going to see it. Continue reading St. Helens – Ape Canyon and Mount Margaret

Growlers Crew Assists with Ape Canyon Clean-up

Seventeen volunteers participated in a bottom-to-top clean-up of the Ape Canyon Trail at Mount St. Helens on Sunday, August 3rd. The weather was great and everyone – including four first-timers – made it to the top.

The event was sponsored by Boone Dog Bikes, MOPI, PUMP, and the Tour de Gulch Board of Directors. Four PUMP members showed up; the other 13 volunteer were from the Growlers Gulch ride crew. Continue reading Growlers Crew Assists with Ape Canyon Clean-up