Dave LeMonds Retains Porta-Potty Chairmanship

The Board of Directors of Growlers Gulch Racing has unanimously elected Dave LeMonds as chairman of the presitigious Porta-Potty Committee. This marks the seventh consecutive year that LeMonds has won election to this coveted position. [caption id="attachment_4706" [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]

Meet the Ride Team

It’s a motley crew but when you’re this old, the pickings are slim. Jim LeMonds is celebrating his 60th birthday with the 60 @ Sixty ride. He taught English in the Longview School District for 30 years and has been mountain biking since 1996. LeMonds [Continue Reading]

The Mission Becomes Clear – Episode #7

I dug through Lipton’s fridge, found two 22-ounce Hop Stoopids from Lagunitas. Decided this was an appropriate beer for the occasion. I made Lipton give me his keys, led him out to the garage and shoved him into the passenger seat. I got behind the wheel, [Continue Reading]

Revenge of the Chick in the White Shirt – Episode #6

Okay, so we’d made a minor mistake. Patterson had been innocent of the crime. Yet who among us can truly claim to be innocent?  Patterson was dead. Lipton and I could feel bad about it, or we could learn from this error in judgment and move on. The [Continue Reading]

Ghosts Past and Present – Episode #5

I’d wielded the chainsaw like a gentle scalpel. When Lipton asked for a turn, I figured he’d do the same. Wrong. He threw the chain on a clavicle, and it took us several minutes to get it back on (The chain, not the clavicle). Then he really got [Continue Reading]

Terrorists Strike Growlers Gulch Racing! – Episode #1

I was having a dream – Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly were taking turns goin’ rogue on Sarah Palin. Sarah was telling them to stick with it; she could just about see Russia. And then the phone rang and the real nightmare began. A surly voice on [Continue Reading]

Reminisces – Dave LeMonds, ’72

The start of the ’72 season was a train wreck. Before the very first game (maybe even before practices got going) several starters quit the team in apparent protest to Floyd and his “old-school” coaching style. We were left with one returning [Continue Reading]

Three Rivers Cycling Club Crashes and Burns at Growlers

Hopefully, they got it out of their systems. It all started innocently enough. The Three Rivers Cycling Club showed up Saturday to fine-tune themselves and their equipment in preparation for next weekend’s Growlers Gulch 5,000. By the end of the day, they [Continue Reading]

Brigman Refuses Drug Test

Two-time Growlers Gulch 5,000 champion Lance Brigman has declined a request by the TDG Board of Directors to undergo testing for performance-enhancing substances. Several TDG Board members said they found it odd that Brigman, 62, continues to toast riders ranging [Continue Reading]

TDG Board Denies Brigman’s Appeal

The Tour de Gulch Board of Directors voted unanimously to deny Lance Brigman’s request for a handicap at the 2009 Growlers Gulch 5,000. The decision was handed down on Monday, March 9th. Brigman, who won the event in 2006 and 2007, elected to skip the 2008 [Continue Reading]

Record Number of Riders Completes Growlers Gulch 5,000

Bob Stanton shrugged off a flat tire early in the ride and surged back to capture the top spot in Saturday’s Growlers Gulch 5,000 with a time of 3:32. Even more incredible was the fact that Stanton accomplished the feat aboard his steel-frame, fixed-gear Vulture.

Fourteen riders completed the 28-mile course, a record for the event, with three joining Stanton in posting sub-four hour times: Mike Van Hoose (3:38), Rob Larsen (3:50), and Dave LeMonds (3:57). Riders were helped by superior tread and temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Oddly, a number of riders chose to ignore the GG5K motto – “It’s a ride, not a race.” Continue reading Record Number of Riders Completes Growlers Gulch 5,000

Adams to St. Helens on the Boundary Trail: Epic Extraordinaire

If anyone tells you they’ve cleaned every hill and obstacle on the Boundary Trail between Adams and St. Helens, they’re full of shit. This 50+-mile mountain biking trek is an epic on steroids, far more difficult than any ride I have previously attempted. Continue reading Adams to St. Helens on the Boundary Trail: Epic Extraordinaire