Adopt-a-Trail Assignments for 2012

We started Adopt-a-Trail in 2010 when we realized that the system at Growlers Gulch was becoming too large for a handful of people to maintain. We have been adding three miles per year, which means the maintenance load keeps growing along with the single-track [Continue Reading]

Three Vids from Kelley Hinkle

Thanks again to Kelley for providing several nice vid clips, this time from the Rocky Mountain demo day at Growlers on Thursday. Kelley rocking the Element on the Big Easy: Ken Noble (dark blue shirt) taters himself on the log at the bottom of Beauty. Bob [Continue Reading]

Rocky Mountain Demo Day Draws Big Crowd

The Rocky Mountain demo day, sponsored by Highlander Cycling, drew nearly 20 people to Growlers Gulch last week. John Olden, U.S. sales manager for Rocky Mountain, noted that 25 people showed for the demo day in Bend. He was impressed by the turnout at Growlers and [Continue Reading]

Jamiesons Sign with Yeti

Darrell and Chase Jamieson have signed contracts with Yeti Bikes for the 2011 season. Both will be riding Yeti’s new 303 RDH in downhill events. For trail riding, Darrell will be on an ASR 5 and Chase will have a DJ hardtail. They expect to have the bikes by [Continue Reading]

High School Cycling League in the Works

Washington High School Cycling League Leaders’ Summit is Announced SEATTLE, Wash. – The first annual Washington High School Cycling League’s Leaders’ Summit takes place in Snoqualmie, WA, near Seattle, January 22-23 featuring special guest Matt Fritzinger, [Continue Reading]

Special Deal on Canfield Yelli Screamy

From Aaron Althaeuser Last December I had a chance to ride the Yelli Screamy with Chris Canfield of Canfield Brothers Bikes at Growlers Gulch outside of Castle Rock. I had contacted Canfield, asking if there were any bikes in the PNW that I could throw a leg [Continue Reading]

Harmonic Convergence Set for February 5th

After a two-year hiatus, the Harmonic Convergence returns to Stella in 2011. It will be held on Saturday, February 5th. Organizers Bob Stanton, Joel Rogauskus, and Ken Pearson have extended an invitation to all riders with Growlers connections. Parking is available [Continue Reading]

Canfield Brothers’ Yelli Screamy Reviewed

Ryan McMaster previously submitted a story about Chris Canfield’s recent ride at Growlers. In the article, Aaron Althaeuser provides a full review of Canfield’s Yelli Screamy. The Yelli Screamy is, by far, the best 29er hardtail I’ve ridden. It [Continue Reading]

Black Friday Beer Tour

In my eternal quest to find the spirit of Christmas, I loaded our rental van with the usual group of losers – Paul Norris, Dave LeMonds, Larry Morehead, Jeff Muldoon, Ryan McMaster, Jeff Lipton, and Lance Brigman, along with the incredible Melanie Norris [Continue Reading]

Hartman Studio Shows on Tap

GGG co-founder and ceramic goddess Dara Hartman is offering open studio shows from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 4th and Saturday, December 11th. Dara has a wide assortment of beautiful pieces available, so this is an excellent chance to pick up a gift [Continue Reading]

Growlers Clean-up Nets Loads of Trash

Thanks to everyone who came out to help with the clean-up at Growlers Gulch on October 23rd. Twenty-seven people picked up enough trash to fill three pick-up trucks. Special thanks to Dave LeMonds, Chris Laughlin, and Keith Gianella who hauled the garbage to the [Continue Reading]

Hansen Takes Super D Title

Al Hansen fought off a challenge from Project 529 teammate Eric Loney to win the Growlers Gulch Super D championship on Saturday, September 18th. Nate Marsh finished third to make it a clean sweep for Project 529. [caption id="attachment_5790" align="alignright" [Continue Reading]

Van Hoose, Livingston Score Points at Vernonia

Denise Livingston and Mike Van Hoose came up big at the Vernonia Short Track Mountain Biking Race on June 12th. Mike covered the six-lap course in 45 minutes to finish sixth in Men’s Cat II 35-44, while Denise was third in Women’s Cat II 35-44. Both [Continue Reading]

TDG XIII Set for June 19th

For the thirtheenth consecutive year, the foremost mountain biking event west of Castle Rock on the third Saturday in June will take place at Growlers Gulch. The 13th Annual Tour de Gulch will be held on Saturday, June 19th, with the usual festivities to follow at [Continue Reading]

McMaster Wins 5K Title

Ryan McMaster of Growlers Gulch Racing hammered a strong field as he cruised to an easy victory in the Growlers Gulch 5,000 on May 22nd. The 2010 5K was sponsored by the great beer people at Belmont Station. In an incredible tribute to the this year’s [Continue Reading]

Board of Directors Tabs 5K Favorites

Five members of the Board of Directors of Growlers Gulch Racing have gone out on a very shaky limb to predict the top finishers and times at the 2010 GG5K. Keep in mind that this group is not the smartest. I was forced to rely on them because they do nothing at [Continue Reading]

Breedlove, Loney Overcome Evil, Dominate at Soaring Eagle

Training at Growlers Gulch is definitely paying off. Tonya Breedlove placed first and GGG teammate Sam Loney took second in the beginner’s division at the Soaring Eagle XC race in Redmond, Washington, on March 21st. The event, which was sponsored by BuDu [Continue Reading]

Van Hoose, Norris, Butler Conquer 5K Quiz

Mike Van Hoose was the first respondent to answer all ten questions correctly in the GG5K quiz. The questions were posted at 8:00 a.m. on Monday; amazingly, the reigning 5K champ had his answers in by 8:26. “It was a slow day at work,” Van Hoose [Continue Reading]

Project to Improve Parking at Stella Trailhead

Brad Burger is heading up a project to improve the parking situation at the Stella trailhead. Burger has agreed to front the cost for having gravel trucked in. He has also been in contact with Mark and Shelley White, whose father owns the parking area. Mr. White [Continue Reading]

GG5K on the Not-So-Distant Horizon

Defending Growlers Gulch 5,000 champ Mike Van Hoose once said, “At Growlers, the dumber the event, the more people show up.” Here’s your chance to prove him right. Sign-up begins now for the storied GG5K, the first event on the 2010 ride circuit [Continue Reading]

Local Trail Update

Golden Spike  Joel Rogauskus led a crew that included Paul and Mel Norris, Brad Burger, Ken Pearson, Jerry DeRuyter, and the mysterious Derrick. They completed 1-2 more miles of the 4.5 mile reroute, leaving approximately one mile to go. Paul said the new line is [Continue Reading]

Mel Norris Suffers Injury, Fans Concerned

I have received several reports about the knee injury Melanie Norris suffered on Sunday. She apparently went over the bars and landed on rocks. The result was five stitches in the emergency room at Legacy Salmon Creek, followed by a Vicodin and a medicinal [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]