Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 Cascade Classic

One of our River City Red Cycling Team members just did something extraordinary.  Pat O'Neil won the Men's Category 3 Cascade Classic Stage Race.  There were four tough stages, a couple with lots of climbing.  Winning any stage race is an impressive feat, but winning a race with the class, history and toughness of the Cascade Classic is doubly impressive.

Pat was kind enough to take the time to write up a race report that he shared with the team, which we are now sharing with you.  So remember kids, if you eat your wheaties and ride ridiculously hard for several years, you too can do this someday.



Pre-race...
Alex dropped by my house with his car ready to go, Thursday morning. 3 bikes loaded on it already and waiting for 2 more. We had the roof AND a trunk rack loaded for speed and brave attacks. If there were ever a car that met Rule #25, Alex's $700 Subaru qualified. ;) We checked into the Motel West, a nice place and perfect location for getting to all 4 stages. We met up with Cormac McGeough, a friend of Alex's to share the room. Cormac is a great kid, 18-19yo, new to a lot of road racing, but full of ambition and positive vibes. I had a GREAT time with Alex, Cormac and few other friends of Alex's that we met at the race!

Alex, Cormac and I rode the full 17mi circuit race course lap, when we got into Bend, which was a very smart recon idea. We talked that night about tactics for stage 1: I told Alex and Cormac I was not going to wait for the final climb up Bachelor to make a move...

The 1st stage (75mi RR) started at Wanoga Sno-Park on Mt Bachelor, I guess about a 100 3s and 4s combined. We climbed for a little while, some down, some more slight up, before beginning a long descent to the bulk of the race. Very early, a couple of guys popped off the front and dangled ahead with no real time on the field. This went on until maybe 15-20mi into the race when the pack kinda stalled near the bottom of a little descent. I was right at the front when that moment occurred and it was very instinctive what had to happen right then. I jumped as hard as I could and raced forward. I heard someone coming with me. Locked on the 2 guys ahead, I dug in, looking around briefly to see that we were leaving the field like an Atlas rocket leaving the earth's gravitational pull.

We overhauled the break quickly and injected the haste that makes a 30sec break into a 1, then 2, then 3 minute break. We got to rotating and it was apparent that we were 3 strong and 1 weak guy. The weak guy being a pretty small junior from a team that had quite a few guys in the field. Thinking that was probably key in our early success. Anyway, we'd rotate and the little guy unfortunately had to follow my pulls. He'd spin out for 15sec and then get out of the way. The other 2 guys and I rode really well, and strong, together.

Shortly after our break formed, we had a nervous moment where the officials pulled us over and neutralized everyone while the 2s went by (they had extra miles/loops built into their course). I hastily took the time to piss. At that point we had a minute-14sec gap, which the officials dutifully gave us back when we restarted. We quickly got our gap out to minute-30sec after that.
Mid race, we started to come up upon the 2s, on the only real hill in the middle of the course. I was really anxious about what was going to happen. If they slowed us down, we'd lose our gap. I was on the front and saw that our lead car was just going around the 2s cars, so I stayed right on him and pushed through, too. The motorcycle guy was yelling at the 2s to move over cause the 4s were coming through! lol. I corrected him to the field that we were 3s, dammit! We passed the 2s, sortof.  My break companions giving me shouts to ease up. I was kindof busting things up in our group, but all I was trying to do was successfully get around the 2s. Later I learned from one of the break guys that his powermeter was reading steadily in the 4-500s while I was pulling through the 2s. We dropped the Junior rider there, also.

The rest of the race was super smooth. Without the Junior, we rode like a tuned team time trial into the base of Mt Bachelor, building up almost a 6 minute lead. The field, of course, started to gain on us as we climbed the last 10 miles of sissy Mt Bachelor. ;) Actually, the wind was tough, though. I went in and out of some hamstring cramps, once falling behind my 2 other guys. But, we were all pretty spent, and eventually, it was me (2nd) and a guy from Portland (Ben) with a River City Cycling jersey taking the finish by 30 sec over our other guy (Jeremiah) a Seattle rider. We stayed mostly 2-3 minutes up over the best of the rest in the field.

I know Alex was being a good teammate, especially early on in my breakaway, not helping pull up the field. He also was getting sick, I realized, most the weekend. Sunday, I caught his bug and we both were heading home feeling like sh&*t!

Stage 2, TT: I knew I would be in yellow the next day. It was kindof weird to just "know" that. I'd been with the other two guys enough and was confident enough in my TT to just know what was going to happen. I followed my now regimen (since it was successful in Baker City for a TT win) of rolling on my road bike for an hour before the TT. I popped onto my TT bike, right before the start and rolled to the starthouse. In second place, the 3rd place rider was right there, in front of me, waiting to go, 30 sec down on me. We were ready to launch for the 9mile, slightly rolling course. But, where was GC man? I looked around. He was nowhere. My 30sec man left and I lined up. I got ready and glanced around again, not seeing him. I mumbled something like "where's GC?" and just before the starter let me go, the official said back to me "I guess you're the leader". This was the last thing I heard as I left the starthouse! :) I made 20sec on my 30sec man. A little bit hurt that I didn't catch him. GC lost 20sec for being late and a solid 40sec or so more over the course. I placed 3rd...

Stage 3, Crit: If you know me, you know something is going to get messed up... I thought the crit was supposed to be preceded by a TT podium and yellow jersey award/handout. As we started to get called into the crit, I realized none of that was going to happen. I guess the intent was just to call up the TT podium and GC man at the crit start. I had failed to grab my yellow jersey. I hastily asked some guys to pin my numbers on my RCR jersey, just before call ups. They were like "wha? who are you?", and I kinda groaned back, well, I was GC and needed them to help me before the callup. BUT, what a sensation, getting the call up and applause before the crit! At the gun, I got a good start and proudly dragged the field for the first lap, conscious of and proud to be in my angry red RCR jersey!
The crit was TOUGH! A long rectangle of just a block wide, it had this insane reduction in road into one short side of the course. Lots of curbing changes, throughout the course. The best I could do was stay near the front. The crit was a short 35min long and we finished safely, in the pack.

Stage 4, circuit RR: The final day was a morning 3-lap, 51mi course, with punchy little climbs and fun descents, throughout. I had about a minute gap, still, on my 2 guys from Friday and everyone else was 2-3 min or more behind. We decided the strategy was to be conservative and just watch out for dangerous break attempts on the climbs. I was relying/counting on general race aggression to keep it together and that pretty much worked. Our 3rd place guy, Ben, the River City guy, tried really hard to get something to go in the first couple of laps. He burned match after match, even on the flat and fast sections, working to cause a shift. But, we'd hit the climbs and I managed to stick with the main accelerations, encouraging others to finish off any slight gaps that would form. I also noticed that I got more room. Something about that yellow jersey meant to let me have some space, or get in where I wanted to go. It was really cool! Alex came up at least once and closed down some dangerous stuff, almost doing sole duty to close down some gaps for me! After the final punchy climb of the last lap, it started to dawn on me that I'd pulled it off. I must have been dreaming a little too much because when a final small break did in fact get a little time on the field, it included the 2nd place GC guy! But, it wasn't enough. His group pulled up into the final punchy finish 25sec or so ahead of us, not enough to shake the podium from my grip.

We drove home, totally spent, and sick or getting sick, but happy we did it!

Thursday, July 16, 2015



**CHRISTMAS IN JULY **
– RIVER CITY BREWING – 
SATURDAY, JULY 25, STARTING AT 3 PM 
121 S. CEDAR STREET, DOWNTOWN SPOKANE

The heat may be getting to us because River City Brewing is getting ready to serve up a cold, malty Christmas in July.  We have dug into our cool, inviting cellar to come up with a line-up of some great winter beers and will turn them loose for one day only, Saturday, July 25th starting at 3 pm.  We have a limited quantity and expect a few to go faster than a snowball on a hot sidewalk so get out a Santa hat, find an ugly reindeer sweater and come help us celebrate Christmas in July!

The day’s line-up includes:
·         2014 Oako-Coco Nitro (~130 pints available)
·         2014 Deep Thaw Winter Warmer (~80 pints available)
·         2014 Congratulator Doppelbock (~60 pints available)
·         2014 Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout (~40 pints available)
·         2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (limit one 8 oz pour per person – limited quantities)
·         2014 Congratulator Eisbock (limit one 8 oz pour per person – limited quantities)
·         Firkin of Holiday Spiced River City Red (~80 pints available)
·         2015 True Stout

      The party starts at 3 pm and with limited quantities so if you want to be sure to get your favorite, be early.  Here is the fine print – no cover charge; one ticket will be given to each person who comes in to limit the purchase of the ’14 Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout and ’14 Congratulator Eisbock to one per person, but a ticket at the door does not guarantee you a pour of either beer; pours of the ’14 Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout and ’14 Congratulator Eisbock limited to 8 oz; no growler fills of cellar beers, Firkin or randall beers; people on both the nice list and the naughty list are welcome; ugly holiday sweaters and festive hats are not required for admission but strongly encouraged; you may not sit on the bartenders’ laps to tell them your beer wishes; we will be collecting new, boxed toys for the Toys for Tots campaign – if you bring a toy you will get a $2 off coupon for a pint; no whining when the cellar beers start to run out – that will get you put on the naughty list for sure.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Lame

Our blog upkeep has been lame lately.  Everyone is running around making beer, talking about beer, tasting beer, occasionally tweeting, instagramming and facebooking about beer, and generally doing stuff that needs to be done.

As a result, this poor blog, once so loved, has languished.  It would be a sad cliche of many neglected blogs to say "we are going to be better" so no promises, but maybe it will happen. 

Then again, maybe not.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spokane Craft Beer Week

There is a lot going on for Spokane Craft Beer Week.  Basically, if you like craft beer your only problem is going to be not drowning in all of the offerings.

For the official website of Spokane Craft Beer Week, go here: http://spokanecraftbeerweek.com/

For Rick Bonino's and the Spokesman beer blog, with lots of info on events this week and other stuff, go here: http://www.spokane7.com/blog/ontap/

For your Growler Fills of ALL AREA CRAFT BEERS, check out the Growler Guys locations in Spokane.  Info here and here: http://www.thegrowlerguys.com/our-locations/washington-spokane-south-hill  AND http://www.thegrowlerguys.com/whats-on-tap/washington-spokane/

We are pouring our Big Barn Brewing collaboration beer all week - Barn City Flower Power Rye IPA and on Friday we are releasing Clocktower Imperial IPA for its annual run.

Here are the rest of our events this week:


Tuesday, 5/12, Genos from 4-6pm: Red, Inconceivable, and Riverkeeper on Tap. Pint Specials. Swag Giveaway.

Tuesday, 5/12, NoLi from 4-7: Collaboration release party on the patio. Pint Specials. Swag Giveaway.

Tuesday, 5/12, Lantern Tap House from 4-close: Firkin of Amarillo Dry Hopped Girlfriend Golden Ale. $2.50 River City pints after Running Club.

Wednesday, 5/13, Checkerboard Bar all day: $1.25 pints of River City, 5 beers on Tap.

Thursday, 5/14, Hub Tavern on Monroe from 4-7pm: 5 beers on Tap. Pint Specials. Swag Giveaway.

Friday, 5/15, River City Tap Room from 3-9pm: Release of our Clocktower Imperial IPA

Saturday, 5/16, Lantern Tap House from 5-10: Whole Hog Auction Fundraiser for Stella, must buy tickets in advance.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

So Much Support in Just a Few Short Months!



We are just two months into the release of our 2015 Riverkeeper IPA, are we are amazed at how much support has been given this year! 

As you all know, we here at River City Brewing have agreed to make a donation for every keg that will be sold now until the end of year, when we redesign the recipe and launch next year's IPA.We cannot express how grateful we are to all of the bars and restaurants in the area that have decided to support River City and our efforts to help protect our Spokane River! 

Below is a list of all of the establishments that have poured Riverkeeper IPA so far this year. If you are out and frequenting these restaurants and bars, please take a moment to thank them for being a supporter of our Spokane Riverkeeper, our Spokane River, and River City Brewing!

Eastern Washington:
The Lantern Tap House
David's Pizza
Crazy Moose Casino
Sunset Mart in Pullman
Mid Columbia Wine and Spirits in Kennewick
Black Pearl Restaurant
Famous Ed's
Andy's Bar and Grill
Underdog's Sports Pub and Grill
The Garland Theater and Bon Bon
Fast Eddies
Area 51 Tap House
The Growler Guys (North and South Hill)
Wingman Birdz and Brewz
Backyard Public House
Clinkerdagger Public House
Ellensburg Pasta Co.
Shooters 2.0
Checkerboard Tavern
Bowlz Bitez and Spiritz
Browne's Tavern
Bottles
Hay J's Bistro
The Downriver Grill
Rocket Market
The Unforgiven Lounge

Northern Idaho:
Capone's in Hayden
Schweitzer Mountain
Capone's in Post Falls
Cork and Tap
The Lounge Fly
Nate's New York Pizza
Melone's Public House



Thank you again to each and every one of you! 
Cheers to you! 
#RiverkeeperIPA #DrinkLocal

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Inlander Restaurant Week

We have been absolutely loving the 2015 Inlander Restaurant Week and all the support that has been shown to local businesses this week!

Thank you to all the bars and restaurants that have chosen to pour River City Brewing this year! To show our thanks, we have been highlighting each one of these establishments on our daily Facebook and Twitter posts. Below is a compiled list of all of the Restaurant Week participants that have had River City on tap for the week. Be sure to stop in each one of these and thank them for supporting local breweries! (If your restaurant has been pouring River City Brewing for Restaurant Week and we missed you, be sure to let Emily know so she can add you to the list and show you some love on our social media sites!) Cheers!

Spokane Restaurants 
Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar
The Backyard
Boiler Room
Central Food
Chaps
Charley’s
Clinkerdaggers
Downriver Grill
The Elk Public House
Epic in Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Fire Artisan Pizza
Hay J’s Bistro
Italia Trattoria
Knockaderry Irish Pub
The Lantern Tap House
Latah Bistro
Legends of Fire at Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Longhorn BBQ
Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
Maggie’s South Hill Grill
Manito Tap House
MAX at Mirabeau
Post Street Ale House
Ripples Riverside Grill
Rock City Grill
Saranac Public House
Spencer’s Steaks & Chops
Steelhead Bar and Grille
True Legends Grill
Twigs Bistro-Downtown
Veraci Pizza
Wild Sage

North Idaho Restaurants
Bardenay
Beverly’s
Bonsai Bistro
Crafted Tap House
The Fedora
Fire Artisan Pizza
Scratch Bistro
Seasons Fresh Grill
Syringa
Tomato Street
Uva Trattoria
White House Grill

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 Riverkeeper IPA Debuts this Wednesday, 2/18/15


Our quality of life in the Inland Northwest is greatly enhanced by the quality of the water that surrounds us.  Recognizing the importance of the Spokane River and its watershed, Numerica Credit Union and River City Brewing have teamed up with Spokane Riverkeeper again this year to launch an annual awareness and fundraising effort.  To celebrate these efforts, River City Brewing is releasing a completely new version of Riverkeeper IPA, a microbrew debuting Wednesday, February 18, exclusively at a release party at the Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry Street, Spokane, Wash.  Link to Facebook Event Post.

More than just a beer, Riverkeeper IPA is the capstone of a collaboration between Spokane Riverkeeper, Numerica and River City Brewing to raise funds and awareness about preserving and protecting the Spokane River and its watershed. The efforts include an online donation campaign, an educational website and events.

"With more than 50 pounds of hops in every brew, the new Riverkeeper IPA is a beer that will get your attention,” said Gage Stromberg, River City Brewing owner, “just the way it should get your attention that our quality of life is so impacted by the Spokane River.”

River City Brewing will make a donation to Spokane Riverkeeper for every batch they brew, meaning that every pint consumed helps the organization.  Two years in a row, Numerica has provided the financial underwriting necessary to create awareness and support events in conjunction with Spokane Riverkeeper.

“Numerica is excited to support the Riverkeeper IPA campaign once again this year,” said Kelli Hawkins, communications manager for Numerica. “We love that Spokane Riverkeeper has the opportunity to use such a fun tool to educate our community about their great efforts to restore and protect our river and watersheds. By teaming up with Spokane Riverkeeper and River City, we are able to help our community live well.”

Included in the Riverkeeper IPA campaign are educational components about the work of Spokane Riverkeeper on a custom website,
www.riverkeeperipa.org, posters, coasters, table-top materials and more.

“The Spokane River gives so much to our community socially and economically; it’s wonderful to see the community get creative to support a healthy River,” said Jerry White, Jr, Spokane Riverkeeper. “Local businesses partnerships like the one Numerica and River City Brewing have forged to support the Spokane Riverkeeper is a real success. The community receives great tasting local beer and gets to drink it knowing that their dollars are helping to keep the Spokane River fishable and swimmable for the next generation. I am really excited to be a part of an effort that is a model of creative and responsible corporate citizenship.”

Following Wednesday’s Launch Party at the Lantern Tap House, Riverkeeper IPA will be available full-time in bars and restaurants across the region and always on tap at the River City Tap Room, 121 S. Cedar in downtown Spokane.

Riverkeeper IPA is a Northwest style, full-bodied IPA using regional hops and grains.  The 2015 version includes over 50 pounds of hops in each batch, including Citra, Palisade, Cascade, Centennial, El Dorado, Millennium and Chinook hops.  For more information about the beer or where you can find it on tap, visit RiverkeeperIPA.org,
RiverCityRed.blogspot.com/p/riverkeeper-ipa.html, or find it on Taplister or TapHunter on your smart phone devices.

About Numerica Credit Union
Numerica Credit Union currently has more than 100,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and over $1.3 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the state of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.



Friday, January 30, 2015

Saturday, Jan 31 - Groundhog's Day Prediction Party

Groundhog Day is known for Punxsutawney Phil predicting whether winter will end or keep going and it’s known for BEER! 

Well, maybe that’s just around here, but we think it’s a great reason to have a beer and a party so on Saturday, January 31st, from 3 – 9 pm, we will have our 2nd Annual Groundhogs Day Prediction Party. 

Your job – show up wearing summer clothes or winter clothes (and drink some beer). If you think winter is wrapping up soon, break out the Hawaiian shirts, tank tops, sunglasses and flip flops. If you think P-Phil is going to see his shadow and winter is sticking around, come wearing your Arctic camo, your snowmobile suit, or your sweet mountain gear. While you’re here, you will get to record your prediction and win prizes if you are right! 

For our beer specials for the night we will tap the TWO kegs of Midnight Marmot, one of which will be poured through the Randall (can’t have a groundhog party without a Marmot beer, right?), AND we'll have a keg of our Oako-Coco Nitro on tap! We will be doing pint specials ($3 pints all day!), growler specials ($10), and, final added bonus, crazy keg specials! ($49/$99 for Red, VB Stout, Huckleberry and Girlfriend kegs, and just $39/$79 for Afternoon IPA and RiverKeeper IPA!!)! 

Come dressed for winter or summer, but come join us for our Groundhogs Day Prediction Party!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ronde Van Palouse - April 26, 2015

Ronde van Palouse - Sunday, April 26, 2015
USA Cycling permit pending 
Field
Start Time
Distance
Laps
Prizes
Men 1/2
Men 3
11 a.m.
   66 mi
   4
Top 3 - $150
Top 3 - $150
Women 1-3                                       Masters 40+ (1-4)                    Masters 50+ (1-4)               Masters 60+ (1-4)
11:05 a.m.
   50 mi
   3
Top 3 - $150
Top 3 - Merch
Top 3 - Merch
Top 3 - Merch
Men 4/5
11:10 a.m.
   50 mi
   3 
Top 3 - Merch
Women 4
Juniors Boys 12-15
Junior Girls 12-15
11:15 a.m.
   34 mi
   2
Top 3 - Merch
Top 3 - Medals
Top 3 - Medals
Description: Ronde van Palouse (Tour of the Palouse) is a road race held in the spirit of the Spring Classics. The course consists of a 16-mile circuit in the farm country near Spangle, Washington. The loop features 10 miles of good pavement and 6 miles of graded gravel. The constant rollers and the nearly constant wind of the Palouse make this a challenging circuit that favors the strongest all-around riders. The finish line is about two miles northeast of Liberty High School. 
  • Five (5) riders make a category. Promoter also reserves the right to combine, split, or cancel fields depending on turnout. Fields that race together will still be scored separately.
  •  Driving Directions: From Spokane, go 17 miles south on Hwy 195. Exit the highway left on East Cheney-Spangle Road. This is the second Spangle exit. You'll see the Harvester Restaurant to the left and a gas station on the right as you enter the town of Spangle. Continue to the stop sign at Main/Old 195. Turn right on Old SR 195 and proceed south for approximately one mile. Turn left on Spangle-Waverly Road. Proceed 3.5 miles to the staging area at Liberty High School on the right.
  • Entrance Fee: $35 includes sales tax, insurance surcharges, and registration fees.   
  • Registration:  Online registration available at usacycling.org.  Day-of registration will be available. Check-in and registration will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Liberty Middle School parking lot.  WSBA number required. $10 rental numbers available ($5 refundable for Wash. and Idaho residents; $10 refundable for all others).  USA Cycling license required. $10 One-Day Licenses available only for Men Cat 5 and Women Cat 4, no exceptions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Support vehicle for each field will be “wheels in-wheels out”.  However, your best bet is to run a wider tire with max air pressure.
  • A feed zone is available for teams and individuals with their own support person. Your soigneur should be instructed to stand in the feed zone on South Rattlers Run (see map below). There is parking at the intersection of Dawson Road and Rattlers Run Road. 
  • Award ceremony and will be at Liberty High School after the last field has finished (approximately 2:30 pm)

Other Rules: All USA cycling rules apply. Racers must present valid 2015 USA Cycling license at registration, no exceptions. Riders outside the "race caravan" must obey the standard rules of the road. Helmets must be worn any time the participant is on a bicycle--before, during, and after the race, except while on a trainer.



Contacts
Organizer: Brad Hamby
Contact:  bradhamby@yahoo.com or 509-688-4152

See Page for Course Map and Profile


Monday, December 29, 2014

Respect

I have respect for obsessions.  Healthy ones, at least.  And obsessing about getting a 1972 Porsche 911 around a race track just a bit faster?  That's an obsession I can appreciate.


I saw this video first on Twitter (checks us out at @RiverCityRed) from Road & Track. Here is the online posting: http://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/videos/a24523/one-mans-14-year-pursuit-of-a-faster-lap-time-in-his-porsche/.