Monday, December 29, 2014


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:

Friday, December 26, 2014

How to Watch a Bike Race

A guy named Cosmo Catalano (no, I don't know if that is his real name) does encapsulation videos after lots of races called "How the Race Was Won."  If you miss TV coverage of a bike race, it's a great way to catch up on the key moments, interesting happening or note-worthy occurrences.  He also, however, did a video on how to watch a race, so you too can be a Cosmo-worth watcher.

I'll let him explain.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

There's crazy. And then there's CRAZY.

Still not enough snow around here to make skiers, boarders, snowshoers, fat bikers and penguins happy, but in the meantime, check this out.  Watch it the second time with your eyes open.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ronde Von Palouse - April 26

Despite the popularity of the race, the Ronde Von Palouse was in danger of being held in 2015 due to the organizing bike team disbanding.  River City Red Cycling has agreed to step into the breach and is planning to hold this race on Sunday, April 26.

Stay tuned for details as they become solidified.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Washington Student Cycling League

As we covered a couple of posts ago, the brewery is pleased to support a Spokane-based cycling team - River City Red Cycling.  As a team, we race bikes, but we do this as a way of a) having fun riding bikes, b) having fun drinking beer and talking about bikes and bike racing, and c) trying to be good ambassadors for cycling in many ways - racing, training, commuting, transportation, fun, exercise and a way to burn calories so we can drink beer.

More towards our ambassador side, we are pleased to be starting an association with the Washington Student Cycling League.  Here is their raison d'etre:
The Washington Student Cycling League is a holistic mountain bike program for students grade 6-12. We are a non-profit organization that partners with schools and community organizations to provide inclusive cycling opportunities to all students across the state.
Our mission is to promote youth development, confidence, leadership, health and public stewardship through mountain biking and positive outdoor experience and to create a foundation for lifelong cycling enjoyment.
Two of our team members, Brad Hamby (2014 Team MVP) and Travis Coleman (2013 & 2014 Team "Big Dog"), just got licensed as coaches with the WSCL and will be working with others to start and develop an east-side team that will, in part, have the opportunity to go over to race in some west-side races.  The riders and sponsors of River City Red Cycling (Desautel Hege Communications, M & L Supply Company, Powers Stromberg Pension Consulting, Pulmonary Specialists, Tailwind Physical Therapy, The Bike Hub, and Voltric Electric, along with River City Brewing) are committed to helping youth cycling in our area and a significant portion of our team funds will be spent on these efforts.

If you know of a girl or boy in the 6th through 12th grad that would be interested, please let us know or keep an eye on this space for more information as plans develop.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spokane Gets on Another List

Recently local activist, arts supporter, Spokane supporter, writer, man-about-town Luke Baumgarten wrote a piece for the Inlander called "Screw Big Cities" (  And while he used a naughty word in his title, he makes a good point (as he always does).  The gist of it is that big cities have art experiences, but they also come with congestion, expense and stasis.  On the other hand, Spokane offers a great quality of life, an accessible art scene and it is a place that you can have an impact if you are willing to work at it.

What's nice is that Luke is a relatively young person saying these things, rather than a paid spokesperson for an economic development organization.

I have been saying for a long time that one of our problems is that we as a city lack the self-confidence that some bigger, hipper cities seem to have in abundance.  It's well past time we look around and see that we live in a very cool, dynamic place that also happens to offer a reasonably priced really, truly excellent quality of life. 

And, it helps that other people are starting to look in from the outside and recognize that, to wit, showing up on a list of "Underrated Cities that Deserve Some Love" on The Chive website:  Here is the description:

Eight hometown breweries, 36 bars, and Washington’s first craft liquor distillery, Spokane is definitely a place to add to your list. Surrounded by beautiful Washington forests, you can find yourself white water rafting, golfing, hiking, touring breweries, and taking the chairlift to the top of the mountains all in the same day. A beautiful spot with an awesome nightlife, and a heavy emphasis on local, craft alcoholic beverages, Spokane is totally worth a visit.

And it's hard to find two sources more different than Luke Baumgarten and The Chive saying a very similar thing - that Spokane is an awesome place.  We wholeheartedly agree and think you should too.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2015 River City Red Cycling Team

This communication below just went out to the existing team, but if you are interested in joining us for the 2015 season, e-mail me at gage at inlandnwbrewing period com.  We are particularly interested in supporting young riders (23 and under) and adding female riders, so we have reduced dues for these categories (only $8 to cover cost of t-shirt and pint).  Also, if you are interested in racing but haven't dipped your toe in that particular pool, feel free to come to the meeting and find out what we are about.

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Dear River City Red Cycling Team: It’s time to get geared up for the 2015!  We are having a team meeting next week, Thursday, December 11 at 6 pm at the River City Brewing Tap Room to talk about the 2015 schedule and start the process of getting our shit together for the year.  If you have a friend or know someone that has shown an interest in getting started with racing, feel free to bring him OR HER along.

The preliminary schedule, put together by Brad (2014 Team MVP) with some input from Travis, is attached.  I want to get a bit more organized about some standing times for rides so we can plan around them a bit more.  Of course the weather, schedules, races, etc. will impact it as we go, but I think if we have a starting point it will help.  Nothing much is set in stone, but it’s a good starting place.  You will also see a couple of training camp dates and an MTB excursion to Seven Summits, so if that is of interest, get them on the calendar now whether you can make two days or all four.  Details to follow.

Also, we will be getting organized earlier for team kit and, NEW this year, team members will all get a pint glass and a team-only t-shirt.  Also new this year, we will be shutting down the e-mail group to just dues-paying members to enable us to talk about more about team strategy, recap race issues, etc. 

Brad and Travis are in Seattle right now (or on the way home) from a meeting about organizing a youth MTB group in Spokane, so our long-standing plan to support youth cycling is finally making some solid progress this year.  We have over $6,000 from prior dues and sponsorships to support this project, including helping getting some high school racers over to the west side for racing, so I’m very happy to see that finally coming together.  We are also interested in picking up more female racers, so please do some recruiting on this front if you know any potential candidates.

If you can’t make the meeting, please feel free to fill out the sign-up and release and drop it off anytime.  Looking forward to seeing some of you at the Tap Room next week and all of you on the road sometime in 2015.