Upgrade To CAT 1

Jason Cemanski is CycleU/Apex Racing’s first team member to go from CAT 5 to CAT 1 on the road. This is a serious accomplishment and a testament to Jason’s abilities. Now let’s see if he can get an upgrade to CAT 1 in cyclocross, he’s almost there.        ...

Magnolia Ride

We have a semi-regular group ride out of the Interbay/Magnolia area at lunchtime on Wednesdays. Anyone’s welcome. This was something we started a couple years ago as a reason to get out of the office mid-week and ride in the open air. It’s in the middle of the day, so we get riding all year round but mostly in the offseason. It’s a fun way to ride with people from other teams, visiting riders, or just people trying to get into the sport. What to Expect This is a challenging ride for most. In just under 20 miles, we cover about 2,000 feet of climbing and it takes around an hour to complete. We don’t usually wait around on top of any hills, but there are some sections where we double back or cross paths with a previous part of the route. You should know the route before riding this. There are some fun attacks and sprints here and there. The hills are some of the steepest in Magnolia. Ride Updates Sometimes we ride Thursdays if the weather’s going to be better, but Wednesday is the primary day. If the plan changes, we will make that known on our team twitter feed. The Route It looks a little like this. We vary this slightly sometimes, but 97% of the time it’s this route. Details Wednesdays (sometimes Thursdays) Meeting time is Noon Location is that Starbucks on Dravus right next to Red Mill Burgers. Ride Updates – Twatter View Larger...

Mark Your Calendars, 2013 Meet the Team Ride

Do you want to race with CycleU/Apex next season? If you answered yes get your spandex clad ass to our meet the team ride! Who are we looking for? Its straightforward really, guys committed to training through the winter then racing through the spring and summer. This includes beginners, CAT 1/2 monsters, juniors who don’t yet shave their legs, incontinent masters and everyone inbetween. If it can be raced on a bicycle, CycleU/Apex team members are doing it, this includes road racing, TTs, criteriums, track, cyclocross, mountain biking, endurance racing and yes…even RAAM. However, team membership does require a commitment to road racing. WHEN: 9:15am, September the 21st WHERE: Pert’s Deli in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood (ok, really it’s Starbucks) WSBA meet the team ride info here....

RAAM (Race Across America)

Traditional road racing is our teams focus, however, we also race cyclocross, mountain bikes and even ENDURANCE RACING! 2013 Chris Ragsdale joined CycleU/Apex, his goal for the season was tackling RAAM solo. The following race report is from his amazing performance. Here I am 11 days after having gotten off the bike from Solo RAAM 2013. Approximately the same amount of time it took me to finish the race. It hit me in the shower that finally I feel ready to sit and tell my story. I’ve been contemplating it for a week now. You know work, family, downtime, chores, I’m still processing obviously. A lot can happen in 11 days and it often does. This was my first time doing RAAM. I have done a lot of Ultra distance racing, a couple dozen events lasting 24 hours or more.  When asked about those events people would say, what is it like out there? or What do you think about? or How do you feel?  I would say well it’s crazy I go through all kinds of feelings.  That’s the great thing about an Ultra race.  You’re out there so long that you have enough time to feel every way.  I go through anxiety, fear, stress, I feel excited, aggressive, angry, peaceful, fulfilled, supported, passive, and lost. Most of those things and more run through my thoughts during almost all of my races. This race is the equivalent of doing 10 in a row. RAAM is 3,000 miles and the clock never stops. The route this year went from Oceanside California to Annapolis Maryland; we left on June 11 at...

UPGRADES All Around

The 2013 road racing season is well underway and Cycle U/Apex has been moving guys up through the categories with more advancements to come. So far the rider upgrades include: Stephen Gavette, cat 5 to cat 2 (yes you read that correctly) Jason Connell, upgraded to cat 2 Jason Spears, upgraded to cat 3 Peter Miller, upgraded to cat 3 (upgraded with a bad-ass late solo break at Olympic View) Rick Birdsey, upgraded to cat 3 Nate Camp, upgraded to cat 4 Eric Cranfield, upgraded to cat 4 Paul Tassin, upgraded to cat 4 Kurt Litsinger, upgraded to cat 3 Ken Ramirez, upgraded to cat 4 Layton Carroll-Novack, upgraded to cat 4 The team has also grown since the beginning of the season. Mark Franks has joined Cycle U/Apex and will be racing cat 1/2. We’ve also added our second junior team member, Layton Carroll-Novack has joined...

Climbing clinic a success

Our second annual team climbing clinic went really well today. This was our first major team ride as team Cycle U/Apex in the new year. We had over 25 guys all ready to roll at 9:00am from logboom in brand new kits. We took some laps on Norway and Hollywood hills and regrouped to go over questions. We learned a lot! Afterward, the rain held off and a small group of us made it out to that Snohomish Bakery, where we ate way too much and sat around way too...