We’re off to ride bikes, while building relationships together and having fun! 2018 team weekend is NOW!
Where are we going? Black Butte, OR – outside of Sisters, OR where it is typically dry. Unfortunately, its snowing, lol. Such is spring time in Oregon. This weekend we’ll focus on gravel rides through the pine trees of the Willamette national forest east of the cascades. A home base in Black Butte gives the team quick and easy access to the plethora of gravel roads in the area.
The weekend would not be nearly as rad without help from our sponsors. A huge thanks goes out to these people for allowing us to be a part of your extended families. Together we share the vision that getting outdoors and experiencing a slice of adventure together can build stronger people, families and communities.
Provided in part by Floral Designs by Barb & Outlier Promotions. The 4bdr 2.5 bath home is a perfect family getaway off the 15th tee in Black Butte. It sleeps 12 in beds! The team size is such this year that our riders could bring their spouses and kids to the weekend. Truly this is a family affair!
Aside from the obvious there are two things we really love about the property – 1. Closer than Bend and Sunriver (easier on kids, more time on vacation, less time driving). 2. Supremely quiet and private. Its a true getaway.
If you’re interested in a cycling week/end here then check out the listing and hit us up for more info. We know many rides in the area and would love to help you have a sweet bikeation!
Helping to make the mantra: Coffee – Bikes –
Beer Cider happen!
Dapper and Wise Roasters
About a decade ago, on a trip to Costa Rica, we had the opportunity to experience coffee from the farm itself. We drank it black and it was amazing. It was how coffee should be. Since then we’ve been snobs a bit. Luckily for us we ran across Dapper and Wise roasters. Premium single origin and blend coffee that gives us that same experience we had in Costa Rica so long ago.
Our goal at Dapper & Wise is to source and roast the best coffees we can find, to keep inventing new ways to treat our employees and coffee producers better, to be funny slightly more often than we are serious, to consistently offer the tastiest coffees and beverages in our cafes, to be at minimum very nice to everyone who walks in our doors, to teach our friends and customers about coffee in a friendly and un-pretentious way, and to have fun while we are doing all of those things. It’s a long goal with a lot of commas and dependent clauses, but we think it’s worth it. –Dapper and Wise Coffee Roasters
We think its worth it too and we’re honored to enjoy this coffee all year long with our team and other cyclists at the events we attend. If you’re interested in supporting the team by enjoying some fine coffee, then head on over to our store and check it out. All proceeds go to support the Bonk Collective in achieving their goals this year.
Xylem Cider Works
Sometimes we feel like Portland, and particularly the east side, gets all the good stuff when it comes to breweries but Xylem Cider Works is a new exception to this norm. Based in Sherwood, OR, this new cider brewery is making up some of the best cider in Oregon. Its “Cider for the people” and we’re excited to be people!
You might be thinking – wait, this throws the mantra all off, so why cider? Make no mistake, we still enjoy beer but if beer is like a level 8, then cider is a 9 or a 10. The reality is that some of our riders can’t drink beer for the gluten and while a nice craft Imperial IPA tastes amazing, it tends to dry our bodies out while making us feel a bit bloated. Cider is handled better by our bodies and sets us up for a better ride the next day. Its just as complex and refreshing after a long day in the saddle too!
Skratch Labs providing the hydration for our saddle time. On Saturday we’ll “go long” with a recon ride of the High Desert Gravel Grinder course. (We’re two weeks out from the race!) Hydration to keep the smiles coming and the cramps away. Worth noting is that Skratch Labs is not JUST hydration anymore. They have chewys, bars and a delicious chocolate recovery drink mix too!
To keep our energy levels high and our taste buds in heaven we will look towards our team nutritionist for some great meals, likely to draw on inspiration from the Feed Zone book for family size portions. More on this later.
Meridian Insurance a division of JMI Insurance Group When we looked for insurance for the team van it actually got a bit confusing and complicated. Is it a commercial vehicle or personal? Van or RV? Can we have several drivers or not? Luckily for us we already had a relationship with fellow cycling enthusiast Jeff Walsh of JMI Insurance Group. He helped us get the right insurance for the van and offered support to the team for 2018. Thanks Jeff, we’re excited to get you out on a bike one of these days and show you some of the best gravel experiences you can have in Oregon!
Impact Sign Co If you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve got some VAN GRAPHICS, compliments of Impact Sign Co! Its a work in progress but we’re stoked at how the team van is starting to take shape. Our goal is to make it functional for all the events the team is going to do this year. Race, ride, camp, CX. We’re also stoked to provide the advertising advantage of vehicle graphics to our sponsors all year long. Did you know it is one of the best ways to spend your ad money? Stay tuned for a post relating to this!