Bike Stoke

I’ve been running from Spokane for the past couple months and feeling awesome for doing so. During that time I have had some great times with seeing old friends- making new ones, riding trails I haven’t ridden in years- riding trails I didn’t know existed and realizing how awesome it is to be part of all of this. And it’s all because of a bike. So I thought I’d share some of the people and places that made me get thinking about stoke.

My first stop was Tiger Mountain Enduro outside of Seattle, Washington.

Charlie Sponsel is 100% positive with bike stoke
Charlie Sponsel is 100% positive with bike stoke and he won the Tiger Mt. Enduro
2nd stage 100% soaked to the bone race stoke
2nd stage 100% soaked to the bone race stoke
Scott Matual and Rainer mixed together is super stoke
Scott Matual and Rainer mixed together is looking like Kiss style stoke
Bike stoke in pissing rain
mission accomplished enduro bike stoke in pissing rain
Enduro after glow stoke- using arm gestures to explain the stoke.
Enduro after glow stoke- using arm gestures to explain the stoke.
Lars Sternberg stoke
Lars Sternberg stoke- he got Second next to Charlie Sponsel in pro class. Charlie said it wasn’t mathematical possible to beat Lars but math was wrong that day.

After I went to the Tiger Mt. Enduro, I hit up a Seattle cyclocross race to see what I could find in the terms of bike stoke. Thanks to the Hodala guys and Schooner Exact’s awesome beer, the stoke meter went really high.

super beer stoke
super beer stoke
Hodala Sally beer drinking stoke
Hodala Sally encouraging  the beer drinking stoke
muddy water angel stoke
muddy water angel stoke
Finished a cross race stoke
Finished a cross race stoke
Seattle cross racing stoke when it rains.
Seattle cross racing stoke when it rains.

Next stop was Moscow, Idaho to see how the trails were after all the rain Washington got that previous weekend.

Jake Grob getting smashing the berm stoke
Jake Grob smashing the berm stoke

Since I hadn’t been to Portland, Oregon for over a year I wanted to check out a Cross Crusade race.

pre warm up stoke
pre warm up Breadwinner stoke
coming up the middle stoke
coming up the middle stoke
Tony Pereira stoke
Tony Pereira stoke
manual your cross bike stoke
manual your cross bike stoke

To be honest I could keep showing off the stoke but I think I have made my point- that being around people who love bikes and beer, brings the stoke.

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11 thoughts on “Bike Stoke

  1. @tourdepaleale: A word on Starbucks- they’re a great team sponsor. Our other main team sponsor is Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Starbucks’ generosity allows us to raise a bunch of money for SCCA every year. Also, my fantastic teammate (pictured above) fuels stoke all of the time no matter what jersey she’s wearing.

  2. @megbikes That’s all good stuff, I’m just another one of those “anti-corporate” dudes. I do appreciate the fact that they donate the earnings of pumpkin spice lattes to a good cause at least.

  3. @TourDePaleAle I completely relate- not much of a fan of big corporations myself (and seriously thought about that before joining the team!). As far as big corporations go, though, Sbux does a good job supporting local community causes, and they’ve certainly been great sponsors for our team. I’ll raise a cup from a local coffee shop (or brewery) any day though! Cheers!