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Come Ride the “OP”

Welcome to Olympic Peninsula Cycling and OPBA—the Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance. We live here and we’re passionate about cycling here. So in early 2017 we decided it was time to share that passion—to get the word out about the extraordinary cycling fun and adventure we get to enjoy year ‘round. What we realized right away was that there just [...]

Cycling Around

I realized the other day that when I go for a ride on my bike or drive my car anywhere, I usually don’t encounter any problems at all. When I do? Oh boy, do I remember it! I suspect that’s true for most of us. The “problems” I’m talking about are the interactions we have with others, whether they’re in [...]

Getting Into Cycling (Again)

I’ve had a lot of conversations recently that went like this: “So, you’re a bike rider.” [The first clue was probably my outfit—the helmet, the fingerless gloves, the shoes, the bright colors of my jersey. But it could also have been the expression on my face since (more often than not at the time) I’d just finished a ride and [...]

The Veteran and the Bicycle

“Let me tell you a story about veterans,” she said. “I really missed my brother—I mean the one I knew before he went to war. He loved life, he smiled, he laughed, he enjoyed things, simple things, you know? He was a positive kind of guy, always looking ahead, figuring out how to solve problems. I can’t tell you the [...]

Emerald City Ride

The 2018 Emerald City Ride, a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to ride iconic scenic routes in Seattle traffic free, will take place on Sunday morning, April 8th. Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC)  holds the event which is presented by Kaiser-Permanente. OPBA Members Get A 10% Discount! If you're already a member, you've gotten a discount code to take advantage of a great offer: you get [...]

2018 Tour de Dungeness

  The 2018 Tour de Dungeness is a wrap.  This year marked the 21st time the Pacific Northwest's road bike racing season has kicked off in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.  The "Tour de Dung" annually brings 400--500 cyclists from all over the region to compete over two successive weekends--March 10th and 17th this year. The course is [...]

Disco Bay Mixer

Last month, Nick Batcheller, Forest Hietpas  and friends, led the first "Disco Bay Mixer," a mixed surface ride that, in every respect, was epic!  Here's his account of the February 24th ride. "When we thought to have a group ride through the foothills of the Olympics in late February we were most certainly expecting hours of rain, mud clogged bikes and soggy [...]

Raising Autism Awareness

Mike Tapogna has a mission:  raising autism awareness by biking across the United States this summer.  He also wants to raise funds for the Autism Center at Seattle Children's Hospital.   His son, Luca, is nine years old and has Autism Spectrum Disorder (high functioning, formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome).   "He is the most amazing person I know and the love of [...]

“Buckaroos” & “Wranglers”

OPBA is looking for participants and volunteers to be part of the inaugural Sequim Bike Rodeo.  A bike rodeo is a fun opportunity for kids from kindergarten through 5th grade to learn how to ride their bikes safely.  It's a FREE event, so kids bring your parents (and make they sure they sign their release forms so you can be a [...]

Tour de Lavender Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the 2018 Tour de Lavender!  The Sixth Annual Tour de Lavender, scheduled for August 4th, is looking for a few--actually A LOT--of good women and men volunteers to help make this year's tour the best ever. Over 500 riders are expected to register and ride in the event which has become the premier cycling event for [...]

The Spoke Folk in Sequim

The Spoke Folk Riding Club is a group of over 100 riders from the Sequim and Port Angeles area who ride regularly for the pure fun of riding, to enjoy the companionship of other cyclists, for exercise, and for the joy of being outdoors. Their regular rides are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.  They meet at the Sequim Community Church [...]

A Sense of Discovery

The Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) is a magnificent idea that is steadily becoming a reality, thanks to an equally magnificent, decades-long effort and commitment by the Peninsula Trails Coalition. Those of us who live here on the Olympic Peninsula’s northern edge get to ride parts or all of the ODT anytime we want. For many of us, parts of [...]

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