Club Meeting and BBQ

Come get your complimentary hamburger and blinky light as we kick-off the spring riding season and our 2012 Light Up the Valley campaign!

8th Annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic

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The 8th Annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic is June 15, 2013 in Walla Walla WA. Ride, wine and dine in the road riding capital of Washington.

6/12/13 – Online registration is now closed but you can still come ride with us and register at the event! Just bring cash or check to the registration table beginning at 7:00 AM on 6/15/13 and we’ll get you registered.

The Walla Walla Valley provides the cyclist with the best roads, less traffic, great food and outstanding weather. 30, 60, & 100 mile options. Fully supported. $45 registration fee includes a lunch feast at the end of the ride. Sign up begins at 7:00 AM at Pioneer Park.

Suggested registration times by ride length:

100 mile – 7:00 AM

60 mile – 8:00 AM

30 mile – 9:00 AM

The Ann Ride leaves Walla Walla’s beautiful Pioneer Park heading north past golden, rolling wheat fields and the emerald velvet of alfalfa awaiting first harvest leading to L’Ecole no. 41, one of about 140 wineries in the valley. Riders then head southeast into Oregon, past hundreds of wind turbines looming over some of the region’s finest apple, pear and cherry orchards. The loop east points riders in the direction of the Blue Mountains, a magnificent view to be enjoyed for the remainder of the ride. Back to Walla Walla; then riders veer 15 miles uphill into a forested canyon as they take in the 100 mile final leg-burning stage before looping downhill back to Pioneer Park and heaping servings of spaghetti and meatballs and locally brewed Laht Neppur beer.

REGISTER ON-LINE HERE

4000 in 50 Century

Stick around for another day and enjoy the views and feel the burn! Unsupported with 4000′ of elevation gain. Great 20-mile descent. $5 day-of registration only. Starts at Pioneer Park at 7:00 AM on June 16, 2013.

Route Map and Cue Sheet

Club Elections Update – Nominations Extended

Nominations for club officers have been extended until November 1st.

Club Elections

Election date has been set for November 7th. Nominations can be given at either Allegro Cyclery or Bicycle Barn, and will end October 24th. Voting will be at the November 8th club meeting.

6th Annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic

Memorial ride honoring Ann Weatherill, a local cyclist who lost her life doing what she loved, enjoying the outdoors and friends while on her bike.

June 18th – Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic

Walla Walla, WA

30, 60, & 100 mile options. Ride, wine & dine in the road riding capital of Washington

Fully supported with end of ride party

Register at http://www.active.com/cycling/walla-walla-wa/ann-weatherill-cycling-classic-2011

The ride starts at the center of Pioneer Park
Registration accepted the morning of the ride
Check in for the 100 mile ride – before 7:00 AM start
Check in for the 60 mile ride – before 8:00 AM start
Check in for the 30 mile ride – before 9:00 AM start

June 19th – Walla Walla “4000 in 50” 100 mile

Revival of our classic one day after the Ann Ride

Unsupported. 4000′ elevation gain. Great 20 mile descent

Fee of $5 to support our club. Day of registration only

Ride starts at the center of Pioneer Park
Check in between 6:00 – 7:00 AM

Ride, wine and dine in the road riding capital of Washington. The Walla Walla Valley provides the cyclist with the best roads, less traffic, great food and outstanding weather. Also the home of the region’s heralded Tour of Walla Walla stage race held every April.

The ANN RIDE leaves Walla Walla’s centrally located Pioneer Park, “The Gem of Walla Walla.” The compass points north as you head into the rolling wheat fields. Only to be met by the soft green texture of alfalfa waving in the breeze before slipping into the tiny burg of Lowden. Tiny, but home of several of the areas many wineries, highlighted by L’Ecole no. 41, major sponsor of the Wheatland Wheelers Cycling Club and L’Ecole no. 41 racing team.

Making yet another change in direction you will skirt one of the regions largest wind turbine projects. Heading southeast into acre of Oregon’s finest orchards they will open before you and allow passage toward the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Leaving behind the young fruit dancing on the branches we again enter the expanses of field crops. More acres of wheat share the foothills with pods bursting with Walla Walla sweet peas.

Working your way past one more food stop before the “last leg” of burning legs, a gentle uphill of 15 miles along Mill Creek. This last section takes you into the low lying forests of the Blue Mountains, passing the site of the sawmill built by Marcus Whitman. All riders will be greeted at the turnaround with the knowledge that the last 15 miles will propel your bike in a downward direction as you fall back into the valley. Be sure and enjoy the view as the valley opens before you, remembering all the time what awaits you on your return to Pioneer Park. With ample food and drink from local producers you can sit, relax, take in the live music and enjoy each others company, after all, “we just had a terrific ride.”

The 30 and 60 mile rides won’t visit as many parts of the valley but will still give the rider a great overview of why we live in Walla Walla.

Bike to Work Day

We’re celebrating Bike to Work Day!

Friday, May 20th – 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Cruise in to your favorite bike shop on your ride to work and we’ll fuel you up on cool cookies & hot coffee!

So leave your car at home and enjoy the ride!

Bicycle Barn – 1503 E Isaacs

Allegro Cyclery – 200 E Main

Coffee donated by Coffee Perk

Cookies donated by Walla Walla Bread Co.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL RIDES!

Ice Cream Social Rides start tonight, Tuesday May 17th

Meet at Wildwood Park (on Division St.) 6:00 p.m.

3 rides to choose from:

  • Cruiser ride
  • Social ride
  • Training pace ride

Rides leave at 6:15 SHARP…RAIN or SHINE! Bring your friends and family there’s SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, Mix & mingle. Relax & ride. Slowdown & savor the best ICE CREAM in town! Join us, for a PRETTY SWEET RIDE!

Eastern Washington Road Races 2011

2011 has seen a significant increase in the number of Eastern Washington road races. I have compiled a list of the races with links to each race’s website. I hope that we can show our support for Eastern Washington racing this year by representing L’Ecole No. 41 / Wheatland Wheelers at these races.

2011 Road Races in Eastern Washington

March

March 6: Wawawaii Landing TT and Wawawaii Grade Hill climb

April

April 2-3: Frozen Flatlands Omnium

April 9: Ronde Van Palouse

April 15-17: Tour of Walla Walla

May

May 7: Liberty Road Race

May 14-15: Wenatchee Velo Omnium

May 21: Inland Road Race Series #2: TBA

June

June 5: Cheney-Rock Lake Road Race

June 17-19: Elkhorn Stage Race (Baker City, Oregon)

July

July 3: Whitworth Criterium

July 16: Liberty Road Race

August

August 14: Mount Spokane Hill Climb

Weekly Series

April-August – Tuesday Nights: Twilight Series

Tour of Walla Walla 2010 Photos

Click on the “Photos” link in the Main Menu to see pictures of the Tour of Walla Walla 2010. Many thanks to my wife Kimberly for taking these.

Matt

Team Ride

Team ride Sunday 4/11/10. Meet 8:50 AM at Shawn’s house, leave at 9:00 AM. Plan is Waitsburg loop, with a stop at the Whitman race on the way back.