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been a while and there is a lot to go over regarding RIDE and RUN 542.
short, after 11 consecutive years...we are taking a year off from hosting the
event in 2014. I've gotten a lot of amazing support over the years and
demand for the event is as high as ever...but life also plays its cards
sometimes and this year those cards trump. We are postponing the event
for 2014 with a commitment to bring it back, full scale, in 2015.
2015 we'll work to bring back the closed road, create an Electric Bike
Division, expand the run options and courses, offer a deeper prize purse for
both the ride and run, dial in more of the logistics and we're looking to bring
in a new international production partner.
again, we are bummed to miss a year of Festival 542 but it's time to take a
little break to recharge and refocus our efforts. We already have the new
2015 artwork by Trish Harding...and it's truly spectacular!!
is nothing better than riding up the Mt. Baker Highway on a bike, without
cars, without looking over your shoulder, without fear of 40 ft RV's
sideswiping your head. Well, I take that back...the only thing better is
riding down with those same benefits and freedoms. The road should, for a
few hours on one day a year, be for those that want to earn the view, earn the
sweat, earn the joy of coasting back down. It's your road...run it, ride
it, enjoy it.
...please continue to Ride & Run 542.
continue to support the many local businesses along the route.
...please ride safe and be careful out there.
continue to prepare for 2015...you won't want to miss it!
little more detail on what's been going on:
the last 4 years I've worked on numerous international events and launched a
the events side, I annually work as operations staff on the Amgen Tour of
California and the USPRO Challenge, as well as several others events. There is a lot
of operational experience to bring to the table that will help make Festival542
the event we've always dreamed of. Inclusive, challenging, beautiful,
organized, safe, fun and the right thing for the area and region.
2011, I also helped launch a new company, Cirrus Cycles. Over the last 3
years we've brought to market our new innovative isolation seatpost called
BodyFloat. The cycling world is opening up and accepting our new and
simple technology. BodyFloat is being touted as a breakthrough product
that finally bridges and enhances the comfort and performance of any bike you
put it on and any rider you put it under...all without energy loss or bounce.
It's infinitely tunable, contains no damping, and allows the rider to
create any feel they desire. Adjust to perform like a Ferrari,
a Subaru, a Cadillac, a cruise ship...you choose. The reviews are
rolling in...BodyFloat works and exceeds all expectations. Do yourself,
and your butt a favor, please check it out...I promise that it will blow you
away. And the better the bike...the better BodyFloat works. Cirrus and
BodyFloat will be a big part of the 2015 Festival542.
thank you for your patience, your continued support and for believing in
Festival 542. I will miss herding cats at 7am in Glacier, enjoying Wake-n-Bakery coffee, welcoming you
to the summit at Artist Point, giving away a ton of swag, and enjoying our post
event frosty beverages at Milanos, Grahams and Chair 9. But it will
happen again soon.
the best. We can't wait to welcome you to the summit again in 2015.
Charlie & Cathy and crew
2013 Mount Baker Hill Climb
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Thanks for a great 2013 Hill Climb! Please see the Director's Note for a summary of the event.
2013 Mount Baker Hill Climb results
2013 Mount Baker Hill Climb photos
(Photos by Hovde Productions)
Artwork By: Trish Harding, www.studioufo.net
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