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How We Do Podcast 8-8-14

COO Tesmond Hurd and CEO Brian Sather from La Grande Ride HQ, La Grande, Oregon, USA. Topics include The Merger, Zach's trailhead music, newly discovered trails, and more.

^ M. Jordan was here. Photo by D. Hendrickson.
^ A trail merger at La Grande Reservoir area.
^ Fun log hopping at La Grande Reservoir

La Grande Weather Service Merges with La Grande Ride, Inc.

LA GRANDE, OR—Local business La Grande Weather Service, Inc. (LGDWS) has made the official move to merge with La Grande Ride, Inc. located on 1501 Madison Avenue in La Grande. Since 2009, the weather service has been providing reliable and accurate forecasting for Northeastern Oregon, becoming a corporation in Oregon in 2012. Both businesses have provided complimentary services during recent years which spawned merger talks that became more serious in recent months in an effort to become more efficient. Read more

Thonney Wins Mountain Bike Race at Spout Springs

TOLLGATE, OR-- Kevin Thonney (Bicycle Barn) of Walla Walla charged up the ski hill to take the KOM prime and never looked back for a decisive win at the Roundabout Spout XC Mountain Bike Race July 12, 2014. Jonathan Myers (Team S&M) of Portland moved into 2nd place on the difficult climbs at the far end of the course as Dominic Clay (Oregon Trail) of La Grande held steady to round out the podium. Barbara Kreisle of Boise took the win despite double flatting out on the course. Read more

^ Thonney for the win. Photo E. Mills
^ Myers finished second. Photo L. Sather
^ Myers (left) and Clay finished 2nd and 3rd overall. Photo E. Mills.
^ Life flight was well positioned on the sledding hill of Spout Springs.
^ Kreisle celebrates her QOM with a drink. Picture B. Welch.
^ Union County Search & Rescue ambitiously leads out the Sport Category
^ Javin Berg of Dixie, WA won the Sport Category
^ It was a 3 man race at the bottom of the ski hill climb for the KOM prize.
^ The Life Flight helicopter with an impressive take-off and landing.
^ Expert men podium

Spouting Off Podcast 7-12-2014

Brian Sather and Tesmond Hurd from Spout Springs Ski Area (race central) "spouting off" on Roundabout Spout. Topics include the race, cougars, sheep, coffee, Dominic, and more.

^ Spouting off after the race with the podium
^ Scenic look up the Spout Springs hill
^ Dominic was slow off the start line

About Mountain Bike Racing History in the Blues

by Brian Sather

The birthing of mountain biking in the 1970s spread throughout the western states, La Grande included. The existing motorcycle and horseback riding trails were compatible with the new sport, and many of these users adopted mountain biking also. In the 1980s, locals began racing mountain bikes in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, first at Spout Springs Ski Resort on the cross-country ski trails. Read more

^ Bill Gerst in 2014 leading the way on a trail in the Blue Mountains near Spout Springs. Picture by Z. Heath.

Roundabout Spout Race Communique 7-9-2014

Online registration is drawing to a close Thursday night. Please register online to save some money and also be eligible for the random swag giveaway which will only be for pre-registered racers. Register at

The race course is dialed right now and our near-promises of perfect weather and trail conditions for race day are coming to fruition. During trail work today, it was in the 60s at Spout Springs around noon even though it was creeping into the 90s down in the valley. Read more

Roundabout Spout Race Communique 7-7-14

Course preparations and race logistics are set for our race this Saturday, July 12. The track is in excellent shape and you'll be impressed after racing the course. It has good passing opportunities early, a challenging hill, and then narrowing to some stellar singletrack.

Race day weather is looking to be very good right now, and we will keep you updated on the race weather page provided by La Grande Weather Service as the race gets closer. Read more