Cascade’s High Performance Cycling kicks off 2015 season

By Tom Meloy and David Longdon, HPC members

Since 2008, Cascade Bicycle Club’s High Performance Cycling Team (aka “HPC”) has occupied a special niche within Seattle’s cycling community by providing a team environment for riders interested in developing their fitness and cycling skills.

HPC is a team for fitter, faster cyclists who don’t have a strong interest in racing. HPC is well-regarded as a team that rides hard while practicing safe group riding skills.

HPC is a perfect fit for riders who are: 

  • committed to improving their fitness and cycling skills and want to ride with folks who are faster and more experienced; capable of riding more than 50 miles; 
  • looking for compatible cycling buddies who regularly do long, scenic and challenging rides; 
  • comfortable with, or have a desire to master paceline and group riding techniques;
  • ​and able to or have desire to ride at 18 mph or faster (without drafting, on a flat road with no wind and a reasonable road surface). 

HPC has approximately 80 members ranging in age from early 30s to late 60s. Our members target challenging event rides including: the Chelan Century, Alaska Airlines Flying Wheels, Group Health Seattle to Portland Presented by Alaska Airlines in one day, Ride around Mt. Rainer (RAMROD) in one day and the High Pass Challenge. In addition to event rides, we also like to “roll our own” long rides: 100 miles out and back on the North Cascades Highway to Mazama; climbing the Mt. Baker Highway to Artist Point and doing all of the climbs around Mt. Rainier in one serving.

The 2015 kick-off presentation will include an overview of:

  • Team HPC including past highlights and plans for 2015;
  • HPC’s participation-based incentive program for equipment discounts with Center Cycle;
  • HPC’s fitness discount program with Cycle University;
  • and a presentation of the 2015 team kit (uniform) and an opportunity to try on clothing items (the 2015 team kit order will close approximately 10 days after the team meeting).

For 2015 there are no team dues, but membership in the Cascade Bicycle Club is required. You may join the team at any time of year, but will get the most out of your membership if you get in on the action sooner than later.

For more information see the High Performance Cycling, visit www.cascade.org/high-performance-cycling.