Masters Bike Racers:
The Cascade Cycling Classic is the best and oldest stage race in the U.S. We’ve created a separate 50+ category for Masters. But to date only 7 have registered.
To these blessed 7, we say: Bravo! To the rest, we say: Huh?
Yes, yes, most of us wait until the last second. We could crash. We could go broke. We could get fat, slow and stupid. And some of us think it’s stealth to intend to race but not register early, as said disclosure would be sure to amp up the competition to train harder.
Balderdash! Here’s the deal: we need to get at least 50 racers registered by July 15th. Otherwise, we will combine all the masters fields in one giant cluster.
Let me refresh:
And housing. Get this. The local Central Oregon Community College is opening up its spanking new student dormitory to bike racers. There are 30 rooms available. Another strong reason to register today! Farrah Fawcett pinups for $3 if you order now.
This is going to be great! Thank you Masters Bike Racers.
Bull Goose Looney
PS: Attention 40+ Racers: All world Dan Bryant's lovely sister is getting married. He regrets having to attend, which means he will miss the CCC, which means the top spot on the podie is wide open. Register now.
PSS: Note to our friends from Socal. Don't be alarmed by our litter free roadsides, drinkable water from the tap, bike friendly culture, cool mountain mornings, happy river floaters and sales tax free commerce. This is not likely to spread to your neighborhood.
Hops are the heart and soul of Worthy. We love everything about them – their flavor, their design, their history, the scientists who breed them, the farmers who grow them, the millers who mill them, and so on.
We love the old guard. Workhorses like Cascade, Crystal, Centennial, Chinook, Sterling, Willamette, Nugget and more. But we also can’t wait for the new generation of hops to alight our brew kettle.
Those fresh recruits are coming in fast. And we’re mega-stoked. In the next few years, Worthy will be pilot-testing more and more experimental hops that are emerging from the Indie Hops/OSU aroma hop breeding program.
My partner Jim Solberg and I started the program in 2009 with a gift to OSU of $1 million. Since then, we’ve developed dozens of new crosses (or genotypes), each with a particular aroma and flavor profile in mind.
In the past few years, the program has yielded several promising new genotypes. The flavors range from pina colada, to pomegranite, to green apple, to lemon citrus.
In 2012, I was so excited about the promise of brewing beer with brand new hops that I had a hand in designing that I decided to build Worthy Brewing. Why let all the other brewers have all the fun? Everybody loves to taste and test new spices.
The story of hop breeding is fairly complicated. We considered telling the story with charts, graphs, numbers and academic jargon. But, in the end, hop breeding is about sex. It’s about selecting the juiciest male ova and the heartiest male and hoping for a unique and powerful offspring. The story is as old as the Garden of Eden.
So with the help of my friends I made a video. Glorya: A Hop Love Story.
Glorya is a ripe, plump and juicy aroma hop from Corvallis, Oregon.
Glorya’s mother is Perle, a royal noble land-race hop from Germany.
Glorya’s father? We’re not sure. Glorya was open-pollinated. We suspect her Daddy was a rogue, Oregon hop stud floating around the Willamette Valley.
For the past six years, Indie Hops has been working with Oregon State to develop Glorya. She’s survived the farm trials and has performed well in our brew trials.
Enjoy the show.
In coming chapters, we’ll show you how Glorya survived the farm trials and brew trials. And, most importantly, we’ll show you how she performed on the stage where it matters most – in the pint glass.
In the very near future, Indie Hops and OSU will be releasing a variety of unique aroma hops whose genesis began in 2009. The future is very bright. Stay tuned.
Worthy Hydration! (L-R) Tyler Magner (Worthy Hopped Up Rider), Champion Karl Menzies, and Ryan Aitcheson. Bull Goose working the hambone.
* Photo courtesy of Resul Kurtbedin