The Baddlands Cycling Club was
founded in 1988. At that time we only had about 6 members but our
membership quickly grew to about 60 members. The club was founded as a
racing club to meet the needs of the local riders who needed an avenue to
learn racing, become stronger and learning safety and bike etiquette when
in big packs.
We started out putting on
local road races in the Cheney area and also held a few crits inside
Some crits were held in the area of Betts Elementary School and we
remember the fondly. The Eastern Block Races were on the Eastern
Washington College roads circling the school campus.
The road races we had started at Salnave Park in Cheney and we had a
number of different course throughout the years and we still use some of
them. Chapman Long, Chapman short, Williams Lake and Perry's Pain
Fest..the longest of them all. We have added a number of other races such
as The Liberty Lake Crits, and the Crits at Rathdrum, Idaho.
We also had some great times racing the Steptoe Butte race consisting of 9
miles from Oaksdale, WA , to the turn up to Steptoe and then the final
distance to the top of the hill.
Our big races that we put
on were the Frozen Flatlands Road Races in the Cheney area. Two days of
hard racing consisting of two road races and a TT. We had racers from all
over the country and Canada race here.
Our biggest and hardest
races were the Hammerfest Road Races and crits. The Crits were at Spokane
Raceway Park, on the oval course and also at Medical Lake. The races were
part of of the Masters Regional USCF Masters Championships. Eligible
racers were from Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Oregon, and
Alaska. These races we held here in Spokane, Cheney, Medical Lake and
Rosalia, Washington in late July and early August. Yes it was hot, into
the triple digits at times but still great racing and lots of un for all
involved. The last few years our races have been at Spokane County Raceway
for the crits and the road races have been in the West Plains (Corsa
Brutallie) and also a few races up Mt. Spokane. Our hopes are to continue
our racing traditions in the future.
You do not have to be a
racer or do races to be a Baddlands Member. You will become a faster,
stronger and safer rider by joining our club. We have Tuesday and Thursday
interval training and generally depart from the Fish Lake Trailhead here
The distances are between 25 and 38 miles, depending on daylight and
weather. We do regroup at various parts of the routes. We do have an 8
mile warm up before we start hammering. All women are welcome as we have
many strong ladies in our club.
We also have Saturday club
group rides..start times and routes vary. Check our calendar to see what
We had the 2020 race
calendar all set but the pandemic cancelled those races, which are
sanctioned by USA Cycling.
We hoping for the best for
2021. Keep your fingers crossed.
Baddlands Cycling Club is a 501 - 3C organization.
Cooper Jones loved sports. He really loved
cycling, both mountain and road. His biggest joy was riding and racing. On
June 24th, 1997, Cooper was racing in a time trial. A few miles into his
race, while riding between the fog line and the edge of the pavement, an
elderly driver hit him from behind at highway speed. Cooper never
recovered and died a week later. Racing in Washington State was in limbo.
At that time there were no laws against racing but there were also no laws
allowing it... through the efforts of Cooper's parents, David and Martha
Jones, you are once again able to race safely and legally in this state.
Please think of Cooper every time you ride your bike or enter a race. ~
Tailwinds Forever Cooper ~
Article Cooper wrote while in school:
My name is Cooper Jones, a twelve year old student at Chase Middle School,
and I would like to be an Olympic cyclist some day. My family is
most important to me. My family includes my mother, Martha, my father David,
and that little creature we call Carter. My favorite teachers of all times
would have to be my parents. They are very knowledgeable and can help me
with anything like homework and minor bike repairs. I enjoy sports and the
outdoors. My favorite outdoor activity is bike racing, I like traveling at
Look for me in the 2008 Summer Olympics, I will be the one with the chunk
of gold around my neck. I have accomplished a great deal in my life time.
Some of my greatest accomplishments are academic. I was chosen to go to
Science Champions three years in a row, I was chosen to attend the
Saturday Science Academy at Libby School last year, I received the
Presidential Award in 6th grade and I am on the honor roll at Chase Middle
School. I have been a Boy Scout in Troop 334 for one and a half years. I
have already reached Life Rank and I am the Senior Patrol Leader in my
troop. My goals in life are to go to college at the University of Notre
Dame, join the Air Force as a pilot, retire early and get a job as a pilot
for a commercial airline. My academic achievements and my commitment to
Boy Scouts will help me achieve these goals.
There are only a few "potholes" on my road to success. The largest pothole
on this road are my parent's jobs. In addition to long hard hours both of
my parents are currently attending or have attended school recently. Their
dedication to their jobs and education makes it hard for me to exploit
them for their time and money. My health is not exactly perfect either.
First of all I have to wear glasses to help correct the drifting of the
lenses in my eyes and my teeth are crooked so I am forced to have sharp
metal objects glued to them! Last but not least, my favorite hobby and
sport, bike racing, is very expensive. A good racing bike costs about
The potholes are easily dodged and don't slow me down.
COOPER O'NEIL JONES
APRIL 16, 1984 - JULY 2, 1997
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