Well... That’s not such an easy question to answer. In our experience, the best cycling communities are multi-faceted. There is no one champion of the cause, rather a collection of individuals and organizations that work together to promote cycling at many levels. If all goes right, and after many years, cycling culture becomes accepted as the norm, not the exception. When it works, it’s a beautiful thing.
Such is the case with the Issaquah, WA area.
An active Parks Department, supported by the brilliant Evergreen MTB Alliance and backed by retailers who are invested in their community, Issaquah offers world class riding just a few miles outside of Seattle. We were lucky enough to spend a few days in Issaquah recently, leading up to the all-women’s Sturdy Dirty Enduro event, so we spent our time riding local roads, hanging out with the crew of Progression Cycle, and generally reveling in the saturated greens indicative to this area.
It was refreshing to find a community supported mountain bike park like Duthie Hill in Issaquah. Even on a random Tuesday afternoon, Duthie was overflowing with riders of all ages, genders and skill levels. Through smart, progressive trail design by Evergreen MTB Alliance, Duthie Hill Park has become a welcoming place for all types of riders and to us, Duthie seems to best exemplify the welcoming vibe of the Issaquah cycling scene.