Tag Archives: Sports

Venture into 2nd Cycle

2nd Cycle is a hidden treasure of a resource for our community.

Hilltop’s 2nd Cycle is a wonderful community bicycle project. It is located in an alley along 11th Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South L Street. Nestled behind a few of Hilltop’s favorite resturants, Pho King and Le Le, and just around the corner from Pho Bac, it is a friendly place to go if you’re in need of bike parts or repair instruction.

Volunteers at 2nd Cycle works to be advocates for bicycling in Tacoma. They provide work space, tools, bicycling literature, and a staff who’s willing to help others learn how to fix and maintain their own bicycles. They offer low-cost bike parts, as well.

2nd Cycle is always looking for donations of unwanted bicycles and parts. They are able to maintain their space through donations and sales of refurbished bicycles and parts.

For more information about 2nd Cycle, check out their blog and Facebook page. They are open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays sometime around noon to six. Stop on in and see what they’ve got. Entering the space is an experience in itself.

Oh, and, someone at 2nd Cycle is an amazing artist. Their hand-drawn posters are awesome.

Hilltop’s Psychopath Chick Retires Her Wheels

Saturday night we ventured down to the Foss Waterway Seaport building to watch our Hilltop neighbor, Keri Parker, skate in her final Dockyard Derby Dames roller derby bout. Parker, also known as Psychopath Chick #365, was decked out in purple and skating for the Marauding Mollys. It was quite an experience for us, as it was our first (but definately not last) time watching a bunch of fearless local chicks compete in a bout. 

We found ringside seats at the June 25 Marauding Mollys vs. Femme Fianna bout.

Parker’s retirement from Tacoma’s Dockyard Derby Dames comes after almost six years of practice after practice after practice, an injury here and there, hours put into supporting the league, and fun. . . lots of it. “The average Dame skates for somewhere around three years,” she says. “Six years is a long time.”

Before her involvement in the roller derby, Parker used to skate all around town just for the fun of it. Then a friend recommended she check out the Tacoma league he’d heard was just starting. Parker joined the league in 2006 and has worked hard to help build it through promotion and lots of volunteering. “I’ll have lots of free time now,” Parker says. She has some ideas about how to spend her newly-found time, but isn’t quite sure what she’s going to do with it yet.

By day, Parker works at Total Living Concept in Auburn where she is a Community Guide for adults with developmental disabilities. She would like to continue volunteering her time to the Dockyard Derby Dames by creating a street team that skates around town hanging posters and handing out promotional materials for the league. She’s also planning an event for later this summer, but we’ll talk about that later. Parker’s a fun-loving, energetic gal who we’re sure won’t rest for long.

In her final bout, Parker (with the pink helmet) blocks with teammate MzSNOWmer.

We look forward to attending more derby bouts in the future. It’s a fun crowd and the announcers are hilarious. Plus that, where else can we go to watch ladies knock each other over for points and the fun of it? For more information about the Dockyard Derby Dames, check out their website. There you can see many pictures and even pick up a tee shirt, hoodie, or two.