Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on February 12th, 2007 at 9:10 am
I wasn’t able to make it to Sunday’s big Worst Day of the Year Ride. But luckily, Aaron Tarfman was there and shares this report:
The Worst Day of the Year Ride is not only a wonderful ride and benefit for the Community Cycling Center, but it’s also a great time to connect with the bicycling community. 1500 people came by to be a part of this ride which is the largest turnout ever.
In keeping with tradition, it was beautiful and only partly cloudy the whole morning. Only the afternoon riders saw a little rain towards the end of their ride.
There were dozens of volunteers contributing in many ways to make sure the ride went smoothly.
I talked to a couple of folks who came by on hand-cycles which allow the lesser-abled to enjoy physical activity. I truly respect these people because they don’t get slowed down by challenges, they simply find a different way to be active and enjoy life.
But of course the excitement really centered around the costumes. There were more amazing costumes than you could count. From cows, to bears, to bees, to zombies. The innovation in these costumes was really incredible. Of course my excitement didn’t stop with the people and costumes.
There were also amazing bikes, trikes, tandems, bakfiets, and even a velomobile. I respect everyone’s choice in riding what’s comfortable for them, and there was a plethora of machines out on the course.
The ride was also great and explored all of the interesting parts of Portland. Riders got to see all of Portland from the outer east side and Hollywood all the way to Hillsboro and there were plenty of ambassadors and flaggers to help everyone on the way.
Browse Aaron’s Worst Day Ride photo gallery on Flickr.
Did you ride? How was it?