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Bikes, the ballet, and a best legs contest

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 28th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

"Lycra meets Lycra". Nice.

The award for best event logo of the summer so far has to go to Bike to the Ballet -- coming this June from the Portland-based Oregon Ballet Theater.

But far from just a catchy logo, the event looks like a lot of fun and it's great to see a new (non bike-specific) group get engaged with the bike scene (the event is "supported by" the BTA, PDOT, Bike Gallery, and Cycle Oregon).

Bike to the Ballet is is not just a chance to see a professional ballet at a reduced cost (enter coupon code "lycra" when you buy your $20 ticket), but event organizers have gone the extra mile to make bike-lovers feel right at home. After all, there's a clear connection between bikes and ballet -- right?

Mobile Mystery Dance Party
Best legs? You decide.
(Top photo © J. Maus - Bottom photo: OBT)

OBT spokesperson Roslyn Barfield says almost half of the OBT staff and dancers are cyclists "in some way shape or form". The event website adds,

"We also share a special affinity for lycra and dry-wicking fabrics. But most importantly, we too have some of the best legs on the planet."

During the event, there will be a Best Legs Contest, free refreshments, bike valet, and a prize giveaway (including a Grand Prize of two free tickets to the Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride).

For more info and details see the event website.

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  • Mark C May 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I\'ve got to go with the bottom photo.

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  • jeff May 28, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Yeah, I always thought cyclists had the sexiest legs, but maybe it\'s he ballerinas and danseurs...

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  • A.P. May 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    The legs on the right in the bottom photo are definitely cyclist legs, note the tan line.

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  • PdxMark May 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Kudos to OBT. Recently we\'ve biked to plays at Artists Repertory Theatre (ART) and Portland Center Stage. Both had woefully inadequate bike parking facilities.
    Even though ART is somewhat isolated, the 5-6 of us who biked were searching up and down the street on the north side of the facility for anything to lock our bikes to. There were no bike racks at all. ART is undergoing a massive remodeling project. I hope they will be including bike parking facilities for each of their different theaters.
    With PCS\'s Gerding Theater in the heart of the Pearl, across the street from a new brew pub and various other attractions, it was even harder to park bikes than it was near ART. With its significant eco-friendly attributes, you would think that the Gerding would be ripe for plenty of bike parking, possibly even an on-street bike corral like those on Belmont & Mississippi.

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  • Jessica Roberts May 28, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    OBT has good staple racks outside their studio, and well-used staff racks in the back...it makes me feel welcome when I take classes there. This event is at the Keller, and I don\'t remember them having great bike parking, but there will be valet parking at the event.

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  • Ballet & Bike Fan May 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I am puzzled by the quotation marks around “\'supported by\'” in reference to \"\'supported by\'\" the BTA, PDOT, Bike Gallery, and Cycle Oregon.

    Did I insert too many punctuation marks here?

    Is there more we need to know about this?

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  • Jonathan Maus (Editor) May 28, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    \"I am puzzled by the quotation marks around “\'supported by\'”

    i put quotes around that because \"supported by\" is how the relationship was referred to on the OBT website for the event.

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  • anonymous May 29, 2008 at 9:31 am

    that\'s kinda gross.

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  • Erik at OBT May 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    \"Supported by\"

    I can clear that up. It\'s just a catch-all term to acknowledge everyone who\'s donating services, equipment or time, or is helping to raise awareness of the event.

    Bike Gallery and KGW are the actual sponsors.

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