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Weekend Event Guide: Disaster relief, bike fair, potluck, mountain biking, and more

Posted by on July 17th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Ride w Danica to Smith and Bybee lakes-5-5
The Mazamas are hosting a “Bike & Hike” potluck on Saturday that will include a walk through Smith & Bybee lakes.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

The weather is finally cooling off, which means it should be perfect temps for biking this weekend. And wouldn’t you know it, you’ve got some great riding options to choose from.

Friday June 18th

Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge – All weekend at Alpenrose Velodrome (6149 SW Shattuck Rd)
This is the biggest local track event of the year. Records may fall and the racing will be top notch. Athletes will show up from all over the world with racing scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There’s a $7,500 cash purse and cash awards for record-breaking times. Great spectating too! More info here.


Saturday June 19th

Bridge of the Gods Ride (PWTC) – 7:30 am at TriMet Park & Ride (9525 NE Sandy Blvd)
The Portland Wheelmen Touring Club is leading an epic ride into Washington via the Bridge the Gods and the Historic Columbia River Highway. Head out and explore this area with some veteran riders who know the route and roads. Distance will be 98-110 miles depending on various options. More info here.

Get Acupuncture and Support the BTA – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Shift Wellness (8040 NE Sandy)
The folks at Shift Welness, a bike-friendly (and bike-focused) acupuncture and health clinic have teamed up with the BTA for a fundraiser. They’re offering acupuncture treatments on a sliding scale (starting at $15) with all proceeds from the day going to the BTA. More info here.

Potluck Bike & Hike – 11:30 am at Delta Park MAX Station
Join a younger, offshot group of local hiking club, The Mazamas for a summer potluck. They’ll meet at the MAX station, then ride bikes to Kelley Point Park. Then on the way back to the MAX they’ll stop at Smith & Bybee Lakes for a hike. Easy pace and a free event that’s open to everyone. More info here.

Disaster Relief Trials and Cascadia Cargo Bike Fair – 12:00 to 5:00 pm at OMSI
When the big one hits, bikes will take over. Head out to the 3rd annual DRT to see how bikes will play a role in disaster response duties. Also joining the event this year is the Fiets of Parenthood, a family ride, and a big expo area full of the latest and greatest in cargo bikes. More info here.

MS Bites – 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Blue Room Bar (Cartlandia on the Springwater, 8145 SE 82nd Ave)
Join Team Amulet and the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society for a fundraising event to help battle multiple sclerosis. There will be live music, food, a big raffle, and more. More info here.

Sunday June 20th

Rapha Women’s 100k (Portland edition) – 8:00 am at Ristretto (3808 N Wiliams)
Join other local ladies for a ride with over 6,000 others from around the globe as part of the Rapha Women’s 100. Everyone is welcome and the ride will be at a relaxed pace with some sight-seeing thrown in for good measure. Organizers say to bring your swimsuit! More info here (FB)

NW Trail Alliance Sunday Group Ride – 9:00 am at Universal Cycles parking lot (2202 E Burnside)
This week’s ride will head up to the Mollala Trail. The NWTA will offer a ride guide, carpool options, and great company on the trail. The idea behind these rides is to showcase the best riding our region has to offer (within a 1.5 hour drive). More info here.

New Seasons Market Bike Fair – 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Williams Ave Store
Stop by our favorite local market for fun events and activities while sampling some good food and drinks from invited vendors. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) will also be on hand. Show up to chat about bikes, get your rig fixed, and more. More info here.

— If we missed anything, feel free to let us know and/or give it a shout-out in the comments.


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