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Alan Koch, 72, completes quest to ride every public road in the region

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Alan Koch in Oregon City-4
72-year old Alan Koch riding along
the McLoughlin Promenade in Oregon City.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Not many people can claim to have achieved something on a bike that no one else has. 72-year old Alan Koch is now one of them.

As of last week, Koch, a retired aerial photographer for the U.S. Forest Service, has ridden every public road in Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, King City, Durham, Tualatin, Sherwood, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Gresham, Happy Valley, Milwaukie, Damascus, Clackamas, Gladstone, and Oregon City.

Yes, every single road. (more…)

67 year-old completes Portland riding quest

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
Alan Koch completes his goal
Super-retiree Alan Koch has
ridden every street in Portland.
(File photo)

Three years ago, 67 year-old retiree Alan Koch set out on an ambitious mission: to pedal his bike down every street in the city of Portland.

What started as an escape from boredom and an outlet for his adventurous spirit, ended Sunday with a short ride through downtown Portland. We’ve kept in touch since I rode with him back in December 2005 and I joined him on this final ride.

We met at Wallace Park in northwest Portland. As usual, Koch starts at a park (they usually have public bathrooms) and also as usual, he only rides in downtown on Sunday mornings (to avoid traffic). (more…)

Update from super-retiree Alan Koch

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
My ride with Alan Koch
[Alan Koch in December]

Back in December I shared the story of my ride with Alan Koch. Alan is a retired photographer who’s on a quest to ride every single mile of paved road in the City of Portland.

Despite some setbacks—including a fall from his bike which took him out for 5 weeks—he has just completed a major milestone and has now ridden every road in east Portland!

From the Willamette River way out east to 185th and from the Columbia River in the north down south to the Clackamas County line.
(more…)

My ride with Alan Koch

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
My ride with Alan Koch
Alan Koch is riding every single road in Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Alan Koch; Super-retiree

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Just wanted to make sure everyone reads this article by Margie Boule in Sunday’s Oregonian. It’s about a retiree named Alan Koch. For his 65th birthday he got a new Bianchi and is in the process of riding his bike on every street in Portland. That is awesome.

It reminds me of one of Eleni’s favorite books titled “Supergrandpa.” It pays tribute to a 66 year-old man who in 1951 finished first in the longest bicycle race in Sweden.

And since I’m mentioning books, there’s a great new one for older cyclists called, “Bike For Life: How to Ride to 100.

Good luck Alan and I’ll see you out there.

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