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Event: Echelon Gran Fondo (9/26/10)

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Event Name: Echelon Gran Fondo
Event Start Date: September 26, 2010
Start Time: 8:30:00 AM
Web Site: http://www.echelongranfondo.org/portland/index.html
Event Description: Echelon Gran Fondo in the Columbia River Gorge is a festive and scenic road ride event with distance options of 30, 60 and 100 miles. Team Radio Shack's Chris Horner rides along as ambassador of this exciting benefit for OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the Livestrong Foundation. Enjoy the party atmosphere, race if you'd like during the 40k timed section or just enjoy the views of Mt. Hood as you pedal past entertainers and cheering spectators toward the finish line feast in Hood River.
Register yourself, a team or sponsor other riders today.

Event: Longview Grand Prix Criterium (8/14/10)

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Event Name: Longview Grand Prix Criterium
Event Start Date: 14 August 2010
Start Time: 12:00:00 PM
Web Site: http://www.highlander-cycling.com
Event Description: This .5 mile Criterium will take place in the Longview Civic Center. This is a FAST course! Three lanes wide...pure speed...pour it on and let it go!

10 races between noon and 8:00 p.m. Categories 1-5, Pro, Masters, Juniors, a FIXIE race and a FREE kids race. Entry fee for first race is $30 - each additional race is $10. Juniors and FIXIE races are $10. Kids race is FREE.

$2,300 CASH PURSE plus prizes and preems. This is an OBRA sanctioned race. OBRA rules of racing apply and an OBRA license is required to race. One day licenses available at the race for $5. Register at www.OBRA.org or www.highlander-cycling.com

Presented by Highlander Cycling - 1313 Commerce Avenue Longview, WA 98632

Call for information @ 360-353-4790.
Map: Monticello Hotel at 1405 17th Avenue Longview, WA

Portland's "whiteness" cited as reason for bike-friendliness

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

"...the City of Portland is 450,000 people. It’s a homogeneous community that is very white... We are a very diverse, disjointed city of 4 million people... So we’re a step behind Portland in what we’re trying to do."
-- Michelle Mowery, bicycle coordinator for the City of Los Angeles

We've discussed how race relates (or doesn't) to bicycling on several occasions in the past here on BikePortland, but a story out of Los Angeles takes the conversation in an entirely new direction.

According to "LA's hyper opinionated bicycle blog" Westside Bikeside, the bicycle coordinator for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation made some interesting comments at a City Council Transportation Committee meeting last week.
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Is our bike scene too white? Local non-profit tackles the issue

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

"The people riding and making decisions about bicycles is a white, middle class group."
-- Alison Hill Graves, Community Cycling Center

The staff at Community Cycling Center, a 15 year old Portland-based nonprofit that aims to increase access to bicycling, has been doing some soul searching in the last few years.

In the process, community and programs director Alison Hill Graves says they started looking around the area they serve (a five-mile radius around their NE 17th and Alberta retail shop). "We saw a big divide in terms of who's riding bikes and who isn't."
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