Weekend Event Guide

Welcome to our Weekend Event Guide archives. This column runs on the Front Page every Thursday afternoon and gives you the essential rundown of the best bike events happening in the Portland region.

Special thanks to Hopworks Urban Brewery for their sponsorship of this column. Their support is what makes this possible!

Weekend Event Guide: Blaq sale, the Grinch, and Christmas lights

by on December 16th, 2016 at 9:02 am

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The Grinch! See him on the big screen Sunday night.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Like we’ve been saying all week, a little bit of snow isn’t enough to stop the wheels of Portland’s bike-lovers. Even though we’re not expected to see much in the way of thawing, there are still some events worth considering.

You’ll note a new “Featured Event” section (below). That spot is reserved for awesome local companies who pay us a bit of cash to help promote their events. It’s called advertising and it’s how we survive. Support the companies who support BikePortland and you’ll be our favorite reader!

Have a great weekend and please be cautious out there. Snow is fun and fine but ice can break your spine (just made that up, sorry).

Featured Event

Blaq Packs Warehouse Sale – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday at 2505 SE 11th Ave
Our friends at Blaq Packs are having a big sale to help you whittle down your Christmas list. Everything in their store will have a 25% or more discount and custom orders are 15% off. There’s also a raffle for a free bag. More info here.

Saturday, December 17th

Gore Bike Wear Hose Down Challenge – 12:00 to 2:00 pm at River City Bicycles Parking Lot (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
Try out all the latest GORE jackets, pants, gloves and shoe covers! Company reps will be there to tell you about the products and there will be a stationary bike for real-life testing. They’ll even have a hose on-hand to demonstrate the waterproof capabilities of all the fabrics. Everyone who tests product will get a prize from GORE. Hosted by River City Bicycles. More info here.

Weekend Event Guide: Big sales, Division protest, holiday lights, ‘Kimmy Cross’, and more

by on December 8th, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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If you missed the holiday lights at PIR last month you have another chance to see some displays this weekends.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This is the time of year where some of us need the encouragement of others to get out and brave the elements. We’ve got a few group rides that might be just what you were looking for. Or, if you’d rather stay cozied up and off the bike this weekend, you can peruse some sales or party for a good cause.

Whatever you do, watch yourself out there. As the song goes, “The weather outside is frightful.”


Weekend Event Guide: Ale fest, SSCXWC, Chris King’s 40th, and more

by on December 1st, 2016 at 12:32 pm

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This is what happened the last time the SSCXWC were hosted in Portland (in 2009). There’s no telling what’ll transpire this year.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

The last time the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships were in Portland there was a huge steel thunderdome complete with dangers dangling from ropes and a huge bubble-making machine that covered costumed racers in foam. Seven years later there’s really no way to tell what will happen. All we can assume is that it’ll be memorable. Whether you plan to partake in the festivities out on Sauvie Island or have other plans (Holiday Ale fest perhaps?), we hope you enjoy this first weekend of December.

Check out our menu of great rides and events below…


Weekend Event Guide: Cross Champs, Cranksgiving, Day of Remembrance, and more

by on November 18th, 2016 at 8:56 am

Cranksgiving returns to Velo Cult Saturday.(Photo: Velo Cult)

Cranksgiving returns to Velo Cult Saturday.
(Photo: Velo Cult)

This weekend marks the official entry into the holiday season in more ways than one.

If you race cyclocross, after Saturday there’s a good chance you’ll begin your off-season. Pat yourself on the back! It was a challenging year. It’s also time to remember your good fortune, give thanks by helping those who are less fortunate, and connect/re-connect with family and friends. And then there’s the weather. We’ve had some of our coldest days of the year recently and the snow level is dropping. The dark days of winter are here.

If you’re feeling stress about the state of the country and the world (and there are many reasons to be feeling that way), now is the time to remember the joy of cycling and to embrace the cycling’s power to connect us to ourselves — and more importantly — to places and people that we love.

Here are some events to consider…

Saturday, November 19th

OBRA State Championship at Corn Cross – Add Day at Liepold Farms (14050 SE Richey Road in Boring)
The Cross season comes to a close with a race for all the marbles. Show up for a chance to be crowned State Champion — and/or just enjoy the festivities at the farm and soak up all the remaining cross spirit of the season (unless you plan to be at SSCXWC of course). Learn more here.

Weekend Event Guide: Blazers, a bike show, ride for pickles, cyclocross, and more!

by on November 10th, 2016 at 11:27 am

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Let’s fill the bike parking at the Moda Center again! Join us for the game on Sunday!
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Hi Portland. Has this been a completely fucked-up week or what?!

Weekend Event Guide: Cross, book release party, shoe drive, rain gear sale, and more

by on November 4th, 2016 at 9:23 am

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Blumenauer will lead a ride to the ballot box Sunday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As the days get shorter and cooler, it’s a great time to snuggle up with a book and get inspired for spring and summer adventures. If you have discovered it yet, check out the Boneshaker Almanac, a series of 10 pocket-sized periodicals that read like a cross between Mark Twain and an old army manual. There’s a reading to celebrate the tenth issue tonight.

We’ve also got another cyclocross doubleheader in store. Whether your choose to partake Saturday or Sunday (or both!), you’ll be guaranteed top-notch venues for both watching and racing.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 4th

Boneshaker #10 Release Party – 6:00 pm at Boy’s Fort (902 SW Morrison)
Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac is one of the most enjoyable “pocket-sized periodicals” (according to Esquire) I’ve ever owned. It’s tales of adventure transport me to magical places and its presentation and tone takes me a bygone era of literary journalism. Let’s help them celebrate the 10th issue as part of the Lit Crawl Portland event. Author readings will be moderated by Boneshaker’s founder and former Portlander Evan P. Schneider. Learn more here.

Weekend Event Guide: ‘Cross corn maze, Sandy Ridge, Sunday Parkways & more

Kai McMurtry (Events Manager) by on September 29th, 2016 at 12:42 pm

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Ever wondered what these paintings were all about? Want to create one in your neighborhood? Join the Intersection Repair Mural Tour on Saturday to find out.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend offers a first and a last: the first-ever Sandy Ridge EFI Ride (see below to find out what that means), and the final Sunday Parkways of the year. Whether you choose to point your bars toward Mt. Hood or Milwaukie, you can keep your wheels spinning with our handy guide…

Weekend Event Picks: Ninkrossi, Alice Awards, Harvest Century, and more

Kai McMurtry (Events Manager) by on September 22nd, 2016 at 1:33 pm

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It’s the first day of fall and it’s a great time to explore Portland’s backroads and parks.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Publisher’s note: Let’s welcome new BikePortland team member Kai McMurtry! He’s our events guy and will be your contact for event promoting, advertising, listing, organizing, partnering and so on.

‘Cross is here, the leaves are turning, and Saturday and Sunday are projected to be warm (low 80’s!?) and dry. Racing, riding, or just rambling in the neighborhood, find your way to plug-in below. For the full slate of events visit our awesomely comprehensive calendar. (more…)

Weekend Event Picks: Stub Fest, Pioneer Century, Adaptive Bikes, PDW Omnium

by on June 3rd, 2016 at 8:34 am

Take the family out to Stub Stewart for a big celebration and trail party.

Take the family out to Stub Stewart for a big celebration and trail party.

It’s going to be a hot weekend so we hope you’ve carved out some time to do some pedaling. Whether you like mountain biking, the track, or a classic road century, there’s something to get you excited.

And there just happens to be several really excellent events that are well worth your time. In case you haven’t noticed we’ve been working hard to keep our new event calendar up-to-date and full of all the best bike events in the region.

But we understand if you can’t keep up with everything so we’ve picked the best events for you to consider.

Friday June 3rd


Weekend Event Guide: Crusade opener, an alleycat, donuts and more

by on October 8th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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Whether your watch or ride, Cross Crusade at Alpenrose is unlike anything else.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

The first weekend of the big Cross Crusade (which holds the world record for most participation in a one-day cross race with over 1,400 racers!) is upon us. There are two races at Alpenrose this weekend — both of which are arguably as much fun to watch as they are to compete.

The forecast calls for rain this weekend, but we think that just adds to the fall spirit. And the dark skies make those brightly colored leaves all the more beautiful. Right? Put on a jacket and get out there.

What do you have planned? Whatever it is, we hope it involves a bicycle. Enjoy your weekend.