I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve done tons of great bike stuff in the last few days. And, there’s some really great things on the horizon. OK, a quick recap:
A benefit showing of “The Tour Baby” at the Bagdad Theater last week saw about 700 people over the two nights. Total raised for the Lance Armstrong Foundation = $14,371! If you missed the screening you can still buy the DVD here.
Friday’s Critical Mass Ride was a great success. Lots of cop and bike love, a huuuge turnout (I counted 230 people) and an emotional speech by friends and family of Noah Cardamon (who was recently killed by a motorist while cycling). Before the ride, I met with Jim Sayer, the new Executive Director of the Adventure Cycling Association.
Click here for a slide show of the Critical Mass ride.
Last Wednesday, I met another member of Portland’s emerging bicycle industry; framebuilder Joseph Ahearne. He makes solid, custom cargo racks and frames with interesting features. His fledgling company is called Ahearne Cycles and he is known in the bike world for his custom flask holder. Yes, it’s like a water bottle cage…but custom made to fit a flask of your favorite libation.
Today (Sunday) I was lucky enough to be a volunteer at the 53rd annual Mt. Tabor Circuit Race. What a great venue for bike racing! I got to hang out and take pictures of the racers and I even took a few laps of the course in the official pace car with Portland bike racing legend, David Auker. Lots of fun, and these racers really inspire me to get my butt out and start riding more!
Check out my Mt. Tabor Circuit Race photos.
By far, the most amazing event of the summer was the Multnomah County Bike Fair on Saturday. I’ve never seen so much bike fun in one place. All the usual suspects were on hand for perfect weather and all sorts of cool, bike-related activities, competitions, crafts, etc… Best part of the day was an astounding performance by The Sprockettes. They’re a group of hot chicks on pink bikes that dance, sing and ride like no one you’ve ever seen…and they got a huge standing ovation for their performance. Sprockettes rule.
At one point during the fair, 500 bikes were counted in the park and it’s being said that that is a record for bike attendance at an event. That’s awesome.
Check out my Bike Fair photo gallery.