Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 25th, 2006 at 11:25 am
Jeff Smith is an avid cyclist and employee with the Transportation Options division at the City of Portland. His enthusiasm for touring and knowledge of great routes around the city has helped thousands of Portlanders find their way around (check out his great collection of Portland-to-coast rides).
At last April’s Bike Tourism Summit, Smith was chatting with event promoters Porter Childs and Ayleen Crotty and told them that Portland lacked a century ride that highlighted everything this city offers.
They loved the idea and decided to run with it.
The result is the first-ever Portland Century happening this Sunday. The ride was designed to feature everything Portland has to offer. According to Crotty it has a distinctly Portland flair:
“We’re not shy about our vices (biking, coffee, beer) and this ride highlights it all. This ride is all about Portland. Riders meet at Portland State University, enjoy a cup of Portland-roasted coffee and a continental breakfast before heading to the city’s outskirts. The finish line features a gourmet feast of local foods including wild Coho salmon, organic asparagus from the Portland Farmer’s Market, rice pilaf with Oregon hazelnuts, marionberry compote and more. “
All participants will also take home a goody bag that includes Portland-roasted coffee, Oregon-brewed beer, an event poster, and more. Crotty expects well over 1,000 riders for what should be a memorable day of riding.
Online registration is closed, but bring $50 to the start line and you too can join in the fun.