Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:38 pm
The Oregon Manifest show has come a long way since I last reported about it back in May.
Organizers have nailed down exciting venues, a new presenting sponsor, and an impressive list of over 40 exhibitors (that includes several surprises).
As the official media partner of the event, I’m proud to be your first source for these updates…
The event will take place on October 10-12 at multiple venues. Kicking things off on Friday at the new Leftbank Greenroom in North Portland (1618 N. Vancouver) will be the main event — a bike show like you’ve never seen before. Then, Wieden + Kennedy’s downtown Portland headquarters (224 NW 13th) will host the not-to-be-missed opening night party which is set to feature a, “multi-media builder exhibition” among other things.
On Saturday, the bike show continues at the Leftbank Greenroom. The special event of Saturday is the Rapha Cross Roller Race. If you missed the roller race back in February, you know this is going to be an amazing event. Making it even sweeter is that the winner of the men’s and women’s categories will win a custom built frame of their own and all winners (in each OBRA category) will get a special call-up at the Cross Crusade race the following day.
The Oregon Manifest continues into Sunday with a special Builder’s Exhibition Lap at the Cross Crusade race in Wilsonville. Come out to the race to see those pretty show bikes get put through their paces in classic cyclocross style.
of Portland exhibition, will host the opening
With the schedule set, organizers are also announcing today that Chris King Precision Components has stepped up to be the presenting sponsor of the event. In addition to a financial contribution, the Portland-based company will give administrative help and will assist in show staffing. This sponsorship shows Chris King’s faith that Oregon Manifest will become a premier bike show, and it also gives company founder Chris King an association with something close to his heart — framebuilding.
Chris King himself will be one of the exhibitors at the show. He’ll re-introduce his Cielo Cycles brand he created way back in 1978 (before he became known worldwide as a manufacturer of high-quality headsets and hubs).
Joining Mr. King and his Cielo frames will be a list of exhibitors that includes some names you probably haven’t seen before. Check out the full list at OregonManifest.com.
If the success of the Teams of Portland exhibition and the other events surrounding the North American Handmade Bike Show back in February are any clue, Oregon Manifest should be an extraordinary showcase of bikes and bike culture. Or, as the website says, it will be, “the most original, spirited and spectacle-laden boutique bike show in the nation.”
Stay tuned for full coverage. For now, check out all the goodness at OregonManifest.com.