Weekend Event Guide

Posted by on August 11th, 2010 at 8:57 am

Twilight Criterium 2007-18

The Twilight Criterium will rock
downtown Friday!
(Photos © J. Maus)

Another packed calender and a sunny forecast means plenty of bike fun options for everyone.  Head downtown to watch some sunset racing, enjoy some good, old-fashioned, biking circus merriment on the waterfront, and have a ball with the whole family at Sunday Parkways. 

Friday, August 13th

4:00pm-9:00pm: Portland Twilight Criterium
This exciting evening race through the streets of downtown Portland draws in teams from all over the country to compete.  Featuring a handbuilt bike show, food carts, and beer gardens.  Free to attend, bike parking at NW Park and Flanders.

Saturday, August 14th

9:30am: Parkrose Farmers Market Bike Tour
The East Portland Action Plan bicycle subcommittee is leading this free group tour of the east Portland to the Columbia river, then back to the Parkrose Farmers Market.  A great way to experience cycling in East Portland and get involved with EPAP.  Tour meets at Parkrose Middle School, 11800 NE Shaver.

11:00am-5:00pm: New Belgium Tour de Fat
This annual celebration of bikes, beer, and fun converges on Waterfront Park Saturday morning and features a bike parade, a slow ride, a chance to trade in your car for a bike, and of course, plenty of beer.  Free to participate, beer sales and donations benefit the BTA and NW Trail Alliance.  Registration for the bike parade begins at 10:00am.

12:00pm-8:00pm: Longview Grand Prix Criterium
Those looking to get out of town can take a short trip up to Longview, WA for this all-day racing event.  Categories for everyone from kids to pros will compete all day on this fast and flat course, ideal for beginners and intermediates.   Details and registration info on the Highlander Cycling website.

Sunday, August 15th

6:30am: Lancette Memorial Ride
A benefit for Clackamas Woman’s Services celebrating the life of Teresa Beiser, this ride features the option of a 25 mile or metric century ride, and a shorter family ride around SW Portland.  Registration and route info can be found on the ride website.

10:00am: Alpenrose Heartbreaker
Come out to the Alpenrose Velodrome for a full day of track racing. The Heartbreaker is the annual event from the Gentle Lovers cycling team and is sure to be a fun-filled day for spectators and racers alike.

10:00am-3:00pm: Southeast Sunday Parkways
The fourth installment out of five 2010 Portland Sunday Parkways events, this weekend’s route connects a 6 mile loop of inner-southeast streets and converts them into car-free heaven.  This month’s route features a rider skills workshop for kids, the car-free Hawthorne street fair, and many more things to see and do at Colonel Summers, Laurelhurst, and Sunnyside parks and on the streets in between.

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Weekend Event Guide thread on hump day? I like the way you think! 🙂


Friday night Midnight Mystery Ride!

the Weekend Event Guide has been filled with lots of racing events and not a lot of recreation events lately… need more people to host relaxing social events and mellow rides…

I’ll be at this Sunday Parkways as well since this one is a block from my best friend’s house… it’s nice that each of us is a block away from each SE/E Parkways event…


Spiffy: At of time of writing the MMR wasn’t on the shift calender (still isn’t) and the blog had not been updated (still hasn’t). I’d be happy to add it and any other similar events in the future, but without any info to post it’s pretty hard, so bug those you know to update their stuff or just get in touch with me if that’s easier.


The Lancette Ride has chosen some very dangerous roads– Stafford, Borland, Pete’s Mountain, Advance Rd, Graham’s Ferry on a weekend??? These are 40-45mph roads with blind corners and blind crests.

I would recommend all participants do a couple of things to make the ride better for everyone: Wear bright colored clothing, and make sure you have good BRIGHT blinking lights on front and back. And maybe a mirror.

I would also suggest to the organizers that they place a lot of signage for all the car and truck drivers out on those roads warning of this bike ride in progress.

I live in this area, as does most of my family, and the major problem we all have with cyclists is not being able to see them going from shade to bright sun and back. We love cyclists, but we don’t want to hit one because we couldn’t see them.


Worth mentioning that the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is Saturday morning up on Mt. Tabor… Most of the soapbox car frames are made from chopped up and re-welded bicycles and bike parts.


this weekend is supposed to be crazy hot, so we are throwing another splash dance ride this saturday.

It will be leaving from salmon street fountain at around 3:30-4pmish, as tour de fat ends. Bring bathing suit, water cannons, sunscreen and a smile.

we will be hitting up a number of the fountains in downtown portland, with our mobile sound systems in tow.


I contacted the MMR people and they assured me that is has happened every 2nd Friday of the month for the last two years…

the reason they don’t put it on the shift calendar before the day it happens is because location is a required field and the location is secret until Friday…

I suggested they add it with “TBA” or something but I don’t even know if the interface allows it…

either way, I’ve recruited a bunch of people for tonight to ride with our group…