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Photos: 10th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride

Posted by on February 13th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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(Photos © J. Maus)


Once again, we had relatively beautiful weather for the Worst Day of the Year Ride. This was the 10th anniversary of the event, which has become one of the largest organized rides in Portland. Organizers estimate nearly 4,000 people signed up for one of the two routes.

People of all shapes, sizes, ages and colors — many of them in hilarious costumes — took part in the ride. See the silliness in a few selected shots below (you can view the full gallery here)…

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The Amtrak came roaring by as the Steel Bridge was full of people.
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This is the Glide Cycle. A rather curious velocipede. See more photos of it here and here.

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Jim “K’Tesh” Parsons in his full Klingon regalia.

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Get it?

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Ride organizer Ayleen Crotty. She’s been at all 10 Worst Day Rides and she’s still not above dressing up like a penguin.
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Unsuspecting passersby were a bit flummoxed by the crowds on the Esplanade.

Team Recycle gets my award for best group costume. They had skirts made from plastic bags, cans hanging from their bikes, and globe balls on their heads.
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And finally, a moment of Zen…

Hope you enjoyed the show. Learn more at WorstDayRide.com and view our complete photo gallery here.

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My 2011 Worst Day of the Year Ride Photos can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/sets/72157626045187862/

Paul Cole
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As a passerby (jogging in the opposite direction), I was also flummoxed as to why people were riding 3 or 4 wide on the narrowest part of the Esplanade.

Sven
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Sven

Why is it called the worst day of the ride? Could you at least link to an explanation so people who don’t know what you are talking about could get a clue?

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Sven
Why is it called the worst day of the ride? Could you at least link to an explanation so people who don’t know what you are talking about could get a clue?

http://www.worstdayride.com/

http://bikeportland.org/2010/02/16/worst-day-ride-now-second-largest-in-the-state-29562

Andrew
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Andrew

Lordy, this should have been held during this morning’s commute! Worst weather of the year ride!

NW Biker
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NW Biker

I was out there yesterday for the first time on this year, and had a great time. Lots of people having fun, lots of funny costumes, and all in all, a great day. We were all layered up with rain gear and didn’t need it!

David Carlsson
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David Carlsson

Any word on the guy that was injured on the Eastbank Esplanade? I didn’t see the accident, but saw him being taken away on the motor-cart thingy. We saw another guy go down on the tracks approaching the broadway bridge, though he got up.

Ayleen + Team Penguin
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Your photos are great, as always, Jonathan! Thanks for being out there. What a great way to celebrate 10 strong years of supporting the Community Cycling Center. Woo-hoo!

Huge thanks to everyone who rode the ride, and to the 250 volunteers who helped make it possible.

If you like the Worst Day of the Year Ride, check out the other great events by Good Sport Promotion here:
http://www.GoodSportPromotion.com/events.html