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10th annual Twilight Criterium zooms into town Friday

Posted by on August 10th, 2011 at 9:17 am

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Friday night is the 10th anniversary of the Twilight Criterium, Portland’s only major downtown bike race, and organizers are pulling out all the stops.

Over the years, the event has morphed from just a bike race into a huge party and mini-festival. Ayleen Crotty with Good Sport Promotions says they’ve made several additions to the event this year that will take things up yet another notch.

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Enjoy the race from the beer garden…
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… or from your porch!

Roll on down to the North Park Blocks for dinner before the race and take your pick from Portland’s best food carts. Ogle locally made bicycles and meet the people who make them in the hand-built bike showcase. Watch the members of the Rose City Rollers roller derby team as they lead out each race with a lap of skating. Hang out in the beer garden with friends as the area’s fastest bike racers zoom by!

The Twilight Crit is definitely one of Portland’s must-see bike events. I haven’t missed one since 2005 and I’ll be out there again on Friday. Let’s pack the Park Blocks for this great race! More info at

— Check out BikePortland coverage of the Twilight Criterium over the past six years.

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Awesome. My office is actually INSIDE the course!!! Look for me on the roof with the absolute best view ever.


“Good Sport Promotions says they’ve made several additions to the event this year that will take things up yet another notch.”

How about that women’s category? Oh yeah they don’t offer one! But the women can race with men, how sweet?!

Thanks Good Sport Promotions for your un-support of women’s bike racing.


We’re extremely excited for the 10th Anniversary Portland Twilight Criterium. Brett Burmeister from Food Carts Portland and the authors of Cartopia, a book about Portland’s food cart revolution, will be on site to share their tips for finding the best food carts in Portland.

We still have room for bike builders, and it’s free to exhibit. More info is here:

Due to the timing of the event, there is no way to fit in a women’s race before it gets dark, and the course would be too dangerous in the dark. I hope to see a ton of women racing, and you can race a category down.

Perry Hunter
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Keep your (tennis) balls off the course this time, folks…


Mrs Dibbly’s racing days are behind her, but she’d be very disappointed. Otherwise, this looks like a great event. Maybe I can distract her from the lack of a distinct women’s event. Hopefully the organizers will figure out a way to include one in the future.

Ted Buehler

Ride downtown to watch — depart from The Waypost at 5:30.

Watching bike races is fun. Bring a friend, or make some on the ride.

Ted Buehler