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New bike race series coming to Portland’s famous Rose Garden

Posted by on February 28th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

A new road racing series set to debut in April will take place in Portland’s famous International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. The Rose Garden Circuit Race is the latest event organized by Giro Events, the same crew behind last summer’s inaugural Giro di Portland.

Steven Beardsley of Giro Events says it’s been a lot of work to get all the permits for a bike race through the Rose Garden, “But good things usually are not easy.” This is an exciting new addition to Portland’s already packed annual racing calendar. Just imagine evenings spent in a beautiful park, amid bikes, friends and roses, with the Portland skyline just below.

“I think there is a lot of potential for the event and venue for years to come,” says Beardsley, “We just hope that the turnout makes it worth the effort.”

If the success of the Portland’s Mt. Tabor Race Series is any indication, I think the Rose Garden Circuit Race just might nab a healthy following. Beardsley, a very successful racer himself, says he strives to put races in places the public can experience them. As we’ve seen with the massive crowds that turn out for the Twilight Criterium on the North Park Blocks, bike races are great for spectators; and Beardsley adds, “It’s also more fun to race when you have people there to enjoy it.”

The Rose Garden Circuit Race course will take racers on a 1.2 mile loop starting atop the International Rose Test Garden (across from the Japanese Garden) and then down SW Sherwood Blvd to a hairpin turn near the City of Portland’s water reservoir and back up to the garden on SW Rose Park Road. Race entry is $15 and there are categories for men, women, beginners, and experienced riders. More info at

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  • Gabriel Amadeus February 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Nice, that’s a great loop. Those speed bumps can be scary at speed too!

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    • BURR February 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      those speed bumps really aren’t that scary; they are like heaven on earth…


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      • Chris February 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

        They will be taking the speed bumps as an uphill.

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        • Jeff February 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

          Are you sure? The map seems to indicate counter-clockwise (following the proper direction of the roads), that would put the speed bumps on the downhill.

          Really though I doubt they will be of any consequence compared to the hard 180 at the bottom of the hill. Fun!

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  • Joe February 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    looks like it will be a drag race.. *fast*

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  • John Lascurettes February 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Hmm. Probably a good way to ride to the race is to take MAX to the zoo and bomb down to the Rose Garden. 🙂 Bringing cars would be right out. There’s not enough space there even when there’s not a race.

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  • Dan February 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Hmm, that’s a neat course, but it’s right in the middle of my commute up through Washington Park. What’s the easy way around this?

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  • Sir Eddy February 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Fairview is an easy detour. You realize the race starts at 6:00PM right? don’t know when you’re commuting though.

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  • Lynne February 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    detour – continue north on Skyline from the Sylvan overpass, right on Fairview, all the way down to Kingston, left on Kingston… you should know where you are now.

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  • Geoff February 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Great course; I’m looking forward to racing.

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  • A.K. February 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

    This should be great! Any word if there will be food vendors or anything there as well, for those of us watching?

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  • Chris February 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    There is going to be carnage on that hairpin below the playground!

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  • Aaron February 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Should be a great course, but this sounds like a horrible idea to hold a race in one of Portland hottest tourist destinations.

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  • Nathan Gibson March 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    If by “horrible” you mean “wonderful” then yes, it will be awesome!

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