Tons of bike stuff going on this weekend! (Here’s a roundup)

Posted by on July 13th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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Alpenrose Velodrome is the place
to be this weekend.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It looks like yet another amazing weekend to be a bike lover in (and around) Portland. So much stuff going on!

Here’s a quick roundup (and feel free to plug your ride/event in the comments)…

Two big events are happening to the south and the north of Portland. The Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride, with its “Heart of the Valley” theme, is taking over the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis and the venerable Seattle to Portland Classic (STP) starts tomorrow.

Closer to home, the big Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge kicks off today and runs through the weekend. The AVC, in its 14th year, is Portland’s biggest track event and there will be major talent on display. See Olympic hopefuls, former World Cup competitors, and the fastest local stars duke it out on the famous (and newly renovated) 43-degree, banked turns for bragging rights and $13,000 in prize money.

If going fast and riding in huge groups isn’t your cup of tea, local non-profit Cycle Wild is leading an overnight trip to Champoeg State Park for some stellar camping and wine tasting. The ride leaves tomorrow (Saturday) morning from the Hillsboro MAX station.

If you’re looking to put some miles in your legs and give randonneuring a try; look no further than the 300K Olney-Gothic Logger Randonee. Put on by the folks at Oregon Randonneurs, the ride leaves bright and early tomorrow morning from Cathedral Park in St. Johns (registration is $15).

For some free urban fun, how about being one of the first people to ride on the new Gibbs Bridge over I-5. The bridge, which is only open to people on foot and on bikes, is set to open tomorrow. There’s a guided ride that leaves from the base of the Aerial Tram, explores the bridge and the Lair Hill neighborhood it connects to, tours the new cycle track on SW Moody, and more. There are also free Tram rides all day so you could do shuttle runs down from OHSU to your heart’s content.

This afternoon, the PDX Bike Swam will be supporting the monthly Occupy Portland bank action with a ride around a Wells Fargo branch in the Pearl District.

Check out the Shift calendar for a few more ideas.

Remember, even if you don’t want to join these official rides, follow the links, check out the routes they use, and create your own adventure!

And feel free to share other ideas and ride plans in the comments.

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MMR, yo.


Measles, mumps, and rubella?


I should be there with my xmas tree light Townie cruiser…

Bike Milwaukie

Bike Milwaukie is leading a casual community ride down the Trolley Trail to the Clackamas River, and back.
More in for here-


Might bust out the cargo bike for the cycle wild camping trip.

Scott Batchelar

Thanks for joining us good buddy loved riding back to Portland with you!


Thanks for the listings. Randonneuring events seldom get any notice but Oregon has an active community of randos who do amazing rides all year.

Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger

For us couch pomme du terres … Don’t forget the TdF.


Just rode my first STP. Overall a lot of fun and most folks were conscientious and considerate of each other regardless of vehicle type. Unfortunately, with 10,000 riders there was a lot of bad behavior by people both on bikes and in cars, mostly involving an unwillingness to delay their progress by a few seconds regardless of safety, legality or common courtesy.

Bottom line: people are people. Most are cool, some are not. Mode of transportation is more an indication of capacity for damage than of attitude.