The Lumberyard, Portland’s indoor bike park, has quickly gained a loyal following. But while most people think of it as a place to ride the berms, ramps, and other fun features, The Lumberyard is also beginning to fulfill its potential as a prime location for industry gatherings, product debuts, and skills clinics.
Case in point are two events this month that will help make you a better all-around rider whether you’re a roadie, a mountain-biker, a ‘cross racer, or whatever.
On Tuesday of next week (1/8), professional mountain biker Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon) will lead a guided Q & A about all things mountain biking. She’ll be handing out tips about everything from technique to equipment, clothing and nutrition. The free session is from 6:30 to 7:30 and all attendees will get a pass to ride in The Lumberyard following the clinic. The next night (1/9), Sonya will host an Ergon product clinic at Universal Cycles (2202 E Burnside) where she’ll talk with Ergon fans about equipment, trails, and more while handing out some free schwag.
Check out the flyer below:
Then, over the weekend of January 19-21st, the crew at PlusSizeBMX will be at The Lumberyard teaching all sorts of skills clinics. For younger riders, they’ll teach the fundamental building blocks of BMX and mountain biking, “With the focus on having fun while learning and improving bike handling skills.”
And for adult and more advanced riders of all cycling disciplines, PlusSizeBMX team member Nick Soloninka will offer his three-part BikeKwonDo series. For more about what to expect, check out this short and fun BikeKwonDo preview video below:
You can register for clinics and find out more information on the PlusSizeBMX website.
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This is pure genius. I am in love with this whole concept…
I remember in the late 90’s taking my Hardrock to Alpenrose when nobody was around. I would take the BMX course and the velodrome… it was fun, but bad crashes ensued… I also rode on backyard halfpipes before people thought it could be done… but now with PlusSizeBMX bikes- a place like this- and bikekwondo! It’s like a dream… it’s like my dream.
Hey, I coined the term “bikekwondo” over a decade ago to publicize my school’s annual bike ride and taekwon-do workout. But, of course, it’s not trademarked. This sounds like fun.