(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)
Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.
Yes, yes, we know Pedalpalooza starts today and fills the entire weekend with dozens of bike rides… But believe it or not there is a world of bicycling beyond that joyous kingdom of bike fun. So, we present to you a carefully considered selection of rides and events that you won’t find on the Pedalpalooza calendar.
(Program note: We’ll be posting a Pedalpalooza Preview each Saturday morning beginning this Saturday.)
Friday, June 6th
Open House at Nutcase Helmets World HQ – 6:00 to 10:00 pm at SE 11th and Division
The Ford Building at SE 11th and Division is hosting an open studio event that includes the headquarters of Nutcase Helmets. Drop in from 6-10:00 pm for a behind-the-scenes look at this great local company that sells helmets to bike riders across the globe. More info here.
Saturday, June 7th
Northwest Trail Alliance Sandy Ridge Shuttle Day – 9:00am – 4:30pm at Sandy Ridge MTB Area
This is a fundraiser for the NW Trail Alliance’s work at Sandy Ridge. You show up and pay them to shuttle you and your bike up to the top of the trails and all the money goes toward keeping the trails in awesome shape throughout the year. They’ll run four shuttle trucks every 10-20 minutes. More info here.
Gigantic Bicycle Film Series – 7:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
This screening of short, bicycle-inspired, independent films from the Pacific Northwest is part of the Gigantic Bicycle Festival up in Seattle. This is the only Oregon showing. The event will also feature live music from Kellen Biondi. $5 suggested donation. More info here.
Hot Springs and Dunes 600K – (Saturday and Sunday based in Newberg)
Join the Oregon Randonneurs for two days of great riding. The course is 217 miles on Saturday then it heads out to the Coast on a 155 mile route that includes Nestucca River Road. More info here.
Otto’s Bike Shop MTB Clinic and Tour – Saturday and Sunday (38716 Pioneer Boulevard, Sandy)
This two-day event starts with a skills clinic and bike maintenance session on Saturday followed by a guided ride to Sandy Ridge MTB Area on Sunday. More info here.
Pioneer Century – Starts from Clackamas County Fairgrounds (694 NE 4th Ave, Canby)
This is the 40 annual Pioneer Century, a ride that, for many people, signals the start of the summer riding season. The five routes trace the history of the Champoeg, Canby, and Molalla areas — and offers stunning vistas of Mt. Hood. There’s even a family ride this year. I’ll be at this event shooting photos so if you see me, smile! More info here.
Sorella Forte Women’s Ride – 9:00am from River City Bicycles (706 SE MLK Blvd)
This weekly ride is open to everyone and led by members of the Sorella Forte Cycling Team. There are two options, a shorter/easier route and a faster/longer route for more experienced riders. More info here.
Gladys Bikes Grand Re-Opening Party – 4:00 to 7:00pm at 2905 NE Alberta Street
Gladys Bikes has moved to a nice and shiny (and larger!) new spot on NE Alberta and now that all the boxes are unpacked they’re ready to celebrate. Join them for great deals, drinks and treats, a photo booth, and even a huge prize raffle that will benefit Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. More info here
Sunday, June 8th
Blessing of the Bikes – 2:00 pm in the courtyard of St. Mary’s Cathedral (1716 NW Davis St.)
This annual event is a solemn reflection of those who have lost their lives while bicycling. The program will also include blessing of riders and their bicycles. More info here.
— If we missed anything, let us know. And feel free to promote your plans and rides in the comments. Have a great weekend!