Weekend Event Guide: All-Star cycling, artistic fixies, and more

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Big time crit racing returns to the North Park Blocks on Sunday.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

If you’re looking to escape the heat this weekend, I’d recommend heading for local rivers and fountains. One great local place to access the cool waters of the Columbia is Kelly Point Park. When it comes to fountains, many city parks have them, but you can also dip in fountains downtown like Salmon Street Springs, Jamison Square, and so on.

Other than that, we’ve got some ride and events suggestions below that might whet your biking appetite…

Friday, August 1st

Universal Cycles Salsa Demo Day at Sandy Ridge – 12:00 to 7:00 pm at Sandy Ridge
Join the crew from Universal Cycles and a truck full of Salsa bicycles for a chance to ride some great bikes on great terrain. The star of the show will be Salsa’s new “Bucksaw” full-suspension fat bike. Other notable rigs you’ll want to try are the new carbon “Horsethief” and “Spearfish” models.

Atir Cycles XIII Dreams – 7:00 pm at One Grand Gallery (1000 E Burnside)


Atir Cycles is a local company (sales offices here, also has offices in Nebraska) that specializes in single speed and fixed gear bikes. They’re having a big art show with 13 custom-painted Atir bikes will be presented by 13 different artists. They’ll be on display and also for sale with some of the proceeds going to the Community Cycling Center. More info here (FB).

Saturday, August 2nd

Ride, Lunch & Shop – 10:00 am at Bob’s Red Mill (5000 SE International Way in Milwaukie)
This 20-25 loop ride will start at Bob’s Red Mill then head south along the Clackamas River, make a loop around Gladstone, head north on the I-205 path, then back down the Springwater to Bob’s for option lunch and/or shopping at their great store. More info here.


Sunday, August 3rd

NW Trail Alliance Group Ride – 9:00 am at The Lumberyard (2700 NE 82nd)
This week’s NWTA ride will be a tour of Sandy Ridge, the super popular and fun trail network off of Highway 26 just outside of Sandy. Meet at The Lumberyard for carpools and then drive up and enjoy the trails! More info here.

Stumptown Crit – 12:00 pm North Park Blocks
Sponsored by Volkswagen and run in conjunction with the Major League All-Star Game, this criterium will bring major league bike racing to downtown Portland. They’ll use the same fast and fun course as the Twilight Criterium of years past. Racers will be competing for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Come and enjoy racing action, food, drinks, and more. More info here.

Rose Pedal Family Ride – 9:00 am (leaves at 10) at Tom McCall Waterfront Park Bowl


Volkswagen and Major League Soccer are supporting this family event as part of the big MLS All Star Game in Portland this weekend. The Rose Pedal will be a six mile loop around the central city (both sides of the river). Wear your favorite MLS team jersey! After the ride, hang out in the park for lots of other All Star activities including live music. More info here.

โ€” If we missed anything, feel free to let us know and/or give it a shout-out in the comments.

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Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
9 years ago

And don’t forget…there is the Vancouver Courthouse Crit Race on Sunday!


Alan 1.0
Alan 1.0
9 years ago
Reply to  Todd Boulanger

Whoops! That was last weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lots of other racing: http://obra.org/

Dwaine Dibbly
Dwaine Dibbly
9 years ago

Is this the weekend to pick up Bridge Pedal registration stuff? I need to check their website.

Dwaine Dibbly
Dwaine Dibbly
9 years ago
Reply to  Dwaine Dibbly

I looked it up. So that nobody panics:

You can pick up your materials at the following locations:
SE Rack Attack or SW Rack Attack Tuesday, Aug. 5, 4 โ€“ 7 p.m.
All Portland area REI stores Friday, Aug. 8, 5 โ€“ 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. โ€“ 2 p.m.
You can also get them at the โ€œWill Callโ€ booths near the start line on the morning of the event.

paul g.
paul g.
9 years ago


Cool off by:

1) Riding to Sauvie Island and use one of the many wonderful public beaches. Choose carefully or you may have to get nekkid!

2) Ride the Canby Bridge route and take a dive into the Clackamas when you are hot and tired after the long climb into Oregon City.

3) Head out along Clackamas River Drive toward Carver (beautiful road but narrow and traffic can be bad on the weekend). Take a swim!

9 years ago

There is also a great race going on in Tigard on Sunday