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‘Grand Prix of Portland’ race will come to downtown in 2015, organizer says

Posted by on August 21st, 2014 at 2:45 pm


Cirque du Cycling racers in 2009.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The people behind an “international professional cycling event” in downtown Portland say they’ve gotten green lights from the international and national sport cycling organizations to host the “Grand Prix of Portland” here next summer.

Veteran Oregonian sportswriter Mike Tokito has the story:

The race would cover about 115 miles, with a one-day format that would be run like a stage of the Tour de France.

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“All the difficult things are done,” said Ed Ellis, a veteran sports organizer who is helping to put the event together. “We got the international federation to bless us, we’ve got the city on board.”

Union Cycliste Intertionale (commonly called UCI), which governs cycling worldwide, has placed the race on its 2015 calendar, the event has the blessing of USA Cycling, and the city of Portland has issued a letter of intent to allow the race to happen, Ellis said.

Organizers expect some of the top teams in the world to compete, include many who compete in the Tour de France. The course would run about 10 miles starting at the waterfront and go into the West Hills and back, with riders covering it 10 times.

Sounds like fun. We’ve reached out to Ellis for more information. In the meantime, you can get more information from the event’s Facebook page.

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  • dave August 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    So, is this an actual World Tour race, or just UCI sanctioned? Very cool either way.

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  • Dave August 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    The west hills could be the stuff of a classic course; I’d think that the only obstacle would be sufficiently tough traffic control.

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    • KRhea August 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Dave, it’s an international event, not an OBRA race. Traffic control will not be a problem. If they can close the roads to traffic for the PDX Marathon, the Bridge Pedal etc without problems, I’d say it’s a safe bet the roads can be closed for an international cycling event using a 10mile loop.

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  • Nick August 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    In February. At night. For some spice.

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    • Alan Love August 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Only if there’s a race category for bagpiping unicyclers.

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  • Champs August 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    GP Portland needs to follow the lions. Five laps with Brynwood and College.

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    • Dave August 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Yowza; can you say “instant classic?”

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  • TomF August 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

    naked UCI ride perhaps? only in Portland

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  • Brendan August 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    So happy about this. I’ve been wanting this for years. Thanks for the news, and thanks to whoever is making it happen!

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  • Andy K October 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

    The GP of Portland is now on the UCI calendar for August 29, 2015 http://www.uci.ch/road/calendar/detail#date=20150801&view=list&categ=77&country=0&classc=0

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