Weekend Event Guide: Worst Day, Powell, King Kong and more

Worst Day of the Year Ride 2011-24

“Worst” ride, best costumes.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

Once again it looks like the “Worst Day” ride will have pretty OK weather — but at least there’s no risk of cancellation like last year! There are some great rides this weekend, no matter if you want to get zany or dirty, or just ride fast on beautiful country roads.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 7th

Stub Stewart Park Freeride Trail Work Party – 8:45 am at Park Welcome Center Parking Lot
Join the NW Trail Alliance for this great volunteer opportunity. They’ll supply you with tools and instruction so you can help maintain and shape one of the areas best mountain biking areas. Learn more here.

Outer Powell Safety Project Community Walk – 10:30am at Safeway (SE Powell and 122nd)
The Oregon Department of Transportation wants your help in deciding how to invest money on SE Powell. Join project staffers for a walk with ODOT Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer and City Commissioner Steve Novick to learn more about the street and discuss potential improvements. Learn more here.

Flying Carpet Ride – 1:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Tom from Puddlecycle will lead a ride out to Portland International Airport to get one final look at the infamous carpet before it gets replaced. This ride will also be a great opportunity to find good routes to the airport and check out their bike parking facilities. 13-mile loop at a social pace. Learn more here (FB).

Kidical Mass Planning Meeting – 4:00 pm at Caldera Public House (6031 SE Stark)
If you care about family biking and want to get involved and plan rides and other activities, this is the meeting for you. Learn more here.

OBRA Awards Party – 6:00 pm at Chris King Precision Components (2801 NW Nela St)
Join local racers and Oregon Bicycle Racing Association members for the annual awards party. Enjoy gourmet food, a video presentation, and of course, toast Oregon’s fastest racers and teams. Learn more here.

Sunday, February 8th

Worst Day of the Year Ride – 8:00 am at Lucky Lab Brewpub (915 SE Hawthorne)
After being cancelled due to weather (yes weather!) last year, this Portland tradition has returned. Thousands of riders will hit the streets of southeast Portland wearing all manner of gear and costumes on either a 15-mile urban loop or a more challenging 46-mile route. The weather won’t really be that bad. Probably warm (for this time of year) with a bit of rain. Learn more here.

NW Trail Alliance Group MTB Ride 8:00 am at Universal Cycles parking lot (2202 East Burnside)
This week’s ride is headed out to Growlers Gulch. Meet-up in Portland for carpool options and then get ready to ride! There will be two groups depending on your skill level and speed. Learn more here.

King Kong Classic – 9:00 am at Ristretto Roasters (2181 NW Nicolai St)
This is an informal group ride based on a tradition started by local bicycle maker and racer Ira Ryan. Expect a tough, 50-mile route that will venture up and over the West Hills out into the Helvetia area of Washington County. And don’t forget your fenders and tires that can handle a few sections of gravel.

Bike Loud PDX General Meeting – 3:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Get involved in local bicycle activism and learn more about the current work of Bike Loud PDX. Bring your ideas and input on how to make Portland streets safer and more enjoyable to ride on. Learn more here.

— Did we miss anything? Let us know via the comments and make sure to drop us a line if you have an upcoming event you’d like us to feature next week.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Scott Batchelar
9 years ago

What I find really interesting is that the last two years the Worst Day of the Year Ride has definitely lived up to it’s billing.

9 years ago

Dont forget Let’s Ride Bikes’ Paceline Clinic for new female riders Sat morning!