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Weekend Event Guide: Ronde, racing, a movie premiere and more

Posted by on April 17th, 2015 at 10:44 am

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Neighbors coming out to support the De Ronde always makes the suffering a bit sweeter.
(Photo J Maus/BikePortland)

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

I hope you’re ready to ride because the forecast for this weekend looks spectacular. It’ll start off with what looks like a big new night ride this Friday, joining up with the Dropouts and rolling into the night.

Whatever you do, relax and enjoy a few days off. We’ve had some intense and important conversations here lately and we need you to be fresh and ready for Monday.

Friday, April 17th

Friday Night Ride – 8 p.m. at Salmon Street Fountain
Foster Road shop Ride Yr Bike heads downtown to lead what will hopefully be the first of many big weekend kickoffs. More info here. At 10 p.m., they’re scheduled to meet up with…

Dropout BC ride – 9 p.m.-3 a.m. at Col. Summers Park, 20th and Belmont
The dropout bike club’s monthly freakbike social ride. Over the years, this ride has become the place to show off your newest bicycle oddities. Come ride, have an adventure, and socalize. All bikes welcome, but the pace is set by the freakbikes. More info here.

Saturday, April 18th

Meet the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club – 9:30 am at Lents Park (SE 92nd and Holgate)
Join ride leader Ann Morrow for a great introduction to group cycling while exploring southeast Portland. Expect an easy pace and a distance of 18 miles. “Find out why bicycling is such a popular sport – You can do it!” says Ann on the club’s website. They’ll end at Cartlandia for great food and drink. More info here.

De Ronde PDX – 10:00 am at Pyramid Brewing (2730 NW 31st Ave)
This is it! The local classic that’s guaranteed to test your limits. The 50-mile route winds through the toughest climbs in the West Hills and has over 7,900 feet elevation gain. Ride organizers say they’ve added three new sectors that “don’t add much difficulty, but they are cool roads that we thought people might want to see.” Also keep your head up mid-route for the Pixie Project party. Bring a donation and $20 for your souvenir De Ronde t-shirt. More info here.

Ride the Heart of the Valley – All day at Oregon State University in Corvallis
This is a fundraiser for the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Get to know Willamette Valley backroads on three different routes of 12, 30, or 62 miles in length. More info here.

Inspired to Ride Movie Premiere – 7:00 pm at McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan)
This new film is a perfect way to up your stoke just as you start to plan your big summer riding adventures. It takes a closer look at the people and places behind the first-ever unsupported Trans America Bicycle Race. Cast and crew will be in attendance. Tickets are $15. More info here.

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Sunday, April 19th

Bike Milwaukie Monthly Ride – 9:30 am at Milwaukie City Hall (10722 SE Main Street in Milwaukie)
Join Milwaukie’s bike advocacy group for a ride that will help deliver food donations to families in need. Bring a pannier, backpack, or cargo bike to help carry the load. Expect an easy 8-mile loop. More info here.

La Doyenne – 10:00 am at Cartlandia (SE 82nd Ave and Springwater)
This is a crazy climbing companion to the Ronde ride. Organizer Andrew Springer has mapped out a 50-mile route with over 7,000 feet of climbing in and around Happy Valley in outer southeast Portland. Andrew says he’s improved the route this year, added a Strava KOM competition, and will provide food about half-way through the ride. More info here.

Barton Park Circuit Race – All day at Barton Park (19009 SE Barton Park Road in Boring)
A new race in Estacada that promises some fast action. Laps are a 7-mile loop with just over 300 feet of climbing per lap. All categories are welcome. OBRA license required. More info 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.

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    Tom April 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Friday Night Ride today at 8pm at downtown Salmon Street Fountain:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/664706063633758/

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    Ricky J. April 17, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Ronde ride added sections that don’t add much difficulty; then what is sw 57th ave climb and decent to hard right onto a gravel road just after a speed bump? This is my favorite climb on the ride, but compared to just going strait on skyline, it is challenging and a bit tricky

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    Ted Buehler April 20, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for the weekend update, I enjoyed the Friday Night Ride, and caught the second half of the Trans Am Route Race. I always appreciate the BikePortland coverage to let me tune in to weekend events. Next year I’ll make a point of spectating the De Ronde.

    Ted Buehler

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