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Weekend Event Guide: Parties galore, nakedness, MTB racing, and more

Posted by on June 26th, 2015 at 9:35 am

2012 World Naked Bike Ride - Portland-14

Something awesome will happen Saturday night.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

We’re having a heat wave, Pedalpalooza is coming to a close, the Supreme Court just voted to support gay marriage across the land and the largest free bike ride of the year is just one day away.

Suffice it to say this is going to be a memorable weekend.

Whether you partake in the costuming, dancing, nakedness or not, there are tons of options to get you inspired to ride. If you do get out there, pack some cold water or a few bucks to stop and get a cold drink (cough, HUB, cough) or frozen treat along the way. It’s gonna’ be hot!

Friday, June 26th

Chrome Hub Portland 3-year Anniversary Party – 4:00 to 9:00 pm at 425 SW 10th Ave
Portland’s Chrome store is three years old and they’re throwing a party. This event is a chance to toast this great local shop, hang out with Portland bike messengers, and it’s also a fundraiser for Aaron Edge, an employee of Western Bike Works recovering from a major mountain biking injury. More info here.

PEDALPALOOZA: Prince vs. Bowie – 8:00 pm at Sewallcrest City Park (SE 31st and Market)
This much-anticipated annual ride will give Bowie and Prince fans a chance to fly their flags. It’s a mobile dance party that always brings out memorable 80s-themed garb. Fans of the respective pop icons will start in different locations and then merge for the big dance-off. More info here (FB).

Saturday, June 27th

Ride for Schools – 7:00 am at Aloha High School (18550 SW Kinnaman Rd in Aloha)
Choose from 25 or 40-mile routes and full support while knowing that 100% of all proceeds benefit area schools. More info here.

Petal Pedal – All day in Silverton, Oregon
Gourmet food, wonderful rural Oregon backroads, and lots of fun people to ride with await you at this annual ride. There are multiple ride options and it all starts in the beautiful Oregon Garden. More info here.

Opening Party for South Waterfront Greenway – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at SW Curry & Gaines
Join the Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau to celebrate the opening of this fantastic new path along the South Waterfront. Enjoy educational stations and a discussion by Buster Simpson, the artist whose work appears along the path. More info here.

Biker Juice Bar at Pioneer Courthouse Square – 12:00 to 3:00 pm Pioneer Courthouse Square
The organizers of this family-friendly event, Dynacraft, call it an “experiment in fun.” Roll over to the Square to take advantage of their free, pop-up, “biker-themed” juice bar featuring games, music, activities and more. More info here.

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PEDALPALOOZA: Multnomah County Bike Fair – 2:00 to 7:00pm at SE 17th and Woodward
The perfect prelude to the World Naked Bike Ride, this event will feature traditional feats of biking skill like jousting, a slow race, bike limbo, and much more. More info here

World Naked Bike Ride – 9:00 pm at Colonel Summers Park (SE 20th and Belmont)
This is it. The Big One. Record crowds are expected in what has become an unprecedented showing of body positivity, happiness through bicycling, and so much more. More info here.

Sunday, June 28th

‘Roads Were Not Built for Cars’ Author Talk – 7:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Bike journalist and author Carlton Reid will host a chat about his fantastic new book, Roads Were Not Built for Cars. Carlton is visiting all the way from the U.K., so let’s not let him down! Seriously, he’s a very smart and affable guy who spent years researching this book which provides undeniable facts about the history of road advocacy in America. More info here.

Six Hours of Mt. Hood – 10:00 am at Mt Hood Ski Bowl
Head up to Hood for this cross-country mountain biking relay race. Do it as a team or solo. Either way you’re guaranteed to have fun on the six-mile course designed by the same folks who bring us the Mountain Bike Short Track series at PIR. 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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11 Comments
  • Jeg June 26, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Let’s take back the streets in celebration! The streets are for people!

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  • J June 26, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    And the BlaqPaks 8th Anniversary Party and Ride tonight starting at 7pm!

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  • Todd Boulanger June 26, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    The WNBR photo of the hordes crossing the Hawthorne Bridge above…gave me a cinema flashback to Planet of the Apes…but in this case hairless bike riding primates. Have fun Saturday nite!

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  • pixelgate June 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    That naked bike ride sure is going to be one hot sweaty mess. Portland is hitting what? 103F that day? Yeesh!

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    • CaptainKarma June 26, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Only 98. ;-). .. & low humidity. And the temp falls rapidly, heading for a low of 69

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      • John Lascurettes June 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

        “heading for a low of 69” – which is damned near perfect for some naked riding!

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    • John Lascurettes June 26, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      It’s probably going to be the warmest WNBR on record – which will bring out many more first-timers. Expect this to be a huge, huge ride.

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  • Eric June 26, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Fun Weekend Ya’ll!

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  • Todd Boulanger June 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Some bike friendly/ make friendly business needs to go out and buy 20 of those above ground waist high pools (like you see at Bi-Mart)…for the post ride cool off.

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    • Joe Adamski June 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      And I will let you take the 397th dip. No thank you.

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    • John Lascurettes June 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      No need. Lots of us were dipping into the Willamette last night. So freaking refreshing.

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