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Weekend Event Guide: Crusade opener, an alleycat, donuts and more

Posted by on October 8th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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Whether your watch or ride, Cross Crusade at Alpenrose is unlike anything else.
(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.

The first weekend of the big Cross Crusade (which holds the world record for most participation in a one-day cross race with over 1,400 racers!) is upon us. There are two races at Alpenrose this weekend — both of which are arguably as much fun to watch as they are to compete.

The forecast calls for rain this weekend, but we think that just adds to the fall spirit. And the dark skies make those brightly colored leaves all the more beautiful. Right? Put on a jacket and get out there.

What do you have planned? Whatever it is, we hope it involves a bicycle. Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, October 10th

Cross Crusade #1 Race #1 – All day at Alpenrose Velodrome (6149 SW Shattuck)
This is it! The official start of cyclocross season. Come out to the famous Alpenrose course to see Kids Cross and an entire day of racing at the epicenter of the national cyclocross scene. More info here.

Gateway Green Work Party – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Gateway Green (NE 99th and Pacific)
Take part in the Portland Parks Foundation’s citywide “Parke Diem” event by helping clean out invasives from the future bike park at Gateway Green (where I-84 and I-205 meet). Tools and water will be provided. You’ll also get a free t-shirt if you pre-reigster. Hosted by Friends of Gateway Green. More info here.

Coffee and Donuts Ride – 9:45 am to 12:30 pm at Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook St)
What better way to welcome fall than a neighborhood tour of great donut shops? And this ride is led by one of Portland’s premiere donut connoisseurs Timo Forsberg. Join him for a 13-mile casual spin as part of the City of Portland’s By Cycle ride series. Bring cash for coffee and treats. More info here.

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East Explorer – 10:00 am at Gresham Main City Park (219 S Main Ave)
Ready to explore eastern Multnomah County and the Gresham area? Show up for this 30-mile Portland Wheelmen Touring Club ride and experience quiet backroads, the Sandy River, and a jaunt to Troutdale. Gorgeous fall colors are assured. More info here.

Rush Hour Alleycat – 6:00 pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza (SW 3rd and Madison)
The monthly alleycat race and “mob ride” is back and the theme is “Raining Cats & Dogs.” Do it for the competition. Do it for the glory. Just do it. More info here

Sunday, October 11th

Cross Crusade #1 Race #2 – All day at Alpenrose Velodrome (6149 SW Shattuck)
This is it! The official start of cyclocross season. Come out to the famous Alpenrose course to see Kids Cross and an entire day of racing at the epicenter of the national cyclocross scene. More info here.

Happy Valley/Clackamas River Loop – 9:30 am from Lents Park (SE 92nd and Holgate)
This 38-mile ride will head out to Happy Valley and Carver then will loop back along the Clackamas River. You’ll ride back into Portland via the Willamette River and brand-spanking new sections of the Trolley Trail. First time in the area? Have no fear as Portland Wheelmen Touring Club ride leader will show you the way. 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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After 10 years of using my Crosscheck to commute I think it is time for the frame to live up to its name. Is the Beginners category appropriate for someone racing for the first time?