This weekend offers a first and a last: the first-ever Sandy Ridge EFI Ride (see below to find out what that means), and the final Sunday Parkways of the year. Whether you choose to point your bars toward Mt. Hood or Milwaukie, you can keep your wheels spinning with our handy guide…
Friday, September 30th
Breakfast on the Bridges – 7:15am Steel, Hawthorne, Tilikum Bridges
It’s the last Friday of the month so that means BonB on the east end of the lower Steel, west end of Hawthorne, and west side of the Tilikum Bridge, under the 99 Red Balloons sculpture. Grab a coffee and a bite on your way across the river. You can help out by volunteering online. Learn more here.
Saturday, October 1st
Gran Prix Brad Ross #5 – 8:40am Heiser Farms (21425 SE Grand Island Loop
Saturday is the fifth and final race of the Gran Prix Brad Ross. If you’re racing or watching, bring family and friends as the farm’s pumpkin patch, hay ride, corn maze, and petting zoo will be open. Learn more here.
Intersection Repair Mural Tour – 9:30am meet at Peet’s Coffee on NE 15th & Broadway
Join Go Lloyd, Lloyd EcoDistrict, and City Repair Project on a two hour “Intersection Repair” mural tour — where neighbors have joined together to create paintings in the middle of the street. The ride will visit four completed sites and one potential site to hear about requirements and considerations. Event includes free coffee and a complimentary Biketown day pass for those in need of wheels. Kid friendly. Learn more here.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – 3:30 to 6:30 pm at Ventura Park (SE Stark and 115th)
It’s National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day and our local off-road advocacy group, the NW Trail Alliance has something wonderful in store: A free family and kid-friendly day of activities at Ventura Park. Get the kids in your life hooked on biking by letting them rip and roll on the pump track, the just-built balance-bike track, or the skills course. Perfect for toddlers on up to teens. Learn more here.
Sunday, October 2nd
1st Annual EFI Sandy Ridge Ride – 9:00am Sandy Ridge Main Lot
This unofficial group ride has an official non-sponsor. To get your map and directions you must show up after 9am, but before 10am. The challenge, should you accept it, is to cover “Every F*cking Inch” of the Sandy Ridge MTB Trail System — or about 30 miles of some of the best singletrack in the region. If this seems veiled don’t worry, all are welcome, and the only rules are use the honor system and share the trail. Finishers get a free beer. Learn more here.
Sunday Parkways: Sellwood / Milwaukie – 11:00am
The year’s last Sunday Parkways traces a brand new route through Sellwood, across the Sellwood Bridge, and back into Milwaukie. Milwaukie’s Water Tower Park hosts live music all afternoon and a Kidical Mass obstacle course. More info here. Route map here.
Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.
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EFI sounds like fun, but that double black diamond rating has kept me from every trying Follow the Leader. I keep thinking if I could get up there on a weekday when nobody is around, that would be the time to give it a go. Sweet concept though!
You can walk the sections that are tough. Many do. Not a problem at all.
That’s definitely what I’d do, but always feel super worried about slowing down folks behind me- hence the weekday approach. Good to know it’s only crazy in a few sections though. Thanks for the tips!
It will be a good vibe on Sunday if you are interested. Definitely not a race. Plus, free beer after provided by Velo Cult.
I think that trail is the most fun one out there and in the best shape too. It is super fun and only a few spots to really watch out for. Give it a try!
Please add Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Ventura Park on Saturday: http://nw-trail.org/events/take-a-kid-mountain-biking-day/
Can’t believe we overlooked this. It’s on my internal calendar. Adding it now. Sorry!