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Weekend Event Guide: Worst Day Ride, the Big Dig, bike love stories, and more

Posted by on February 9th, 2017 at 7:28 am

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Grab some friends and make new ones at the Worst Day Ride.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by The Street Trust, who reminds you to grab tickets now for their big Live the Revolution fundraiser happening Friday night!

Can you feel that?

We know it’s been a long and cold and wet and dark winter… But there’s hope. On Sunday thousands of Portlanders will gather and ride for the Worst Day of the Year Ride. It’s a sign of things to come and it’s about time you joined them. Before the weekend comes, why not start things off with some stories about bike love?

As always, we’ve got great event options for you. Check the full menu below…

Friday, February 10th

Live the Revolution – 7:30pm at Alberta Abbey (126 NE Alberta St)
**This is a BikePortland Featured Event. Its organizers help support BikePortland. Thank you!**

Ready for some great bike stories and a chance to raise money for Safe Routes to School? Join The Street Trust and a talented and fun cast of characters for this 7th annual event. Gladys Bikes owner Leah Benson is this year’s emcee and title sponsor is Sugar Wheel Works (whose owner Jude Gerace founded the event as a way to mark her business anniversary). Tickets $15. More info here.

Midnight Mystery Ride – 11:45 at mystery start location (inquire within)
It’ll be wet and dark, but the light and warmth of friends old and new are what keep people coming back to MMR. That, and the sense of fun and adventure it always fulfills. This month’s mystery guest will have something special planned! More info here.

Saturday, February 11th

The Big Dig at Gateway Green – 10:00am to 3:00pm at Gateway Green (I-205 path north of Halsey)
This is it folks: your chance to say you helped build the most exciting new off-road biking area to hit Portland in decades. Volunteer to dig trails and pull weeds and schlep stuff. Sweat equity at its finest! You’ll be fed and revered by Friends of Gateway Green and NW Trail Alliance. More info here.

The Two Bridges Ride – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Join Tom from Puddlecycle to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the I-5 Interstate Bridge. This 16 mile ride will introduce you to the Vancouver side of the Columbia River and lots of secret paths. More info here.

Velotines Making Party – 4:00pm to 6:30pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave)
Who makes Portland better for biking? This is the time to recognize their work. Join The Street Trust for this annual tradition of handmade, personalized thank-yous for hard-working bike heroes. More info here.

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Sunday, February 12th

Worst Day of the Year Ride – All day at Lucky Lab Brew Pub (SE 9th and Hawthorne)
**This is a BikePortland Featured Event. Its organizers help support BikePortland. Thank you!**

Get your costumes and get ready for anything, weather-wise. This large and legendary ride celebrates whatever weather befalls it. So much more than a ride, it’s a time to meet great people, enjoy amazing food and drinks, explore the city and get a chance over $5,000 in prizes (depending on how creative and cool your costume is). More info here.

Women’s Clinic at The Lumberyard
If you want to get strong and confident on your bike, you need to give The Lumberyard’s indoor ramps and tracks your full attention. Come to this clinic and learn from experts how to balance, turn, and flow like a pro. More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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    JD February 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Hope they don’t cancel worst day ride for snow and/or wind and rain. Aren’t we tougher now than a number of years ago!

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      Chris I February 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

      The current forecast is saying sunny and 50*F. Will they cancel it because the weather is too nice?

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    Ryan February 9, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Would love to do the Two Bridges Ride. Seems strange to have 3 hours scheduled for a 16 mile ride? I’m assuming it’s not meant to be fast, are there some stops planned? I don’t usually get that much free time to ride (makes training for long rides difficult) but it sounds like it would be fun.

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      Tom February 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      The Two Bridges Ride includes brief stops at the Kaiser Viewing Tower, the Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, and the Pearson Air Museum (all free). So that slows it down a bit compared to a non-stop 16 mile ride.

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    Doug February 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Save $7 with code “pdxpipeline” at worstdayride.com
    I found a $7 break on the price and it worked for me on the registration.

    Should be nice weather 51 degree high and sunny so should be a pretty winter morning. Germantown road should have tons of gravel on it, calls for serious tires, but a dry day means no need for fenders. Which bike should I ride?

    With this awful weather it feels like I’ve been in jail, that treadmill is so boring but it asses for workout. Hope to see you in the sun on Sunday!!

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    BradWagon February 9, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Funny to me that Sunday is gonna be the best day of the year so far. I had my worst ride this morning on bald peak in white out blowing rain (although HOTNP is a close second). Can’t wait for some sun this weekend!

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