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Weekend Event Guide: Sauvie, Sorella, The Dalles, and a mystery

Posted by on March 9th, 2017 at 10:40 am

How about a ride out to Sauvie Island?
(J. Maus/BikePortland)

I’m writing this from Washington D.C., waiting for my plane back to Portland. I don’t want to rub it in too much but it’s sunny and 73-degrees here!

I can’t wait to get home and get back on my bike. Hopefully there’s a nice break in the rain — and hopefully you’ve got plans to ride too. If not, check out the menu of rides below, grab a friend or two, and head out.

Friday, March 10th

Midnight Mystery Ride
Where it stops, nobody knows. We do know however, that it will be fun. Show up and ride late and into the night with friends old and new. It’s a Portland tradition. More info here.

Saturday, March 11th

Sorella Forte Women’s Ride
Come and join this ride if you want to get better at riding in a group and you want to meet the awesome ladies of Sorella Forte — one of Portland’s best riding clubs. Pace and distance set for intermediate riders. More info here.

Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee (941 NW Overton)
This is a new training ride that’s set up to accomodate all levels of fitness. The 66-mile route goes from northwest out to Sauvie Island and then up into the West Hills and back along Skyline Road. More info here.

The Dalles Mtn 60 — 10:00 am at Holstein’s Coffee (811 E 3rd St in The Dalles)
Originally started by VeloDirt, this is the ride that helped inspire the “gravel riding” trend in Portland. The 60-mile route begins in downtown The Dalles, crosses the mighty Columbia River, and then loops back via Maryhill and Biggs Junction. More info here.

Walk and Talk 82nd Ave with ODOT – 10:00 am and 2:00 pm (Namaste Indian Cuisine – 8303 NE Sandy Blvd and Flying Pie Pizzeria – 7804 SE Stark)
As part of their 82nd Avenue of the Roses Implementation Plan, ODOT is hosting walking tours along 82nd Avenue to hear your ideas for how to make the corridor better. Tours are offered in English and Spanish. More info here and here.


Sunday, March 12th

Meet The Portland Wheelmen Touring Club Ride – 10:00 am at Wilshire Park (NE 33rd and Skidmore)
Led by PWTC member Ann Morrow, this 19-mile ride with an easy pace (12-15 mph) along the Columbia River will help you get comfortable riding in a group. Route is flat and easy so this is a great introduction to recreational riding. More info here.

ZooBomb – 8:30 pm at the People’s Bike Library of Portland (aka “the pyle” at SW 13th and Burnside)
Heard of ZooBomb yet? Now you have — and there’s no excuse to not give it a try. Take MAX to the Zoo and “bomb” down the west hills. Adventure awaits. 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

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    Alan Love March 9, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Dearest Jonathan, I think (based on the headline) you meant to include the link to the Dalles Mt 60 on Saturday, but it didn’t make it into the article.

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    Todd Boulanger March 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Jonathan – based on the DC photos (and my past experience in DC for March)…you should postpone your flight and just ride your bike around DC region for 2 days with your camera…and report back to us on the great progress of the region (vs. ‘more of less’ whats going on here).

    PS. I am willing to call Julie and get you that “hall pass”…unless of course she is there with you and the neighbours need you all back cuz the kids are running riot through the streets of NoPo. 😉

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      Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) March 9, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      I would love to do that Todd. But not this time. I have home fires to tend to — both work and family! Would love to come back for a few days of learning and reporting. If you know anyone that wants to sponsor a trip like that, let me know.

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        Todd Boulanger March 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm

        Its just another messy rainy “spring” day in the Greater Vancouver[Portland] Metro area vs. DC. You are not missing anything bike friendly here weatherwise.

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    Middle of the Road Guy March 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I think the DM 60 is going to be particularly messy this year.

    Also, a shout out for Free Bridge Brewing…right by Holstein’s. They make some great beer, and purposely few IPAs.

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    DC March 10, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Can you please remove “unsanctioned” from the Sauvie Island Shootout?! There’s no sanctioning body for training rides. This makes the event sound illegal. Are the Midnight Mystery Ride and Sorella Forte Women’s Ride sanctioned?

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    Some Guy March 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for the exposure of the Sauvie Shootout Jonathan! It’s been a great ride and has grown each week. I hope you (and your readers!) come join us!

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