Can you believe it? The sun is due to shine bright just in time to kickoff the Big Sunday Parkways Season.
We hope you’re ready for the crazy summer riding season because it’s coming hot and fast. We’re just a few weeks out from the start of Pedalpalooza (which is the entire month of June this year). Speaking of which, one local bike fun organizer will be out of town in June so she decided to do her ride tonight! Don your onesie or best bodysuit and join in.
Without further delay, here’s our menu of rides and events sure to bring a smile on this sunny weekend…
Friday, May 19th
No-Drop Road Ride – 7:00 pm at Western Bikeworks (1015 NW 17th)
Join this weekly group ride aimed at intermediate riders and led by Western Bikeworks staff. Expect a 15-mile (or so) ride at a conversational pace. More info here.
Onesie Ride – 7:45 pm at Holladay Park (NE Multnomah and 11th)
Pedalpalooza pre-funk! Grab a onesie, or the closest thing you’ve got to one (animal suits and leotards also accepted). Prizes for best outfits and the ride ends at a dance party. More info here.
Saturday, May 20th
Trail Work Day at Stub Stewart – 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at Stub Stewart State Park
Put in some sweat equity at the best singletrack trail network in the area. This is the big, annual work party hosted by Portland Design Works and NW Trail Alliance. Free coffee and donuts at the start and BBQ (with free Hopworks beer!) once the work is done. Raffle prizes provided by Fat Tire Farm. More info here.
Kidical Mass Treats Ride – 1:00 pm at Sunnyside School Park (SE 35th and Taylor)
Whatever you and your little ones’ sweet tooth desires can be had on this ride. Join other people who ride with kids on a 3-mile ride with stops for treats of all kinds. Begins and ends at a park! More info here.
Sunday, May 21st
Sunday Parkways – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in southeast Portland
It’s the kickoff of the Sunday Parkways season, and the forecast could not be better! Come out on bikes, feet, scooters, strollers, or whatever you love and enjoy a 7-mile carfree loop that will take you through neighborhoods and parks. Expect lots of free activities, entertainment and food (not free). More info here.
Devinci Demo Day – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Sandy Ridge Trailhead
River City Bicycles will have the entire fleet of mountain bikes from Cycles Devinci for you to test ride. This is a great chance to learn about these great bikes before you buy and ask the smart shop staff all your burning questions. First-come, first-served. Don’t forget to bring your own pedals. More info here.
Pedalpalooza Pennant Making Party – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Nancy’s Studio (2738 SE 15th)
The bike fun doesn’t just happen by magic. Well, ok, some of it does. But much of it happens because people show up to help. If you want to be part of this year’s Pedalpalooza magic, come help Shift devotees print the cool pennants that will adorn all the funnest bikes in the pack once the big event kicks off next month. More info here.
Oregon Grand Fondo – 8:00 am in Cottage Grove (130 miles south of Portland)
Choose from a 117 or 71-mile loop for this celebration of cycling on some of Oregon’s finest country roads. The gran fondo tradition is strong in Italy and France and is steeped in cycling lore. It’s a way to ride a pro-level route in the presence of pros and elite riders while enjoying top-level support along the way. Registration includes a meal, a massage (just like the pros!), and more. 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.