Weekend Event Guide: LapQuest, gentrification education, wine country adventure, and more

Fourth of July party-8

A weekend to fly our flag.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend feels like the calm before the storm. There are noticeably fewer events happening because it seems as though everyone is resting up a bit for the bike-riding, fun-having onslaught of June when Pedalpalooza — and a whole lot of other stuff — starts in earnest.

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

But come on, we know you have a limitless reservoir of enthusiasm for riding bicycles and that no sunny and dry weekend should ever be wasted. And since it’s Memorial Day Weekend, you might want to take time to remember those who have served our great country and adorn your bicycle accordingly.

Check out our menu of rides and events below…

Saturday, May 27th

LapQuest at Stub Stewart – 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Stub Stewart State Park (Buxton Trailhead)
A friendly competition to see who can ride the most laps of the stellar Stub trails. It’s not a race but a challenging group ride and social event to celebrate the hard work of many volunteers who have built and maintained the trails (event is only open to people who have volunteered!). Followed by a big BBQ at Buxton Trailhead.
More info here.

Westside Adventure – 9:30 am at REI in Tanasbourne
This ride is offered by the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club. They’ll wind through North Plains, Roy, Banks, Jackson Quarry and more on an exploration of rural Washington County. Expect route options from 32-52 miles and a stop for coffee. More info here.


Sunday, May 28th

Sisters Stampede – All day in Sisters
It’s mountain bike season! Grab your XC shred-sled and head to the beautiful central Oregon town of Sisters. The route uses bike-specific trails in the Peterson Ridge system with all the requisite views of the Three Sisters and lava beds. A perfect race venue next to a lodge and brewery ensures a good time will be had by all. More info here.

Rolling Rock Road Ride – 10:00 am at Western Bikeworks (1015 NW 17th Ave)
This weekly Western Bikeworks shop ride is perfect for getting your legs in shape for summer adventures. Expect a three-hour route with average page of 12-17 mph and about 4,000 feet of climbing. Free coffee before and after the ride. Ride leader will regroup at the top of climbs. More info here.

Van DuranDuran Classic – 10:00 am at VanderZanden Ridge (20544 SW Lebeau Rd, Sherwood, OR)
This unsanctioned ramble through the gravel (and paved) hills of Chehalem wine country is sure to please the strongest riders. Route will be about 54 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing. More info here.

Monday, May 29th

Gentrification is Weird Bike Tour and Forum – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Expo Center Park & Ride (2060 N Marine Drive)
Part of the weekend-long Vanport Mosaic festival, this bike tour will trace the history of the Vanport community through the eyes of the residents who were displaced when it was wiped out by a flood in 1948. Ride ends with performance by Living Stages theatrical group. More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments. And have a great weekend!

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

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Some Guy
6 years ago

Come join us on The ¡Sauvie Shootout! this Sunday- 9AM Departure from Ovation Coffee at 941 NW Overton. This ride is a little different than most in Portland – It’s different every week based on WHO shows up, not WHERE it goes. The Sauvie Shootout, a spirited weekly group drop ride, is intended to meet the diverse needs of cyclists in PDX including CAT 1/2/3/4/5 racers as well as club riders and Masters. I am offering my signature double-your-money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. The sense of cycling community a consistent ride like this creates is incredible. Hope to see you there!