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Weekend Event Guide: Pioneer Century, Pedalpalooza, and more

Posted by on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:32 am

Quite a variety of rides to choose from this weekend.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s June and every Portland calendar is absolutely jam-packed. Not only is everyone psyched for summer, but it’s also Pedalpalooza season!

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

There are 41 events on the Pedalpalooza calendar from now through Sunday. If you can’t find a ride you love this weekend you don’t love cycling.

And there’s plenty of adventure to be had this weekend far beyond Portland’s bike fun spheres. The Pioneer Century is a classic that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, June 2nd

Dirty Diablo’s Wild Ride – 8:00 pm at Devil’s Point (5305 SE Foster)
Follow the inimitable Diablo on Pedalpalooza’s first big dance party ride. Now in its 8th year, this ride is guaranteed fun for those looking for a night out on the town with “wild devilish delights.” More info here.

Saturday, June 3rd

*The Pioneer Century – All day in Canby*
This ride follows a breathtakingly beautiful route through the bucolic vistas of Champoeg, Canby and Mollala. Different mileage options to choose from, very nice people to ride with, and a fantastic lunch. I’ve done this twice now and can highly recommend it! More info here.

Gifford Gravel Century – 8:00 am in Yacolt (WA)
Not for the faint of heart, this unsupported ride will cover 70 miles and over 8,700 feet of climbing. I did this ride a few years ago and the great memories are still very vivid. More info here.

Velo Cirque Vintage Bike Ride & Show – 10:00 am at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Calling all classic bike riders and lovers! This is the event for you. All types of classic and vintage bikes are welcome. Organizer says to bring, “anything with soul”. Ride at 10, show starts at 3:00. Remember to bring a bike stand if you have one. More info here.

Norther Cycles Swap Meet – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Norther Cycles (5515 N Albina)
Its the third annual swap meet hosted by Norther Cycles. Expect to hang out with some very nice people and see tons of hard-to-find used parts and bikes to browse and buy. Bring your stuff to sell for $10 per space. More info here.


Sunday, June 4th

Triple Ronde Ride – All day all over the place
This unsanctioned ride is a bonkers attempt to ride 150 miles and over 20,000 feet of elevation in one day. It will link Portland’s three toughest one-day rides — the Ronde, the Giro PDX and La Doyenne. Only the strong should apply. More info here.

PDW Omnium – 10:00 am at Alpenrose Velodrome (6149 SW Shattuck)
Come for the great track racing action and stay for the free BBQ, root beer and ice cream. More info here.

Jade District/Montavilla Bike Tour – 12:00 pm at Montavilla City Park
Bring your appetite to this food tour of a great Portland neighborhood. Stops will have theme of “tofu, buns and dumplings,” – yum! More info here.

Portland Stands United Against Hate – 12:30 pm at City Hall
In response to the attacks on a MAX train last week by a white supremacist, Portlanders will honor the victims and rally for tolerance. “Now is the time to show these bigots, this country, and the world that Portland stands united and will not tolerate this hate,” say organizers. More info here.

If we didn’t mention something, feel free to give it a shout-out in the comments. Have fun out there!

Stay plugged into all the bike and transportation-related events around the region via our comprehensive event calendar.

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

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joel domries
joel domries

is the kids parade canceled?

its on the calendar but zero info?


Don’t forget the Hammer Velo crit on Saturday!

Mick O
Mick O

“If you can’t find a ride you love this weekend you don’t love cycling.”

JM was (probably) not trying to imply that people with social anxiety can’t love cycling. He would likely agree (after some thought) that not participating in Pedalpalooza doesn’t make you weird or wrong or a loser.



I love cycling–I even work in the industry–but I do not love massive group rides. Too chaotic. I prefer a ride with a few people I know and can trust.

joel domries
joel domries

the shift website is not responding in my spam or email folder so i assume the kids ride is canceled.


Middle of the Road Guy
Middle of the Road Guy

anyone doing the pioneer?

John Liu
John Liu

I’m leading the vintage ride at 10. I think we’ll meander a bit, stop by the Norther swap meet, then end up at People’s Pig for lunch. Just so no one is expecting a 50 mile hammerfest.


I think is funny the Portland Wheelman’s Pioneer Century never get’s inside the Portland City limits. Makes sense. Why would you choose to?