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Weekend Event Guide: Accessible overnighters, MTB endurance, track racing, and more

Posted by on July 13th, 2017 at 10:40 am

Family trip to Stub Stewart State Park-23-90

Load up your bike and do an overnighter. Portland has several nearby spots to choose from.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Camping trips, off-road bike races, dance party rides – this is summer in the Portland region.

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

Now is the time to get yourself sorted and plan on some great bike experiences. We’ve got some great options on our list this week. And of course if you want even more events to choose from, peruse the most comprehensive bike calendar in Portland.

Have fun out there!

Friday, July 14th

Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge – All weekend at the velodrome (6149 SW Shattuck Road)
The AVC is back and the fastest men and women from near and far will be at the track all weekend competing for glory and prize money. Grab friends and family and head out for great spectating too. Track racing is Portland’s baseball. More info here.

VeloBeats Sparkle Party – 8:30 pm at Colonel Summers Park (SE 17th and Taylor)
Inaugural summer dance party ride. Expect mobile sound systems, fun freak bikes and a dance party at the end spot. “Wear your sparkliest sparkle,” organizers say. More info here.

Midnight Mystery Ride – 12:00 am at location TBD (check website)
It’s the second Friday of the month so you know what that means: MMR time! Check the MMR site for details on Friday, then show up and get ready to roll through the night to a mystery location. More info here.

Saturday, July 15th

High Cascades 100 – All day at Bend Athletic Club (61615 Athletic Club Dr)
Every year I say I should do this. Looks like a ton of fun on great trails at a super-nice venue. This is one of the premier MTB endurance events in America. Looots of singletrack promises to make this something you won’t forget for the fun or the challenge. More info here.

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Women of Color Bike Camping Trip – 9:00 am at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave)
Curious about camping with your bike? Itching to do it again? Want to meet other W/T/F/NB people of color? This trip will venture to nearby Milo McIver State Park, just 35-miles from Portland for one night of camping under the stars. Route will be mostly on the Springwater Corridor, Eastbank Esplanade, and Trolley Trail. Please RSVP as space is limited. More info here.

Kidical Mass PDX Bike Camping Trip – 10:00 am at Goose Hollow MAX Stop
Two bike camping options in one weekend! Don’t you love July in Portland? Join the families and friends for a Kidical Mass to Stub Stewart State Park near Vernonia. Organizers have rented a van to carry cargo bikes to Hillsboro. Space limited to 10 families. More info here.

Safe Routes to Groceries – 10:00 am at New Seasons Market Concordia (5320 NE 33rd)
See just how easy and fun it is to ride your bike to the grocery store and remind event sponsor New Seasons how many people go by bike. Lots of great partners on this event means they’ll be raffle prizes and lots of yummy food vendors. More info here.

Sunday, July 16th

Seersucker Social Ride – 1:00 pm at Woodlawn Park
Put on your best summer picnic attire and join the fine folks from The Portland Society and TweedPDX as they roll through Portland picknicking and cycling in style. Stops include Woodlawn, Columbia and Cathedral Park — where the jazz festival will be going on! More info here.

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

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 jonathan@bikeportland.org

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