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Weekend Event Guide: Light Brigade, a criterium, Breaking Away, Oregon Walkways, and more

Posted by on August 3rd, 2017 at 9:47 am

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Whether you come to watch or race, there’s nothing like the action of an urban criterium. Don’t miss the Franz Bakery Criterium Saturday afternoon in inner northeast.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

Congratulations. You’ve survived the Portland Heatwave. So far.

We’ve still got plenty of heat in the forecast so make sure you check our hot riding tips and pass them along to friends in need.

Now to the fun part: We’ve got great events for you this weekend, including several ways to beat the heat. Our pick is the outdoor movie at Stub Stewart State Park on Saturday night. The event is hosted by Oregon State Parks and Hollywood Theater is bringing a huge blow-up screen to the Hilltop day-use area for a screening of Breaking Away.

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Friday, August 4th

Charge of the Light Brigade – 8:30 pm at Tilikum Bridge (West end, 2730 SW Moody Ave)
Light up your bike and join Scott B. and friends for a bit of “Afterpalooza” fun.
More info here.

Saturday, August 5th

Tour de Outback Century – All day starting in Lakeview, Oregon
Come out and get a taste of Oregon’s Outback while exploring our newest State Scenic Bikeway.
More info here.

Nomad Cycles PDX Open House and Grand Opening – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the shop (5820 NE Sandy Blvd)
Nomad Cycles, a maker of e-assist kits for bikes owned by Brad Davis, has a beautiful new shop space. Come wish Brad well and see his excellent products.
More info here.

Franz Bakery Criterium – 2:00 to 6:00 pm at at Franz Bakery (NE 10th and Flanders)
Classic crit racing on an 8-corner, smooth and wide-open course with the smell of freshly baked bread in the air. Come out and race or spectate.
More info here.

Outdoor Movie: Breaking Away – 8:30 pm at Stub Stewart State Park (Hilltop Day Use Area)
Relax amid forests of timber as cool air from the nearby coast range blows as you watch this classic film on a huge screen provided by The Hollywood Theater.
More info here.


Sunday, August 6th

The Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee (941 NW Overton)
This has fast become Portland’s marquee weekend training ground. Come out and see how well you stack up, while improving your group riding skills and getting to know more people just as crazy about cycling as you are.
More info here.

No Drop Road Ride – 10:00 am at Western Bikeworks (1014 NW Lovejoy)
If the Sauvie Shootout is too fast and furious, join Western Bikeworks for their “no drop” ride — which means the leader will wait for everyone and the group will stay together for the whole ride.
More info here.

Oregon Walkways at Lents Founders Fair – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Lents
This second annual event is modeled after Sunday Parkways — it opens the streets to encourage and celebrate walking and the community it creates. Enjoy a 1.5 mile carfree route, live music, crafts, food vendors, games, a chicken beauty contest and a special appearance by the Belmont Goats. A great excuse to explore the Lents neighborhood (not that you need an excuse to do that).
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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    onegearsneer August 3, 2017 at 10:27 am

    just fyi that the locations for the Saturday events are swapped around

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    David Hampsten August 3, 2017 at 10:57 am

    It should be something like: “In its seventh year, the Franz Bakery Criterium returns to Portland’s Central Eastside. This is an 8-corner criterium has wide-open streets provide lots of open space to move around in the field. The start/finish line and registration will be located at NE 10th and NE Flanders.”

    As a comment, given PBOT’s Vision Zero policies, I’m surprised they are allowing such an event that promotes fast cycling around dangerous corners, on the streets they manage, by cyclists distracted by the speed and maneuverability of competitors.

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      RA August 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Really?? Its a closed circuit race. No traffic. Quite separate from VZ.

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        David Hampsten August 3, 2017 at 11:34 am

        These are public streets. Granted, it’s not a busy area, especially on weekends.

        Imagine the uproar from BP readers if the city decided to close of streets for a Formula 1 car race.

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          RA August 3, 2017 at 11:53 am

          Again, separate and unrelated. It’s a permitted and sanctioned event (for the last 7 years as your comment said) with cooperation from the businesses it goes by. Let the bike racers have their fun.

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          Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) August 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm

          I personally wouldn’t mind if we had a car race on a closed urban course at all. It’d be pretty cool actually. I might even go and watch.

          IMO there’s a big difference between the marketing of speed/racing/risk in a controlled sporting event versus the marketing of those behaviors in everyday life. That’s why I’m vehemently against the auto industry and their enablers… Because they promote super-dangerous anti-social behaviors in an everyday context on streets open to other users.

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    Shonn Preston August 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    “smooth and wide open course…”
    You’re trying to be humorous, no?
    There’s a corner with cut and patched asphalt….Some of which has crumbled loose. That’s the corner I spectate from. At least 50′ from the corner, mind you. Saw two crashes last year. It’s a hoot of a course. All urban, with non stop big rigs gnawing up the area with impunity. Nice.

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