It’s been a tough week. Air quality has cancelled and/or forced rescheduling of many riding plans. People who blocked out this coming week for Cycle Oregon are now scrambling to find something else to do — but it’s hard to find any place in Oregon that isn’t impacted by the nasty air.
We’re hoping conditions improve by the weekend. The forecast gives us reason for optimism. Regardless, remember to research conditions before you head out.
If you don’t want to ride we’ve got two events in the guide that don’t require much pedaling: an expo for women who bike and a lecture about the Historic Columbia River Highway (we know, strange timing). Here’s this week’s guide…
Friday, September 8th
Mignight Mystery Ride – Midnight at a location TBA
Where it stops, nobody knows. Check the MMR site on Friday for the meet-up spot and come prepared for a night of fun. More info here.
Saturday, September 9th
Tilikum Everesting – 7:00 am on the Tilikum Bridge
“Everesting” is a mini-trend in the bike world where you have to climb at least 29,000 feet in 24 hours on one hill. Portlander David Robinson’s plan is to do it by riding up and down the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. 350 times. The crazy thing is I bet a few dozen people join him. Will you be one of them? More info here.
Ride the Rim – 8:00 am in Crater Lake National Park
Ride the legendary, 24-mile road around Crater Lake completely carfree. Organizers say the ride is still a “go” despite wildfires. More info here.
Het Meer Cyclocross Race (GPCM #2) – 8:00 am at Vancouver Lake Park (6801 NW River Rd in Vancouver WA)
Stop #2 in the Grand Prix Candi Murray series, Het Meer is infamous for its sandy beach section where riders either make time, lose time, or end up flying over their handlebars. More info here.
Women Who Bike Info Fair – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Holladay Park (in Lloyd District)
Part of Biketown’s celebration of Women’s Bike Month, show up and get plugged into resources, local riding groups, and more. There will be clinics on what to wear on a bike, how to bike with kids and yoga for bike riders. More info here.
Lecture: “America’s Great Highway: The Historic Columbia River Highway – 10:00 am at Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand)
The timing is spooky given the massive wildfire; but this should be an excellent opportunity to learn more about this place — and this road — we all know and love. More info here.
Sunday, September 10th
Corn Cross – All day at Liepold Farms in Sandy
Hosted by the City of Sandy, this classic farm venue features trails through the corn maze, a challenging flyover, and a great vibe for racers and spectators alike. More info here.
Bike Beaverton – 1:00 pm at Beaverton City Park (12500 SW 4th St)
Take a family-friendly tour through the streets of Beaverton. Enjoy a kids safety rodeo before the ride and free frozen treats after! More info here.
Bikin’ Betties & BAE BAE Ride to Black Feast – 4:45 pm at Feastly (912 SE Hawthorne Blvd)
Two of Portland’s women-only bike clubs will join-up and then ride 10 miles to a special dinner at Black Feast. Black Feast is a monthly event that celebrates black artists and writers and this month’s edition will be a “culinary interpretation and exploration of author Audre Lorde’s ‘Sister Outsider'”. More info here.
Let us know your plans and feel free to shout-out other events in the comments.
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Last I heard (yesterday), Crater Lake is mostly closed due to fires. Lots of smoke. North Rim entrance closed, Rim Village on Level 1 evac notice. Mazama campground closed.
thanks Mike. I know conditions are prohibitive up there right now. figured I would post the events in the event that things change in the next few days.
West Rim Drive also closed.
Per Crater Lake NP, West Rim drive will be open for the event. It’s unclear right now if the north entrance will also be opened… Seeing conflicting info there.
Also: links to park webcams with current smoke conditions…
Is mileage a typo? Rim road is more than 30 miles. Plus you need to climb up. Also, there are a couple miles of gravel, or at least there were a few weeks ago.
Smoke is a wildcard. Even if there is tons in the area, favorable conditions can make it a nonissue.
Bike Beaverton and enjoy the great new bicycle parking by SW Broadway Street !
From the Everesting Rules page: “It does not matter how long the ride takes, but it must be ridden in one attempt (i.e. no sleeping in between).”
The Tilikum Everesting ride seems to be based on elevation calculated at water level. It may take many fewer laps to hit 29k ft of gain.
There are significant math discrepancies between Tilikum Everesting Ride with GPS data on BP page and Strava data on Everest FB page.
They agree length of loop is .9 miles but differ about 25% in terms of elevation gain reported. In either case, you’d need double the laps based on the gain they show.
This sounds like a climbing answer to doing a 24hr TT on a trainer….