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
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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