Weekend Event Guide: Toy drive ride, bike-to-BBQ, Holiday Express, and more

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(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland

Hope you’re enjoying this dry and sunny weather of late. This weekend will still be cold, but with no rain in the forecast it’s time to seize the cycling opportunities.

And of course it’s that time of year for holiday merriment. Whether you’re a good-hearted Grinch like the guy above, or you just want to ride with friends, we’ve got some good options for you to consider…

Friday, December 8th

Midnight Mystery Ride – 11:45 pm at location TBA
A Portland tradition. 2nd Friday of every month. 12 months a year. Rain or shine. Location TBA. Check official MMR site for start address on Friday. More info here.

Saturday, December 9th

Sorella Forte Women’s Club Ride – 9:00 am at River City Bicycles (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
Join the wonderful women of Sorella Forte for this weekly group ride. Be ready for a spirited ride of about 30-40 miles. More info here.

Beginner Friendly Road Ride – 10:00 am at Western Bikeworks (1014 NW 17th)
A short and easy ride with lots of smiles from the excellent experts at Western Bikeworks. Free Stumptown coffee before the ride. More info here.

Alley Wombat II – 10:00 am at Ladd’s Circle
Local endurance rider David Robinson invites you to join him for this fun alleycat. $20 entry helps him raise money to enter the 2018 Indian Pacific Wheel Race. More info here.

BBQ & Booch Ride – 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Ford Food & Drink
Ride with Puddlecycle from southeast to St. Johns for a visit to comfort food palace Homegrown Smoker (vegan options too). Second stop will be a kombucha bar that has free samples and growler fills. 20 miles of fun pedaling and nice people. 3More info here.


Sunday, December 10th

The Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee (941 NW Overton)
More than just another training ride, the Shootout is about building community. No matter your fitness level, come out and test your legs against others. Use it as motivation to stay strong over the winter! More info here.

Holiday Express Ride 10:30 am at Woodstock Park
Get a glimpse of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center’s “Holiday Express” train on the Springwater, then ride through downtown and up the west hills to the Rose Garden. Ride led by member of Portland Wheelmen Touring Club. More info here.

Corvidae Bicycle Club Toy Drive Ride – 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Peninsula Park
Corvidae’s December ride will be a toy drive that benefits local foster kids. Bring a new, unwrapped toy do donate and expect a short, 8-mile ride with stops for food and drink to warm up. More info here.

Zoobomb – 8:30 pm at The People’s Bike Library of Portland
The holidays are a perfect time to rejoice with fellow merry-makers via cozy MAX train rides up to Washington Park and lovely descents through the dark, cold, hairpin curves of the West Hills. 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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— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Chris I
Chris I
4 years ago

Definitely take advantage of this clear weather and ride down to see the steam train in Oak’s Bottom. Most people don’t realize how rare and special this engine is. Take care around the loading zone at Oak’s Park. Slow down and take some time to admire a beautiful piece of American history.