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New ownership for Worst Day of the Year and other popular Portland rides

Posted by on December 8th, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Worst Day of the Year Ride 2011-1

Start of 2011 Worst Day of the Year Ride.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland-based Axiom Event Productions has purchased four major local bike rides.

The company, which launched in 2013 when it earned the exclusive contract to manage the City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways events, is now in charge of putting on the Worst Day of the Year Ride, Petal Pedal, Tour de Lab, and the Portland Century. They’ll be operated by Events by Axiom, LLC.

Axiom purchased the events from their previous owner, Good Sport Promotion. Also in included in the sale is, a website that promotes cycling and events statewide. Good Sport’s owner Porter Childs has started a new business selling custom bike jerseys.


The newest rides in the Axiom stable.

Axiom Event Productions is owned by Brad Nelson and Neal Armstrong. In addition to Sunday Parkways and these four new rides, their company has contracts with an impressive list of organizations including: Bridge Pedal, the Portland Marathon, Bike MS, Mississippi Street Fair, and others.

Armstrong is a former employee of the nonprofit Community Cycling Center. One of the first moves he made after acquiring Good Sports’ rides was to reestablish the organization as the beneficiary of the Worst Day of the Year Ride.

“Worst Day of the Year Ride is a personal favorite of mine from my time at the Community Cycling Center,” said Armstrong in a company statement. He plans to make family and community the focus of the 2018 ride on February 11th that will feature a half-price Family Ride option.

Correction: This post originally stated that Axiom Event Productions managed Filmed by Bike. That is no longer the case. Sorry for any confusion.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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  • jk December 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    It would be great if they also revived the Hottest Day of the Year Ride and The Night Ride (formerly known as The Midnight Ride). I think that the last time the Hottest Day of the Year ride was held was in August of 2009, and the Night Ride was last held on July 2010. The Night Ride was a lot of fun and family friendly, my son really liked it.

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    • GlowBoy December 11, 2017 at 7:40 am

      I also wish they’d bring back the Night Ride. I did that one 5-6 times, and have great memories of bringing my first child along at least twice. It had a wonderful vibe, both family-friendly and playful partying at the same time. It was always my favorite organized ride.

      I’ve heard rumors that the Night Ride was canceled due to liability concerns after someone missed a turn on a poorly lit path, went off the trail and got hurt. Anyone know the real story?

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      • John B December 11, 2017 at 11:51 am

        I spoke with Porter about it once, and he mentioned that due to poachers the ride wasn’t breaking even. He mentioned you can’t really police wrist bands or bid numbers in the dark.
        It was a fun ride, I also enjoyed the old route that left from Oaks park and looped through SE Portland back when the Bike Gallery sponsored it.

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  • Todd Boulanger December 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I will miss Porter Child but am happy to learn that these key Portlandesque events are in good hands with Neil+1.

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    • Todd Boulanger December 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Sorry Neal…not Neil.

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    • Middle of the Road Guy December 11, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Neal is a Mensch!

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  • Paul Wilkins December 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Outstanding news, Brad and Neal. It’s been a pleasure watching you two rise to new levels of success over these years. Keep up the good work!

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