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Weekend Event Guide: Tree-planting by bike, competitive bar games, indoor MTB clinic, and more

Posted by on January 12th, 2018 at 9:44 am

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Like riding by trees? Why not plant a few for future generations to enjoy. You can do that on Saturday’s Friends of Trees ride.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Before we get into this weekend’s event selections, I want to give a big shout-out to all the Portlanders in Reno, Nevada for the USA Cyclocross National Championships. We’ve got some stellar people representing us and I hope they achieve their goals.

With that, here are some ideas to help motivate you during these wet and dark times.

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Friday, January 12th

Midnight Mystery Ride – 11:45 pm at location TBA
A time-honored Portland tradition, MMR is guaranteed to please no matter the weather or the route. Link to meet-up location and more info here.

Saturday, January 13th

Friends of Trees and Breakfast Snacks Ride – 8:45 am at 6148 SE Holgate
Join fellow riders and put your wheeled tool (your bike!) to work with the help of local nonprofit Friends of Trees. More info here.

Beginner Friendly Road Ride – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Western Bikeworks (NW 17th and Lovejoy
Rain or shine, this weekly ride is the ticket if you’re looking for a place to get stronger and more comfortable on the road. Expect a 1.5-2 hour ride with a relaxed, 12 mph pace and “lots of smiles,” say the organizers. Show up a few minutes early and sip some free Stumptown coffee. More info here.

Come.Bike Brain Storm – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
There’s a new community effort to code a high-tech bike event calendar that will have some cool features. If you’re techy or just want to help make it happen, swing by and add your brains to the storm. More info here.


Sunday, January 14th

The Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ovation Coffee & Tea
Portland’s fast and furious weekly training ride. If you have hopes of racing in 2018 and want to keep yourself sharp, this is the ride for you. If you’re not at the front, no worries! Various groups form to keep things interesting. Route and more info here.

Portland West to East 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Wilshire Park
Led by members of the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club for a civilized ramble from west to east, stopping for a bite at the Panera Bakery on Airport Way. Expect a moderate pace. More info here.

Corvidae Bicycle Club Ride #5 Winter Games – 2:00 pm at Peninsula Park
This fun-loving bike club will lead you to some great local bars to compete in fun games like darts, pool, and pinball. Bring $3 to add into the pot, make a team with friends, and the winning team gets 75% of the total, with the rest going to Corvidae so they keep putting on fun bike rides. More info here.

Women’s Beginner MTB Clinic – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Lumberyard
This class, held indoors on the fun tracks of the Lumberyard Bike Park, will help you gain basic MTB skills under the expert guidance of Elaine Bothe from Wenzel Coaching. This is part of a series and there is a fee to join. Registratuib and 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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