Weekend Event Guide: Hell of the North Plains, Rapha and Ruckus sales, Palm Tree ride, and more

Discover Vernonia’s backroads on an old-fashioned adventure at OMTM’s season opener on Saturday.
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We’re at that point in winter when you probably have your unpredictable weather routine all figured out. There’s no telling if it’ll be cold, balmy, wet, dry, windy, or some combination of all that.

But regardless of what mother nature throws at us, we still must ride. And if you don’t feel like heading out, there happen to be two big sales going on this weekend.

Here’s our weekly selection of the best things to do…

Friday, January 19th

PDX Coffee Outside – 7:00 am to 8:30 am (Location TBA)
Grab your coffee-making kit, swing onto your bike and meet up with friends old and new. PDX Coffee Outside meets every Friday at a different location. More info here.

Rapha Sample Sale – 12:00 to 6:00 pm at Rapha HQ
A great chance to score deals on very fine cycling apparel. Sale continues Saturday and Sunday. More info here.

Saturday, January 20th

Hell of the North Plains – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Rogue Brew Pub in North Plains
The long-awaited start of the unsanctioned ride series from the route artists at Our Mother the Mountain (OMTM). The “Unpaved” crew has scoped out what sounds like a fantastic adventure through the backroads of Vernonia. Expect a 56-mile, 5400 foot elevation route that’s 70 percent off-road. 38c tires are essential. More info here.

Ruckus Composites Warehouse Sale – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ruckus Composites HQ
The first-ever Ruckus warehouse sale will offer excellent prices on carbon fiber bike frames. Ruckus is one of the leading frame repair shops in the country and they’ve got a slew of frames “priced to move quickly.” Some frames have already been fixed, others need a repair. You can buy one of the latter and jump into their repair queue at the event. More info here.


Sunday, January 21st

The Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ovation Coffee & Tea
Stay fit during the off-season and jump into this group that’s full of fast riders. Fall of the pace? No problem. Groups of slower riders form their own pacelines and a good time is had by all. More info here.

Palm Tree Ride – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Five Points Coffee Roasting
Lucky for all of us, Shawn Granton from the Urban Adventure League has brought back one of his best rides. He’ll take you on a tour of Portland’s most noteworthy palm trees (and probably even a monkey puzzle tree for good measure, because he likes those too). More info here.

Women’s Beginner Clinics at The Lumberyard – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Lumberyard
This is a class for women of all fitness levels who want to learn how to ride at the Lumberyard and gain confidence on mountain bike trails. Taught by Elaine Bothe from Wenzel Coaching. Fee required. More info here.

ZooBomb – 8:30 pm at People’s Bike Library of Portland
With Mini Bike Winter and the Ben Hurt Chariot Wars coming in a few weeks, now is the time to brush up on your mini-biking skills. What better way to do that than Zoobomb?! More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, feel free to give it a shout in the comments.

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Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
6 years ago

Mini Bike Winter’s Ben Hurt ride always brings a smile to my face.

6 years ago

FYI, the Western Bikeworks ride is no longer. I showed up last week and was informed it has since been cancelled.

6 years ago

If this is the first someone is hearing about the North Plains ride and is considering please read the warnings carefully. It is a very remote, very challenging ride with zero support save the other folks riding with you that assume you have everything you need and generally won’t think anything of someone falling back off the pace. Not to say it’s a race or people won’t totally help you out and be friendly… just that the leaders ride it fast and you really need to be prepared in the likely situation you are on your own. There are some bail out points in case you get mid way and can’t feel your feet anymore (me last year) but just… don’t half heartedly show up Saturday morning haha.