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Weekend Event Guide: Live the Revolution, Worst Day of the Year Ride, plant trees by bike, and more

Posted by on February 8th, 2018 at 10:11 am

OMG so cute. You know you wanna do the Worst Day of the Year Ride on Sunday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is right around the corner and now is the time to tidy up your plans.

Our guide this week has two special “BP Picks!” — which means we’re working hard to feature these events because the organizers support BikePortland. If that’s not added reason to check them out I don’t know what is.

So don’t miss a night of great bicycle stories on Friday at Live the Revolution and then join hundreds of your fellow Portlanders for the traditional Worst Day of the Year Ride on Sunday. Here’s the full menu…

Friday, February 9th

*BP Pick!* Live the Revolution – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Alberta Abbey
It’s the eighth annual night of bicycle-themed storytelling where you get to Live the Revolution. This year’s featured storytellers are David Guettler of River City Bicycles, Momoko Saunders from Bike Farm and Biketown, Keyonda McQuarters from Black Girls Do Bike PDX, and Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell from the Komorebi Cycling Team. Proceeds benefits The Street Trust. More info here.

Midnight Mystery Ride – 11:45 pm at mystery location
Where it stops, nobody knows. Heck, they don’t even share the start location until the day of the ride. Even so, you should get out there. It’s a Portland tradition like no other. More info here.

Saturday, February 10th

Friends of Trees: Plant By Bike in NE Portland – 8:45 am to 1:00 pm at 3117 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Use your legs to get there and your hands to do the work. It’s a human-powered slam-dunk for the earth and your community. Folks with trailers and cargo bikes especially encouraged. More info here.

Sorella Forte Women’s Club Ride – 9:00 am at River City Bicycles
Intermediate-level ride with one Portland’s most well-established women-only cycling clubs. If you want to dip your toe into racing or need a training ride to keep your body sharp for the upcoming season, the Sorellas are waiting for you. More info here.

Saturday Morning Social – 10:00 am at Wilshire Park
Join Portland Wheelmen Touring Club ride leader Bud Rice for this conversational-paced ride. Expect a stop at a bakery or coffee shop along the route. More info here.


Sunday, February 11th

*BP Pick!* – Worst Day of the Year Ride – 8:00 am at Lucky Lab Brew Pub (SE)
This is not a drill. I repeat. This is not a drill. Sort out your costumes and prepare for one of Portland’s most beloved event rides. Weather, shmeather — this is going to be a fun day on a bike! And it’s a huge fundraiser for the Community Cycling Center to boot. Kids under 12 are free and this year features a new, 4-mile family ride. Registrants get yummy breakfast, lunch and post-ride feast (if you do the 40-mile Challenge Route). More info here.

The Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee & Tea
Can you believe our little Sauvie Shootout is one year old?! We are so grateful for Andrew S. and all the fine folks who have kept this ride alive and very well over the past 52 weeks. It is such an important resource for our community to have a welcoming and accessible road training ride. Thanks Andrew! Get out there and help them celebrate. Maybe someone will bring a cake-flavored energy gel. More info here.

Corvidae Bike Club Ride – 2:00 pm at Peninsula Park
It’s the monthly ride of the Corvidae club, who says they were formed “to promote accessibility and o inspire people to view biking as an alternative to fossil fuel travel.” Sounds great to us. More info here.

Oregon Interscholastic Cycling League Dirt Tour – 5:00 pm at The Lumberyard
If you want to help start a mountain-biking team in a local high school, show up and meet the leaders of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. They recently launched an Oregon chapter and can’t wait to tell share their vision and plans with you. Whether you want to be a team supporter, a volunteer, or a coach, there are many ways to get involved. More info here.

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  • bikeninja February 8, 2018 at 10:49 am

    We have falling percentage of bike commuters, Odot is doing its best to turn us in to the bicycling equivalent of Houston and our fair city is being flooded with auto-centric newcomers but by gosh we still have the best group rides in the world.

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) February 8, 2018 at 11:28 am

      put the former and latter together and we have the best city for biking in the world. hands down.

      that is my hope and dream. Combine our amazing culture with infrastructure to match and voila… Copenhagen/Amsterdam would be left in the dust.

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      • bikeninja February 8, 2018 at 11:37 am

        You have hit the nail on the head Jonathan. Instead of fighting a defensive battle to save or reclaim bits of our bike infrastructure lets realize that what Americans love more than anything is beating out a foreign opponent. So our new slogan that can bring everyone on board including the rednecks and the street racers is, ” ride more bikes and kick butt on the Dutch and the Danes.”

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  • rh February 8, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Just signed up for the ‘Worst Day of the Year’ ride. A bit of it had to do with the cycling optimism and enthusiasm from your Madi Carlson article. Sometimes I forget Portland really is a decent place to cycle around, especially with events like this.

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  • Mike Quigley February 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve been curious as to why bike riders in Portland like to dress up in corny costumes for group rides. I haven’t noticed this in other cities except for the 1000 bike riding Elvises in Vegas.

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    • Middle of the Road Guy February 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      They’re having fun. I don’t get it either, but we all have fun in different ways.

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    • John Liu
      John Liu February 9, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Sometimes they dress up in nothing at all!

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