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The Weekend Guide: Gravel social, activism inspiration, OBRA awards party, and more

Posted by on January 11th, 2019 at 9:02 am

Where will you ride this weekend?
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the weekend.

If you can get over the creeping unease about climate change-induced weird weather, you can relax and enjoy this mild winter we’re having. It should be dry and maybe even sunny this weekend. And as luck would have it, there are plenty of great rides and events to choose from.

Here’s our menu for the weekend, specially selected for you…

Saturday, January 12th

Endless Summer Saturdays with Club Roule – 9:00 am at Crema Coffee (NE)
A very nice group has been showing up to this weekly ride. With friendly faces and our mild weather, this is a great way to motivate yourself to keep riding through winter. More info here.

Be the Change: BikeLoud PDX 2019 Planning Meeting – 10:00 at NE Coalition of Neighbors (NE)
This small but mighty group of volunteer activists did great things in 2018. Now they want you to join them for a strategy and visioning session to make 2019 bigger and better. Bring your big ideas and a willingness to make them happen.More info here.

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OBRA Annual Rules Meeting and Awards Party – Chris King Precision Components HQ (NW)
Our statewide cycling event sanctioning body will host an evening at the Chris King cafe for a bit of work, play, and recognition of the year’s best racing teams and athletes. More info here.


Portland Wheelmen Touring Club Welcome Ride – 10:00 am at corner of NE 99th and Pacific (Gateway Transit Center)
Led by PWTC member Ann Morrow, this leisurely “4 Path Loop” ride aims to acquaint you with some of the main bike routes in the city. More info here.

Sunday, January 13th

Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee (NW)
Keep your legs and skills sharp and connect with a community of riders at this “spirited” weekly ride. This is an intermediate-advanced group ride with a route that includes hot-spot sprints and goes around Sauvie Island and up through the West Hills. More info here.

OMTM Winter Social – 11:00 am at Golden Pliers Bike Shop (N)
Our Mother the Mountain, their legendary gravel rides, and their Unpaved email list, have spawned a robust and engaged community of riders. This event is a chance to come together and socialize without an epic ride getting in the way. Expect a fun, industrial alley-cat type ride to keep things interesting; but mostly this is about hanging-out at the bike shop to meet people and learn about their lives and their bikes. More info here.

Corvidae Bike Club Monthly Ride – 2:00 pm at Peninsula Park Rose Garden (N)
Corvidae (scientific name for crows and ravens) is a welcoming group of people who like riding bikes and exploring the streets of Portland together. This month’s ride ends at Fire on the Mountain to sample spicy chicken wings! More info here.

Stay plugged into all the bike and transportation-related events around the region via our comprehensive event calendar.

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

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Look! It’s a ramp. No elevator, no stairs. However did they accomplish such an engineering marvel so many years ago?