Weekend Event Guide: Rat Patrol, Albina history tour, gold sprints, and more

Shot from Marine Drive taken earlier this week.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)
This Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Treo Bike Tours in Eastern Oregon. Plan your 2019 trip today!

Welcome to the weekend. Spring is finally officially here and we could not be happier about it.

With peak riding season around the corner, it’s time to make sure you’re ready to ride. That means having your mind, body and bike in usable condition. This week’s guide has several rides, events – and even a clinic – that will help you get ready.

Thanks to our friends at Treo Bike Tours for supporting BikePortland! If you haven’t explored a trip out at their eastern Oregon paradise, you owe it to yourself to consider it.

Friday, March 22nd

Rat Patrol Friday Night Ride – 8:00 pm (roll out 9:00) at Irving Park (NE)
Roll out for a fun, slow, welcoming, and social group ride with this, “inclusive bunch of misfits.” More info here.

Saturday, March 23rd

Sorella Forte Women’s Club Ride – 9:00 am at River City Bicycles
The Sorellas are one of Portland’s most well-respected clubs Their weekly ride is geared toward intermediate riders and will have an average speed of 15-17 mph and will go about 30-40 miles. More info here.

Hidden History of Albina Walking Tour – 11:00 am at Sons of Haiti Food Cart Pod (N)
Local nonprofit Know Your City will lead this educational excursion to help make your more aware of the places many of us only ride through. This area has gone through transformative change and we owe it to those who lived here before us to be aware of — and respectful of — that history. More info here.

Western Bikeworks Gold Sprints Series – 6:00 pm at Western Bikeworks (NW)
Hop on a stationary bike and spin as fast as you can. Or just watch in awe. A great excuse to hang out at your local bike shop. They’ll have drink discounts, snacks, and a fun and welcoming vibe. More info here.


Sunday, March 24th

Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee & Tea (NW)
With road racing season right around the corner it’s time to get those legs tuned up. There’s no better local ride to do that than this weekly hammer-fest. Not fast yet? Groups of different speeds will form and ride together. More info here.

Bike Shop Storytime and Q & A – 11:00 am at Clever Cycles (SE)
This kid-oriented event is hosted by volunteers from Kidical Mass PDX and Books With Pictures. Don’t forget to bring your bikes (if you want to ride afterward) and your family biking questions and curiosities! More info here.

Clinic: How and When to Buy a Bike (Guys Welcome) – 5:00 pm at Western Bikeworks (NW)
Ride Like a Girl Portland wants to help you make the best decision on that new bike purchase. Bonus: Western Bikeworks is offering a purchase discount for anyone who shows up. Everyone is welcome. 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 jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
5 years ago

Jonathan…such a lovely lead photo…makes me want to return and do a bike tour.

Toby Keith
Toby Keith
5 years ago

Inspiring picture all around. And a cool bike too.