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Weekend Event Guide: Goldsprints, Tweed Ride, Outer Powell Groundbreaking, and more

Posted by on April 4th, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Smiles guaranteed at the Tweed Ride on Saturday.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

It’s time to think about plans for the weekend.

Hopefully you’re able to enjoy something bike-related. The flowering trees and warmth make pedaling around town a pure joy. If you need tips on things to do, we’ve got some recommendations below…

Friday, April 5th

Sponsored by: Treo Bike Tours

Let Treo pick you up from Portland and whisk you and your friends to their ranch in Eastern Oregon where you can ride quiet farm roads to your heart’s content. Plan your trip today!

Goldsprints – 6:00 pm at Western Bike Works (NW)
Sit down, strap in, and pedal as hard as you can. Goldsprints are the ultimate challenge for riders and ultimate indoor event for spectators. Western Bike Works will host this benefit for Battlekat Racing and their efforts to get more trans/femme/women into racing. More info here.

Pizza Party Fundraiser for W/T/F Bikexplorers – 6:00 pm at Golden Pliers (N)
The Bikexplorers help make bikecamping more inclusive and Golden Pliers is hosting a party and auction to help them do more of it. More info here.

Saturday, April 6th

Gorge Gravel Grinder – All day in The Dalles
Head east for drier skies and quieter roads and partake in this classic gravel event. Give yourself extra time to soak up the charm of downtown The Dalles. More info here.

Tweed Ride – 10:00 am at Overlook Park (N)
Can you believe it’s been 10 years since the first Tweed Ride? This is a great excuse to slow down and savor thew social side of cycling. Find some vintage garb and get ready for a civilized cycling stroll through the sublime Overlook neighborhood. More info here.


Outer Powell Project Groundbreaking Ceremony – 10:00 on SE 122nd Ave (SE)
Come out and learn more about this ODOT project that will make major changes to SE Powell Blvd from 122nd to 136th. You might even get a chance to talk to ODOT leaders and staff to share your feedback about this and other projects in the pipeline. More info here.

Sunday, April 7th

Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee & Tea (NW)
Road racing season is here! Spirits and sensations are guaranteed to be high on this weekly ride that caters to fast folks; but is also a great place for intermediate riders looking for valuable experience (and new riding buddies). More info here.

Bike and a Burger – 10:00 am at Sauvie Island Park & Ride lot (NW)
The legendary John Joy will lead a ride from Sauvie onto Highway 30 and up the awesome inclines on NW McNamee Road to a nice meal that awaits at Helvetia Tavern in Washington County. Between breaths, let John regale you with his tales of riding more miles on Highway 30 than anyone else in town. 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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    grannygear April 4, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    The face of that stoker on the tandem watching their pilot sip on a flask sans helmet about tp ride in a large group on a public road. Bike town usa.

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      Mav April 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

      what are ya, a cop?

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      CaptainKarma April 5, 2019 at 11:26 am

      At 10 AM, the only think in my flask is a mega super energy drink, trust me.

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    kate April 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    gorge gravel grinder is sunday 🙂

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      Tom April 5, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      Plus, it is sold out.

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    jered April 5, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Also Sandy Ridge trail work day on Sunday.

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    Lee April 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Is there a Ladd 500 this year? Date?

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    Todd Boulanger April 9, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Jonathan, Glad to see this buried note about your vaycay…when I did not see a Monday Round Up post by late Tuesday I was getting worried…I almost reached out to SHIFT to do a “wellness check” on you. 😉 Enjoy the VC with the fam-damily!

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      Lester Burnham April 10, 2019 at 7:15 am

      You can tell this site is getting the best of Maus.

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        Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) April 10, 2019 at 8:23 am

        What do you mean by that Lester?

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        Toby Keith April 10, 2019 at 9:09 pm

        Hey LB, give the poor guy a break…this is a rough crowd here sometimes on BikePortland but it’s still probably the best local bike resource we have.

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