Weekend Event Guide: Ladds 500, Sandy Ridge, Alpenrose Clean-up and more

Everyone — and everything! — is welcome at the Ladds 500 on Saturday.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

We’ve been teased with dry and sunny weather and the roads are filling up with new faces. Let’s keep the momentum going (despite the forecast) by getting out there on two wheels!

Check out our event recommendations for the next three days below…

Friday, April 12th

Midnight Mystery Ride – 11:45 am at location TBA
Portland’s monthly night ride is on. Watch the official website tomorrow for location announcement. More info here.

Saturday, April 13th

Sandy Ridge Adventures – 9:30 am at Sandy Ridge Trailhead
West Coast Women’s Cycling Team and NW Trail Sisters are co-hosting this ride at the popular Sandy River Trail system. Please note this ride is for women/trans/femme and gender non-conforming people only. More info here.

Free Adult Riding Lessons – 10:00 am at Portland Community College Southeast (SE)
Come one! Come all! This event is geared to anyone who wants to learn to ride and feel more confident on two wheels. More info here.

First Timer’s Ride – 10:00 am at River City Bicycles (SE)
Let the friendly and knowledgable staff from River City guide you on a neighborhood cruise that will build your confidence for urban riding. More info here.


The Ladds 500 – 10:00 am at Ladd Circle Park (SE)
This epic and fun, team-oriented event is back! Party in the park while you and your crew ride in circles for hours. It’s the perfect way to welcome the spring riding season. Curious? Check our 2018 coverage. More info here.

Sunday, April 14th

Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee & Tea (NW)
Roll out with Portland’s premier road training ride. Explore Sauvie Island and the West Hills while getting great experience riding in a group. More info here.

Alpenrose Velodrome Clean-up Day – 10:00 am at Alpenrose Velodrome (SW)
The recent threat of closure revealed how much our community supports this facility. What better way to demonstrate that by coming out to the annual clean-up as race organizers get ready for the best track season ever. Wear work clothes! 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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Chris I
Chris I
4 years ago

Better bring your fenders for the Ladd 500. It’s going to be damp.

Alan Love
Alan Love
4 years ago

If memory serves, there is usually a good crowd there well into the mid to late afternoon, but it’s very much free-form. People are there until they’re there. If you aren’t interested in the “competition” aspect of joining a relay team, you just show up and turn left until you feel like you don’t, then enjoy spectating until you don’t. The last few years have been an absolute blast, but rain might dampen (ha!) the enthusiasm a bit.

Jim Lee
Jim Lee
4 years ago

If you ride about 5 feet out from the curb Ladd Circle is just the same length as Alpenrose, and with proper banking for its radius.