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Weekend Event Guide: Crater Lake carfree, Tracklocross, bike town hall, and more

Posted by on September 12th, 2019 at 7:18 am

This could be you. Crater Lake’s legendary Rim Drive will be carfree on Saturday!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the weekend. The forecast should be exciting with plenty of sun and maybe even a bit of it in liquid form.

Like the weather, our selection of rides and events is anything but boring. Saturday is the first of two where driving will be prohibited on Crater Lake’s Rim Drive. That means bicycle riders will have run of the place. Closer to home, there’s a full weekend of riding planned around Stub Stewart as part of the BQ Un-Meeting. As a bonus, don’t forget that tonight (Thursday, 9/12) is the fundraiser for Oregon Timber Trail at Base Camp Brewing where they’ll give away a ton of awesome prizes including a brand new Giant Trance full-suspension MTB.

All the details are below. Have fun out there!

Friday, September 13th

Midnight Mystery Ride – 11:45 pm at location TBD
Friday is the night to meet up with a big group of bike-minded individuals and chart a course for fun and adventure through the sleepy streets of Portland. Remember to check the MMR site for meet-up spot and details before the ride. More info here.

Saturday, September 14th

Crater Lake Rim Ride – 7:00 am at Crater Lake National Park
The National Park Service bans cars on the glorious road around Crater Lake for two Saturdays a year. Show up on your own or join an organized ride with all the supportive trimmings and experience an unforgettable day in the saddle. Note: Class I e-bikes are permitted. More info here.

Gran Prix Luciano Bailey #3 Corn Cross – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at Liepold Farms (Boring)
The third stop for GPLB ventures south to Boring for a classic farm race. Expect a course with all the ingredients racers love and setting spectators will enjoy as well. More info here.

Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting – 9:00 am at Stub Stewart State Park
Bicycle Quarterly publisher and editor Jan Heine is hosting his annual get together just outside Portland! Roll out to Stub for a full weekend of rides (curated by OMTM) and camaraderie. Many will ride out Friday, camp at the hike-in sites, and ride Saturday and Sunday. Event is free and no registration is required. Everyone is welcome! More info here.


Bike Town Hall – 9:30 am at The Orchards (SE)
Oregon House Rep Barbara Smith Warner (you might recall her valiant effort to pass Oregon’s new stop sign law back in June) will join other legislators for this annual event that gives you a chance to share saddle time with your elected leaders. More info here.

Sunday, September 15th

Transportation Camp Unconference – All day at Doubletree Hotel (NE)
This “inclusive, forward-thinking event” will be a great learning and networking opportunity for transportation professionals from all backgrounds. More info here.

Over the Hills to North Plains – 9:30 am at REI Tanasbourne (Hillsboro)
Portland Bicycling Club ride leader Corey Eng will lead this group ride with a moderate pace and about 50 miles of riding from Hillsboro up to Pumpkin Ridge and back. More info here.

PDX Tracklocross – 12:00 pm at Gateway Green (NE)
Grab your fixed-gear and get ready to roost off-road at this first in a series of events put on by the Portland Urban Bike FB group and Cobra Racing, and sponsored by Retrogression bike shop, Chrome, Blaqpaks, and Still Pour. 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, @BikePortland on Twitter and
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    BC September 12, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I was visiting Crater Lake last week. Only the East Rim Road will be completely closed to traffic.

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    Mike Quigley September 12, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Isn’t Cycle Oregon going to be doing Crater Lake on Saturday? If so, mob scene.

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      eb September 12, 2019 at 10:42 am

      No, CO is at Crater Lake today.

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      dan September 12, 2019 at 11:05 am

      That would change my weekend plans, so I checked the Cycle Oregon itinerary. It looks like they are actually there today, not Saturday.

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    Johnny Bye Carter September 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I suggest that “Organizer” be a required field when posting on the BP calendar.

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    Middle of the Road Guy September 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Crater Lake is a great ride!

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    Glenn II September 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Shoot but it’s 4:40pm Thursday and I’m just seeing this. How would I get to Crater Lake? For you see I ride a bicycle. It’s 230 miles. I guess I could pack quickly, leave at 5:30, do the 30 tonight, do a century Friday, stay in Westfir, was it? Then another century early Saturday, and get there by 2pm so I had 2 hours before they opened it back up at 4pm. Anyone who has Friday off and is in shape to actually do this, report back!

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      Dan A September 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      Or don’t go.

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        Glenn II September 12, 2019 at 9:50 pm

        Was it not obvious that’s the plan?

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    adventure! September 13, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Tonight is the Sunset/Moonrise Ride!

    The details: Meet me at 6pm tonight, Friday September 13, at Beaumont Market, 4130 NE Fremont St. We depart at 6:30 pm

    Did you know on the day of the full moon, the sun sets right around the same time the moon rises? Let’s head to a location we can see BOTH on this approx. 5 mi ride. Stock up on supplies and libations at Beaumont Market. And bring a blanket, extra layer, and lights for the ride home. Sunset 7:26 PM, moonrise 7:44 PM.

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