Weekend Event Guide

Welcome to our Weekend Event Guide archives. This column runs on the Front Page every Thursday afternoon and gives you a rundown of the best bike events happening in the Portland region.

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Weekend Event Guide: Bridge Pedal, Velo Cult bike sale, Street Trust bike raffle party, and more

Posted on August 9th, 2018 at 8:39 am.

Bridge Pedalers taking over I-405 back in 2010.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The weekend is almost here. And thankfully, the weather gods have planned a reprieve from the heat.

The annual Bridge Pedal happens on Sunday. The event has lost a bit of its epicness as organizers continue to wrangle with a new approach by the City of Portland to limit the scope of large-scale events in the public right-of-way. The full route includes just six bridges these days (down from ten); but lucky participants still get the chance to experience a carfree ride atop the Marquam and Fremont bridges. That’s an opportunity you can only get during this event!

Here are the rest of our picks for the weekend (see the full calendar for more suggestions).
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Weekend Event Guide: Welcome to (Bike) Portland, Fat Bike Fest, ‘cross clinic and more

Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 9:21 am.

Cyclocross clinics are starting all over town this time of year. Wenzel Coaching is leading one on Saturday at Gateway Green.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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Looks like we’ll get a reprieve from the heat this weekend. And it’s a good thing because we’ve got some great rides and events to tempt you with.

Here’s what we suggest…

Saturday, August 4th

**BP PICK!!** Banana Belt Fat Bike Festival – Gold Beach (Oregon Coast)
Escape the heat and head to the southern Oregon coast for a weekend of fat bikes, beaches, great beer and more. This affordable, family-friendly event is fully supported and a great opportunity to try fat biking and discover a beautiful part of our coastline. More info here.
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Weekend Event Guide: Velo Cult’s farewell, moonrise, slow pokes, and more

Posted on July 26th, 2018 at 10:38 pm.

Saturday is the farewell party.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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If you’ve been meaning to swing by Velo Cult, this Saturday will be your last chance to soak up its legendary atmosphere. Let’s give Sky and Anthony a proper sendoff!

And if VC hanging isn’t your thing, we’ve got a few other rides to tempt you with.

Friday, July 27th

Sunset Moonrise Ride – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at P’s & Q’s Market (NE)
The Urban Adventure League wants to show you the fun of that special time when the full moon rises the same time the sun sets. Expect an easy five-mile ride to a good viewing spot. More info here.[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Green Loop Sunday Parkways, Salmon Cycling Classic and more

Posted on July 19th, 2018 at 11:04 am.

There’s something extra special about riding on carfree streets downtown.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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The weekend is almost here. And with temps expected to heat back up, you might want to plan your riding earlier or later than usual.

A highlight this weekend includes the first-ever Salmon Cycling Classic down in Wilsonville. And Sunday is the most anticipated Sunday Parkways event of the year: A route that will follow the outline of the future Green Loop! PBOT has really pulled out all the stops on this one, with more activities than you could possibly fit into five hours. So check out the event brochure before you go in order to plan your attack.
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Weekend Event Guide: Cycle Oregon Weekender, Rosewood Walkways, STP, and more

Posted on July 12th, 2018 at 10:57 am.

Cool water, like the Sandy River at Dodge Park, will be worth pedaling for this weekend.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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It’s going to be a hot one, so be prepared!

If you want to see Portland beyond close-in neighborhoods, it’s an ideal weekend to venture out. The Rosewood Walkways event on Saturday will be a smaller version of Sunday Parkways and the focus will be on using feet instead of bikes. You’ll have free reign of 1.5 miles of carfree streets to soak up the art and culture of a part of Portland that often gets overlooked.

Here’s our selection for the weekend…

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Weekend Event Guide: Bone Machine Crit, Welcome to (Bike) Portland, and more

Posted on July 5th, 2018 at 10:33 am.

Discover new paths and natural gems of north Portland on Saturday’s Welcome to (Bike) Portland ride.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

Here are our recommendations for the weekend…
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Weekend Event Guide: COBRA photos, Show & Tell, Pedalpalooza, Mt. Hood, e-bikes, and more

Posted on June 28th, 2018 at 9:48 am.

Find a friend and/or a fountain and enjoy the weekend.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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With all the depressing absurdity in the news, you could probably use a good bike ride right about now.

Good thing the weekend is right around the corner. And even though we’re coming to the end of Pedalpalooza there’s no shortage of fun to be had.

The aforementioned month-long festival of free bike fun ends with a bang with rides that will illuminate your brain and the night. And who’s ready for a challenge? There’s racing on Mt. Hood and a big adventurous option just on the other side of the Columbia River. And remember this is only a selection of all the great events. Check the calendar for full listings.

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Weekend Event Guide: Backroad adventures, Springwater alternates, Pedalpalooza picks, and more

Posted on June 14th, 2018 at 9:30 am.

Discover the Crown-Zellerbach Trail and much more on Saturday’s Columbia Century Challenge.

Boy have we got a weekend in store for you!

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From epic challenges to unrivaled hijinx, there are many great things to choose from. And remember, this is just a sampling. The BikePortland Calendar and Shift’s Official Pedalpalooza Calendar have even more.

What do you have planned? I’ll be headed east to the small town of Burns in eastern Oregon for the Skull 120 Gravel Race. Tomorrow night there will be a dinner where locals will offer knowledge about the area and share their hopes for how cycling can help boost their economy.

Here are this week’s selections…
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Weekend Event Guide: Pedalpalooza picks, Joyride, PDW Omnium, and more

Posted on June 7th, 2018 at 11:04 am.

(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

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How’s your Pedalpalooza going so far? By all accounts the rides have been great with big turnouts and leaders who’ve kept them interesting and fun. Of course we’re just one week in so hopefully you have paced yourself to keep up with all the action.

If you’d rather escape the city, we suggest heading for wine country for the Joyride (by Cycle Oregon) or the Whiskey Run MTB Festival.

And we’d be remiss to not share a special shout-out to Dan and Dave’s Wedding Ride on Saturday. This dynamic duo of bike fun will tie the knot while pedaling around Ladd Circle!

Get all the details below…

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Weekend Event Guide: Pedalpalooza Kickoff, Pioneer Century, Gateway Green MTB fest, and more

Posted on May 31st, 2018 at 11:11 am.

What a weekend we have in store!
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

That buzz in the air is because today is Pedalpalooza-eve. That’s right; the big Kickoff Ride and a whole month of cycling celebrations begins tomorrow.

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We will do our best to highlight a selection of Pedalpalooza rides throughout the month; but your best bet is to check the official Shift calendar or grab the current issue of the Portland Mercury for the printed version.

But wait, there’s more! The biggest off-road biking event of the season is Saturday. It’s the Gateway Green MTB Festival and Take a Kid MTB’ing Day all rolled into one. It’ll be like an entire Sunday Parkways happening in the dirt in a single park with activities, food vendors, entertainment, and more.

Here’s our guide to the next three days…

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