Here’s what Portland’s first Brompton Urban Challenge looked like

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward
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At this checkpoint at Salmon Street Fountain, the teams had to re-enact a fish ladder by passing a folded Brompton between each other while holding a basketball between their knees (that last part was just for added fun). And yes, they got wet!
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland unless noted otherwise.)

A bike scavenger hunt? With folding bikes and a salmon theme? That’s a thing? Yep! And it all went down last weekend on the streets of Portland.

The inaugural Brompton Urban Challenge — a.k.a. Great Salmon Run — was a big success! Thank you to everyone who showed up to play and all the volunteers and crew who helped make it happen.

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Announcing the Brompton Urban Challenge – coming to Portland July 16th

Participants in the Paris Challenge at a checkpoint in front of the Louvre.(Photo: Brompton)
Participants in the Paris Challenge at a checkpoint in front of the Louvre.
(Photo: Brompton)

Get ready to show off your knowledge of the city while displaying your fold-and-roll skills — the Brompton Urban Challenge is coming to Portland!


  • Saturday, July 16th 10:00 am at Clever Cycles (900 SE Hawthorne).
  • 2-4 riders per team (and at least 1 Brompton)
  • All profits benefit
  • Registration now open

We’ve partnered up with Brompton, Ortlieb and Clever Cycles to organize a fun event for Brompton lovers of all stripes. And guess what? Proceeds from the event will benefit!

This is the 2nd season of the Brompton Urban Challenge. Last year 15 cities around the world hosted an event including: Budapest, Milan, Paris, and Amsterdam. This season there are 16 Challenges around the world and this is the first year it has come to Portland (where Brompton has its USA headquarters, by the way).

We’re still planning the event and can’t wait to share more with you. Here are the details so far (taken from the official event registration page):

— The Brompton Urban Challenge (BUCPDX) is a ​photo-based scavenger hunt on two wheels​. Participants will spend the day exploring Portland, interpreting clues and completing challenges ​while uploading their crafty and clever feats to social media. This is not a race! We’re here to have fun and build community.

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