Street sprints return to Pearl District Saturday

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Team Ironclad Street Sprints-9

A shot from last year’s action.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The bicycle drag races known as “street sprints” are coming back to the Pearl District this Saturday. Last year, the inaugural event drew 80 competitors, all vying to see who was fastest over the three block course.

The ‘Speed Never Sleeps’ event is bike racing in its purest form; four riders start from a dead stop and the top two advance to the next round.There’s no drafting and no bumping (you must hold your line).

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‘Cirque du Cycling’ fest to feature cargo bike race

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Art Bike Parade at Cirque du Cycling-48

My money would be on this guy.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The annual Cirque du Cycling bike fest on N. Mississippi Avenue is this Sunday. The event brings together many facets of Portland’s bike scene and this year organizers have added yet another — a cargo bike race.

It was bound to happen as Portland’s cargo bike scene has gone absolutely bananas in recent years (I’ll try to share more photos and notes from a recent cargo bike meet-up soon).

The Cirque includes a family ride, an art/freak bike parade, a very competitive criterium race, and it’s a benefit for Albina Youth Opportunity School. Event organizer Ayleen Crotty says the Cargo Bike Race is a natural addition.

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Event: Tour de Cure (7/30/11)

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Event Name: Tour de Cure
Event Start Date: 30 July 2011
Start Time: 6:30:00 AM
Web Site: http://www.diabetes.org/portlandtourdecure

Tour de Cure is the cycling event of the American Diabetes Association and takes place in 83 cities across the nation. The Oregon/SW Washington event starts and finishes in Hillsboro Stadium with routes of 10, 27, 43, 65 and a Century. Finish line activities include burgers prepared by Helvetia Tavern, a beer garden and live music by The Strange Tones.

Event: Joy Ride through Central Portland (6/18/11)

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Event Name: Joy Ride through Central Portland
Event Start Date: 18 June 2011
Start Time: 11:00:00 AM
Web Site: http://www.madisonsgrill.com
Event Description: New Belgium Brewing, the BTA, Madison’s Grill and The Prudent Cyclist present a chance for you to enjoy yourself.

Explore your city, win prizes and support the right cause.

A Joy Ride thru Central Portland

Not a timed event, but still a contest. Kind of like Amazing Race. Riding together you’ll follow a map to each stop along the way. Look around to find the marker. Enter for a stamp, a playing card and a way to earn your next map. You’ll joy ride Portland. The winning team will enjoy big prizes. Everyone has a chance with the raffle. You will be followed by a film crew.

Each team of 4 riders each will start at Madison’s Grill and embark on a Joy Ride exploring the short-cuts and preferred bike routes of Central Portland. You will all start together with the first map. At each stop the next clue awaits. Don’t have a full team of 4? Sign up and we’ll put together teams.

Where: Madison’s Grill at 1109 SE Madison, just one block north of Hawthorne.

When: Saturday, June 18th. Start at Madison’s at 1109 SE Madison. Plenty of free parking for those that need it.

Time: 11 am – 2 pm. Start ride at 11 am. All teams must finish and be at Madison’s to win prizes by 2:00 pm. We’ll have a complimentary buffet ready for you and your famished team upstairs.

Sign Up: Go to madisonsgrill.com and click on the Joy Ride icon. Submit your contact info and we’ll get back to you to confirm your final registration.

Includes: Route maps, surprises along the way, snacks, emergency refreshments, passport, free food and prizes at Madison’s, specials on New Belgium beers, a feeling of accomplishment.

Price: Free- if you purchase a BTA membership for this event. $15 if you are already a BTA member, $20 for the rest of you.

Extra Bonus: Be a star! The Joy Ride will be filmed and a short will be produced and presented at New Belgium’s Clips of Faith film festival on Portland’s Waterfront on August 5, 2011.

Madison’s Grill Catering & Events has been a SE favorite since 1997. If you’d like more information about this topic, please call 503-730-7040 or email steve(at)madisonsgrill(dot)com.

Event: BikePortland Get-together Cully (5/25/11)

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Event Name: BikePortland Get-together
Event Start Date: 25 May 2011
Start Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30(ish)
Location: The Spare Room 4830 Northeast 42nd Avenue Portland, OR 97218
Web Site: http://bikeportland.org/gettogether
Event Description: These events are a chance for you to meet up offline to make connections, discuss issues, learn from each other, foment plans, and tap into the local community. They’re also a chance for us to meet you and find out about issues in parts of Portland that we don’t often get a chance to visit. If you live, ride, work or play in the area, please come join us.

Get-togethers are made possible in part by SKS Germany. We will have SKS product door prizes for some attendees. Please bring money for drinks and food if interested.

Event: Quick Start! (6/25/11)

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Event Name: Quick Start!
Event Start Date: 25 June 2011
Start Time: 8:00:00 AM
Web Site: http://www.bikefirstlttw.com/clinics/quick-start/
Event Description: Learn the skills needed to ride a traditional bike on state of the art technology. Ages 6 through adults! Concordia University on June 25th. Register NOW. Scholarships available through Safe Routes for Schools for children in PPS, DDSD, and Parkrose.

Event: 4th Annual Blessing of the Bikes (6/12/11)

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Event Name: 4th Annual Blessing of the Bikes
Event Start Date: 12 June 2011
Start Time: 2:00:00 PM
Web Site: http://www.archdpdx.org
Event Description: The parish of St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Archdiocese of Portland’s Department of Evangelization announce the fourth annual “Blessing of the Bikes,” on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 2 PM in the courtyard of the Cathedral. The parish is located at the corner of NW 18th and Couch Street in the heart of Northwest Portland, and is bordered by bike lanes on NW 18th and Everett Street.

The program will include the blessing of riders, bicycles and remembering those who have died this past year.

(Information 503-228-4397)

Bring your bike … Invite your friends!

Event: Gorge Ride (6/11/11)

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Event Name: GORGE RIDE
Event Start Date: 11 June 2011
Start Time: 7:00:00 AM
Web Site: http://www.GorgeRide.com
Event Description: THE GORGE RIDE | June 11 – The Dalles

Get lost in time as you participate in the fifth annual Gorge Ride, a celebration of the “King of Roads” – the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH). Pedal from the Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, along America’s first scenic highway and the HCRH State Trail to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead near Hood River. This out-and-back 38.5 mile ride with world-class scenery is a fundraising event whose proceeds go toward restoring & reconnecting the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail from The Dalles to Troutdale by its 100th Birthday … June 7, 2016.. The route is a gorgeous, quiet combination of historic highway that is open to motor vehicles and a paved state trail that is open only to hikers and cyclists.

Along the way you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge from Rowena Crest and you’ll ride through the remarkable restored Mosier Twin Tunnels. Riders will be rewarded with a rest stop break on the impressive grounds of the historic Mayerdale Estate.

To register go to: www.GorgeRide.com

It’s always sunny — we’ll see you there!

Event: 5% Day for B-shares at Whole Foods Pearl (5/19/11)

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Event Name: 5% Day for B-shares at Whole Foods Market in the Pearl!
Event Start Date: 19 May 2011
Start Time: 7:00:00 AM
Web Site: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/pearl/
Event Description: Join us on May 19th at Whole Foods Market Pearl as 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to B-Line’s B-share program, an urban gleaning program that delivers fresh, healthy food to people experiencing hunger in Portland! Free bike clinic in the afternoon–get your bike in tune for Bike to Work Day!– cooking demos with guest chefs, and wine tasting!

Event: Cycle the Well Field (6/4/11)

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Event Name: Cycle the Well Field
Event Start Date: 4 June 2011
Start Time: 8:45:00 AM
Web Site: http://www.columbiaslough.org
Event Description: Bring your bike and your friends for a free tour of Portland’s groundwater system! Experts from the Portland Water Bureau will lead this 16-mile trip on easy terrain. Learn about the operation and history of Portland’s underground drinking water system, which supplements the city’s main supply from the Bull Run and serves as an emergency source. Helmets required; light refreshments provided, ends at 1:30pm. Hosted by the Portland Water Bureau, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station. Pre-registration required at www.columbiaslough.org or 503-281-1132.

Event: Kick Off to Bike to Work Week (5/14/11)

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Event Name: Kick Off to Bike to Work Week!
Event Start Date: 14 May 2011
Start Time: 1:30:00 PM
Web Site: http://www.facebook.com/veloclothes
Event Description: Come join us to kick off National Bike to Work Week!

Veloclothes is having our first annual Bike to Work Week Celebration in style!

Stock up on cycling apparel (road, mountain and children’s) with huge savings, have fun AND help a worthy cause in the cycling community!

Saturday, May 14th from 1:30pm-4:00pm

Veloclothes parking lot: 5630 NE MLK Blvd., Portland OR 97211

(Behind the Cricket Wireless Store)

~Live music from The Sale, www.thesalemusic.info

~Test ride the best commuter bikes around! Strida Folding Bikes!

~Your chance to win a FREE Strida Folding Bike!!!! www.stridafoldingbike.com

~Help raise money for local non-profit Wrench Raiders (Engaging a Culture, Bicycle Advocacy, Building Community) www.wrenchraiders.net

~Free coffee from Starbucks

~HUGE SAVINGS!! 15%-50% off ALL cycling apparel and gear! www.veloclothes.com

e-mail or call for directions or questions:
asia.brown[at]veloclothes[dot]com
503.288.6430

Event: The People’s Coast Classic (9/11/11-9/16/11)

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Event Name: The Amgen People’s Coast Classic to benefit the Arthritis Foundation
Event Start Date: 11 Sept, 2011
Start Time: AM
Web Site: http://www.thepeoplescoastclassic.org/
Event Description:
The Amgen People’s Coast Classic is a multi-day charity event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to improve lives through prevention, control and cure of arthritis.

Choose from:

  • Six-Day Classic: September 11-16, Astoria to Brookings
  • Two-Day North Coast Ride: September 11-13, Astoria to Newport
  • Four-Day Central-South Coast Ride: September 13-16, Newport to Brookings

This ride follows the Oregon Coast Bike Route as marked by the state Department of Transportation, which is graced with incredible scenery and fun attractions. Your vacation with a cause will touch the lives of over 50 million people in the United States, including 300,000 children living with Juvenile Arthritis.