Mountain Biking

Gateway – A BIPOC Community MTB Event

Maritza Arango (Events Editor) by on September 5th, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Gateway  – A gathering for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) who ride mountain bikes.

Join BikePOCpnw & NWTA to celebrate the diversity in the sport of mountain biking at Gateway Green, Portland’s only Mountain Bike Park. This is an event to create a space for people of color who do not normally feel safe in the outdoors to meet, gather & ride mountain bikes together. If you do not identify as BIPOC & are an ally we ask that you support our efforts by becoming a member of Northwest Trail Alliance at nw-trail.org/join.

Event Details:

  • Sunday 9/5 from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Gateway Green, Portland, OR – meet at “The Hub” to check in & get your raffle ticket!
  • This event adheres to the lastest recommendations from THE CDC regarding COVID-19. Although this event is outdoors masks/face-coverings are required when distancing of 6′ is not possible.
  • Families Welcome.
  • Helmets Required.
  • Any bike that can handle off-road terrain is welcome.
  • This park is car-free! Walkers and bicycle riders can reach the site via the I-205 multi-use path, or ride MAX and buses to the Gateway Regional Center and follow the multi-use path north for about a half-mile to the park entrance.
  • Parking – Fred Meyer – Gateway has graciously offered the parking lot that faces the Gateway Regional Center (NE 99th & NE Pacific) for this events use.
  • Raffle Prizes (must be present to win) from the many sponsors listed below!
  • Organic group rides (all skill levels).

Entertainment from luvjonezmusic & Sound Services Provided by Friends of Noise (www.friendsofnoise.org)

Food (for purchase) available from: Be Well Juice Bar (bewelljuicebar).

Camaraderie & Fellowship from the Portland BIPOC mountain bike community. Let’s gather & ride!

Have questions? Email: juntu@nw-trail.org

BIPOC Mountain Bikers Group Ride!

Maritza Arango (Events Editor) by on July 4th, 2021 at 5:00 pm

“This Sunday (7/4), join Punneh & Ruandy for a no-drop mountain bike ride.

10am @ Sandy Ridge. The ride will be between 7-9 miles, including 2000 feet of elevation gain. All skill levels welcome. Bring your mountain bike, snacks, and water. @roo_media & @punneh.a will provide some skill-building and help navigate the trail system. Reach out if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing folks out on the trail and post ride we’ll have a little hang out in the parking lot if you want to bring some snacks/drinks to share for that. We’re excited to meet some new faces so make sure to share and get more people out with us! Reach out to @roo_media and/or @punneh.a if you have any questions at all.”

Rocky Point Trail system is an exciting work in progress

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 9th, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Trail builders test the fruits of their labor at Rocky Point trail system about 20 miles north of downtown Portland.
(Photos: Jason Van Horn)

This article was written and photographed by Jason Van Horn and it first appeared on his website, Bermstyle.[Read more…]

Off-road advocates prep for first-ever legislative day

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 4th, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Oregon is ripe for more — and better — off-road cycling access. But it won’t happen unless we ask for it.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

On February 27th the Oregon Mountain Biking Coalition (OMBC) will host its first annual lobbying day in Salem.

The OMBC launched in October of last year with a mission to, “Advocate for, create, enhance, and protect mountain biking experiences in the state of Oregon.”
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Ride new coastal forest singletrack at the inaugural Whiskey Run MTB Festival

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 1st, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Fresh new singletrack to be ridden on the southern coast!
(Photos: Whiskey Run MTB Fest)

[This post is part of a paid promotional partnership.]

You probably don’t know there are 11 miles of new, professionally-built singletrack trails open and ready to ride on Oregon’s southern coast just north of Bandon. And that’s why the Whiskey Run MTB Festival exists: to help you discover one of Oregon’s best-kept riding secrets. That’s also why we’ve teamed up with local businesses and tourism promoters to help spread the word about it.

The inaugural event is on June 9th and consists of a ride in the morning (three routes to choose from) and a big afterparty celebration at Bandon Brewing Company. The rides are lead by members of the Wild Rivers Coast Mountain Bicycling Association.
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River City Bicycles launches “Low Pressure” mountain bike program for women

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 20th, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Unlike many bike shops, River City Bicycles in southeast Portland has long had a reputation as a place where women feel safe and welcome. In 2008 the shop was named the most “female friendly” in the nation and they have sponsored many top women racers.

Now the shop wants to use mountain biking as a vehicle to help women build confidence — both on and off the trails. Their “Low Pressure Women’s Mountain Bike Series” is described as, “A stress-free, female led mountain bike event, clinic, and ride series through which we hope to build, educate and inspire a supportive community of women in our sport.” The series will include weekly practice sessions at The Lumberyard’s indoor bike park, on-trail clinics and weekly rides. There’s a launch party at the shop tonight (4/20) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

With help from Elaine Bothe of Wenzel Coaching and shop staff, River City is opening this LGBTQ+ friendly initiative up to all levels and all ages (sixth grade and over) of riders.

River City’s Lisa Luna told me this week that she put this together to encourage “positive self-talk” and to build women up from the inside.
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Off-road Cycling Master Plan: Another dead end or a new beginning?

Avatar by on March 19th, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Greenstadt thinks the soon-to-be adopted plan needs some major tweaks.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

NW Trail Alliance Action Alert

“It is incredibly important that NWTA members and other off-road cycling community members provide input to the Parks Board – your words can help ensure they understand the need for additional access to trails in Portland.”

Daniel Greenstadt is a Concordia neighborhood resident and off-road cycling advocate who has attended many of the Off-road Cycling Plan meetings. In a post on BikePortland last April he shared his hopes and concerns for the plan.

Imagine yourself, your family, or your children pedaling along Forest Park’s newly constructed, 1.5-mile, shared-use trail from the area of NW Thurman Street to the brand new, two-million-dollar Forest Park Entrance and Nature Center at NW St Helens Road and NW Kittridge. You’re riding on a 2-6 foot wide path – some of it not even within Forest Park – immediately adjacent to the industrial buildings, rail yards, commercial operations, and tank farms that crowd the Highway 30 corridor. You are riding in the most ecologically degraded area of Forest Park on what Northwest Trail Alliance has described as “essentially a dirt sidewalk.”
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Oregon now has an interscholastic mountain bike racing league

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 4th, 2017 at 4:59 pm

It’s official! Love that logo.

Ever wished your child could compete on a cycling team based at their school? Now they can.

Today the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced that Oregon is the latest state to join what is already a bustling league with 800 school-based teams, 14,500 student athletes and 6,000 licensed coaches nationwide. NICA is a nonprofit founded in 2009 with a mission to use cycling as a way to foster a healthy lifestyle for young people in 6th through 12th grades. States with existings programs include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northern California, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Heather Wolfgang will be director of the new Interscholastic Oregon Cycling league. Wolfgang recently moved to Portland from the San Francisco Bay Area where she helped grow the Norcal High School Cycling League, which boasts over 1,200 student-athlete members and is one of the largest NICA leagues in the country.

“A lot of people say that they wish they had something like this when they were in high school because of how inclusive and fun it is,” Wolfgang said in a NICA statement. “What we’ll be able to do is bring teens of all abilities, experiences, and backgrounds into the same space to create a truly unique experience. My favorite part of this organization is that we’ll help show teens what they’re capable of through riding bikes. I’m honored to be involved with the Oregon League and look forward to building up our youth cycling community across the state!”
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The Oregon Timber Trail is ready: Are you?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 25th, 2017 at 10:14 am

(Photos by Gabriel Amadeus, Limberlost)

At long last the Oregon Timber Trail is open for business.

After a soft-launch back in March, the 668-mile backcountry mountain bike route is now fully mapped and all the resources you need to research and plan your trip can be found on the official website.
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Campaign seeks funds for an indoor park for skating, BMX & other bikes

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 6th, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Allison Waters, a Portland-based skateboarding lover, has unveiled a concept for a “family-friendly indoor skate park” within Portland city limits.

The current plan is for two days a week to be open to BMX and other bikes.

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