The people behind an “international professional cycling event” in downtown Portland say they’ve gotten green lights from the international and national sport cycling organizations to host the “Grand Prix of Portland” here next summer.
Veteran Oregonian sportswriter Mike Tokito has the story:
The race would cover about 115 miles, with a one-day format that would be run like a stage of the Tour de France.
— We’re excited to share a report from a major bike race in Paris — and we’re not talking about the Tour de France. Author and former Portland resident Anna Brones witnessed the first ever “La Course,” a women’s race put on by the organizers of the Tour, and she filed this report for BikePortland. (Photos by Luc Revel)
Top (L to R): Beth Ann Orton, Sydney Running, Megan Gray.
Bottom (L to R):Brenna Wrye-Simpson, Alexandra Burton, Lelah O’ Shaughnessy.)
(All photos courtesy Let’s Race Bikes)
What happens when you take a group of women who are passionate about bike racing, combine it with supportive local businesses, and throw in a community that wants them to succeed?
Portland’s national reputation for cycling has more to do with commuting than any other type of riding (with naked riding a close second).
But what many people don’t fully appreciate is the local racing scene. With the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) providing a dedicated and competent backbone, Portland is full of race promoters and volunteers who put on a variety of excellent events. Add in a local business community eager to sponsor and support them and you’ve got the makings of a healthy racing scene.
In fact, starting this week, it’s possible to join an organized race event within a few miles of downtown Portland Monday through Friday. And on some nights there’s more than one option!
Scroll down to learn more about all the weeknight racing action available in this city…[Read more…]
shows the nation’s top racers at Alpenrose Velodrome.
(Photos by Peter Hoffman)
While many people think of only bike commuters and naked rides when the topic of cycling in Portland comes up, our city also has a proud tradition when it comes to racing. We shared a glimpse of that legacy back in 2011 through James Mason’s amazing photographs of the local racing scene in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Now we’ve come across another interesting artifact of our racing past: The 1967 issue of American Cycling magazine that featured Portland on its cover.
Portland earned this cover spot for hosting the 1967 U.S. National Road Racing Championships. The competition took place over two days at the newly opened Alpenrose Velodrome and the infamous 1.7 mile circuit in Mt. Tabor Park.
The man who wrote and photographed that story for American Cycling is Peter Hoffman. Hoffman is 76-years old now and he lives in Beaverton (just over the hill from Portland). After seeing our story on James Mason’s racing images, Hoffman scanned his old issue of American Cycling and posted it online. Hoffman was publisher and editor of American Cycling for six years. It became Bicycling magazine in 1968 and Hoffman was its editor for that first year. (Read more about the history of American Cycling here.)
in the hills west of Scappoose.
(Photos: Judd Eustice)
Semi-organized, unsanctioned rides on a mix of gravel and paved roads are increasingly popular these days. There were three in the Portland area last weekend alone. One of the reasons people love these rides is the sense of adventure they afford. There are no markings or course officials. Riders are on their own except for the friends they bring or make. BikePortland contributor Judd Eustice tackled the Scappoose Soul Slaughterer yesterday and ended up getting lost. In the process, he had more fun than he ever expected. When he got home (after a shower and some food of course) he typed up a stream-of-consciousness recap in an email to me. He planned to clean it up before I posted it; but I thought it was fun to read in its original form. Hope you do too. — Jonathan
It was a bit of a mess from the start.
The PDX Devo Junior Cycling Team isn’t even one year old; but it’s already showing very promising signs of life. While its overarching goal is to find and develop tomorrow’s racing superstars, PDX Devo’s more immediate mission to “create lifelong cyclists and good citizens through competitive cycling.”
PDX Devo was founded as a nonprofit last spring by Portlanders Russell Cree and Brian Gerow, two men with deep connections to the local bike industry and racing scene. “I started racing bikes in high school and it’s given me so much in life,” says Cree, who’s now 37, still racing, and is the owner of Upper Echelon Fitness in northwest Portland. “It’s a lifestyle and culture that in incredible. It has literally been the driving force in my life from my teenage years to now.”[Read more…]
The rain came into play once again last night at the Rose Garden Circuit Race, which held in Portland’s Washington Park. Thus, the streak for wet weather over the past two seasons of the series is still without end. The wet road made for some slippery turns, but this week’s race had more upright bikes at the finish and few if any injuries to riders. This is in contrast to last week’s opening event, which saw its fair share of crashes.[Read more…]