Weekend Event Guide

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Alpenrose track clean-up day

You think the old track at
Alpenrose fixes itself?
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tons of volunteer opportunities this weekend to help maintain and build a fabulous bike scene whether your preference is mountain, track or just tootling around dressed like a bunny rabbit.

Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, April 23rd

    9:00am – 1:00pm: Stub Stewart Trail Fest work party
    Join the Northwest Trail Alliance to maintain and develop the trail system at Stub Stewart State Park. Bring your bike! No experience necessary. Some food provided so sign up in advance over at NWTA. This is one of the most important things you can do to improve mountain biking in the region!

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Event: Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge (7/16 – 7/18)

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Event Name: Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge
Event Dates: July 16, 17, 18, 2010
Location: Alpenrose Velodrome, 6149 SW. Shattuck
Event Web Site: www.alpenrosechallenge.com

Portland, OR – The 11th Annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge will feature elite riders, national and international champions and future world-class Olympians delivering some of the best cycling action in the United States while competing for track records and cash prizes.

The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is unique for its caliber of competitors, venue, and challenging course. The event will draw more than 100 elite women, men and masters 40+ competing for over $13,000 in prizes, making it one of the richest purse track races in the country. This year’s line-up includes two-time U.S. Olympian Jame Carney, and Travis Smith Canadian Olympic hopeful and currently the world’s number one ranked sprinter. The women’s field includes multi-time national champions Cari Higgins and Canadian world’s team member Monique Sullivan.

The Alpenrose Velodrome is one of only 20 bicycle racing tracks in the nation. With corners positioned at a 44-degree angle, racers must maintain a constant speed of 12.5 miles per hour in order to remain upright on the track, which won’t be a problem as these athletes will reach speeds up to 40mph. In addition to being one of the steepest banks in the nation, the track is also unique in that it is made of concrete; most others are wooden.

The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge takes place on July 16, 17 & 18—this free three-day event will thrill spectators with the raw athleticism. On Friday evening, Papa Murphy’s Pizza will be giving away free pizza to the first 250 attendees.

The Alpenrose Velodrome is located on SW Shattuck Road, off Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. For more information, visit: www.alpenrosechallenge.com.

Velodrome part of leading Memorial Coliseum proposal

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Cross section of the MARC (there’s
a velodrome in there somewhere.

The City of Portland recently ended its call for concepts to redevelop the Memorial Coliseum. There were 80 different concepts received — ranging from a world class bowling arena to “a museum that celebrates the bygone era of the automobile.”

Among the concepts, there are two that include a velodrome. One of them was proposed by Steve Brown; the racer, business consultant, and velodrome activist we’ve covered since back in 2006 when he worked a velodrome bill through the State Legislature. That effort ultimately stalled out, but Brown’s enthusiasm for bringing bicycle track racing to Portland is still going strong.

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Can bikes and baseball go together? Velodrome backer hopes so

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Steve Brown wants a new velodrome in Portland

Steve Brown sees a new opportunity
to build a velodrome in Portland.
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Remember Steve Brown? He’s the independent businessman-turned-advocate who has spent the last two years trying to get a new velodrome built in Portland.

After taking his vision for a velodrome public in December of 2006, Brown admirably worked his idea through the legislature in Salem. He made some major progress, and his “velodrome bill” was even expanded by enthusiastic lawmakers to include facilities throughout the state. It ultimately got stalled in a committee and never became reality, but Brown has not stopped working toward his vision.

I caught up with him at the Get Together event near his home in Multnomah Village on Tuesday night and he shared more about his latest idea.

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