Weekend Event Guide

Welcome to our Weekend Event Guide archives. This column runs on the Front Page every Thursday afternoon and gives you the essential rundown of the best bike events happening in the Portland region.

Special thanks to Hopworks Urban Brewery for their sponsorship of this column. Their support is what makes this possible!

Weekend Event Guide: Freak Bike Fall, cyclocross, and some NOISE

by on October 19th, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Splash Dance Ride

Ridden by some, loved by all: It’s a freak bike weekend.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

It. Is. Wet. Out. There.

Hope you’ve got your fenders and jackets all sorted out because the rain will be here for a while.

But it won’t be enough to deter our freak bike-loving friends from a weekend of fun and rides. And it will only embolden cyclocross fans for the upcoming mudfest that will transpire Sunday’s Crusade race at PIR.

Here’s our selection of the best events this weekend, starting with a neighborhood rally tomorrow (Friday) in St. Johns..
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Weekend Event Guide: Cyclocross, Chris King Open House, and more

by on October 12th, 2017 at 9:43 am

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Racing bikes in pure Gorge mud with friends. It doesn’t get any better than this.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Guide is back! After two weeks off due to me galavanting around Europe, it brings me much pleasure to offer our selection of events for the coming weekend. Remember our calendar includes rides not listed here, so don’t forget to check it out.

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

With the rain and fall weather here with vengeance, we’re set up for some classic cyclocross battles this weekend. Last year the Cyclocross Crusade’s stop in Cascade Locks was an epic mud-bath. At several places on the course I was literally riding up a river of water and I still have dirt in my bibshorts one year later!

And don’t miss the Chris King event Saturday. It’s a rare chance to see one-of-a-king custom builds and tour the factory.

Here ya go…
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Weekend Event Guide: Sunday Parkways, Ninkrossi, Bike Town Hall, and more

by on September 21st, 2017 at 11:56 pm

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Community Cycling Center Executive Director Kasandra Griffin (L) and ODOT Planner Jessica Horning are excited about the weekend!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

Welcome to the weekend.

I’m typing this from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam awaiting a flight to Paris. I’m having a great time so far! I hope all is well back in Portland.

If you need some suggestions for rides to do this weekend, we’ve got a few ideas for you. Don’t miss the Town Hall ride on Saturday. It’s a great chance to chat with your state legislators. And of course Sunday Parkways!

Saturday, September 23rd

Rapha Prestige – All day, starts in Yamhill
This team event promises to be an all-day adventure with a challenging 90-mile route from Yamhill County wine country up and over the coast range. Registration is closed, so if you aren’t already on the list you might want to flag this one for next year. More info here.
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Weekend Event Guide: Kidical Massive, Zaaldercross, Maya Pedal, Ripplebrook, and more

by on September 14th, 2017 at 10:49 am

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Join the Kidical Massive ride on Saturday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

There’s a lot of rain in the forecast for next week so you better get in some rides before everything gets wet and muddy (not that you’ll stop riding when it does of course).

Thankfully the air quality has improved over much of Oregon in the past week. Speaking of which, word on the street is that Crater Lake is nice right now, so if you missed the Rim Ride last week, there’s another chance to enjoy it carfree on Saturday.

Take a look at our event suggestions below and have fun out there!
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Weekend Event Guide: Black Feast, Everesting Tilikum, Ride the Rim and more

by on September 7th, 2017 at 7:51 am

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Fingers crossed for good air at Crater Lake this weekend.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

It’s been a tough week. Air quality has cancelled and/or forced rescheduling of many riding plans. People who blocked out this coming week for Cycle Oregon are now scrambling to find something else to do — but it’s hard to find any place in Oregon that isn’t impacted by the nasty air.

We’re hoping conditions improve by the weekend. The forecast gives us reason for optimism. Regardless, remember to research conditions before you head out.

If you don’t want to ride we’ve got two events in the guide that don’t require much pedaling: an expo for women who bike and a lecture about the Historic Columbia River Highway (we know, strange timing). Here’s this week’s guide…

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Weekend Event Guide: Cyclocross racing, camping on the Columbia, Tour de Lab, and more

by on August 31st, 2017 at 3:36 pm

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(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is almost here — and so is cyclocross season!

As we slide into September and get ready for Women’s Bike Month (we’ll have special coverage all month — stay tuned for details!), our event calendar isn’t quite as full as usual. It’s probably a mix of being in the shoulder season and the fact that local weather is so hot and smokey.

But it’s also Labor Day Weekend so for many people it’s one of the last chances for a big adventure. If you need some ideas and inspirations, we’ve great suggestions. Check them out below…

Friday, September 1st

Art Ride on the Eastside – 5:30 pm at Eutectic Gallery (1930 NE Oregon)
It’s the first day of Women’s Bike Month and The Street Trust is leading a tour of art galleries on the east side. More info here.
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Weekend Event Guide: Cross Crusade kickoff, Giro PDX, Bike Scout scavenger hunt, and more

by on August 24th, 2017 at 8:38 am

Bike games are the best games. Sunday’s Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt is a must-try.
(Photo: Filmed by Bike/Bike Scout)

Can you believe it? Cross is almost here.

This Sunday the venerable Cross Crusade holds its kickoff bash. Now’s the time to commit to a season pass and prep your body, mind, and bike for the upcoming season.

Of course there’s also a few fun options for more laid-back riders. Roll southeast for a chill ride with our friends from Bike Milwaukie or grab some friends and do the Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt.

Here’s the guide to all the goodness…

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Weekend Event Guide: Charlottesville solidarity, eclipse rides, Sunday Parkways & more

by on August 17th, 2017 at 8:47 am

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Escape the madness and enjoy the smile-filled carfree streets of outer northeast at Sunday Parkways.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The big Eclipse Weekend is here. Events related to this celestial phenomenon are already causing backups and the big show doesn’t start until Monday.

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

Regardless of what’s happening in the sky — and in some cases because of it — people want to ride bikes on weekends. That’s why we do this guide.

Our featured event this week is the Chrome Warehouse Sale. This major apparel brand originally from San Francisco recently completed a move to Portland and they want to say “hello” by offering a bunch of great clothing, bags and other accessories at killer prices. They were also smart and nice enough to purchase an ad campaign here on BP to promote it. Thank you Chrome! Show them you appreciate their support of our community by dropping by the big sale Friday through Sunday at the old Shleifer Bldg in the central eastside.

Here are the rest of the best events this weekend…
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Weekend Event Guide: Bridge Pedal, cider ride, Handmade Bike Show, and more

by on August 10th, 2017 at 8:35 am

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The Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show heads to north Portland for its 10th triumphant year. Do not miss it.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is almost here. And we’ve stepped up our events game to help you make the most of it.
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Weekend Event Guide: Light Brigade, a criterium, Breaking Away, Oregon Walkways, and more

by on August 3rd, 2017 at 9:47 am

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Whether you come to watch or race, there’s nothing like the action of an urban criterium. Don’t miss the Franz Bakery Criterium Saturday afternoon in inner northeast.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

Congratulations. You’ve survived the Portland Heatwave. So far.

We’ve still got plenty of heat in the forecast so make sure you check our hot riding tips and pass them along to friends in need.

Now to the fun part: We’ve got great events for you this weekend, including several ways to beat the heat. Our pick is the outdoor movie at Stub Stewart State Park on Saturday night. The event is hosted by Oregon State Parks and Hollywood Theater is bringing a huge blow-up screen to the Hilltop day-use area for a screening of Breaking Away.

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