worst day of the year ride

Family Biking Column: My recap of the Worst Day of the Year Ride

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on February 27th, 2019 at 1:55 pm

Cargo trailers make for easy decorating, and easy carrying of three kids and three bikes (one had a flat tire, two were tired).
(Photo: Jen Regan)

After having such a great time last year celebrating a friend’s 8th birthday on the Worst Day of the Year Ride, we had to do it again! In fact, it was so fun that our friend rescheduled his birthday by two weeks to work around the rescheduling of the event — that’s dedication!
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Don’t laugh: ‘Worst Day of the Year Ride’ postponed due to weather

Avatar by on February 7th, 2019 at 9:32 am

These riders in the 2011 Worst Day Ride might want to get those penguin costumes out again.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Organizers of the Worst Day of the Year Ride once again find themselves in an ironic situation. Due to a winter weather forecast that includes snow and ice, they’ve decided to postpone their event to a later date. [Read more…]

Partying on the Worst Day of the Year Ride

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on February 12th, 2018 at 8:51 am

Worst Day of the Year Ride 2018

Our group had a birthday party theme. Can you tell?
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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We had a blast on our first Worst Day of the Year Ride.

New this year was a half-price four-mile family-friendly route which was perfect for us. Friends came down from Seattle because their almost-eight-year old wanted to celebrate his birthday with a bikey Portland weekend which made choosing our group costume easy: biking birthday party. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a ride with so many creative costumes and seeing the group finery was reason enough to attend.
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New ownership for Worst Day of the Year and other popular Portland rides

Avatar by on December 8th, 2017 at 1:02 pm

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Start of 2011 Worst Day of the Year Ride.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland-based Axiom Event Productions has purchased four major local bike rides.

The company, which launched in 2013 when it earned the exclusive contract to manage the City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways events, is now in charge of putting on the Worst Day of the Year Ride, Petal Pedal, Tour de Lab, and the Portland Century. They’ll be operated by Events by Axiom, LLC.

Axiom purchased the events from their previous owner, Good Sport Promotion. Also in included in the sale is ORBike.com, a website that promotes cycling and events statewide. Good Sport’s owner Porter Childs has started a new business selling custom bike jerseys.
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2016 Worst Day of the Year Ride

Avatar by on February 15th, 2016 at 9:38 am

I’ve volunteered a few times but I was really looking forward to participating in the Worst Day of the Year Ride for the first time. I got a great costume, but it was raining so I rode my Raleigh and skipped the costume, instead dressing in raingear. Jeremy and I met and rode together (well, approximately together, I’m faster on climbs).

15th annual ‘Worst Day’ ride has new routes, stops, and a $5,000 costume contest

Avatar by on February 4th, 2016 at 10:43 am

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Time to bust out of winter with a huge and fun bike ride!
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Organizers of Worst Day of the Year Ride, one of the largest in Oregon, are pulling out all the stops for its 15th birthday. The ride is expected to have about 3,000 participants when it rolls out of southeast Portland on February 14th.
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‘Worst Day of the Year Ride’ cancels completely on account of weather (updated)

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 8th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

First snow day of 2014-25

A rider on the street Thursday.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland

Update: The Worst Day Ride’s organizers said Saturday that they’ve canceled Sunday’s event completely (making various earlier misreports about the cancellation retroactively accurate, I suppose). People who’d bought places in the ride will get automatic entry in next year’s.

As of Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service expects another 4 to 8 inches of snow to fall by Sunday afternoon, plus freezing rain and ice in some areas, on top of the three to five inches that fell Friday and continued to pile up Saturday.

Here’s the announcement from their site:

Alas, Mother Nature wins this round. We have been forced to cancel the event, or more accurately, postpone for one year. Worsening weather conditions and a forecast of freezing rain tomorrow make for unsafe conditions.

Your safety and the safety of our support staff is our number one concern, and conditions have dictated that it would be nearly impossible to guarantee the well being of everyone during this event.

We appreciate your understanding of this decision and want to thank you for your support by guaranteeing your entry into next year’s Worst Day of the Year Ride.

In its voicemail message Saturday, Good Sport Promotion said an email in the next week will contain instructions on how to claim next year’s ride. It didn’t mention whether cash refunds will be available on request.

Our original Thursday night post follows.

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Photos: 10th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride

Avatar by on February 13th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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(Photos © J. Maus)

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