(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)
Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.
We apologize for the downturn in the weather, but since when did real Portlanders care about a little bit of wetness falling from the sky? Just put on a rain jacket (or whatever your weatherproof attire preferences call for) and get out there. Or, if you really don’t like the rain, we’ve got some indoor suggestions for you.
The big event of the weekend is definitely Filmed By Bike. This cycling film fest might have started as a small, homegrown affair, but it’s now in its twelfth year and it has become a bona fide institution that draws attendees and films from around the country. (And its founder, Ayleen Crotty, was recently profiled in the Portland Tribune.)
Enough rambling from us, you have a weekend to plan. Hopefully our menu below has something to your liking…
Saturday, April 19th
Filmed By Bike – Opening Party – Starts at 4:00 pm and festival runs for four days at Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St)
This is opening night for the 2014 Filmed By Bike film fest. If you love bikes and film, get your tickets and check out this beloved local event. It starts Saturday night with a big street party and three separate movie screenings. Then the fun continues through Tuesday night with a collection of bike films that has become the envy of the bike-loving world. The official website has tons of previews and other goodies to peruse. More info here.
Gorge Short Track Shootout – All day in Cascade Locks
Two race sessions in one day in an amazing location on the Columbia River. And it’s mountain biking on single-track! Add in on-site camping, great race promoters with a friendly, welcoming vibe and this could be a awesome event. If you’ve got a mountain bike, get out there and have some fun. More info here.
Team Planet X USA Recruitment Ride – 10:00 am at Planet X HQ (57 NE Hancock)
Local company Planet X is looking for bike racers to join their “beginner-friendly” team. This ride will be an opportunity to meet the folks behind the team and find out if you’d like to fly their colors during the upcoming road, mountain, track and cyclocross seasons. The ride will be a casual, no-drop ride about 25-30 miles in length. Contact team captain Stewart Campbell with questions and more info at stewartcycling[at]yahoo[dot]com.
Sunday, April 20th
Pioneer Century Training Ride with PWTC – 10:00 am at NE 96th and Sandy
Join the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club for a 30-mile jaunt aimed at getting ready for their signature ride this June – the Pioneer Century. This ride will roll to Panera Bakery on Hayden Island for a treat. More info here.
Super Swap – 11:00 am (early bird entry) or 12:00 pm (general admission) at Left Bank Annex (101 NE Weidler)
Big and awesome sale on premium bike brands. Choose from limited quantities of highly discounted gear from folks like Rapha, Chris King Precision Components, Chrome, The Athletic, Mad Alchemy, River City Bicycles, and many others. Pay $10 to get early-bird access at 11:00 am or get in free at noon. More info here.
Kidical Mass Bunnies and Peeps Parade – 1:00 pm at Overlook Park (N Fremont & Interstate)
Grab your bunny ears and any little tykes you can find for an Easter Sunday bike ride and egg hunt. The ride will start at Overlook Park, then ride just three miles north on the pleasant Concord neighborhood greenway to Arbor Lodge Park (which has an awesome play area), where the egg hunt will commence. You can’t not have fun (kids included)! More info here.
Did we miss anything? Please drop us a line and let us know. Or feel free to promote your event in the comments below. And as always, thanks for reading and riding.