(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)
Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.
Judging by this weekend’s events it’s clear that it’s time to stretch your legs a bit. If you’ve been putting in some miles, now you get to put your fitness to good use by enjoying the stellar roads and trails around the Portland region. And as luck would have, our warm and dry weather shows no sign of abating.
I’ll be heading far east to Hardman, Oregon this weekend for a stay at the Treo Bike Ranch where I’ll be the embedded journalist on a new type of service they’re rolling out. What are your plans? If you need some ideas. check out our selections below…
Friday, July 11th
Welcome Home Celebration for Trans Am Bike Race Finisher – 7:00 pm at Colonel Summers Park (SE 20th and Belmont)
Local hero Nathan Jones completed the inaugural Trans-Am Bike Race and his friends and fans want to meet up for a celebratory neighborhood cruise and some beers at Velo Cult. Jones finished the 4,200 mile, self-supported race in just 25 1/2 days (good for 14th place out of 44 riders). Show up and buy that man a beer! More info here (FB).
Midnight Mystery Ride — The Alibi (4024 N Interstate)
This month’s MMR looks like it’ll have a tiki theme (judging by the meet-up spot). You know the drill. Show up a bit early, rolling into the Alibi’s infamous bar, meet great people, then at hop on your bike at midnight and keep the fun rolling as long as you can. More info here.
Saturday, July 12th
Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic
This is it folks, the annual STP tradition. This event has about 10,000 riders who leave Seattle at sunrise on Saturday bound for Portland. Some do all 200 miles in one day, while most folks sleep on the course and arrive at Holladay Park in the Lloyd District on Sunday. It’s like our kinder, gentler — and much smaller — version of RAGBRAI. More info here.
Columbia Hills Brevet (300K) — 6:00 am from Safeway in The Dalles
This OR Randonneurs sanctioned event looks amazing. Start in The Dalles, cross over the Gorge into Goldendale and Trout Lake, and then loop back. More info here.
Bikes for Humanity Volunteer Repair Clinic — 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at B4HPDX Store (3354 SE Powell)
Help this great local non-profit refurbish donated bikes. B4H provides low-cost bikes to the community and relies on volunteers to help bring old bikes back to life for use in their programs. Every two hours you volunteer you get one hour of free use of the B4H pro shop. More info here.
Burnt Bridge Creek Ride — 10:00 am at Peace Health Memorial Health Center (34th and Washington)
Join Bike Clark County and Bike VanWA for this exploration of the gorgeous hidden gem, the Burnt Bridge Creek trail. This eight mile trail nestled in the woods and near quiet neighborhoods of SW Vancouver, Washington is a must-ride! More info here.
OBRA Track Championships – All day at Alpenrose Velodrome (6149 SW Shattuck Rd)
Who will earn a coveted state championship jersey on the track this year? It all comes down to Saturday’s action at Alpenrose. Weather should be great for spectating too. More info here.
Sunday, July 13th
Tour de Aufderheide — All day in Westfir (150 miles south of Portland)
This event can be done as a race or a ride, but either way it’s a fantastic excuse to experience the legendary Aufderheide Scenic Drive. I did the event last year and still recall the quiet roads that wind through forests as a babbling river flowed just feet from my handlebars. Sign up and you’ll get stocked rest stops along the 100 (or 64) mile route and other goodies. More info here.
Hood River – Camp Baldwin Brevet (200K) — 7:00 am from the Hood River Marina
Another long-distance event promoted by OR Randonneurs this weekend. The route starts in Hood River, heads east along the Historic Highway to the The Dalles, then goes up toward Mt. Hood on forest roads before looping back down to Hood River. More info here.
NW Trail Alliance Sunday Group MTB Ride — 9:00 am from Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Carpool from Portland about an hour (and change) northeast of Portland to the Tarbell Trail in Washington for some great mountain biking and camaraderie. This ride is led by the NW Trail Alliance. More info here.
— If we missed anything, feel free to let us know and/or give it a shout-out in the comments.
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