Weekend Recap: MTB’ing kids and the Handmade Bike & Beer Fest

Weekend Recap: MTB’ing kids and the Handmade Bike & Beer Fest

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Two of the many kids who ventured out to Cascade Locks for the annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day hosted by IMBA and NW Trail Alliance.
(Photo: NWTA)

There was plenty to do on a bike last weekend. In case you missed it all we’ve got a recap and photos from two of the standout events: the Handmade Bike & Beer Fest hosted by Hopworks Beer and the Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day put on by the NW Trail Alliance.

The NWTA reports that over 300 people turned out for this year’s Take a Kid Mountain BIking Day out at the EasyCLIMB trail system in Cascade Locks (in the Gorge). Here’s more from NWTA’s Andrew Jansky, followed by photos of all the action:

“Based on informal hand count 90% of the people were from Portland, demonstrating the strong demand for Portland trail access for families, kids and natural surface biking.

The City of Portland attended to give a preview of the Mountain Bike Master Plan which is getting started and Metro was also there with information about Tualatin Mountain Master Plan and Newel Creek, two areas that will provide biking opportunities.

NWTA partnered with Metro and Hacienda to bring 20 kids out to experience nature and ride some real mountain bike trails. Several kids where overheard saying that they will be back because it was so fun.

After the event 50 people stayed after and watched youtube mountain bike videos under the starts on the big screen outdoor movie screen as part of the volunteer appreciation party.”

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The Handmade Bike & Beer Fest, a collaboration between Hopworks Urban Brewery and the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, also enjoyed very large crowds. People came to see the 30 vendors, listen to great bands, be entertained by performers and eat and drink to their heart’s content.

Here’s a bit of what I saw…

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Karl Moritz volunteered to serve.
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Josh Liberles of Ride HiFi.
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A Strawberry by Andy Newlands.
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The debut of Portland Fender Company.
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Vendors reported a big increase in crowds compared to last year.
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Cielo by Chris King.
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Rebecca Pearcy’s “Swingset” made by Tony Tapay of Framebuilder Supply.
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Mike Cobb (L) and Tony Tapay of Framebuilder Supply.
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Gorgeous “Arbor Lodge” by Breadwinner.
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This shirt sort of summed up the entire event!

Remember to send us your recaps and photos next week if you’d like to be included in this post.


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