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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Get Ready for PedalPalooza! Here are the Urban Adventure League associated events.

Hello friends. Yep, June is around the corner, and that means Pedalpalooza, Portland's three-plus week celebration of all things bike fun. I've been a part since the inception, and have participated every year except 2011 (when we were on tour.) Here's the run-down of what I'll be leading or co-leading:

Sunday June 9
Kenilworth Park, SE 34th and Holgate Blvd. (Meet on the platform over the "comfort pavilion")
11:00am - 4:00pm
A 15 to 20 mile ramble exploring the "country" aspects in the city while riding "Country" bikes. Expect a good deal of gravel/dirt action, climbs (you can walk it if you have to), and places you didn't think existed. We'll have food/picnic breaks along the way. Ride a bike geared towards comfort, not speed, and one that can handle off-road elements. Moderate pace, no one left behind. Lycra and carbon, no, shellac and seersucker, yes. Ride not a loop.

Tuesday June 11
All registered participants will learn the location
6:30pm - 11:30pm, Leave for first pizza place at 7, ride will go on as long as people want 
Unlike past year's pizza rides, this year's route will be decided "democratically" save for the first stop which the organizers have picked out. At each stop we'll decide where to go next and call ahead to order pizza. People who have strong opinions on pizza and favorite pizzerias in town STRONGLY encouraged to attend. Ride ends when we feel like it. Limited to 24 people, PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Register here

Thursday June 13
Cleveland Ave MAX Station, 1000 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham (Meet by the MAX platform.) 
9:30am - 5:30pm, We depart at 10am sharp! 
Riding to quiet country roads and spectacular scenery is easier than you think. The Columbia River Gorge is just a short bicycle ride away. And you can totally handle it if you are an everyday rider. Bring a snack, water, and Trimet fare. Geared bikes recommended. Approx 40 miles round trip.

Saturday June 15
Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd
9:30am - 5:30pm, Check-in 9:30-10:15 am, riders leave PROMPTLY at 10:30 am
Randonneuring is a long-distance cycling "sport" where one rides a predetermined course passing through "controls" (checkpoints). Riders ride against themselves, not others, and aim to complete the course within specified time limits. If you've been rando-curious this is a good chance to try out this fun and addictive style of riding. Choose to ride either a 50 km or 100 km route around Portland. Bring a helmet, repair kit, pump, spare tube, bike map, somewhere for a cue sheet, and a pencil to fill out your info card. No ride leader or SAG wagon but most of the area is served by Trimet.

Sunday June 23
Fernhill Park, NE 37th Ave and NE Ainsworth St (meet at the corner of 41st and Ainsworth!)
4:00pm - 7:00pm
What better way to finish Sunday Parkways than ramble around Northeast on your humble internally geared three speed bicycle? Bring your trusty three speed bicycle from any nation. Three speeds preferred but any bike welcome if you don't have one. Casual paced ramble of approx. 8-10 miles, fairly flat, with a little dirt "rough stuff" action thrown in. We'll have a picnic and tea brew up towards the end, bring all the necessities like food, a teakettle and a camping stove. Check website for more info.

I hope to also sneak in a mid-week camping trip in where time allows. If and when that happens, I'll let you all know.

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