The Portland Night Ride

This man has a large and fuzzy seat

This man has a large and fuzzy seat

And the Night Ride is pretty fun. It is a fundraiser for the BTA, which is a good thing. It is more of a party on wheels than a proper bike ride. Lots of riders are in costume. If that is your bag, then show up early so you can be in the costume contest.

MLK Fashion Plaza Fashion

MLK Fashion Plaza Fashion

The ride starts at 9:00. To avoid congestion, riders are started off in groups. It is easy to get split up. If you are riding with other people, keep them close by at the starting area. For those who don’t ride at night much, it is a very pleasant switch from riding under the hot sun.

There are several stops along the way. One stop is a bike-in movie theater. Another is an outdoor disco (note the location of the disco — it is in the parking lot of MLK Fashion Plaza). If you haven’t been to MLK Fashion Plaza when it is open, it is worth the trip.

The route is a relatively flat 15 mile loop. The steepest climb is the run up to N. Mississippi. The only other uphill section comes toward the end on Vancouver.

There are only two negatives. First, a lot of participants don’t regularly ride in groups and are clueless about some of the dynamics involved. Ride defensively. The other is the doughnut feed at the end. The doughnuts that are served are not fit for human consumption (at least this was the case last year). It is a good idea to register in advance.

 

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