Are you feeling the chill of the long Portland winter? How about a little bike ride to warm you up? It’s not too late to join a couple thousand other brave souls in signing up for the Worst Day of the Year Ride, the first ride of the year coordinated by Good Sport Promotion. You must have some questions, so read on for more details!
Who should participate in the Worst Day of the Year Ride?
Anyone who feels comfortable riding 16 miles! And if 16 miles sounds too easy, sign up for the 45 Mile Challenge. Either way, make sure you’re prepared with cold weather and rain gear. It’s called the Worst Day of the Year Ride for a reason.
What should I expect along the way?
A great ride! You’ll have a map of the route and you’ll be backed by road support in the form of ride along mechanics and medics, as well as support vehicles, in case you need a lift. If that’s not enough, there’s always the food factor: There will be coffee and doughnuts in the morning, warm treats at rest stops every four miles and hot soup and fresh bread at the finish line!
When are these crazy rides happening?
Sunday, February 10th. The 45 mile course opens at 9:00am and the 16 mile course opens at 10:00am. Riders will be released in waves to prevent crowding on the courses.
Where will the routes take me?
The 16 mile route sticks to the city of Portland, while the 45 mile route takes a detour through the West Hills.
Why should I go for a 16-mile ride in the middle of winter?
Because it will be fun! And because a portion of the proceeds will go to the Community Cycling Center, a local nonprofit committed to building a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected.
Are you ready to register? Go ahead! And tell your friends! Take it from your friendly delivery riders at Portland Pedal Power: When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than a good bike ride, good food with good company!
Thanks for this great write up! We are so excited for the 12th annual ride. Hope to see tons of people there to support the Community Cycling Center!