Survival Century Gravel Ride

Filmed by Bike Launch Party

NW Documentary – 6 NE Tillamook (at Williams)

Introducing the 16th Annual Filmed by Bike

May 4-6, 2018 – Hollywood Theatre – Portland

The Filmed by Bike film festival is making a big, exciting changes for this year’s festival! Head to their Ticket Launch Party to find out more and get early bird pricing on Festival Passes.

Launch Party Perks

  • Purchase your Festival Pass.
  • Tickets go on sale.
  • Early bird pricing!
  • The unveiling of the Festival Trailer.
  • A showcase of Festival Trailers from over the years.
  • Exciting news about what’s in store for this year’s festival.
  • Free beer and festivities.
  • Check out the cool NW Documentary Screening Hall and learn more about what this impressive organization does year round.
    NW Documentary is an organization that helps people tell their story through documentary films. They offer an array of expert workshops for aspiring filmmakers and hobbies to learn the latest techniques, equipment and basics in a hands-on, supportive setting.


    Enter to Win a Jersey from Portland Jerseys!

    Select your ride-day jersey wisely; you never know what ride along conversations may be sparked as a result. Portland Jerseys understands the magnitude of this game-day apparel choice, that’s why they’re giving away a free jersey to one lucky ORbike fan every month! Simply enter your email address below.

    Portland Jerseys is a local company with some of the coolest jersey designs on the market. They also make it easy for to place group orders for bike clubs, teams or just a few friends who want to look stylish together.

    We like what these folks are all about.

    100% Guarantee

    Portland Jerseys stands behind their quality materials and expert craftsmanship. “If any one of your jerseys has a defect in material, design, or production, we promise to replace the garment, or refund your money, within 90 days – no questions asked.”

    Speedy Production

    Portland Jerseys has the fastest turnaround time in the industry – your jerseys will arrive within 30 days of placing your order. Most companies make you place your order three months before your event, AND require a 50% deposit! We’ve alway through that, in this day-and-age, that seems pretty ridiculous. Which is why we love the Portland Jerseys turnaround.

    FREE Graphic Support

    The sublimation process produces extremely vibrant colors and provides an unrestricted print area – super cool. The experienced in-house artists of Portland Jerseys can help you maximize these potentials within your design. They will also scale your one design across all sizes. That means that your XS jerseys have the same design as your XL jerseys – something that’s not often the case with other jersey production companies.

    BONUS! Every jersey plants a tree

    Their non-profit partner plants a tree for every jersey that they create. Feel good knowing that you are doing your part to help combat global warming.




    It’s COSTUME Time!

    You know why the weather has been so nice lately? Because the Worst Day of the Year Ride is almost here.

    Most years the ride features relatively mild weather and an excellent time on two wheels.

    Wig Out

    The best way to guarantee the ride will be fun is to come in costume. Check out our gallery below for inspiration. Even if you’re riding the 40-miler, riding in costume makes this ride ten times more fun. Okay, maybe not ten times, but definitely a lot more fun.

    PRO TIP: For maximum fun, your wig goes OVER your helmet, not under.

    What are your plans for this year’s ridiculously fun ride?

    Ride Basics

    Sunday, February 11
    Various route options – from 4-40 miles.
    Rest stops paced frequently along the way
    The 40-miler is an approachable fun route, but MAN that Old Germantown Road can be a doozie this early in the season!
    Optional pre-ride party on Saturday February 10
    Finish line party

    Costume Gallery


    How to Beat the Winter Doldrums

    February 11 – Portland

    Just when it seems the rain will just never end, magically the skies open up and everyone comes out to play in the streets of Portland. Or so it seems when the Worst Day of the Year Ride rolls around.

    Every year this beloved event inspires people to peel themselves off the couch and head out for a day of fun on two wheels…rain or shine.

    This Awesome Ride Just Keeps Getting Better

    Here are some of our favorite new features:

    • Deluxe Hot Cocoa Bar at the Finish Line Party.
      A tasty way to indulge and warm up after the ride.
    • 1/2 Price Family Ride – a 4-mile route.
      Introduce the little ones to this Portland tradition.
    • Kids under 12 ride for free.
      Whether they’re riding the 4-Mile Course or they’re up for a bigger challenge, all kids under 12 ride free this year, so bring the whole family! And their friends! And the entire Girl Scout Troop! What a fun way to all be together for the day.
    • If You’re Not in Costume, You’re Missing Out!

      PRO TIP: Your wig looks better over (not under) your helmet
      You could slip on all of your standard riding apparel and have a good experience on the Worst Day of the Year Ride, but you’d be missing the point… and missing out.

      The Worst Day of the Year Ride was founded as an event that wanted to celebrate the wacky spirit of Portland, rain or shine. Since the very early years, riders have arrived in wild get-ups as they strive to win first place in the coveted Costume Contest.

      But if assembling a complex group theme just isn’t your thing, we recommend you at least wear a wig and a cape – two of the easiest pieces of costumery to acquire. At home, you might feel silly. Riding out your front door past the neighbors, perhaps even sillier. But trust us on this one: as soon as you roll up to the start line, you will know you’ve found your tribe.

      If we’ve learned anything from this crazy ride over the years, it’s that a sea of costumed riders is a powerful force in driving away the winter blues.

      We can’t wait to see what you’re wearing on February 11!

      Riding For a Cause

      Helping get more people on bikes has never been more fun!
      The Worst Day of the Year Ride is a fundraiser for the Community Cycling Center, a nonprofit organization that broadens access to bicycles. They’re known for their many successful youth programs, such as the Holiday Bike Drive, a STEM Education Bicycle Mechanics program and their ultra fun Summer Bike Camps.

      Simply by riding your bike in the Worst Day of the Year Ride, you’re supporting their admirable work in the community, and we think that’s pretty special. Learn more about them at the finish line.


      See You Out There!

      ORbike ambassadors Ayleen, Stephanie, Mark, Greg and a few others will be out there! You’ll recognize us as the people stuffing as many tater tots as we can in our pockets before departing from the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse rest stop (40-mile route).

      Ride Basics

      Various route options – from 4-40 miles.
      Rest stops paced frequently along the way
      The 40-miler is an approachable fun route, but MAN that Old Germantown Road can be a doozie this early in the season!
      Register early and save
      Optional pre-ride party on Saturday
      Finish line party
      MORE INFO >


    Portland Winter Lights Festival

    February 1-3 – Portland

    Bundle up and celebrate the power of lights! The Portland Winter Lights Festival is a dazzling opportunity to explore Portland at night with illuminated displays, kinetic fire sculptures and interactive installations all over the city.

    This event is absolutely magical, and it’s free.

    More than 100 artists and organizations are involved. The Filmed by Bike film festival is hosting a bike-themed installation along North Williams at Tillamook where their animated characters will dance in the bike lane.

    On Friday, join in on the Illumiated Bike Ride, a three-mile group ride with wild lights and sound systems.



    Live the Revolution: Bike. Love. Stories

    Friday, February 9th
    Alberta Abbey, Portland Oregon
    Doors: 6pm
    Show: 7pm

    Every year in celebration of their anniversary Sugar Wheel Works hosts a big-ole party, and you’re invited! Head out for a hilarious night of bike stories told live from the stage of the Alberta Abbey Theater in Portland. This event is co-hosted by Jude Gerace of Sugar Wheel Works and Leah Benson of Glady’s Bikes. The night is a fundraiser for The Street Trust, a non-profit organization working hard to make the streets safer for all.



    We’ve been sworn to secrecy by the four incredible storytellers, promising on our hearts that we won’t tell you what they’ll be talking about from the stage. But where’s the fun in that? We’re just too excited – so here’s a little taste!


    Owner, River City Bicycles and woodworker
    “I suck at riding a bike. There is nothing I do well while riding a bike.”
    He’s well known for running one of the largest bike shops in the US, but did you know that Dave likes riding his bike to airports… by himself… along freeways?


    Co-Founder of Bike Farm and Operations Director for BIKETOWN
    “I’m constantly amazed by where my bike has taken me; the many mountains, countries, carreers, relationships.”
    Sometimes it takes a tragedy to build commuinty and shed light on isolation. Turns out it’s actually really good to need help.


    Local Shero for Black Girls Do Bike PDX
    “I’m falling in love with riding a bike.”
    How do we make the bike community more equitable, welcoming and accessible? Keyonda has a few ideas to share. Oh no this is not her first rodeo, Keyonda is a veteran of the stage with storytelling stints and open mic nights in her hometown of Chicago.


    Founder of Komorebi Cycling Team and Director of Marketing and Sales for Portland Design Works.
    She founded an adventurous cycling team and she’s organizing the big WTF Bikexplorers Campout this summer, but what happens when this rugged adventurer finds herself on the grueling road with some strangers… and things don’t go so well?


    5 Mind Blowing US Bike Trails You Have to Experience

    Exercise enthusiasts crave long, outdoor bike rides. While soaring through beautiful landscapes, it’s almost too easy to forget about the heart racing, the lungs pumping and the legs burning. Once that glowing sunshine hits your skin, and the wind breathes fresh air into your sweaty clothes, you will never want to return to a stationary bike in a dark, crowded gym.

    Preparing for the Trails

    In order to make the most of an outdoor biking adventure, you must nourish your body. Pre-workout meals should provide enough fuel to accomplish the journey, so fill up on complex carbohydrates and lean proteins such as sweet potatoes and grilled chicken. Choose whole grains and foods high in fiber, so the body can digest the food easily, but slowly. For longer bike rides, pack nutritious snacks like nuts and dried fruits for an extra burst on energy while on the move.

    On a practical note, always hydrate in preparation for a bike journey. Pack sufficient water in lightweight, refillable water bottles as bike trails sometimes have water fountains. Also, dress accordingly for the elements, in ways such as wearing sunscreen and breathable cycling gear in the heat, or wearing water-resistant clothing in inclement weather. As long as you take the necessary steps to prepare for a long bike ride, you can fully enjoy the experience without worrying about logistics.

    1. Shark Valley Trail

    (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
    Located in Everglades National Park of Miami, Florida, this trail is ideal for beginners. 15 miles of flat, easy road gives bikers the chance to soak in the sunshine while catching a glimpse of some Florida wildlife like birds, turtles, and alligators. Winter is the best time to visit, as the warm temperatures and blue skies are comfortable; Florida’s summers are a bit too scorching hot for an enjoyable outdoor exercise.

    2. Big Sur

    With up to 100 miles of scenic coastal road, this California bike trail stretches from Carmel to Cambria, and is perfect for advanced bikers. Blessed with wonderful weather year-round, Big Sur provides consistent photo opportunities with its stunning cliffside views. Be sure not to drop your camera as you push your bike up the mountainside, which is full of long inclines.

    3. Valmont Bike Park

    The diverse mountain terrain of this bike park in Boulder, Colorado, has trails for bikers of all levels. Full of easy rides like “Escape Route”, difficult rides like “Corkscrew”, family-friendly tracks, and various obstacles like jumps and slaloms, Valmont has something for everyone. Visit in the spring or fall for that perfect breezy weather and explore the 42 acres worth of trails.

    4. Cady Hill Forest

    (Photo: Josh Matta)
    For some classic New England fall foliage, take your bike to the mountains of Stowe, Vermont. Summer provides bikers with warmer temperatures, but September and October decorate the forest tracks with crispy, multicolored autumn leaves. The area covers about 9 miles, and the single and double tracks of the mountainous terrain make for great intermediate level rides.

    5. Captain Ahab

    (Photo: Moab-Captain Ahab Trail in Utah, Bureau of Land Management)

    Located in Moab, Utah, the advanced mountain landscape of Captain Ahab challenges skilled bikers with steep climbs and technical turns. As a reward for the difficult ride, the rich red rocks and the sweeping views of surrounding rivers and forests create an exceptionally scenic ride. Spring and early fall are the best times to tackle this 4.3 mile trail.


    Group Riding Etiquette

    We originally posted this article a while back, but decided to pull it back out because so many of our readers have told us this info has been very helpful for them.

    While every group ride is different, there are some basic rules to follow if you don’t want to be pegged as dangerous or, worse, not be invited back again. Depending on the amount of traffic and the local laws, most groups ride single file or two-abreast. The latter makes for nice conversation and makes it a bit quicker for cars to pass. Sometimes though, a group simply has to ride single file.
    By following a few simple rules, group rides become more fun, less dangerous, and more effective cycling for everyone!

    Rule #1: Be a good guest.

    If you are invited to ride with a new group, show up on time. As the group if there’s anything you should know about their group riding style. Also, don’t go immediately to the front and try to drop them. They probably invited you because they want to talk to you and get to know who you are. If they are constantly chasing you, that is impossible. Go for the occasional sprint (if they tell you it’s coming), otherwise just relax and enjoy the ride.

    Rule #2: Ride in a straight line.

    There are few things more frightening on a group ride than someone who has trouble holding a smooth line. Wobbly riding by one individual is magnified as you go down the line, so bend your arms, breathe and stay relaxed while making sure you aren’t too close to the wheel in front of you.

    Rule #3: Avoid braking constantly.

    Look ahead and not down at the wheel in front of you. Learn to feel where you are in relation to the rider ahead. One way to make sure you keep your distance from the wheel of the rider in front of you is to gently move to the left into the wind for a moment or two. Catching a bit of wind on your chest will often slow you down enough to avoid having to touch your brakes.

    Rule #4: When you are in front on a gentle descent, keep pedaling.

    The riders behind you are already coasting in this situation. If you coast too, they will certainly have to brake. They may have to anyway, but if you keep a bit of pressure on, they will have to brake less and the whole group will stay happier.

    Rule #5: Point out obstacles.

    This could easily be rule #1 because it is so important. When you see a hole/stick/gravel/car-pulling-out-of-driveway ahead, point it out to the riders behind you as you smoothly move to avoid it. Simply pointing your finger down usually does the trick, but you might also want to yell out the hazard.

    Rule #6: Look where you are going.

    We have all spent time, tongue hanging out, staring desperately at the rear hub of the rider in front, but that’s racing! On a group spin, keep your eyes up and look ahead. Learn to gauge, without actually looking, the distance between your front wheel and the wheel ahead of you.

    Rule #7: Leave Room

    If you’re riding with skilled riders you know, you can hang tightly on the wheel in front of you. But for supported distance rides, you fully of strangers, leave ample stopping distance. Do not trust the person in front of you to stop in time. If you crash into someone, it is your fault for following too closely.

    When riding in a tight group, stand up smoothly. Once in a while, it’s nice to get up out of the saddle for a bit. When you do this, your bike naturally moves back a bit. So, to avoid taking out the person behind you, who is no doubt carefully observing rules #1-6, make sure you do it carefully by leaving a bit of room before giving the pedals one hard push as you stand.

    Rule #8: Warn your fellow riders.

    If you are in the back and you hear a car approaching from behind, just say “Car back.” If you are in front on a narrow road with no center line and you see a car approaching, say “Car up.” If you are somewhere in the middle, pass it on. Simple!

    Rule #9: Slow down after you rotate off the front.

    One thing often seen on group rides is lead riders pulling off only to stay at the same speed. This forces the next riders to go even faster. Naturally, this only works for so long before someone can’t go that fast and the group begins to separate. When you rotate off the front, simply ease back a bit with the pressure you apply to the pedals. When everyone does this, a paceline flows smoothly and motion becomes poetry.

    Rule #10: Share the road.

    Cars definitely don’t add to the fun of any ride, but we all use public roads so we have to share. Keep right, obey the rules of the road, be courteous towards other road users and ride predictably. Support your local bike advocacy organization (here it’s the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) – they help keep the roads safe.

    Adnan Kadir is a USAC-certified Level 1 cycling coach who believes that in sport, as in life, it is important to strike a balance between the various aspects of what one does. Adnan has been a competitive cyclist and triathlete for nearly 25 years. His full-time coaching practice can be found at


    Intrigued by Major Bike Competitions?

    Guest Post by Jarno Rekoniusluck

    2018 promises to be a good year for fans of cycling. There are plenty of worldwide race options to see. It’s fun to travel to the races and watch the big stars of the sport. You can even wager a little cash as several bookmakers have opened up betting online for many cycling tournaments. If you’re feeling the desire to compete, there are also many open tournaments for you to try out in 2018. Arguably the biggest and most thrilling is the European Cycling Championships to be held in Glasgow

    About the Championships

    These championships consist of four different disciplines: mountain biking, BMX, road and track. This is the first time in history that one city will simultaneously host all four disciplines. The ultimate aim is to become the champion of Europe. Glasgow is an excellent setting for the race, with plenty of terrain and landscape options to make the courses exciting, and gorgeous (though we’re certain the racers won’t have time to notice the Scottish landscape!).

    Mountain Biking

    The mountain biking challenge in Glasgow will be at the iconic Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails. If you have not entered a mountain biking challenge before, you need to prepare yourself for the ultimate test because this one is steep. If the the thrill of grinding away in the woods on varied terrain gets you all abuzz, this race just might be for you.


    The BMX track for the championships is located at the Knights Wood Park. Before being admitted to race at the Knights wood Park, you first need to participate in three rounds of qualification heats. In these heats, you will race with eight other racers; you need to finish in the top three positions in all three heats to get your ticket the big competition.


    Cycling road competitions will be held in the streets of Glasgow into the lush Scottish countryside. There are a number of different distance options in the competition. This is a “bunch” event where you race against hundreds with vehicular marshals in slow pursuit until you reach the tail of the race. It looks like a great course!


    Track cycling is going to be held at the Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena. Track cycling is one of the most demanding as it is all about your pace, nerve, tactics, technique, stamina and speed. Spectators are certain to witness some incredible top speeds during this event.


    Worst Day of the Year Ride!

    February 11 – Portland – We Ride For the Tots!

    You know big fun is about to happen when the Worst Day of the Year Ride rolls around.

    This wacky Portland ride, now in its 17th year, is an awesome day to be on a bike. Early season, legs are a little stiff, everyone’s a bit slow, but none of that matters. It’s always fun to see the 40-milers walking up Old Germantown Road, no shame in that!

    Rain or Shine

    The Worst Day of the Year Ride is delightfully rain or shine, but magically there is often a brief window of sunshine-drenched warm days in February, and it always seems to fall during the Worst Day of the Year Ride. But no guarantees here, the ride could just as easily happen during a typical Portland winter downpour. And that’s precisely part of the fun.

    New Features

    Never a dull moment with this awesome event! Here are some of the new features for this year.

    • Kids ride free!
    • A 4-mile Family Ride – and it’s 1/2 price.
    • Deluxe Hot Cocoa Bar at the finish line.
    • A benefit for the Community Cycling Center, a non-profit that broadens access to bikes.
    • Kids who come in costume will receive a special prize.

    Join Team ORbike!

    We’ll be out there in force, though we’ll be in costume (of COURSE) so you may not recognize us. But if you do, swing by and say hi! We’d love to meet you. Here’s a hint: If you see a group at the McMenamin’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse rest stop with an insane table full of tater tots, that’s probably us. We ride for the tots!

    Ride Basics

    Sunday, February 11
    ROUTES: 40, 15 and 4 miles
    Rest stops stocked with yummy fun treats
    Kids ride free!



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