Every September, bikers dress like dogs and ride around Portland for a howling good time on Tour de Lab, a benefit for DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. The goofy ride on September 9 tours the various locations of the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, well known for having dog- and bike-friendly watering holes. Due to construction at the Northwest Lucky Lab location, his year the ride will start from the Southeast pub and traverse revised routes.
For a quirky cruise, choose the 19 mile Puppy Dog course that visits three pubs along relatively flat routes. For those of you who want more of a challenge, the 41 mile Big Dog tackles the West Hills on a challenging-but-rewarding route that visit all four Lucky Lab locations.
There is a gigantic costume contest that brings out the tail-wagging best in people – a hilarious spectacle as bikers circle the city in dog-themed attire. Come dressed to impress and get ready to bark at your friends.
Tour de Lab is a casual, fun ride and a welcome departure from the distance rides that have been taking place all summer long. Relax into the last of the dog days of summer with a chance to stretch your costume-clad legs for a good cause. Both routes travel along mostly mellow roads and provide a spectacular tour of Portland – perfect for socializing with friends. Group discounts are available to clubs and teams (boy scouts, rowing teams. etc).
DoveLewis is the area’s only 24-hour non-profit emergency animal hospital. Hopefully you’ll never need their services, but if you do, the staff at DoveLewis make a terrible life experience much more comfortable. They’re friendly, kind and most of all experts in their field. DoveLewis partners with area schools and organizations to learn from the best, share knowledge and make the best use of our local resources.
So yes, of course, well-behaved dogs with biking experience are most welcome on this ride.
9:00am (Big Dog Route) 10:00am (Puppy Route) // New 2012 location! Lucky Lab Brewpub Southeast, 915 SE Hawthorne in Portland.