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The legacy of Alpenrose Velodrome will live on

It’s no coincidence that the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, South Carolina bears a striking resemblance to Alpenrose. (Photo: City of Rock Hill) The news earlier this week about the closure of Alpenrose Velodrome hit our community hard. As we take stock and think about what comes next, here’s something from reader that might help mend broken hearts. This story is from former Portland resident Spencer Lueders: I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina and just saw the news regarding the track and ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, Rock Hill, Charlotte North Carolina, Rock Hill South Carolina, Jonathan Maus, Alpenrose Velodrome, Alpenrose, Spencer Lueders, Giordana Velodrome, Rock Hill Supercross BMX track road


Alpenrose Velodrome and event site is permanently closed

A cyclocross race at Alpenrose in 2019 and the cover of the Dairyville Gazette from August 1962. The beloved racing event site at Alpenrose Dairy is now permanently closed. That’s the terrible news just released by the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) in a statement released this morning from Alpenrose Velodrome Director Jen Featheringill and OBRA Executive Director Chuck Kenlan: Dear OBRA and Alpenrose Velodrome Friends, Although we expected this someday, we are sad to inform you ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, Joe, Tony, Jonathan Maus, OBRA, Alpenrose Velodrome, Alpenrose, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association OBRA, Peter Hoffman, Alpenrose Dairy, Chuck Kenlan


Covid-19 news roundup: ‘Locals only’, Historic Hwy closure, slipstream science, and more

I was up at 4:09 am to be alone up on Skyline Road this morning. It’s sort of amazing to me that it’s been about a month since we got serious about this pandemic and there’s still a major split in local cycling circles about whether it’s a good idea to ride outside and how/where to ride if you do. Mask or no mask? Are rural routes OK? Or should we stay close-to-home? How far can the virus fly in the air? We’ve published six stories on biking and Covid-19 since March 12th and there’s still new...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Kate Brown, Corbett, Sauvie Island, OSP, West Hills, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Chris Havel, OBRA


Cyclocross in the city! Buzz builds around new event at Oaks Park

Official event logo. The dream of a cyclocross race in the heart of Portland has come true. The venue is just two miles from Portland City Hall and right off the Springwater path. Sellwood Cycle Repair owner Erik Tonkin has announced plans for a race at Oaks Park. Bridge City CX is scheduled for Sunday, November 24th. That puts it one weekend after the final Cyclocross Crusade race and three weeks before the 2019 Cyclocross National Championships coming to Tacoma, Washington December 10-15...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, Powell, Tacoma Washington, North Park, Portland City Hall, Tonkin, Cyclocross, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Sellwood Bridge, Sellwood


OBRA gets two-year commitment for racing at Alpenrose Dairy

Spectators at Alpenrose Velodrome.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) The latest twist in the Alpenrose Dairy sale saga is a good one for bicycle racing fans. Announcement of Alpenrose Velodrome opening in 1962. According to Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Executive Director Chuck Kenlan, they’ve been given at least two more years of permission to host bicycle races on the 52 acre parcel adjacent to the dairy business. The velodrome at Alpenrose opened in 1962 and is one of less than two doze...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, United States, Cycling, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, OBRA, Smith Brothers, Alpenrose Velodrome, Alpenrose, Alpenrose Dairy, Chuck Kenlan, Kenlan, Alpenrose Dairy Sale, Smith Brothers Foods


Racing can continue (for now) at Alpenrose Dairy, despite sale

Racers compete at Alpenrose Velodrome on land adjacent to the dairy that’s soon to be under new ownership. (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) This weekend the 50 acres of land around Alpenrose Dairy in Portland’s southwest hills will be teeming with cyclocross racers and fans. The hills, kitschy village, and velodrome have provided a route for the kickoff event of the River City Bicycles Cyclocross Crusade for many years. This year a dark cloud has hung over Alpenrose as race organizers worried that...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, Seattle, Highland, Multnomah County, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, OBRA, Smith Brothers, Smith Brothers Farms, Alpenrose Velodrome, Alpenrose, BP Headlines


With velodrome saved, track fans prep for big season

Time to hit the banked walls of Alpenrose! (Photo: Leonard Johnson/HotFoot Photo) It wasn’t until our community was faced with losing the Alpenrose Velodrome for good that many people realized just how much love exists for this facility. We recently heard from Jim Graves of the Portland Velodrome Committee and Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Membership Director/Alpenrose Velodrome Director Jen Featheringill about what’s in store for 2019. How to speak track Keirin – A 6 lap race with...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, TNT, Graves, Leonard Johnson, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Portland International Raceway, OBRA, Alpenrose Velodrome, Alpenrose, BP Headlines, Portland Velodrome Committee, Track Racing


Future of Alpenrose Dairy hangs in the balance amid lawsuit over potential sale

Opening race of the 2012 Cyclocross Crusade series with Alpenrose Dairy buildings in the background. A 57-year tradition of bicycle racing at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland faces a major threat. “I realize this is big news and has a potential huge impact on not just OBRA, but the Portland area community that has benefitted from the incredible generosity of the Cadonau family.”— Chuck Kenlan, executive director of Oregon Bicycle Racing Association The ominous first line of a lawsui...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland Tribune, Pauwels, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Huseby, OBRA, Alpenrose Velodrome, Alpenrose, Terry Schrunk


Weekend Event Guide: Crusade kickoff, Simworks pop-up, pumpkin ride, and more

Things could get a bit crazy at Alpenrose this weekend. The weekend is near. We hope you’ll have the time and ability to indulge your love of cycling. The fall colors are peeking out and we’ve got some season-appropriate suggestions in this week’s guide. Here are our selections… Friday, October 5th Cyclocross Crusade Kickoff Party – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Hopworks Urban Brewery (SE) Get your Crusade off to a fun start with a get together at HUB where you can hook up with racing buddies, g...
Tags: Japan, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Hub, Sauvie Island, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Jonathan Maus, Weekend Event Guide, Alpenrose, Alpenrose Dairy, Lost Lake More, Golden Pliers Bike Shop, Simworks


Cyclocross roundup: Epic flooding at Crossword, photos from Heron Lakes, and more

That smile, that strawberry helmet, those sweatpants: This kid is pure Portland cyclocross spirit.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) We’re right in the thick of this year’s cyclcross season. And from what I’ve seen and heard it’s been a good one. First things first though. Have you seen the River City Bicycles recap video of the Cyclocross Crusade race at Alpenrose a few weekends ago? It’s hilarious and it’s not what you’re expecting (scroll down to watch). I got out to my first event of ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, New York Times, Portland, Espn, River City, Criss, Cyclocross, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Portland International Raceway, Crossword, OBRA


Weekend Event Guide: Cyclocross, Chris King Open House, and more

Racing bikes in pure Gorge mud with friends. It doesn’t get any better than this.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) The Guide is back! After two weeks off due to me galavanting around Europe, it brings me much pleasure to offer our selection of events for the coming weekend. Remember our calendar includes rides not listed here, so don’t forget to check it out. The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus! With the rain and fall weather here with vengeance, we’re set u...
Tags: Europe, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Hancock, Washougal, Columbia River, Argonaut, Nathan Jones, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Locks, Chris King, Jonathan Maus, DeSalvo


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 8/24-8/31

Does anyone have school starting up this week or are you savoring the last few weekends of summer?  There are a few nights left to catch movies in the parks and many summer programs are winding down but there are a bunch of free family-friendly festivals and activities still happening this weekend too.  We’ll have to remember these sunny days as it starts to cool down in the Pacific Northwest and we hope you have a lovely weekend wherever your adventures take you! Make sure to also check out th...
Tags: Tibet, Entertainment, Bellevue, Portland, Seattle, Bass Pro Shops, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Tacoma, Portland Timbers, Northwest, Michael, Des Moines, Seattle Center, Popper, Caspar Babypants


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 8/17-8/24

Who is getting ready to watch the solar event on Monday?  And if you are also looking for fun before the eclipse, there is no shortage of free family-friendly festivals and activities happening again this weekend too. If it’s another hot weekend, we have a great list of waterparks to help keep you cool and we hope you have a fantastic next couple days! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Northwest Waterparks  Unique Parks in Washington State Fairs and Festivals in ...
Tags: Entertainment, Bellevue, Portland, Dallas, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Portland Timbers, Northwest, Michael, Everett, Des Moines, Pete, West Seattle, Native, Swanson


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 8/10-8/17

Don’t get too excited yet, but we might finally get a few drops of rain this weekend to help out with all the smoky weather.  We do have a great list of waterparks in the area to help cool you down as well.  And there are also a ton of free and fun festivals and parades happening again this weekend too. We hope you have a fantastic one! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Northwest Waterparks  Unique Parks in Washington State Fairs and Festivals in the PNW Northwes...
Tags: Entertainment, India, Bellevue, Portland, Graham, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Tacoma, Portland Timbers, Northwest, Michael, Kohls, Don, Mary, Des Moines


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 8/3-8/10

How are you keeping cool in the Pacific Northwest this weekend?  Make sure to check out our list of waterparks in the area to help cool you down as well.   There are also several festivals happening and evening concerts and movies in parks are great for free family entertainment too. Hope you have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Northwest Waterparks  Unique Parks in Washington State Fairs and Festivals in the PNW Northwest Weeken...
Tags: Entertainment, Bellevue, Portland, Little Mermaid, Shakespeare, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Portland Timbers, Northwest, Michael, Hillsboro, Des Moines, Blue Angels, Tukwila, Peregrine


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 7/27-8/3

So many fun family festivals happening around the Pacific Northwest this weekend and let’s hope for an abundance of sunshine too!  With all this dry weather, the evening concerts and movies in parks are great for free family entertainment as well.  Hope you have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Summer Reading Programs Unique Parks in Washington State Fairs and Festivals in the PNW Northwest Weekend Getaways Free camping in the Pacific No...
Tags: Entertainment, Portland, Little Mermaid, Pbs, Shakespeare, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Tacoma, Portland Timbers, Parks, Northwest, Michael, Lynnwood, Lacey, Reuben


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 7/20-7/27

Sunshine for days and days and days.  Let’s keep this sunny weather streak going in the PNW!  There are more fun, frugal and free festivals to keep you and your family entertained this weekend with the Bite of Seattle, Renton River Days and Pianos in the Parks.   Hope you have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Summer Reading Programs Unique Parks in Washington State Fairs and Festivals in the PNW Northwest Weekend Getaways Free camping in...
Tags: Chuck, Entertainment, Disney, Portland, Little Mermaid, Shakespeare, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Portland Timbers, Parks, Alice, Northwest, Michael, Ron, Des Moines


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 7/13-7/20

There is still more SUNSHINE in the forecast everyone.  How about we add yet another week of this fabulous weather in the PNW, shall we?  It looks like we’re in for more hot weather and there are more fun, frugal and free festivals to keep you and your family entertained.   Hope you have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Summer Reading Programs Northwest Weekend Getaways Free camping in the Pacific Northwest And if you find a fun, frugal ...
Tags: Chuck, Entertainment, Portland, Little Mermaid, Shakespeare, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Portland Timbers, Northwest, Michael, Louie, Des Moines, South King County, Oregon City, DUVALL


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 7/6-7/13

Sunshine for days and days!!! Let’s add another week of this fabulous weather in the PNW, shall we?  It looks like we’re in for more sunshine and there are many fun, frugal and free festivals to keep you and your family entertained.  With Goatlympics, Seattle Aquarium naturalists at the beaches and a community dog parade this weekend, there are also quite a few animal-themed events for all the animal-loving families out there too.  Hope you have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to also check...
Tags: Entertainment, Bellevue, Portland, Shakespeare, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Sarah, Portland Timbers, Northwest, Michael, Donald, Des Moines, Arlington, Alden, Burien


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 6/30-7/6

Sunshine for days!!! Can we get used to this in the PNW? It looks like we’re in for another hot strench and there are a ton of free, frugal and fabulous family-friendly events going on too.  So here’s to celebrating summer and hope you have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Home Depot Kid’s Workshops Summer Reading Programs Northwest Weekend Getaways Free camping in the Pacific Northwest Where to get Discount Silverwood Tickets And if you...
Tags: Garden, Entertainment, Portland, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Sarah, Portland Timbers, Northwest, Michael, Lori, South Lake Union, Woodland Park Zoo, Thrifty, Goldstar, Seattle Area


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 6/23-6/29

How are you spending your first summer weekend?  It looks like it’s going to be a hot one and there are a ton of free, frugal and fabulous family-friendly events going on too.  So here’s to celebrating summer in the Pacific Northwest and hope you have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Home Depot Kid’s Workshops Northwest Weekend Getaways Free camping in the Pacific Northwest Where to get Discount Silverwood Tickets And if you find a fun, f...
Tags: Entertainment, Museum, Bellevue, Portland, Alvin, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Sarah, Portland Timbers, Westport, Northwest, Michael, Olympia, Des Moines, Regal Cinema


Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest! 6/16-6/22

Are you ready for Father’s Day this weekend?  And if you still need ideas, we have a few that might help.  There are also a ton of free, frugal and fabulous family-friendly events this weekend that would make a great experience gift for dad as well.  So here’s hoping for some sunshine in the Pacific Northwest for all the local boating, strawberry and community festivals and hope you have a great weekend everyone! Make sure to also check out these fun ideas around the Northwest Where to Go with K...
Tags: Entertainment, Washington, Oregon, Disney, Portland, Seattle, Frugality, Pacific Northwest, Sarah, Tacoma, Portland Timbers, Northwest, Michael, Petsmart, Louie, Don


Let’s help 15-year-old Aedin Valente open the Alpenrose Velodrome Snack Shack

Aedin Valente, aspiring businessman and track racer.(Photo: Norrene Godfrey) Friends. I have a favor to ask. A 15-year-old from Astoria named Aedin Valente wants to start his own business. When he heard that the Alpenrose Velodrome needed someone to run the snack this summer, he decided this was his big opportunity. The only thing he needs to make the Alpenrose Snack Shack a reality is to raise another $1,000 or so via the GoFundMe campaign set up by his aunt Norrene Godfrey (who happens to b...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Astoria, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Alpenrose Velodrome, Aedin Valente, Alpenrose Snack Shack, Norrene Godfrey, Alpenrose, Aedin, Norrene, Alpenrose Velodrome Snack Shack