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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


Portland’s bike industry received $4.7 million in pandemic relief loans

Customers line up outside River City Bicycles Outlet on November 7th. RCB Outlet and its sister store, River City Bicycles received $604,392 in loans. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) “The loan helped offset all that red ink we generated during the down months and allowed us to survive.”— Kyle Ranson, Showers Pass In late March, as the full scope of the Covid-19 pandemic became clear and a shutdown took everyone off the streets, things looked grim for Portland’s beloved bike shops a...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ccc, PPP, CNC, SBA, Ling, Bike Shops, Jonathan Maus, Velotech Inc, Community Cycling Center, King Cycle Group Chris King Precision Components, Kyle Ranson


Portland’s bike industry received $4.8 million in pandemic relief loans

Customers line up outside River City Bicycles Outlet on November 7th. RCB Outlet and its sister store, River City Bicycles received $604,392 in loans. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) “The loan helped offset all that red ink we generated during the down months and allowed us to survive.”— Kyle Ranson, Showers Pass In late March, as the full scope of the Covid-19 pandemic became clear and a shutdown took everyone off the streets, things looked grim for Portland’s beloved bike shops a...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ccc, PPP, CNC, SBA, Ling, Bike Shops, Jonathan Maus, Velotech Inc, Community Cycling Center, King Cycle Group Chris King Precision Components, Kyle Ranson


Oregon Bicycle Racing Association will allow e-bike events in 2021

A Class 1 “Talon” e-MTB from Giant. It’s been one year and one day since Portland hosted its last sanctioned, competitive cycling event. In many ways, 2020 was a lost season for local racers, but 2021 will look a lot different — not only because we are likely to emerge from the Covid cocoon, but because electric bikes will be welcomed into the racing scene for the first time. In a statement today, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Executive Director Chuck Kenlan announced that the 2021 season i...
Tags: Usa, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, Electric Bikes, Talon, Motor, E-bikes, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Portland International Raceway, OBRA, Clint Culpepper


Oregon’s first sanctioned bike race since March will happen this weekend

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) It’s been 116 days since the last officially sanctioned bicycle race happened in Oregon. The coronavirus crisis forced the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) to cancel all races on March 12th. What was expected to be a four week hiatus turned into nearly four months. Dozens of events have been cancelled statewide, resulting in a major blow to OBRA’s finances, a hit to promoters’ pocketbooks, lots of frustrated athletes, and a loss of tourism dollars fo...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Corvallis, Jonathan Maus, Blodgett Oregon, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, OBRA, Mike Ripley, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association OBRA, Chuck Kenlan, Kenlan, Mudslinger Events


Oregon Bicycle Racing Association wants to increase participation of Black riders

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, our state’s official sanctioning body for competitive cycling, knows it isn’t doing enough to support participation of Black, Indigenous and people of color. And they’ve taken a first step to do something about it. In a statement shared with the group’s 4,500 members yesterday, OBRA Board of Director members Stacy Westbrook and Christy Hawkins wrote, “The events over the last few weeks have shone a spotlight on the syst...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Board, Westbrook, Hawkins, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, OBRA, Diversity Equity, Chuck Kenlan, Kenlan, Inga Thompson, OBRA Board


Oregon Bicycle Racing Association will make promoters prove events are virus-safe

“This won’t be an off-the-cuff approach. This is serious business and we’re taking it seriously.”— Mike Ripley, Mudslinger Events If there’s one word that defines what race promoters face right now it’s uncertainty. They don’t know when events will happen again, what they’ll look like when they do, whether people will sign-up for them, or what it will take to keep people safe from Covid-19. “It’s up to individual race promoters to prove they are in compliance.”— Chuck Kenlan, OBRA...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Mike Murray, Mike, Mtb, Ripley, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Portland International Raceway, OBRA, Mike Ripley, Chuck Kenlan, 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


Cycling through the Covid-19 outbreak

(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) It all became very real yesterday. Actually, for those of us following this closely it’s been real for a while now. But Wednesday felt like the dam broke and we finally saw widespread acknowledgment — locally and nationally — that the Covid-19 outbreak is here and it’s time to act like it. With mass cancellations and rising infections, it’s a scary time. I don’t know what comes next, but I know one of BikePortland’s roles will be to keep folks informed about how ...
Tags: New York City, America, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Benson, Sandy, Bill DeBlasio, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Gladys Bikes, Leah Benson, OBRA, Chuck Kenlan, Covid-19 Outbreak


Inga Thompson has resigned from the OBRA Board of Directors

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association says controversial board member Inga Thompson has resigned. The move comes less than a week since the organization voted to keep Thompson on their board following calls for her removal from some OBRA members. Thompson has attracted concern because of her advocacy around transgender athletes. OBRA Executive Director Chuck Kenlan announced the resignation in an email to members on Thursday. “I pledge to you, our passionate membership, that OBRA will continu...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Transgender, Racing, Cycling, Family Research Council, Thompson, Heritage Foundation, Inga, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, OBRA, Saltzberg, Chuck Kenlan, Kenlan, OBRA Board of Directors


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


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