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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


Friday Profile: Mateen Richey, a teenaged bike racer born and raised in northeast Portland

Mateen Richey photographed by Alonso Tal during a recent visit to Los Angeles. Mateen Richey is the latest subject of our Friday Profile series. (This Q & A has been slightly edited for readability) Who is Mateen Richey? I am an 18 year old bicycle racer who was born and raised in NE Portland. I’ve always loved riding my bike. From my earliest days, I was a bicycle racer. Racing the other children, I enjoyed racing hard to be first. Today I attend Jefferson Middle College for Advanced Stu...
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Friday Profile: Mateen Richey, an 18-year-old bike racer born and raised in northeast Portland

Mateen Richey photographed by Alonso Tal during a recent visit to Los Angeles. Mateen Richey is the latest subject of our Friday Profile series. Who is Mateen Richey? I am an 18 year old bicycle racer who was born and raised in NE Portland. I’ve always loved riding my bike. From my earliest days, I was a bicycle racer. Racing the other children, I enjoyed racing hard to be first. Today I attend Jefferson Middle College for Advanced Studies. Living nearby in the Humboldt neighborhood, my f...
Tags: Amazon, La, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Detroit, Taylor, BLM, Ny Times, Justin Williams, Laba, Humboldt, Tacoma Washington, Williams Brothers, Girls Club


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


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


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


34th Anniversary of TRA86 Enactment - What's Changed and Still Needed?

On October 22, 1986, President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (PL 99-514). Take a look at this picture at the Social Security Administration website to see a group of men from the tax committees cheerily watching the president sign the bill outside of the White House. At the time, we had a Republican president and controlled Senate and a Democrat controlled House, all working together and holding numerous hearings about the reforms). The TRA86 lowered rates and broadened the base. P...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Reagan, House, Social Security, Treasury, Republican, Social Security Administration, Tax Reform, GAO, Treasury Department, GAAP, Professor Nellen


Guest Article: Community Cycling Center food delivery program ramps up to meet demands

(NOTE: Written by Community Cycling Center Cesar Chavez Safe Routes to School Coordinator William Francis.) Out on delivery in the New Columbia neighborhood in north Portland. (Photos: Community Cycling Center) The operation now serves 175 families each week. Now in our third month of using bikes to respond to the coronavirus crisis, the Community Cycling Center (CCC) and a team of volunteers continue to hold it down with weekly food deliveries to New Columbia in north Portland and the ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Portsmouth, Ccc, Portland State University, Cesar Chavez, Burley, Lombard Street, Cully, Killingsworth, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Community Cycling Center, New Columbia, OBRA


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


Coronavirus updates: North St. Bags making PPE, OBRA benefit jersey, Sarah’s latest plan

North St. Bags owner Curtis Williams models his latest creations.(Photo: North St. Bags) As Portland settles into life during a public health crisis, local businesses, organizations, and community leaders continue to step up and adapt. Here’s a roundup of local coronavirus-related news… North St. Bags Makes the Switch Portland-based bag maker North St. Bags has joined the list of local companies making personal protective equipment. The company has suspended production of its popular backpac...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Sarah, Curtis Williams, Castelli, Jonathan Maus, Sarah Iannarone, Iannarone, OBRA, North St Bags, North St, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association OBRA, Coronavirus 2020


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


With no revenue, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association begins layoffs, postpones events to May

Sad face emoji. When your main source of income is racing registration fees and all races are cancelled, you have a problem. That’s the situation facing the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA), the state’s sanctioning body for competitive cycling. In an announcement emailed to all 1,030 members and 42 teams Thursday afternoon, OBRA Board of Directors President Steven Beardsley said the organization has had to make some “difficult decisions to limit the losses” during this unprecedented...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Beardsley, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, OBRA, Steven Beardsley, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association OBRA, OBRA Board of Directors, OBRA Board, Coronavirus 2020, Oregon Bicycle Racing


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


Oregon Bicycle Racing Association votes to retain controversial board member

Screen grab of Save Women’s Sports article showing OBRA Board Member Inga Thompson at a rally in Washington D.C. The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) has decided that one of their board members accused of “pervasive transphobia” can remain on their board of directors. At-large OBRA board member and three-time Olympic cyclist Inga Thompson has come under scrutiny from some OBRA members who feel her conduct discriminates against transgender athletes. Thompson works closely with a group n...
Tags: Supreme Court, Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Transgender, Racing, Cycling, New York Times, Cameron, Portland, Ioc, Thompson, U S Supreme Court, USOC, McKinnon


Community steps up for inaugural Bridge City CX

Just about the only thing better than the recent announcement of a new cyclocross race at a close-in venue this coming Sunday (11/24) is to see how the community has come together to help make it great. The response to this new race has been huge. I’ve been watching Bridge City CX come together in the past week and have been very impressed by the quality and quantity of work being done by the Sellwood Cycle Repair crew. If you haven’t heard the latest, here are some updates on Sunday’s big e...
Tags: Facebook, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Cyclocross, Jonathan Maus, Gladys Bikes, OBRA, Oaks Park, Erik Tonkin, Bridge City Cx, Kiddie Cross, Gladys Bikes on NE Alberta Meet


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


Weekend Event Guide: PedPDX, Afghan Cycles, Dirty Circles, Kidical Mass, and more!

70s in the forecast! (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) It feels like spring has finally arrived and we can sense the bicycling buzz out there. This week’s guide kicks off with three events tomorrow, including a bonus wonky one during your lunch hour. Friday, March 15th PBOT Lunch & Learn — Addressing Equity through Citywide Pedestrian Planning — 11:30 am at PSU Karl Miller Center (SW) The product of two years of work, PBOT is proud to share their PedPDX Plan. This Lunch & Learn sessio...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Willamette, PSU, Don, Jonathan Maus, Sellwood Park, Karl Miller, Woodland WA, Weekend Event Guide, Tom Howe, OBRA, Kelley Point Park, Madrona Hill Cafe


Weekend Event Guide: Dead Freeways, Broken & Coastal launch, a time trial, and more

Shawn Granton of Urban Adventure League shares tales of freeways past at his Dead Freeways Ride in 2010.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) It’s almost time to solidify your plans for the weekend. And, while Friday might be a doozy weather-wise, we might get into the 50s over the weekend. Here’s our list of recommendations… Sales! We interrupt this guide to tell you about two big sales at two great local bike shops: — West End Bikes Anniversary Sale: Get 10-50% off everything at this amaz...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Irving Park, Jonathan Maus, Portland Wheelmen, Ann Morrow, Madi Carlson, NW Trail Alliance, Weekend Event Guide, Shawn Granton, Urban Adventure League, Tom Howe, OBRA


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


The Weekend Guide: Gravel social, activism inspiration, OBRA awards party, and more

Where will you ride this weekend?(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Welcome to the weekend. If you can get over the creeping unease about climate change-induced weird weather, you can relax and enjoy this mild winter we’re having. It should be dry and maybe even sunny this weekend. And as luck would have it, there are plenty of great rides and events to choose from. Here’s our menu for the weekend, specially selected for you… Saturday, January 12th Endless Summer Saturdays with Club Ro...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, PWTC, Sauvie Island, Chris King, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Portland Wheelmen, Ann Morrow, Weekend Event Guide, OBRA, Jonathan Maus BikePortland, Peninsula Park Rose Garden


Looking for a summer bike camp? Check out these seven local options

Get those kids out of your hands and into the city – on bikes! (Photo: Jonathan Maus) Summer in Portland means it’s time to make sure the young people in our lives get as much exposure to bicycling as possible. It’s also a time when school is out and working adults need a place to plop the little ones while they work. That’s where bike camps come in! Since this is Portland, we have a bunch of great options. Here are the details on seven local bike camps we’ve heard about… Washington County...
Tags: Resources, Washington, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ccc, Alberta, Hillsboro, Jonathan, Beaverton, Monda, Jonathan Maus, OBRA, BP Headlines, Peninsula Park


Weekend Event Guide: Kazakh touring show-and-tell, coffee outside, Reach the Beach training, and more

Hope you find somewhere cool to ride this weekend. (This is the Snake River on the Oregon-Idaho border just east of Farewell Bend State Recreation Area.)(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus! March is here and the sun is shining! That means we’re slowly creeping out of winter and into spring. And that’s not the only thing we’re grateful for today: I’m also happy to share that our friends at Abus bike locks have stepped up once agai...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Midland, Sauvie Island, Oregon Idaho, North Plains, West Hills, Abus, Jonathan Maus, Portland Wheelmen Touring Club, Vernon Elementary School


Can Republicans expand the federal judiciary through reconciliation?

     Steve Calabresi has proposed that congressional Republicans dramatically expand the federal judiciary to give President Trump enough appointments to establish conservative majorities on courts across the country.   Linda Greenhouse questions both his justifications for so many new judgeships and his assertion that his proposal is no more partisan than what Democrats have already done.   Professor Calabresi also has suggested including these provisions in reconciliation legislation t...
Tags: Congress, Senate, Reagan, Ronald Reagan, House, Branding, Trump, Congressional, Linda Greenhouse, Calabresi, OBRA, Judiciary Committees, David Super, Steve Calabresi, House Ways and Means and Senate Finance, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Legislation


Kenji Sugahara will step down as leader of Oregon Bicycle Racing Association

Kenji Sugahara.(Photo courtesy Kenji Sugahara) After a decade at the helm, Kenji Sugahara has announced plans to move on from his role as executive director of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA). OBRA is the statewide sanctioning body of competitive cycling and currently has around 3,700 members who compete in a variety of disciplines including cyclocross, track, road, and mountain bike racing. Sugahara, 45, was chosen to lead OBRA in 2008. He plans to stay on for another six to nine ...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Kate Brown, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Kenji Sugahara, Sugahara, OBRA, Office of Outdoor Recreation, BP Headlines, Oregon Tourism Commission, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association OBRA OBRA, Kenji Hope


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