For many of us, the Cycle Oregon kickoff party signals the beginning of the cycling season – or at least it helps remind us that we need to get ready to get ready for the cycling season. This alone makes it a pretty joyous occasion.
This year’s kickoff is going to be a little more joyous because the event is being totally reimagined with a far greater emphasis on the PARTY part of the party (think a typical evening of the Week Ride except with flush toilets and no obligation to get up and ride the next day).
We’ve got a new venue – the Portland Art Museum. We’ve got a new format – beer, wine, music, dancing and even massage. We’ve got a whole new registration method – one that you’re gonna love.
There will also be a food concession featuring a few culinary delights by one of Portland’s finest catering companies, so come hungry.
We’ll even be raffling off a Week Ride Luxury Package, which will include free entry, Tent & Porter service, punch cards for concessions and much more. The winner will be announced at the event and all the proceeds go straight to the Cycle Oregon fund. Now that’s a nice package!
The one thing that doesn’t change is the announcement of the 2014 routes, which are particularly magnificent this year. There will be roads we’ve never ridden, towns we’ve never visited and views we’ve never shown you. There will be some other surprises as well – including one really big one – but if we told you about them now they wouldn’t really be surprises.
Those who can’t make the event can watch the route announcement live on www.cycleoregon.com.
Those of you who remember the little registration “glitch” from last year (and those of us who helped deal with the fallout) will be thrilled to know we have a brand new online registration system this year. It was designed by us and for us and it’s awesome. Look for more detail on that soon.
Online registration will begin at 9:30 P.M. Pacific time. The first 500 people through the door at the kickoff party need not be concerned about the event selling out while they are immersed in revelry because the first 500 people through the door will be given a code that ensures they will be able to register before midnight. Even if you aren’t one of the first 500, no worries. The new registration site is mobile friendly or, for those who like to keep it old school, we’ll provide a list of places near the museum with hot spots.
· February 5 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M
· Route announcement at 7:00 P.M.
· Registration opens at 9:30 P.M.
· Week Ride September 6-13
· Weekend Ride July 11-13
The Portland Art Museum is located at 1119 SW Park Ave in Portland. While there is parking in the area, we encourage everyone to take mass transit. There will also be extra bicycle parking available (but riders will need to bring their own locks).
If the weather is bad, ride anyhow. Showing up to this event in wet riding gear gives you mad style points.