What we're about

Do you enjoy riding your bike with friends? So do we! We are located in one of the top bike friendly cities in the US, Portland, Oregon. Many of our rides start and finish in the core area of our great city.

Our dedicated and friendly ride leaders are passionate about riding and post rides according to their interest and training level. Each posted ride will have a detailed description of what to expect. Please read the description and if you have any questions, contact the ride leader. They are a friendly group and are always willing to answer your questions.

Our rides have size limits for safety reasons, which is very important to us. We have discovered the fun factor increases when we limit the size of the group to a manageable size.

The ride leaders volunteer their time and energy to plan and organize all the rides you will find posted here. We greatly appreciate each one of them and all they do for us.

We hope you join us on a ride and discover the fun of cycling with friends!

Upcoming events (5+)

Ed Appreciation Day - Social, Easygoing 25 miles

Hawthorne Asylum Food Truck Pod

Please join us to show your appreciation to a special ride leader. We are grateful for the time and effort he generously gives to us each week to plan and lead fun rides. We appreciate all you do for us, Ed! Today, you hop on your bike and enjoy the ride with good friends. Leave the U-Turns to Susie and Jan. :) Pace: 11-12 mph, with regroups as often as needed. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30588423 Ride Host/Leaders: Jan Westfall email: [masked][masked] & Susie Wilcox email: [masked][masked] HELMETS must be worn at all times while riding. This a requirement and not a request. Recommended Gear: Always bring plenty of water, snacks, a flat repair kit, including a spare tube. A tool kit and small pump is good, but if you don’t have one there is usually someone on a group ride who does. Please check to see if someone has what you might need if you don't and be prepared to ride a bus or call a cab. (Not that we'll leave you by the road broken down, because that's not us). Carry a credit card and a little cash to buy refreshments or buy that bus ticket.... Mandatory for all riders: Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road. Please represent us well. If you haven't read it lately please read the Oregon Bicyclist Manual ( http://goo.gl/Q8FNe3 ) All riders must have their rides in good working order and must bring a flat kit & spare tube. If there is an issue with proper working or lack of equipment you may be asked to sit the ride out. Please ask for help if you are ill equipped prior to the ride. We will try to help! All riders must be able to change a flat should they have one or have a way to get picked up (AAA, Tri-Met ticket, a friend…). There is often, but not always someone on the ride who knows how to help you change your tire, so plan accordingly. Note: Your RSVP signifies that you agree to the following. Organizers, event hosts and other participants will not be held responsible for any individual at any event. Each rider rides at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves. Final Note: RSVP’s cannot include a +1 or Guest. If you choose to bring a friend or family member, they themselves must sign up as a member of Go the Distance

Field Trip Klickitat - Wy'East climbing for non-climbers

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail | Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead

Do you want beautiful views of Wy'East and Klickitat without the usual alpine sufferfest? Have you seen the vids and long for the views of the Ripplebrook, Vista Ridge , Lost Lake Levitation of RAMHOD rides but want to skip the massive gravitational challenges of those rides? Instead of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, would you settle for a great brewpub? Have I got a deal for you! And you'll also qualify for the GTD discount. This is the mountain view ride for non-climbers. That doesn't mean there are no hills. There's about 1600 feet of climbing, but spread over 25 miles with only one steep part. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30481841 . Much of this route is on the "optional" Historic Columbia River Hwy Trail, the majority of the ride is on lightly traveled but narrow rural roads that may have agricultural and logging trucks as well as automobile traffic including distracted tourists and winery visitors. Also, as noted below, the's a steep ascent at the beginning and a steep descent at the end. So be SURE your brakes and tires are in great shape and you are comfortable controlling your speed on a steep descent. Weather: This is worth the drive only if the weather is nice. So the date may be moved a bit depending on the weather. I'll post changes no later than Tuesday at noon. Pace: This ride is about patience and riding within yourself. If you do this, there's no climb too high. So we just go at a sustainable pace going up and a safe and sane pace going down. We WILL wait for you and ride with you. No one will be dropped. We're riding slow and enjoying the scenery Attitude: This is a climbing route for non-climbers. We'll take it slow with stops along the way. No one gets dropped. If you're a hard core climber and want to mash it, this is NOT the ride for you. There are many climbing rides available and if you're that serious about it I strongly suggest some of the rides by Portland Velo, Butts on Bikes or the Portland Bicycle Club. I do not want to frustrate you or mislead you into thinking this is a qualifier for the Tour d' Suisse, which you wouldn't qualify for anyway. Ride Leader: Ed Lanton[masked] or [masked]. Please call or email with any questions, comments or concerns. Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. Also proper and legal lighting is required as this is a night ride. Bring plenty of water, snacks for energy, a flat repair kit, including a spare tube. A tool kit and small pump is good, but there is usually someone on a group ride who does. Carry a credit card and a little cash to buy refreshments. Please note, there is no water and no services on this route except at the start and finish. Mandatory for all riders. Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road. Please represent us well. All riders must have their rides in good working order and have sufficient lighting for safe night riding and must bring a flat kit & spare tube. If there is an issue with proper working or lack of equipment you may be asked to sit the ride out. Please ask for help if you are ill equipped prior to the ride. We will try to help! All riders must be able to change a flat should they have one or have a way to get picked up (AAA, a friend…). There is often but not always someone on the ride who knows how to help you change your tire so plan accordingly. Note: Your RSVP signifies that you agree to the following. Organizers, event hosts and other participants will not be held responsible for any individual at any event. Each rider rides at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves. Final Note: RSVP’s cannot include a +1 or Guest. If you choose to bring a friend or family member, they must sign up as a member of GTD. Final note: No earbuds. Let's listen to the beautiful sounds of nature as well as traffic and spontaneous rider karaoke.

Night Ride. . . Taking our licks, 50 Licks, that is. . . .

Fifty Licks Ice Cream

We've been good. Very good. We've exercised, eaten our vegetables, straightened up our rooms and, most important, cleaned and lubed our chains. So we get a reward. Right? This is a night ride to collect our just desserts. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15569671 . (with some possible modifications) Warning. This is a short, flat, social ride, so we're not going to come close to burning the number of calories we'll absorb from just looking at the delicious Fifty Licks Treats. This is a night ride and while much of the route is on dedicated bicycle routes, we will be riding on close in residential streets with some automobile and truck traffic. Review the route and if you're not comfortable with riding in these conditions you should skip this ride. Attitude: Slow and social. Figure somewhere in the area of 11-12 mph on the flats. Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked] Weather Cancellation Policy: The point of this ride is to enjoy a lovely Portland summer evening. So in the event of significant atmospheric nastiness we'll cancel. I'll post by 6pm on the Monday evening before the ride. Required Gear: HELMETS must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. Also, this is a NIGHT ride. At a minimum, you'll need a legally sufficient front and rear light. Beyond that, the brighter the better in the form of a good front and rear light as well as reflective clothing. Recommended Gear: Always bring plenty of water, on for energy, a flat repair kit, including a spare tube. A tool kit and small pump is good, but if you don’t have one there is usually someone on a group ride who does. Please check to see if someone has what you might need if you don't and be prepared to ride a bus or call a cab. (Not that we'll leave you by the road broken down, because that's not us). Carry a credit card and a little cash to buy refreshments or buy that bus ticket.... Mandatory for all riders: Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road. Please represent us well. If you haven't read it lately please read the Oregon Bicyclist Manual (http://goo.gl/Q8FNe3) All riders must have their rides in good working order and must bring a flat kit & spare tube. If there is an issue with proper working or lack of equipment you may be asked to sit the ride out. Please ask for help if you are ill equipped prior to the ride. We will try to help! All riders must be able to change a flat should they have one or have a way to get picked up (AAA, Tri-Met ticket, a friend…). There is often, but not always someone on the ride who knows how to help you change your tire, so plan accordingly. Note: Your RSVP signifies that you agree to the following. Organizers, event hosts and other participants will not be held responsible for any individual at any event. Each rider rides at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves. Final Note: RSVP’s cannot include a +1 or Guest. If you choose to bring a friend or family member, they themselves must sign up as a member of Go the Distance.

August Field Trip - Eola Hills winery

Eola Hills Wine Cellars

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness-- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow! from the Rubaiyat of Omar Kahyyam For our (very early) August Field Trip, bring bread, your bike and thou and let's meet at the Eola Hills Winery for a leisurely excursion through the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Cost: You don't have to drink wine, but if you do, you can either buy wine or a tasting flight ($15-20, depending on the flight). There's no restaurant at the winery. They have a "build your own picnic" menu (see comments), order food from Rock N Rodgers restaurant across the street, or you may bring your own picnic. Attitude: Slow and social, somewhere in the area of 11-12 mph on the flats. Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked] IMPORTANT: 1. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30588948 . This is a fairly flat 36 mile route (only 500+ feet). There are a few hills but nothing that could be called a real "climb". We'll be going at an easy social pace in any event. Most of the route will be on narrow, rural roads with possibly significant high speed auto and truck traffic. And while we're riding in the morning, we are riding in a major wine tasting region so there's always a chance of impaired drivers (as well as drivers that are just impaired by cell phones, fighting children or the stunning views). Review the route carefully and if you're not comfortable riding in these conditions please do NOT sign up for this ride. 2. Restrooms. Although we'll have access to the property at 9:45, there may be no restroom access at that time. So you'll make sure you're good to go (actually, good to not go) at the ride start. I'll try to design in a restroom stop on the route 3. You may enjoy wine with lunch, but DO NOT drive impaired. I'm not talking about the legal limit. I'm talking about ANY physical and/or mental impairment. If in doubt, there may be riders who do not drink who may be able to drive for you or just wait it out. I can't stress this enough, but you already know this, right? Weather Cancellation Policy: Since this is a field trip and there's driving involved, we'll cancel in the event of anything more than a minor sprinkle. I'll post a go/no-go the evening before the ride. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jeB9_VmkNc Required Gear: HELMETS must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. Recommended Gear: Bring plenty of water, food, flat repair kit, with a spare tube. A tool kit and small pump is good, but if you don’t have one there is usually someone on a group ride who does. Please check to see if someone has what you might need if you don't and be prepared to ride a bus or call a cab. (Not that we'll leave you by the road broken down, because that's not us). Carry a credit card and a little cash to buy refreshments or buy that bus ticket.... Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road. Please represent us well. All riders must have their rides in good working order and must bring a flat kit & spare tube. If there is an issue with proper working or lack of equipment you may be asked to sit the ride out. Please ask for help if you are ill equipped prior to the ride. We will try to help! All riders must be able to change a flat should they have one or have a way to get picked up (AAA, a friend…). There is often but not always someone on the ride who knows how to help you change your tire so plan accordingly. Note: Your RSVP signifies that you agree to the following. Organizers, event hosts and other participants will not be held responsible for any individual at any event. Each rider rides at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves. Final Note: RSVP’s cannot include a +1 or Guest. If you choose to bring a friend or family member, they must sign up as a member of GTD.

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