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!

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Field Trip Fall colors - Klickitat - Wy'East

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

This may be the second most beautiful ride in Oregon, with tremendous mountain views of Wy'East and Klickitat. Throw in the fall colors of Hood River Valley and it's right up there for eye-candy rides. This is the mountain view ride for non-climbers. There ARE hills, in fact, about 1600 feet of climbing But it's spread over 25 miles with only one steep part right at the start. Video: https://youtu.be/-g9-cMjFQbE (but NO gravel section this time) Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31180340 . 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, there'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. If you're worried about the climb at the beginning, just walk it. Don't worry. We'll wait. If you want to stop half way up and admire the artwork (yes, there's art half way up), don't worry. We'll wait. Just don't stress about the hill. 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 Monday 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.

GTD March Madness Contest . . . Winner's Celebration

Ladd Taphouse

NOTE: This date is only a placeholder. The exact date will be determined. The NCAA Div I Men's Basketball Champion will be crowned the night before this ride. And the winner of the GTD March Madness contest will be crowned on this ride. So be prepared to show your mad bracket skills by joining the "GTD Challenge" To join, follow this link: http://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2020/en/group?groupID=3627981 . If you have any trouble joining the challenge, shoot me an email. To join, you'll need this password "GoTheD123$432!" (don't include the quotes) You don't have to know anything about basketball to enter. I don't follow basketball at all but last year I toasted my main competitor who is very knowledgeable about the game. So don't be shy. Amazing gifts await the winner and the runner up. Route: TBD Expect something like this: 15+ mi. route mainly on close in residential streets, although a portion of the ride is on arterials with automobile and commercial truck traffic. If you're not comfortable riding (or walking) in these conditions you should skip this ride Attitude: Slow and social says it all, 11-13 mph on the flats. There's no need to fire up the power meter. Leave the skinsuit in the closet. Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked] Weather Cancellation Policy: We already have a lot of miles under the tires this year, so there's no need to ride in extreme weather. So it's a no go in the event of ice storms, pea soup fog or weather events that prove the existence of one or more wrathful deities. https://youtu.be/PHZM78ReSnc?t=190 Required Gear: HELMETS must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. 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. Also, no ear buds, please. I am experimenting with telepathic communications and I want you to receive my mind bullets without distraction.

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