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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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Yes there IS a free lunch ride reschedule

Straight From New York Pizza Hawthorne

Of course, we know the old saw about "no free lunch". But, for ONE rider with the insight, the courage and the wit to choose a marvelous start/destination a free lunch awaits. Suggest your dream ride in the comments section. The best suggestion will be selected by a special multidisciplinary panel of experts I have assembled, some eager to fulfill their community service obligations resulting from a serious misunderstanding, some wanting to pay off embarrassing bets they've lost to me, and some naively pursuing a promise of a free lunch (which we all know doesn't exist, except, of course for the winning suggestor or suggestoress). Enter early, as the decision will be made no later than 9pm this Sunday. Void where prohibited or frowned upon or is subject to taxation, levy, surcharge, fee, tariff, muster, toll or excise. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29172886 . This is a very flat 18 mile route mainly on dedicate bike paths, although a significant portion of the ride is on residential streets close in SE Portland and some stretches on busy arterial roads with significant auto and commercial truck traffic. Please review the route and if you are uncomfortable riding in these conditions you should skip this ride. Please print out the map or download to applicable GPS enabled devices. Attitude: Slow and social. Figure somewhere in the area of 11-13 mph on the flats. Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked] Weather Cancellation Policy: It is summer, but if the weather is anything like this, we'll cancel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t6yar-BtbM&t=34s In any event, I'll post a no go no later than 23:59 di Lunedi. 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. One last thing. No earbuds! Not even one. We need you to be visually, aurally, tactilely, and emotionally in tune with our fair city, PDX, at all times.

2019 Portland Winter Light Festival

Oaks Bottom Public House

OK. Some of us are night owls. And some of us are unnaturally attracted to colorful lights. And some of us are a fine mix of both. No matter what category you're in, join us for what may become an annual favorite, the Portland Winter Light Festival. Unlike the PIR Winter Light Festival, this one is free. Video from the 2017 ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NwIRJj62T4 This ride was suggested by a rider who is known for her/his brilliant ride ideas. So thank you, anonymous idea person. We all are deeply indebted to you. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26589976 . NOTE: The route may be subject to some change, but it is unlikely it will be much longer. We might return via the West side Willamette Greenway. We'll see. The route is definitely short so we can spend time at the festival. So if you're looking for a workout rather than an excuse to stay out late, look at the pretty lights, and perhaps, drink beer afterward, then you should choose a different ride. Please note: this is a night ride. Most of the ride is on dedicated bike paths, but we also spend some time on inner residential streets, and maybe even a short time on busier roads. Please review the route. If you're not comfortable riding in these conditions please do not sign up for this ride. Attitude: Absolutely slow and social. We're out to enjoy each other's company on what we hope will be a beautiful winter evening. Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked] Weather Cancellation Policy: This is Oregon, so we need to ride even if it's wet. That said, we'll cancel if there are epic amounts of rain, snow, for or mud predicted. https://youtu.be/1DNXKxNOJrs?t=30s Required Gear: This is a night ride. At a minimum you must have legally sufficient front and rear illumination. Also, 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: This is a night ride. Therefore at a minimum you MUST have legally sufficient lighting front and rear. Beyond that, the cost of quality lighting has gone way down in recent years, so there's no excuse for not having good lighting on your bike. Reflective clothing is also a great assist. 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.

McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway 53, 30 and 12 mile ride

Village Green Park

This is the Target Date. If the weather isn't good we'll move the ride back. By with the lack of snow in 2018, unless things turn around dramatically I have the feeling the ride will be much earlier in May. Watch this space as we get closer to April. This is one of the most beautiful rides imaginable, at least in good weather. We'll have three groups. The first will park near the east snow gate and ride to the Dee Wright Observatory. This is a 12 mi. O/B with 1300' of long but fairly easy climbing. The climb ranges from easy to moderate, but it's only about 6 miles so you can take all the time you like. It's full of beautiful views and has a nice descent back. The second group will start with the third group. It involves a 30 mile ride with one climb, an 15 mile 2250 foot climb to the Dee Wright Observatory that begins gently and gets steeper at the end. It sounds more daunting than it is, and there's no harm in taking your time and enjoying the view. The 53 mile version consists basically of two climbs; the first, a 15 mile 2250 foot climb from Sisters to the crest of the Cascades that begins gently but steepens to 10% in the last half of the climb. The second climb is a 11.5 mile 1800 foot climb that begins with steep switchbacks and gradually flattens towards to the top. Note, there is a high speed descent towards the West snow gate. Let's arrange carpools using the comments section. Many may choose to go over the night before and camp/lodge overnight. I will be driving from Portland the morning of the ride, returning the same day. Weather: The ride is worth the travel only in good weather. So if the weather looks uncertain the ride date may be changed to a more optimal weather date. I'll post frequent updates as the date approaches. If the weather is less than optimal, maybe we'll substitute "Jan's 58 mile Madras Double Loop" ride. We'll see. Video: https://youtu.be/NjtEhnmIIJo Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21614234 . 53 miles https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21616020 . 30 mile riders just turn around at Dee Wright Observatory. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21614799 . 12 mile riders start at the east snow gate and turn around at the Dee Wright Observatory Please print out the appropriate map or download to your gps device. Oregon.gov states the following about this epic ride: "The McKenzie Pass ride is without a doubt the most spectacular ride in Central Oregon. The ride begins at the Village Green Park in the center of Sisters, Oregon. The vast majority of the route is on Oregon Route 242 (selected to be on the U.S. Register of Historic Places). The route heads west past hay meadows and climbs 2,000 feet through ponderosa pine forests. The road follows an 1860s wagon route, emerging from the forest at Windy Point and revealing a view of Mt. Washington and a 2,000-year-old lava flow. The 25 mile, 4,000 foot descent snakes down exhilarating switchbacks to the dense, verdant Cascadian forests and rushes out over the McKenzie River. It is these dramatic transitions through such diverse natural environments that define the uniqueness of this bikeway." Pace: Your pace. That said, the 53 mile riders will probably do a faster pace in order to complete the ride in a reasonable time. Distance: You decide. Turn around and head back down when you have had enough. Attitude: One that enjoys and appreciates spectacular beauty. Traffic: There will be light auto and occasional truck traffic until the snow gate. After the snow gate, it's motor vehicle free. Note: This is an unsupported ride in the Cascade mountains. So please bring enough food and water to sustain yourself, clothing to account for possible sudden weather changes that occur frequently in the Cascades and spares, etc. to handle the common types of mechanicals that can occur. Ride Leader: Edward Lanton: [masked],[masked]. Please call or email with any questions or concerns. See additional conditions in the comments section:

Ripplebrook - High Rocks - Little Crater Lake 70 mi beautiful loop w/32 mi opt

IMPORTANT: 1. The RIDE start time is 8:00 a.m. Please use the comments section to arrange carpools 2. Please note, this ride is weather dependent. We will reschedule this ride if the weather is not very, very good. 3. For safety reasons this ride requires a minimum of 3 riders. We will reschedule if we do not have at least 3 riders committed to attend this ride. 4. The date is tentative date and may be moved a bit due to weather, possible logging operations or rider availability. 5. This year we're offering a 32 mi. option. An O/B up to High Rocks and back down. It's still difficult, 3700' of climbing, but still much easier than the full 70 This is a difficult ride. First off, there's over 5000 ft. of climbing. Combine that with 70 miles in the saddle and it's a pretty long day. That said, it's not as difficult as the 50 mile Lost Lake Levitation ride and not nearly as tough as the 80 mile RAMHOD. Still, you should have a realistic appraisal of your abilities before signing up for this ride. Much of the ride is on forest roads through the Cascades, so once you commit there really isn't an option but to complete the entire ride. IMPORTANT. This ride is at elevation in the Cascade mountains. Nearly the entire ride is remote with little or no cellphone coverage. If there are problems help may be hours away. In addition, the weather in the Cascades can change rapidly and sudden fog, cold rain and even snow are not infrequent. FINALLY, remember, this is an UNSUPPORTED ride (unless we can convince someone that they'd love to take a long drive in the country :-) ) so we are on our own. If you are uncertain at all about your ability to ride in these conditions do not sign up for this ride. What really sets this ride apart is its beauty. This has to be one of the most beautiful rides in Oregon. Here's a video preview: https://youtu.be/PbF5yJPzfcQ (full video coming soon) Here's the full video: https://youtu.be/SmYxVe_rfbM Pace: The climbs will definitely slow us down and there are long, technical high speed descents. There is not much flat ground on this ride. We will regroup often at strategic points. No one will be left behind. Distance: 70+ mile loop. Hills: Long, relentless but not super-steep climbs. Here are some highlights: 1. 13 mi. 2420 ft. climb to lookout. Grade varies from 3-7% with some pitches at 9%. It is steeper towards the end. 2. Immediately after #1, a 2.4 mile, 760ft. climb to Abbot Rd. 5-8% with steeper pitches of 9+ towards the end. 3. 4.7 mi., 447 ft. gradual climb on Abbot Rd. beginning at about mile 27. Grade 2-4% 4. 2.3 mi 651ft. climb on FS 42 to Peavine Rd. Grades of 4-6%, rising to 7+% near the end. 5. 13 mi. 2040ft descent of 5-8% with some pitches over 11%. A fast thrill ride through the forest. Attitude: This is a beautiful but very challenging ride for the reasons stated above. Traffic: Most of the ride will be on Forest Service Roads with little traffic. That said, we will have to be on the lookout for inattentive touristas and the possibility of active logging operations. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21119754 . This is subject to change after review and if conditions on the ground requir. Let me know if you have any comments, questions or changes. Once the final is posted, please print a copy and/or download to your gps device. Everyone should have a course map. 32 mi O/B route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29090116 Ride Leader: Ed Lanton[masked] or [masked]. Please call or email with any questions, comments or concerns. Weather Cancellation Policy: This ride is dependent on good weather. We will reschedule if the weather isn't optimal. I'll post a go-no go no later than 6pm the night before the ride 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.

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