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 (4)

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

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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.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g9-cMjFQbE

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. The first climb is definitely steep, but there's no shame in walking part of it. In addition, there's an art installation half way up. That makes a nice little rest stop.

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.

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.

Great balls of fire meteor ride. (permit pending)

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IMPORTANT: Please note that all GTD rides are limited to riders fully vaccinated against COVID.

This is a meteor shower ride, but not THAT meteor shower. This is the Capricornids meteor shower. Now don't get too excited. This is a low MPH meteor shower. But what it lacks in volume, it makes up for in punch. It's known for some spectacular fireballs. So will we see some? Maybe. If we don't, do you get your money back. No. (Don't worry, it's free)

Attitude: The main point of this ride is to view the meteor shower. The second point is to ride through a dense, dark forest in the depths of the night. NOTE:

  1. The road from the BV trail is very steep. But don't worry, there's no problem with walking. We won't scatter into the forest. We'll wait for you.
  2. Do NOT park in the normal BV trail parking lot. You'll be ticketed and possibly towed. Plus it will go on your life record. Instead, we'll park on the streets near the parking lot.
  3. There may be a pre ride dinner at a nearby pub. That's not in place yet, though. But keep checking the comments section.
  4. This is a night ride, so at a minimum you need legally sufficient lights. That said, no blinking lights, please, and keep your lights as low as you feel safe. We want to preserve our night eyes and also we REALLY want to make sure we're not blinding our fellow riders.
  5. Remember, the surface of the trail is not smooth. Its degraded quite a bit over the years. And it's at night. So PLEASE go much slower than you would in the daytime.
  6. We will be passing by a few houses, so we'll keep the noise level as low as possible. Just enjoy the nighttime experience.
  7. Bring warm clothes and maybe even a blanket. We'll be in the cold night air looking towards the heavens for a few hours, and if the meteor shower lights up the sky, it might be even longer.

Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked]

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36797525 . You've done this route a million times, just not in the dark.

Weather Cancellation Policy: If the skies aren't clear, we'll reschedule. The point is the meteor shower.
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 (see discussion above).

Always bring plenty of water, snacks 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. 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:

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 themselves must sign up as a GTD member.

Sorpresa de luna metàllena (permit pending)

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IMPORTANT: All GTD rides are limited to riders who are fully vaccinated against COVID. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

IMPORTANT: Please see ride timing clarifications in the comments section. Optional dinner in Estacada at 7 pm

Due to schedule issues, this will be Luna metà rather than Luna llena

This is probably the most beautiful night ride we've ever had. See https://www.meetup.com/GoTheDistance/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=31633018 for last year's photos

This is a night ride starting from Estacada following E. Faraday Rd. along the N Fork Reservoir on the Clackamas River. Along the way we'll stop to listen to the sounds of the forest and enjoy a nearly full moon reflected on still water, surrounded by ridges of dense fir forests backlit by the summer night sky.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33237520 . Nearly all of the route is on a dedicated bike/hiking path. The route is paved but, not a maintained road, so you'll be more comfortable with tires 28C or greater. We ride for nearly 2 miles out and back on Hwy 224. There should not be much traffic at this hour. There are a few very small hills, and the route overall is a very gentle climb out to the turn around point and a gentle descent on the way back, with just 465' elevation over 6 miles. This is a very short, social ride in the forest at night, so if you're looking for a tough workout this is NOT the ride for you. If you wish to howl at the moon, then sign up.

Night Ride: Yes, it's a night ride. That's the point. So at a minimum you must have a legally sufficient front and rear light. Above and beyond that, please utilize front and rear lights and reflective clothing and/or accessories that will enable you to be seen and to see so you can ride safely on city streets in the dark. That said, after a short ride on a major rural road, we'll be deep into a forest path, so let's keep the lighting down to what is necessary once on the path. No blinking lights please.

Attitude: I think the ride description says it all.

Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked]

Weather Cancellation Policy: Since we're not paid to ride, we won't ride if the weather is bad. I'll post go/no go later than 6pm the night before the ride

Required Gear: HELMETS must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. LIGHTS. (See above)

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: 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.

No ear buds, ya' hear. Listen to the night sounds.

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Up all night in the shower, the meteor shower!!!!! (permit pending)

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IMPORTANT: Please note that all GTD rides are limited to riders fully vaccinated against COVID.

After three unsuccessful tries due to weather, heart attacks and rain of frogs, we finally did this ride last year. And it was spectacular. One of the most fun rides I've been on. This year may not be quite so spectacular, since the moon will be nearly full. That said, it may be a wonderful, full moon summer night for a ride.

Attitude: The main point of this ride is to view the meteor shower. The second point is to ride through a dense, dark forest in the depths of the night. NOTE:

  1. The road from the BV trail is very steep. But don't worry, there's no problem with walking. We won't scatter into the forest. We'll wait for you.
  2. Also, if you can please bring red plastic to cover your lights to preserve our night eyes. I'll try to bring extra. Once there, use your lights as little as possible. There may be other stargazers there so let's be respectful
  3. (reserved)
  4. Do NOT park in the normal BV trail parking lot. You'll be ticketed and possibly towed. Plus it will go on your life record. Instead, we'll park on the streets near the parking lot.
  5. There may be a pre ride dinner at a nearby pub. That's not in place yet, though. But keep checking the comments section.
  6. This is a night ride, so at a minimum you need legally sufficient lights. That said, no blinking lights, please, and keep your lights as low as you feel safe. We want to preserve our night eyes and also we REALLY want to make sure we're not blinding our fellow riders.
  7. Remember, the surface of the trail is not smooth. Its degraded quite a bit over the years. And it's at night. So PLEASE go much slower than you would in the daytime.
  8. We will be passing by a few houses, so we'll keep the noise level as low as possible. Just enjoy the nighttime experience.
  9. Bring warm clothes and maybe even a blanket. We'll be in the cold night air looking towards the heavens for a few hours, and if the meteor shower lights up the sky, it might be even longer.

Ride Host: Ed Lanton. [masked]; [masked]

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36797525 . You've done this route a million times, just not in the dark.

Weather Cancellation Policy: If the skies aren't clear, we'll reschedule. The point is the meteor shower.
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 (see discussion above).

Always bring plenty of water, snacks 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. 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:

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 themselves must sign up as a GTD member.

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