Portland has an annual tradition in the Worst Day of the Year ride. It's an 18-mile urban trek through the city, with plenty of rest-stops, and is known for its costumed riders and a fun party atmosphere.
There is also a longer 40-mile "challenge loop" that sends you over the West Hills out to Hillboro and back. I had originally planned to do that ride, but this morning I went outside around 7 AM and experienced some chilly rain, and decided to stick with the 18-miler. Ironically the rain stopped by the 10 AM start time and it was sunny by the end of the ride. Oh well...
I did not show any Portland spirit with a costume, but I've decided that I definitely need to put one together for future rides. I'm thinking a Cthulhu (HP Lovecraft) themed outfit would be fun.
Anyway, onto the photos...
A sea of cyclists at the start. The total number of riders reached their limit of 3,000.
Riding along the waterfront MUP.
Crossing the Broadway Bridge.
Riding up N Williams.
Some showed more spirit than others...
A victory meal of spinach lentil soup and bread.