Worst Day of the Year Ride

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    Ride Oregon Staff
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    Cycling Culture

Photo by Aaron Courter/aaroncphotography.com

When you live in a place that offers so much lush green-ness, you live with the winter rain that makes it possible. And if you ride here, you ride in it. But in Portland’s bike-crazy culture, you also celebrate it!

The Worst Day of the Year Ride is an annual you-can’t-stop-us celebration of year-round riding. The Feb. 13 event will draw 3,500 riders who show up in costume (there are prizes!) or not, enjoy belly-nourishing warm treats along the way, and ride 18 (or 40) miles with wide smiles no matter what the weather. (A little secret: It’s hardly ever really rained on this ride in its nine years so far.)

Best of all, it’s a fundraiser for the Community Cycling Center, a nonprofit dedicated to broadening access to bicycling and its benefits through hands-on programs, volunteer projects and a neighborhood bike shop. Check out our Events calendar for more info and to sign up!


  1. Memories that make life worth living included riding the John Day country, Picture Gorge. And then the Sumpter mining country in the Anthony Mountains. There wasn’t enough traffic to detract from the scenery.

    But those canyons are upside down mountain passes.