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Last Post 08/21/2014 10:38 PM by 79 pmooney. 3 Replies.
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08/21/2014 07:15 PM
This is all I know:
The people behind an “international professional cycling event” in downtown Portland say they’ve gotten green lights from the international and national sport cycling organizations to host the “Grand Prix of Portland” here next summer.
Veteran Oregonian sportswriter Mike Tokito has the story:
The race would cover about 115 miles, with a one-day format that would be run like a stage of the Tour de France.
“All the difficult things are done,” said Ed Ellis, a veteran sports organizer who is helping to put the event together. “We got the international federation to bless us, we’ve got the city on board.”
Union Cycliste Intertionale (commonly called UCI), which governs cycling worldwide, has placed the race on its 2015 calendar, the event has the blessing of USA Cycling, and the city of Portland has issued a letter of intent to allow the race to happen, Ellis said.
Organizers expect some of the top teams in the world to compete, include many who compete in the Tour de France. The course would run about 10 miles starting at the waterfront and go into the West Hills and back, with riders covering it 10 times.


08/21/2014 07:21 PM
Heck yes! I'll go.


08/21/2014 07:38 PM
2 guesses on the timing. Either it will be run just before or after Tour of Cali or in between the Tours of Utah/Colorado/Alberta.

I'm not sure how they will avoid all the RR tracks downtown.

The hills of West Portland can be mighty steep and can pile up a lot of elevation gain in a short distance.


08/21/2014 10:38 PM
Keeping the RR crossings to 90 degrees won't be hard. The tracks are even with the surrounding concrete so they will barely notice a 90 degree crossing. Now, both the city and bike ride organizers have in the past failed quite miserably at separating bikelanes and ride routes from parallel tracks in the right hand lanes. I trust some sanity has arrived since those days.

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