Gateway Green: Portland's First Mountain Bike Park!

I moved to Portland in search of a cycling mecca but it didn't take long to realize that there was no infrastructure for off road cycling in the city limits. Over 150 miles of trail in Portland but basically none of it is legal on bikes. So what do we do? We get in our cars and drive 30-60 miles to mountain bike. Sadly it's one of the first things you learn after moving to Portland.  

With the addition of Portland's first mountain bike park at the Gateway Green that will all change. Saturday was the grand opening of the Dirt Lab at Gateway Green. 3 Miles of single track, a skills course and a pretty killer jump line. The best part of it all is that I can pedal to it from my house in about 20 minutes. Stoked!

During the grand opening it quickly became clear that this space will be for people of all ages. 

Gateway Green is one of Portland’s newest park acquisition - 25 acres of unused open space to be developed into a world-class recreation destination. Located in East Portland on the site of the former Rocky Butte Jail, Gateway Green will cultivate social equity, demonstrate innovative urban habitat restoration and energize local economic development.
What began as an inspired idea for bringing an underused piece of property to life shared with neighbors over coffee has grow to become the Gateway Green initiative, a project that has since involved dozens of community activists, state and city agencies, local businesses and nonprofits and other stakeholders. The park has been a work in process for more than ten years as a citizen-initiated project with economic, environmental and community building objectives.

Head over to Bermstyle for more excellent coverage of Gateway Green here: http://www.bermstyle.com/portlands-first-bikepark-opens-the-gathering-at-gateway-green/

Bikeportland has some excellent coverage as well: https://bikeportland.org/2017/06/26/gateway-greens-bike-park-opens-amid-optimism-huge-crowds-232867

And of course head over to North West Trail Alliance and Gateway Green for more info on Portland's first mountain bike park!

Also if your looking to get rad we got a crew going every Tuesday night. Bring your bike, beers and come hang out! 

2017 Portland Short Track Race 3

I didn't race bikes but I drank beer and shot some photos. Kris is doing a really good job with these Monday races, making them fun both on and off the bike. That's the point right? Fun? Thanks for providing the stoke Kris! 

P.S. DIY rock garden + jump line for the next course? Come on =)

Where do you hide the motor Tay? 

Where do you hide the motor Tay? 

Austin's dumpster bike goes hard. 

Austin's dumpster bike goes hard. 

Susannah is a boss! 

Susannah is a boss! 

Shellz has grit! Slaying it with flats too! 

Shellz has grit! Slaying it with flats too! 

This dude is having a good time!

This dude is having a good time!

Bike stack. The new Ritchey Timberwolf is looking good!

Bike stack. The new Ritchey Timberwolf is looking good!

Rather be doing homework?

Rather be doing homework?

Ethan is so dreamy.

Ethan is so dreamy.

Our team shirts are pretty rad. I am pretty sure will be selling some soon to fundraise for the team. Stay tuned. 

Our team shirts are pretty rad. I am pretty sure will be selling some soon to fundraise for the team. Stay tuned. 

I kinda wish I could make silly comments on all the photos but that would be crazy. 

Well, that was exhausting. Yesterday was a blast and I've come to learn that Short Track is best enjoyed from the sidelines. Will see what happens next week, maybe I'll go single speed. 

P.S. Those Team Coastal shirts are fire! 

Pink Bike Interview with Ryan Nyquist

I grew up riding BMX and watching Ryan Nyquist turn into the Athlete he is today. It's really cool to be able to still follow his journey as he begins to break into the Slopestyle scene. Pink Bike just dropped a killer interview, brew up some coffee and take a few minutes to get some insight on the legend that is Ryan Nyquist. 

For me, my background is in BMX, and BMX probably has a range of jumps I’m pretty comfortable hitting, and so when I come to the slopestyle events, a big jump is like 40 foot, and that’s way beyond the realm I’m used to jumping on BMX bikes, so when I show up and see this massive jump I’m still kind of freaking out because my mind hasn’t fully shifted from BMX. It’s like, “Woah, this is massive.” But then I have to realize that these bikes can handle higher speeds, that they’re a lot more stable in the air, so it just works.
— Ryan Nyquist

Tales on Tyres: 10 Things We Learned In Peru

Head over to Tales on Tyres where Franzi and Jona discuss the 10 Things We Learned In Peru. So stoked to have these two in our next issue of Broken & Coastal! If your not following them on Instagram do it now! 

10. Take your time | So many places in Peru are rich in tradition and it’s worth spending some days in little towns to observe the colorful every day life, to meet people and to learn about the history of this divers country. Also make sure to spent enough time in the the ‘Panaderias’ in Peru, they offer some great tasting treats for the chronically hungry stomach of a traveling cyclist.
— Tales on Tyres