While Vancouver mopes, Portland celebrates ‘Worst Day of the Year’

17th annual community bike ride attracts thousands each year

If Vancouver needed any more fuel for its Portland, Ore. envy engines, look no further than this Sunday, when our whimsical, Cascadian neighbours to the south celebrate the “Worst Day of the Year.”

For the 17th year in a row, the Worst Day of the Year community bike ride marks both the coldest and wettest date in Oregon history (-54 F, Ukiah, 1933) and (26-inches of rain in four days, Coastal range, 1996).

article continues below

The first ride was in 2001, attracting 200 participants. More than 3,000 showed up for the event’s 10th anniversary. 

In addition to a costume contest, the Worst Day of the Year Ride, which benefits the city’s Community Cycling Center, includes several bike routes (a 15-mile urban route, a 42-mile challenge route and a four-mile family route), breakfast, lunch, refreshments and rest-stops that include tamales and beer. Sweet, delicious beer.

Portland’s Worst Day of the Year Ride is a festive affair.
Portland’s Worst Day of the Year Ride is a festive affair.

The event takes place regardless of the weather, although it has been cancelled once due to a crippling winter storm dubbed "Snowpocalypse." Incidentally, the forecast for Portland this Sunday is cloudy with a chance of rain.

If you want to venture south and take part or just ogle the event’s website and wonder why Vancouver is such a stick in the mud, go to worstdayride.com.


Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Vancouver Courier welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Popular Vancouver Courier

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!