FAST LAPS & SUNSETS

RETURN OF A 67-YEAR TRADITION

The Mt Tabor Series is the most spectator-friendly and longest running bicycle race in Oregon, returning for its 67th year. Not to mention one of the best places to catch the sunset over the city skyline. For seven consecutive Wednesdays you can ride to the park, watch the races, and enjoy the evening – all free of charge and free of cars.  

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WHAT TO EXPECT

The action is fast, with the elite racers exceeding 50mph on the descents. Riders loop a challenging 1.3 mile circuit around the reservoirs in several heats, earning points each week toward the series championship. 

The beauty of this circuit race is the riders fly by every 3 to 4 minutes, allowing you to keep close eye on the proceedings.  Will the break-away stay off the front?  Will the main group bring them back?  Plenty of action for spectators, a rarity with bicycle races.

Each lap is articulated by the best announcer in the business, Luciano Bailey, whose voice echos through the crowds of Portland’s biggest races and beyond. His knowledge, insight, and humor help even the newest of fans understand the strategy and tactics going on during each race.

FAMILY FUN

The setting is perfect for the whole family. There is plenty of room for kids to run off steam and enjoy the playground area. Beautiful hiking trails abound, and the sunsets from up here can’t be beat.  The lack of cars brings the noise level down and the level of safety up.  Bring a picnic, use a barbecue pit, and spend a relaxing, entertaining couple of hours of fresh air, good times, and quality bike racing.

So plan to come join the fun, starting on May 29th.  The park gates close at 5:00 PM, the first race time is 5:45, and the fastest race of the night – senior Men (and some amazing women most nights) – goes off promptly at 8:00.

If you have any questions, please contact race organizer Kevin Thompson – in his 15th year.