All Levels of Bicycle Racers Invited to the Start Line for the Monday Night Bicycle Race Series (April 20-August 31) at Portland International Raceway

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Monday Bike Race Series kicks into high gear (Monday nights, April 20 – August 31) at Portland International Raceway on a flat, closed, car-free circuit with separate categories for beginners and more advanced cyclists. More info at: http://www.racemondaynight.com

Portland International Raceway shifts into high gear as the Monday Night Bike Race Series kicks off its season on April 20th. Hundreds of racers of all levels will sprint to the finish in this long-running series. Participants race for fun and prizes all season long every Monday night, April 20 - August 31.

“Bicycle racing continues to grow in Oregon, and we see new racers each year trying it out. PIR is a great place to learn about racing,” said series race organizer Jim Anderson. “The race series is designed for experienced, novice and curious bike racers alike. There are a wide variety of categories to fit the needs of a growing sport. Also, with the track being easily accessible in North Portland, we expect our great bike racing venue to be packed with racers this summer,” said Anderson.

In the Monday Night Bike Races, support for cyclists learning how to race is a priority. The series offers several opportunities to learn and get excited about bike racing for first-time racers. Free introduction to racing clinics will be offered the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m., beginning in May. These short, concise clinics are led by coaches and experienced racers to teach the basics of racing to beginners. The series also receives support from Let’s Race Bikes, a women’s racing group. These racing ladies will gather the first Monday of each month from May to August. Let’s Race Bikes members will be available to answer racing questions, engage new riders and provide a fundamentals racing clinic.

This year the series has partnered with Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) to offer Try Bike Night, an event to encourage novice racers to come out to PIR. Try Bike Night events will be held May 4 and July 13. For these events, OBRA will waive the one-day membership fee ($5) for racers rolling up to the start line for the first time. ($15 entry fee still applies.)

All levels and abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend: all that’s required is a helmet, a road bike and a sense of adventure. There are separate races for novice men and novice women, two categories for more experienced master (age 30+) men, and two categories for women (any age).

The course is a 1.9-mile, flat, wide and smooth paved loop of the Portland International Raceway (1940 North Victory Boulevard, Portland, OR 97217) in North Portland. The raceway circuit is closed to all car traffic.

Entry fee is $15. Registration area opens at 5 p.m. and is located at the start/finish area in the middle of the track, opposite the main grandstand. An OBRA license is required to race and is available at registration for $5 (single-day) or $30 (annual) and is available at the race or at http://www.obra.org. Online registration is available at http://www.racemondaynight.com.

Top-placed racers are eligible to receive gift certificates from fantastic local sponsors Laurelwood Brewing Company and River City Bicycles, and Castelli will award monthly leader jerseys along with the competition for the Team Prize. Prize is $1,000 for the team with the most collective points—across all categories—for a month. Teams are encouraged to enter as many racers as they can in all levels to increase chances of winning points. The prize will be awarded twice—once in July and once in August. But the emphasis is on learning, improving and getting a great workout in a fun, sociable and exciting environment. Racing starts at 6:15 p.m. on Monday nights from April 20th to August 31st.

More information at: http://www.racemondaynight.com.

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