Monday Night PIR (Portland International Raceway)

PIR onlyA staple of my riding routine is Monday night PIR. And while I enjoy racing on the closed

circuit course, I really enjoy being able to ride there and catch a train or ride home.

I climb over 1,000 feet in the first 6.5 miles. And the climb is on one of the least driven hills near the city. There is no center line and I can often make the climb without seeing a single car.From there I roll down through Forrest Park. I usually make it 2/3 of the way down before being stuck in traffic. After I patiently wait for traffic to clear, it’s up and over St. Johns Bridge.









Past the University of Portland and into center city neighborhoods. There are some amazing and not so amazing homes, and sights along the way.

Dancing Bear, or Dancing Bare. Then it’s a short jaunt onto the raceway. Lots of circles, last night 14 laps of the 1.9 mile track including a couple trips to the front. Hey Jim, could I get a video clip?

Once the racing is done, it’s a nice mellow ride along the Columbia River Slough to Royale Brewery for some food truck and IPA.

It was another fun, relatively safe night of hard training / racing. And best of all I get to do it all over again next week.

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