Hello, friends of Three Speeds! You just read about how our 2019 shaped up. What about the future?
Well, I intend on having another robust year of events and challenges. I have a general blueprint of what I want to do. I’m refraining on setting all the exact dates just yet, since things may change and I don’t want to run into a situation with the 2019 postcard, when I had events listed that got changed.
So, here’s what is going to happen, so far:
- January. We’ll have the Three Speed Pub Crawl on Saturday January 25. Register here.
- April. The Adventure April Challenge will return again. We will also have a Three Speed Day Tour from Portland to Oregon City on Saturday April 18th. It’ll be like the one we did in April 2019 with some changes. Registration will be required, and should be live by February.
- Mid-summer (probably August): A Three Speed Bike Campout weekend! This should be going again to Stub Stewart State Park, about 35 miles NW of Portland. Registration will be required, and should be live by June.
- October. The October Challenge will return once again! And I plan on another Portland area Day Tour (somewhere in the 20 mile vicinity) that will probably be in an area we haven’t explored yet, yet still accessible by transit.
While the overall blueprint of 2020 is pretty similar to 2019, there will be some changes:
- Adventure April: I’m toying with the idea of going with “paper reporting only” for the challenges. There’s been enough headaches with online forms and I don’t particularly enjoy looking at spreadsheets. Basically, you’ll have to mail in (via post!) your reports. I’ll have specific instructions closer to the challenge. Also, I’m probably going to reduce the amount of challenges down to three.
- Pedalpalooza: Unless I get a wild hair up my arse, I don’t plan on doing a Three Speed Ride during Pedalpalooza, Portland’s month-long bicycle fun celebration every June. I’ve done a ride every PP since 2012. The first couple seemed to be great, but it’s been diminishing returns since then. The big reason is that I open it up to “all bikes”. While this means I can get decent numbers of participants (in 2019 I had 20 people), it also means that three speeds constitute a third to under half of all riders. I had hoped that doing this open class ride during the primest time to do it would mean publicity for the Society and people getting “turned on” to three speeds. But I don’t really feel like that’s been the case. Part of my 2020 strategy is to keep my Pedalpalooza events capped at four so I don’t burn out. Somethings got to give, and in this case it’ll be three speeds.
- Bike Camping. I’ve threatened to do a Three Speed Willamette Valley Tour a few times, but never have pursued it fully. There doesn’t seem to be a real interest by people other than me (and Tim). I hope to tackle it on my own at some point, but I still want to promote Bike Camping via Three Speed. That’s one of the reasons why I made the Three Speed Camping sticker! So it’s time to do another group camping trip! Stub Stewart is a great spot for one because it’s about a 22 mile ride from the end of light rail on either quiet country roads or a bike path. And it’s not that hilly, either. So I’m hoping to schedule it in later summer, perhaps in August.
- October Challenge. Like the April Challenge, I intend on doing paper reporting only. I also may shorten the timeframe from the five-plus weeks it is currently at. And it seems like my changes to how the weeks were counted confused more than it helps, so I may go back to a Sunday-through-Saturday week structure again. And I’ll probably ditch the “extra challenges”.
- Out of Town Rides: Despite the rain, the Seattle Three Speed Ride was lots of fun. I want to do another one up there, but probably in summer when there’s less a chance of getting poured on. I also want to do a ride in at least one more city, which shall be determined.
Okay, an ambitious year ahead! Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Feel free to post them in the comments. Happy New Year and hope to see you on the road in 2020!