The Portland event was special and precious. Part of the magic is the unsinkable, irrepressible creativity of life long cycling artists. But part of it is the chance chemistry of a time and place. As someone who has seen special events thrive but then suddenly disappear, I’m particularly distracted. I think the handbuilt scene is more delicate than it seems.
Even big affairs, for example the Coors Classic or SF Grand Prix or Big Bear NORBA events, and many more festivals and gatherings seemed at the time to be great and everlasting. All the necessary elements were in place. So it appeared. Many are now gone. What about the handbuilt scene? What we saw in Portland is healthy but how will it stand huge, regular geographic relocation? Read more →