Ladd’s 500 has cyclists going in circles

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A uniquely Portland cycling race had participants going in circles on Saturday morning.

The Ladd’s 500 invited cyclists to do laps around the Ladd Circle in the middle of the Ladd’s Addition neighborhood in Southeast Portland.

Cyclists were instructed to form teams of at least one person and switch riders or bike at least 10 times during the race. 

Skateboarders, unicyclists and everyone else on self-powered wheels was also involved.

“This is a dumb idea I had once that somehow turned into this,” organizer David Barstow Robinson said. “I make people do 500 laps of a traffic circle. It’s a way to trick people into riding harder and farther than they would and also celebrating springtime and doing things for the sake of doing things.”

The tradition started in 2016. 

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