DangerWheel, the adult downhill Big Wheel competition, returns to Pendleton for its fifth year July 27. Besides being a free day of fun in an urban playground–like setting, it’s also a fundraiser for the up-and-coming neighborhood, says Andrew Salzbrun. The managing partner at AGAR organizes the event along with Judd Watkins, a fellow Pendleton resident.
Here’s what you need to know about the event:
128 teams of three, up from 64 last year, are expected to mount Big Wheels at this year’s competition.
The idea of a Big Wheel race, Salzbrun says, is inspired by childhood memories of playing with friends in the backyard and riding bikes.
The downhill course is two city blocks long and takes, on average, 30 seconds to roll down (depending on how many times you wreck).
As you advance in the race, more obstacles appear. That includes everything from smoke machines and ramps to a water-balloon attack.
Expect a craft beer village, featuring local brews on tap, awaiting you at the finish line. Vendors include 3 Points Urban Brewery, MadTree Brewing, Rhinegeist, Taft’s Brewing, and more.