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Bike event includes nude and zombie rides

PORTLAND, Ore., June 28 (UPI) -- Organizers of Pedalpalooza in Portland, Ore., said this year's 17-day festival included 298 bicycle-related events, including a nude ride and a zombie ride.

Pedalpalooza, which organizers refer to as a "loosely organized event" featuring themed rides created by participants, began June 10 and ended Sunday with the Multnomah County Bike Fair, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Monday.

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Participants said events included the third annual Zombie Ride, a nude ride involving 13,000 stripped-down cyclists, the 1980s music-themed Bowie vs. Prince Ride and the Tiny Home Tour of Portland's smallest houses.

Stephanie Routh, a member of Shift, the "loosely organized non-profit" that puts on Pedalpalooza, said the most popular rides are often the most unusual.

"There's a difference between popular and critically acclaimed," she said. "The most popular are the weirdest."

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