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Bowie vs. Prince Bike Event to be Retired After This Year

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A photo posted by julie b. (@julie_b_xyz) on Jun 26, 2015 at 8:39pm PDT

Every year since 2008, cyclists in Portland, Oregon, have taken part in a ride called Bowie vs. Prince. They sign up for either Team Bowie or Team Prince, and then dress like them for the ride. Founder Lillian Karabaic had considered changing the event in the wake of Bowie’s death.

"Me and my co-leader, with Bowie's death this year, were considering making the ride Bowie vs. Bowie," said Karabaic. "We felt like a lot of people wouldn't want to be Prince in light of it. I guess for better or worse, it's now going to be Bowie vs. Prince again."

Karabaic was thinking about ending the annual ride even before the stars' deaths. She's hoping some other event can take its place next year, but thinks it's fitting this year's bike ride will be the last.

"Bowie vs. Prince is going to be a totally different type of ride this year," she said. "It's going to be a memorial ride."

Somehow, I think that this year’s event may be the biggest of all, even if it is the last one. -via Uproxx

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