Even though it was pretty light out there when I wrote this forecast, it looks like we’ll see more west wind today. It’s going to be in the 10-15 range near Hood River early, but with the gradient at .09 at 5am, the wind will pick up to 17-20 from Stevenson to Mosier by mid-morning, picking up to 22-25 in the afternoon.
This weekend is Windfest in Hood River, and that usually stops the wind from blowing. This year it looks 50/50, but not windy enough to test the small gear. Even so, you can swing by for free clinics, socializing, and a concert at the Waterfront Park on Saturday night from 6-10pm. As for Windfest wind, it looks like we’ll see a light start on Saturday in the 5-10 range, picking up to 16-19 in the afternoon near Hood River. Sunday looks like a very light wind day, with the possibility of no wind at all.
That means the windsurfing and standup paddle blowouts will probably happen Saturday, so sign up now at vmgevents.com and make sure you’re ready to race Saturday morning.
The Big Winds Big Loop contest window is now open, through June 29th. If you’re a windsurfing, get a video of yourself doing a big forward, a big back loop, or a big crash, and post it on Big Winds Facebook page and you could win some great swag from local windsurfing companies.
In mountain biking news, you can ride with the Disco Divas every Friday morning. This week they’re riding Post Canyon, but the meet time today is early, 8:30am, so if you missed it, join them next week. If you want to make the trails better, there’s a work party on Mobius Strip tomorrow morning. Meet at the bottom of Post Canyon Road at 9am.
Speaking of Post, just a reminder that the upper flat portion of Mitchell Ridge is now closed due to logging. The bypass is open. Just take a right down the road when you exit Spaghetti Factory and take a left where you see the laminated sign by a bridge. Follow the sticks in the ground marked with yellow survey tape, and you’ll come out on the top of the Mitchell Ridge downhill.
Have an awesome day today!
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