Now that fall is here with windless days, it’s time to ride road bikes. You’re in shape after a summer of pedaling, so sign yourself up for the Echelon Gran Fondothis weekend. There’s a road ride (30/80/100 miles) and a dirt ride (35 miles). The dirt ride is on a mix of dirt roads and paved roads, with the possibility of adding a little singletrack and riding along with you will be Greg LeMond. Start time is 8am Saturday at Full Sail, and it’s a mass start, so should make for good spectating. The ride is fully supported by Hammer (gel, etc) and Solstice, and Knead, and other local companies. Even if you don’t want to ride, you can still get in on the action. The afterparty runs from 3-6, with $15 getting you delicious food and the chance to hang out with a bunch of smoking hot cyclists. If you sign up between now and Friday, enter the code “hood” and get $25 off.
We’re looking at a series of low pressure systems off the coast, so the wind is going to stay light for the next few days. There’s a chance we’ll see some west wind on Monday, but it’s looking pretty gusty and possibly rainy too.
This light wind means it’s great weather for road biking, and with the Dollar Lake Fire 90 percent contained, Lost Lake, Vista Ridge, Lolo Pass and Red Hill roads have reopened for your hill-climbing, road biking sufferfest. If you want to ride this weekend, it’s not too late to sign up for either the Harvest Ride or the Echelon Gran Fondo on Saturday. Enter code “hood” on your Echelon registration page for $25 off your entry fee. And if you don’t want to ride, there’s an afterparty in Hood River from 3-6pm, so you can still support the fundraising effort.
The Clymb: free membership.
Access to super cheap gear including Trew, Zeal, Sierra Designs, and many more.
In straight-up weather news, it looks like we’re going to get more rain on Sunday morning and then again on Monday morning. The bike trails are super dusty, so this is great news. Speaking of biking, coming up next weekend, it’s the Dirty Fingers Bike Repair customer appreciation party, taking place in Leavenworth this year. Call the shop for more details on the campout.
Also, if you’d like to help raise money for the Post Canyon Trailbuilding Fund, there’s a chance this weekend. Echelon Gran Fondo will donate money to the fund if we can gather up volunteers. Contact Mitchell at Dirty Fingers to sign up.
Finally, I want to remind all of you to vote for local band Sunderland in Charter’s center stage contest. Head to Charter.com, click on Center Stage, and vote for our local band. They’re only behind by about a hundred votes, so your vote can make a difference.
Have an awesome day today!
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