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 Fondotoday. 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.
First off, I’d like to give a shout out and thank you to all the people who rode in the cycling events yesterday. Thanks for donating your time and money to OHSU and local charities if you did the Echelon Gran Fondo, and thank you for supporting the Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee if you rode in the Harvest Ride.
Second, you have until 10am to vote for Hood River band Sunderland. If you’ve already voted, go vote again. You get one vote a day. As of this morning, Sunderland has pulled ahead, and is 600 votes up. Please, please, please…. it’s Sunday morning and people are unlikely to be up and voting. Go vote. Type Charter.com into your browser and click on the Center Stage icon. Sure, it’s a bit of a pain, but you really can make a difference here.
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The forecast today is calling for some rain, and that’s the best think we could ask for both on the mountain bike trails and up at Dollar Lake. Portland’s new dual-pole radar isn’t looking very positive about the possibility of rain. If you want wind instead, you can have some today. The gradients right now are at .09 and .09 as this front swings through (there’s blue sky to the west of Hood River already). It’s blowing in the low twenties out east. If you want it, go get it. It’s going to be gusty, but should hold through the afternoon.
Tomorrow brings light wind, and then on Tuesday, we’ll see a round of gusty 17-20, from Stevenson all the way east to Arlington.
If you’re heading out to mountain bike in Post Canyon today, keep your eyes open. Former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond says he’s going to shuttle our super D today. If you see him up there, thank him for coming to town, and make sure he makes that tricky right turn instead of heading down to Mitchell Point.
There was supposed to be a race on the Twin Tunnels today, but according to the Columbia Gorge Running Club’s website, it’s cancelled. However, I just learned about a public running workout on Wednesday nights in Stevenson at the high school. .It’s at 6pm and everyone’s welcome, so go check it out this week.
Have an awesome day today!
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