5/11 Gorge wind, incoming rain, and lots of cycling of various sorts

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 May 11, 2013

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Good morning,

This morning’s amusing ad:

The Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy
Really Temira, seriously? You’re advertising a bike? A random bike we’ve never heard of? A freakin’ hardtail? Yes, I am, and I’m doing it because I love this bike. So does Jason Wells, who built GP for you. This bike is the Post Canyon destroyer. Slack head tube for descending.29″ wheels for rolling over stuff. Very, very, very short chainstays for fast responding bike action that’ll make you giggle. And yell. And scream. I slay the Gorge on this bike. You should too.Contact sean@canfieldbrothers.com for more info. We’ll have a demo day in late June. Stay tuned.

We’re right in the middle of National Bike Month, and there’s plenty going on this weekend for you cyclists. Close to town, there’s the Dog River Enduro downhill race on the Dog River trail. Practice runs are all day Saturday, so pick another place for hiking. Then the race happens Sunday morning, and should be over by early afternoon. A little further away, but being attended by lots of locals, it’s the Cascade Chainbreaker XC race in Bend.

And for those of you with kids and bikes, take them down to the EasyCLIMB trail in Cascace Locks this evening for a bonfire and bike riding. The fun starts at 5pm, and if you need something to do before that, there’s sailboat racing in Cascade Locks all day today.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

Coming up tomorrow, it’s the annual Mother’s Day Climb on Mt. St. Helens, where everyone wears a dress. There’s also a 3k, 5k, 12k running race in Mosier, benefiting the Mosier School. Tomorrow afternoon, there’s pickup touch rugby in Mosier at 3pm, and there’s pickup Ultimate Frisbee at the Hood River Marina at 4pm.

For wind today, we’ll see gusty westerlies. A .09 gradient this morning is giving wind in the teens near Hood River, but I’d expect that wind to drop a bit, to 13-15 through mid-morning, before picking up to gusty 18-23 from Stevenson to The Dalles this afternoon (strongest wind today will likely be at Stevenson). Tomorrow starts with westerlies at 15-18, picking up to gusty 24-28 in the afternoon as a weak and mostly dry front moves across the Cascades. Monday brings much stronger west wind, along with a significant shot of rain.

Have an awesome day today!