5/9 Gorge wind forecast, bike races, and other Gorge stuff

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 May 9, 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’ll see the westerlies stick around today, but definitely not as strong as they were yesterday, which ended up being one of the best days of the wind sport season so far. Hell, it’s always a great day when you go for a forward, get launched out of your footstraps at the apex, get smacked in the head with your gear, and go flying and flipping through the air for a few seconds before crashing into the Columbia. No repeats of that action today, sadly. We’ll see west wind at 17-21 today, maybe picking up to 21-24 near Hood River for a bit, then dropping off and filling in at 15-18 from Stevenson out to The Dalles this afternoon.

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

A low pressure system sets up off the coast on Friday, and that’ll give us some high clouds and lighter wind. You can expect nearly calm wind on Friday and then light wind on Saturday morning, becoming westerly at 15-18 in the afternoon. If the timing is right, we could see a big day in the desert on Sunday, but if it’s not, it’ll just be windy Sunday night. In rain news, it’s looking like we’ll see some of the wet stuff on Sunday afternoon, and possibly a little bit more on Monday.

Coming up this weekend, the Northwest Trails Alliance and the Dimwits with Brite Lights are putting on a party at the EasyCLIMB trail on Saturday. You want family friendly biking fun? This is it. Bring some sort of stick-friendly food to roast on the fire. The fun gets going at 5pm and continues at least until the sun goes down. Also this weekend in mountain bike world, it’s the Cascade Chainbreaker XC race in Bend and the Dog River Enduro on the Dog River Trail – practice runs are Saturday, 10-4 or so, and the race is Sunday morning, and should be done by noon.

If you’re sticking around this weekend, weekend, there’s sailboat racing in Cascade Locks on Saturday and Sunday, there’s a 3k/5k/12k running race benefiting the Mosier school on Sunday morning at 9am.

Have an awesome day today!