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.
It looks like summer weather is going to stick around all week, with temperatures in the 80’s from Portland all the way to the eastern end of the Gorge. This means we’re not going to see much wind at all this week. At best, we’ll see alternating easterlies and westerlies in the 5-10 range.
With that out of the way, we can move on to important stuff: local events. Today’s Wednesday, and that means it’s Post and Pinot night at Dirty Fingers Bike Repair. Due to lack of daylight, this is the last ladies mountain bike ride of the season, so head to Dirty Fingers at 5:30 tonight to get in on the fun.
Tomorrow night is bell lap Post and Pint, meaning there’s just one left after this one, so if you like to ride bikes and drink beer, you’ve got two more Thursday rides to do it.
Coming up this weekend, there’s the Hood River Harvest Ride and the Echelon Gran Fondo on Saturday. The Harvest Ride benefits the Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee, and the Gran Fondo benefits OHSU’s cancer research and local charities. If you’re not signed up for the Gran Fondo, sign up between now and Friday with the discount code “hood”, all lowercase, and get $25 off. If you sign up for the Dirt Fondo, you’ll be riding with Greg Lemond.
Also coming up this Saturday, it’s the Gorge Kids Triathlon at the Hood River Waterfront Park, benefiting health and fitness programs at Hood River Elementary Schools.
Have an awesome day today!
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