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.
First off, the most important thing of all. Local Hood River band Sunderland needs your help. No, seriously. Head to Charter.com, register (it’s a little bit of a pain, but these guys really, really need your help), and vote. You can vote once a day through the 25th.
Second, I did some giveaways this morning. Two people won $50 gift cards to Meadows, and two people won a free visit to Hood River Chiropractic. That’s what you get for making a donation and supporting the forecast. =)
Third, if you’d like to ride in the Echelon Gran Fondo for free, sign up for the forecast email and shoot me a note. I’ll be giving away one free entry tomorrow.
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Access to super cheap gear including Trew, Zeal, Sierra Designs, and many more.
There’s really not much to say about the wind for the next three days, because there really isn’t going to be any. But, there are a lot of cool events going on between now and Sunday.
Tonight is first, with the next-to-last Post and Pint ride of the season, leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30 this afternoon.
Tomorrow, NASA’s upper atmosphere research satellite is scheduled to come crashing down to Earth, making for a great show in the sky if you’re in the right place at the right time. And don’t worry, because you only have a 1 : 20,000,000 chance of getting hit by a piece of space debris.
In less risky events, tomorrow marks the start of a tennis tournament to raise money for resurfacing and repair at the Hood River Tennis Courts.
On Saturday, there’s the Hood River Harvest Ride, along with the Echelon Gran Fondo. If you sign up for the Echelon Gran Fondo with special code “hood”, all lowercase, you’ll get $25. Both of these bike rides are fundraisers, so pick on and do it. Speaking of fundraisers, the Gorge Kids Triathlon is on for Saturday for kids from K-5. That’s a fundraiser for health and fitness programs at Hood River Elementary schools.
On Sunday, there’s a 5k and 12k race at the Twin Tunnels, starting at 8am.
Have an awesome day today!
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